However, this season I have a new adventure upon me. I am going to explore what some of our local farmer's markets have to offer and compare prices and food options to our crop share membership. I'll keep you posted on my findings. Yesterday I visited our first local farmers market. For $24, I got three big bags of lettuce (ice berg, romaine and a mix), two head of broccoli, carrots, red onions, garlic shoots (my husband's favorite), snow peas and Swiss chard, which I am cooking with this morning. All of the produce was grown miles from our house and the farmers we purchased from use solely organic farming practices!
If you are wondering about local food options in your area, be sure to check one of the websites below:
1 cup of fresh Swiss chard
1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 cup of milk
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
salt and pepper to taste
PREP: 5 minutes
COOKING: 15- 20 minutes at 375 degrees F
1. Wash the Swiss Chard carefully. (When it is right off the farm don't be surprised to find some local critters and fresh dirt. I have found my fair share of slugs on my fresh produce! At least it is a good indication it is FRESH!)
2. Cut the spine out of each Swiss Chard leaf. Chop and steam.
3. Mix 6-8 eggs, milk and cheeses.
4. Pour into an 8 inch pie dish, greased with olive oil or butter.
5. Pour in steamed Swiss Chard.
6. Season with salt and pepper.
7. Place in the over at 375 degree F for 15- 20 minutes, or until top is firm and starting to brown slightly.