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Gifts from the CSA

June 16, 2009

Many of you may remember my new obsession: my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).  It has been two weeks since we first started with the Wayward Seed Farm, located in Marysville.  And, our shares have been plentiful.  For those of you who don’t know, a CSA allows to you to essentially purchase produce directly from the farm.  You pay a certain amount of money upfront to support the agriculture and the upcoming growing season.  There are different sizes of shares depending on the size of your family, and the shares can be split.  Each week, D and I travel to our pick point, where we receive a basket of produce and a few receipes to get us going.  It is brought to us on a truck, which travels only a few miles to deliver produce picked earlier that morning.  It just doesn’t get any fresher than that!

In this week’s share: cherry belle radishes, turnips, braising mix, thyme, scallions, strawberries, and napa cabbage.

I am very proud to belong to the CSA.  It has brought so much connection to the land, the food chain… and, really, it has made me whole.  I mean, it’s very hard to ignore the 5 tons of vegetables waiting for me in the fridge.  We tend to do a lot less eating out.  And, we’re discovering new things.  Like, what on earth is napa cabbage, and how do you eat it?

May I introduce you to tonight’s dinner?  Napa Cabbage and Scallion Frittata seasoned with thyme and feta cheese.

I may not be saving lives, or but this simple dinner is saving me…

Getting ready to cook - thyme, scallions and local eggs

Getting ready to cook - thyme, scallions and local eggs

Fresh ingredients really bringing my cooking to life.

Fresh ingredients really brings my cooking to life.

Adding the Half & Half to the beaten eggs

Adding the Half & Half to the beaten eggs

washing the dirt from the roots... i love love love scallions

washing the dirt from the roots... i love love love scallions

the many shades of napa cabbage - sweeter than regular cabbage. a well loved Chinese variety.

the many shades of napa cabbage - sweeter than regular cabbage. a well loved Chinese variety.

The finished frittata - golden and bubbling!

The finished frittata - golden and bubbling! It smells so wonderful. I can't wait to cut in!

And dessert... an 'i'm alone tonight' soy and strawberry jam sundae

And dessert... an 'i'm alone tonight' soy and strawberry jam sundae

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Mary permalink
    June 16, 2009 1:08 pm

    Lauren~
    Dinner looks wonderful! I know how much you enjoy cooking new recipes. Maybe you can pass some along!
    Love,
    Mom

  2. Grandma permalink
    June 21, 2009 6:53 pm

    Lauren,
    What is braising mix? Ymm, the frittata and sundae look absolutely delicious. Can I come and live with you?
    Loving you,
    Gram

    • lolocreatives permalink*
      June 21, 2009 7:47 pm

      Braising mix is a mix of greens: kale, mustard, etc. Most of the time, these are offered as baby greens in salad mixes. When the mixes grow older, farms pass them off as ‘braising mix’.
      Yes. you can come live with me any day!

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