It might as well have been Christmas in September because that’s when I got my first box from the Gruber Family CSA Farm!
After several trips to the Summerville Farmers’ Market and then my first trip to Market Sunday at Summers Corner, it was hard not to notice the same well stocked tables full of farm fresh produce. Turns out, Gruber Family CSA Farm is a regular at these markets and all their green goodies are grown right here in South Carolina. So, of course, I was intrigued.
I perused the radishes, turnips, and green onions. I snapped some pictures because it’s breathtaking how beautiful the spread is. And I spoke with Susan (who knows her stuff) and got myself clued into how the Gruber CSA works.
How This CSA Works
Gruber Farm offers seasonal memberships to their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA); the first being Spring Season and second being Fall Season. It’s 12 weeks-worth of fresh produce delivered up and down South Carolina. Check out their site for a list of drop-off locations near you.
I picked my box up on Tuesday from the Summerville YMCA at The Ponds which is fantastically convenient since I’m a member of their gym.
Box Sizes & Prices
This box is considered the “small share” but you can see that it has plenty of produce! It feeds 1-2 people per week and there’s quite a variety inside. A box like this runs $275 and covers 12 weeks worth. Absolutely worth it for fresh local food delivered nearby – and if you’re already at the gym on Tuesdays (like me) then you can’t beat the convenience.
There’s also a “medium share” (3-4 people) for $385 and a “large share” (5-6 people) for $495. If you’re unsure if you’ll use the box to the fullest I recommend starting out with the small share and just seeing how it goes. You can always upgrade!
The vibrant colors are crazy, right?! And it’s all local. I like local. There’s endless recipes to be made with these ingredients but many items are best fresh. The green beans I blanched quickly and they were perfectly sweet and tender. The patty pan squash (in the middle) might stump some folks so I listed a few recipes for baby patty pans that might interest you.
Roasted Patty Pan Squash & Herbed Chickpeas by Chocolate & Zucchini
Stuffed Patty Pan Squash by Simple Seasonal
Creamy Summer Squash Soup by That’s Some Good Cookin’
The box came with a lovely letter welcoming me to the Gruber Farm Fall CSA Season. And look look look! A recipe!!! Being a food blogger, it would be wrong of me not to try this out for myself. So here it goes, folks. I give you the Gruber Farm Peach Cobbler made with freshly picked SC peaches.
Peach Cobbler Recipe
Peel and slice enough peaches to make about 2 cups (4 peaches). Mix peach slices with 1 cup of granulated sugar then set aside.
Take 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter and put it in an 8×8 casserole dish. Then place the dish in the oven as it preheats (to 350 degrees).
While thats melting away, grab a medium mixing bowl and measure out another cup of granulated sugar, 3/4 cup flour, 3 teaspoons baking powder, pinch of salt, and 3/4 cup milk. Gently combine together until everything is wet.
Take your preheated dish out of the oven and scoop out the batter right on top of the melted butter. Do not stir! Then lay your peach slices right on top of that and bake at 350 degree for 50 minutes-1 hour, keeping an eye on it towards the end.
The batter rises and browns to create a crisp top when it’s finished. I hardly see the peaches but they are nestled nicely inside!
I found vanilla ice cream to be the perfect companion for this peach cobbler. Thanks to my CSA box, peaches are on hand!
Check out Gruber Family CSA Farm online at http://gruber-csa-farm.com and LIKE their Facebook page for updates. You can also visit Gruber Farm in person at 265 Old Bell Road. St. George, SC 29477 but know that there’s several drop-off locations all over the lowcountry and beyond if you want to sign up for a box!
- 2 cups peeled and sliced peaches
- 2 cups granulated sugar, divided
- ½ cup butter
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- pinch of salt
- ¾ cup milk
- Mix peaches with 1 cup sugar.
- Melt butter in 2-quart casserole in oven as it preheats.
- In a bowl, mix 1 cup sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, and milk. Pour batter over melted butter. Do not stir. Place peaches on top of batter. Do not stir.
- Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Batter will rise and be brown and crisp when done.