In January, my husband and I signed up with a farm who participates in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).
What is CSA? In a nutshell, you provide money to a farmer for a designated time period to help them with the cost of the farm and build relationships with people they are sharing their produce. In exchange the consumer receives a “share” of the produce that the farmer grows.
When we signed up we started with a ½ share which gives us produce every other week. We thought that would be a good way to ease into this experience being only 2 people and not wanting to waste the goods. Our Farmer grows a variety of produce depending on the seasoning – various greens, lettuces, carrots, herbs, cabbage, beets, onions, broccoli, potatoes, etc (you get the idea)
Through this experience, what we have gained is invaluable:
- Nothing beats the taste of fresh picked produce!
- Our menus have expanded as we are experimenting with ingredients we would not normally purchase.
- We have become more intuitive with our cooking, finding ways to use every little piece of produce from our share
Last week we were in clean out the fridge mode to get ready for our upcoming share. Digging through the fridge I picked up odds and ends of items and made a scrumptious Frittata. With the exception of the cheese and the olive oil, all the ingredients came from the farm (even the eggs)!
How did I find information about CSA and the farm, you ask? I went to www.localharvest.org
- 1 tbls olive oil
- 2 medium red potatoes, thinly sliced
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- ⅓ cup deseeded and diced tomato
- 2 cups loosely packed spinach
- ½ cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
- 6 eggs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a 10” oven proof skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the Potatoes and Onion and sautéed until soft and slightly golden.
- Add the Tomatoes and Spinach and mixed until the Spinach is slightly wilted
- Meanwhile whisk the Eggs and ⅓ of the Parmesan Cheese together. (You want to do this right before you add the eggs to make sure they stay as fluffy as possible)
- Add the Egg mixture to the skillet and swirl around to make sure it is evenly distributed. As the egg cooks, pull the sides inward with a heat proof spatula and tilt the skillet so that uncooked egg runs to the sides.
- Once the egg is mostly cooked (center area might still be slightly wet) top with the remaining Parmesan Cheese and put in the oven to cook for 5-10 minutes. Frittata is ready when egg is firm, fluffy and the top is slightly golden brown
- Remove from the oven and let cool for a couple minutes. Then slice into 4 servings and enjoy!