Apr
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Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
April 17, 2017
Dear Members, 

     

Half-Wild Farm chickens

Those of you who pick up your CSA boxes at the farm may have met Heather, who is selling farm-fresh pastured and organic eggs. Heather is our neighbor and her son Marty of Half-Wild Farm have been supplying our CSA members with eggs on a “pre-order” basis. We thought it might be fun to invite them into the barn so you can get a taste of their eggs, learn about how to pre-order them and get to know their family.  Heather is setting up shop for the next few weeks in the barn between the hours of 1:30 and 4 on both Tuesdays and Thursdays – bring cash.  

     Speaking of eggs, our farm fresh greens and this week’s sweet potatoes will go so well in an omelette, fritatta or quiche!  Eggs are not just for breakfast. With the addition of our cooking greens and a nice fresh salad, you have a simple meal that is healthy and in season.
     Lastly, either this Wednesday or next, I will be interviewed for a TV program on KQED called “Newsroom”.  This will be a one-hour special about the first 100 days of President Trump’s administration to air on Friday, April 28, 2017. The show will broadcast throughout the state and on radio. I plan on talking about resiliency, activism, localization and community engagement.  Check it out!  
Be well,

Jennifer Branham-Burns
CSA trades and exchanges:  If you pick your produce up at the farm, you will see an exchange basket.  This basket is for you to swap produce on the exchange list.  Please limit your exchanges to what is available in the basket, and pay for the items you take out of the store. This way we ensure there is enough diverse produce in the store for everyone.  Thanks!
Produce Boxes
Salad, chard or kale, green garlic, Livingston sweet potatoes (hanna or garnet), California tangerines and red cabbage.
Juice Boxes:  This week’s juice boxes will include: Chard, celery, lemons, ginger, tangerines and apples. Happy juicing!

Health benefits of chard

Kale received some great press a few years ago, and while we love our kale and grow four varieties, this week’s harvest begs us to embrace Chard.  Chard has its own wonderful applications and is as healthy and abundant as kale.  Chard was somehow lost in the kale craze and is now regaining its popularity (though we have never stopped growing it at Laguna Farm).
Recipes:  Chard can be eaten raw in a salad or juiced / smoothied as you would any other green.  Chard is mild tasting, so paired with eggs or fish, it doesn’t over-power. Chard is diverse with it’s crunchy stems (not to be composted) and its soft, tender leaves add dimension to your dish.  Some like to chop the stems and add them to the pan to cook first, while I like to add the leaves and stems at the same time.  The stems retain their crunch and contrast with the tender leaves. Chard stems can easily soak up brine. This idea comes from Doug Flicker, a chef at the Minneapolis restaurant Piccolo. He mixes up a basic refrigerator pickle brine of distilled white vinegar, sugar and celery seed, then adds three big tablespoons of Sriracha sauce before pouring the mixture over the stems. The pickles sit in the refrigerator for a few days and then are ready to eat.
As always, I love to hear how you enjoy your veggies!  Hit reply and let me know how you like to enjoy chard.

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Apr
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April 11, 2017
Dear Members, 

     Greens, greens and more greens is the theme of this week’s harvest.  Aside from the beets, bok choy, salad and kale we are putting in the CSA boxes, we have a farm store filled with collards, chard, parsley and kale to choose from.  
     Several members are wondering what to do with their bok choy.  While many Asian stir-frys call for the crunchy vegetable to be added late in the cooking process, I personally love to eat it raw.  Sliced bok choy is very much like celery.  The crunch is perfect in salads and drizzled with dressing.  Please don’t let it go to waste even if you are not planning a stir-fry, bok choy is simple and its diversity is worth adding into your meal.  My simple bok choy stir fry celebrates the vegetable on its own and can be enjoyed with a protein over rice. See the recipes below for more details.
Be well,

Jennifer Branham-Burns
CSA trades and exchanges:  If you pick your produce up at the farm, you will see an exchange basket.  This basket is for you to swap produce on the exchange list.  Please limit your exchanges to what is available in the basket, and pay for the items you take out of the store. This way we ensure there is enough diverse produce in the store for everyone.  Thanks!
Produce Boxes
Salad, kale, bok choy, red onions, spring onions or garlic, local navel oranges and beets from Laguna Farm or Tierra Firma farm.
Juice Boxes:  
Kale, bok choy, beets, local navel oranges, Livingston celery or Laguna Farm’s chard, and Washington apples.

Laguna Farm Bok Choy

Simple Stir-fried Bok Choy: 

Heat 2T oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat, and cook 1/2 bunch of green garlic or spring onions in the hot oil until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.

Mix in 1 bunch of baby bok choy, that is sliced into bite sized pieces and cook and stir until the green parts of the leaves turn bright green and the stalks become slightly translucent, 5 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle with salt to serve.

 

Bok Choy Salad:

Slice your bok choy in thin slices and add to your salad greens.  Consider red onion, spring onions, orange segments, sesame dressing and proteins such as tofu, tempe, grilled chicken or nuts. 

 

Juiced Bok Choy:  Celery, cucumber and bok choy are my juicy green vegetables that traditionally go into every one of my fresh juices.  These three are so versatile, I enjoy them interchangeably. Bok Choy juices well with citrus, apples, beets, carrots, cilantro, and so much more!

 

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Apr
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Laguna Farm News and Recipes

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
April 4, 2017
Dear Members,The month of April often brings many greens to your CSA box.  We have a new crop of chard and a bounty of spinach that is growing so tender and sweet during our mild, sunny days.  You will also find radishes and spring onions in abundance during this time of year.  Spring onions are tender fresh onions that are not cured and come bunched.  Soon basil will be harvested for your CSA boxes and fresh strawberries are soon to come.

     As always, during the spring months, I source from other farms to fill your CSA box.  Produce boxes are supplemented with citrus and celery from California while our juicing boxes contain Washington apples, California citrus and ginger from Hawaii. Please know that when your box contains produce from other farms, it is always organic and as local as possible.  We want you to get the full value of your CSA and I am happy to offer fruits and vegetables in your box that help diversify the offerings.
Be well,Jennifer Branham-Burns

CSA trades and exchanges:  If you pick your produce up at the farm, you will see an exchange basket.  This basket is for you to swap produce on the exchange list.  Please limit your exchanges to what is available in the basket, and pay for the items you take out of the store. This way we ensure there is enough diverse produce in the store for everyone.  Thanks!
Produce Boxes
Salad, spinach, chard, radishes or spring onions and California tangerines and celery.
Juice Boxes:  
Spinach, beets, chard, apples from Washington, Hawaiian ginger, California tangerines and celery.
Laguna Farm Spinach
Red Kitten Spinach from Laguna Farm

     I love the versatility of farm-fresh spinach.  Baked, saute’d, raw, juiced or blended, spinach goes well with many things.  Please enjoy my top 5 ways to prepare the spinach in your CSA box.

1. Frittata.  A simple combination of eggs, milk, cheese, onions, mushrooms and fresh spinach.  Frittata celebrates the veggies of spring and the abundance of eggs and is easily adapted for your taste and produce on hand.

2.  Saute’d spinach.  Heat your choice of cooking fat, broth or water in a skillet.  Add 1/2 cup fresh onions and cook until tender.  Add as much spinach as you like to the pan and cook over medium heat.  Once wilted, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.  Consider adding chard to the pan along with your spinach.  Often greens cook down considerably, so a mix of chard and spinach will extend your greens to fill many bellies.

3.  Spinach salad.  You can use your fresh spinach to add to your salad greens or alone in a spinach salad.  Traditional spinach salads are often dressed with a citrus dressing.  I add hard boiled eggs and caramelized onions as toppings.  Some like bacon with their spinach salad.  The options are endless.

4.  Juiced spinach:  I can’t think of a fruit or vegetable that is not enhanced by the juice of spinach.  While juicing spinach yields very little juice, it is quite concentrated.  Consider juicing your spinach with carrots, apples, citrus and beets.

5.  Spinach green smoothie.  My personal favorite green to put in my smoothie is spinach.  So mild and tender, the spinach blends well into a smoothie of frozen berries, apples, yogurt, peanut butter and tangerines.  As I mentioned in the last newsletter, I have been making smoothies more of a meal.  By adding yogurt or milk and seeds and nuts, my smoothies have been higher in protein and lower in sugar.  Consider incorporating protein, fruit and vegetables into your smoothie and a great veggie candidate is spinach.

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Apr
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Laguna Farm News and Recipes

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
March 14, 2017
Laguna Farm Flier

Dear Members,

Do you have a place to hang our beautiful CSA recruitment flier? Perhaps a place of worship,
school, office bulletin, recreational center or child-care facility.  If you do, please hit reply and I’ll either forward it to you or put some in your CSA box.

     For those of you who pick up your CSA box at the farm, did you know that you can become a part of a milk herdshare, pre-order pastured eggs and purchase herbs from the Sonoma County Herb Exchange?  We are happy to exist within a larger agricultural hub where farmers come together to provide you with an array of agricultural products.  Feel free to inquire about these opportunities.
Be well,

Jennifer Branham-Burns

CSA trades and exchanges:  If you pick your produce up at the farm, you will see an exchange basket.  This basket is for you to swap produce on the exchange list.  Please limit your exchanges to what is available in the basket, and pay for the items you take out of the store. This way we ensure there is enough diverse produce in the store for everyone.  Thanks!
Tuesday Produce Boxes
Salad, Saute’ Greens, Hannah Sweet Potatoes, Garnet Sweet Potates, Red Onion, Yellow Onion, California Tangerines and Cilantro.
 
Thursday Produce Boxes 
Salad, Kale, Hannah Sweet Potatoes, Garnet Sweet Potates, Red Onion, Yellow Onion, California Tangerines and Parsley.
Cabbage and sweet potatoes
St. Patrick’s Day is Friday!
Just in time for an Irish inspired feast, we have a bountiful CSA box that begs to be included in your celebration.
Aside from corned beef and cabbage, there are other traditional and non-traditional meals that can be inspired from the produce during this time of year.  For example, try this:
Irish Sweet Potato and Cabbage Hash 

Ingredients
1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped small
1  cup garnet sweet potato, washed and cubed
1/2  cup white hannah sweet potato, washed and cubed
1 cup cabbage, thinly sliced and chopped
1 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1/8 tsp crush red pepper flakes
cayanne pepper, dash
1/4 Cup chopped cilantro or parsley
2 eggs
1 TBS olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Avocado slices (optional)
Directions
In a 6-8 inch skillet, cast iron preferred, add olive oil and sweet potatoes. Cook over medium heat; resist stirring for 5 minutes so that potatoes can become crisped. After the first time the potatoes are turned, add in onions and mix well. Repeat and allow to cook without turning for 3-5 minutes. Next time potatoes are turned, season with salt and pepper. Allow to cook for 5 minutes and then stir, then add in cabbage. Cook for an additional 3 minutes. Add in remaining spices. Using a spatula, make two wells in the sweet potato hash and crack the eggs directly into the pan.
Cover with a lid, and cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes depending upon softness of egg yolk preference. Cooking longer will make the yolk dry.
Garnish with chopped cilantro or parsley.
Serve with avocado if using.
Remove with a spatula and serve in small bowls.
Juice Boxes:  Baby greens, Apples, Tangerines, Carrots, Beets, Ginger and Silver Limes.
How can I fit silver limes into a St. Patrick’s day juice?  Here is how!
Silver Limes

Irish Luck Juice

1 silver lime
2 Apples
1/2 Cup water
1 small handful of baby greens.
Run all ingredients through a juicer and add ice or water to taste.  Silver limes are really special at this time of year.  They have been allowed to tree-ripen so they are lighter in color, thinner in skin, much juicier and a little more perishable.  You will yield much more juice out of a silver lime, so go easy.  I am sure these silver limes will brighten up your St. Patrick’s Day.
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Mar
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March 7, 2017
Dear Members,

     On Tuesday, we are putting spinach in the boxes instead of our salad mix.  If you regularly order “extra salad”, you will get your 1/2 pound as we are able to harvest enough for the pre-orders.  The cold and rain is setting us back in our summer planting. Usually at this time of year, we are tilling the lower fields so the organic matter can break down in time for spring planting.  With the amount of rain we experienced over the weekend and on Monday, we will not be able to get a tractor in the lower fields for quite some time. 
     As I have written before, during this time of year we always buy from other farms to supplement what we are growing here.  Healdsburg citrus is still abundant and for that we are very grateful.  

Squash and basil seedlings at Laguna Farm
Squash and basil March 6th
Be well,

Jennifer Branham-Burns
CSA trades and exchanges:  If you pick your produce up at the farm, you will see an exchange basket.  This basket is for you to swap produce on the exchange list.  Please limit your exchanges to what is available in the basket, and pay for the items you take out of the store. This way we ensure there is enough diverse produce in the store for everyone.  Thanks!
Produce Boxes

Spinach and Parsley on Tuesday, Salad mix and Cilantro on Thursday
Carrots, Green Garlic, Celery and Tangerines from Healdsburg.

Green garlic pizza
California Bountiful_s Green Garlic Pizza

Green Garlic Pizza!
Spring is the perfect time to enjoy home-made pizza.  The evenings are still cool enough to inspire us to turn on the oven and there are plenty of tender vegetables that lend well to a topped cheesy crust.
California Bountiful has a wonderful green garlic pizza recipe that uses parsley and shrimp.  Click on the photo to learn how to make this unique pizza.
For any pizza, I start with a
basic pizza crust.  There are many to choose from, and while sometimes I add 1/2 whole wheat flour, I find my family likes this basic white bread crust.  I health it up with the toppings though…  I often double the batch and bag up the remaining dough for the freezer. 
Spring pizza toppings can include asparagus, fresh goat cheese, spring onions, parsley, baby spinach, broccoli shoots, arugula, saute’d leeks, mushrooms and even caramelized carrots. Be creative and stay away from fresh tomatoes at this time.  Local tomatoes are well worth waiting for and will be abundant this summer.  Here is a recipe for e
nchilada pizza that utilizes the spring harvest.
Enchilada Pizza
Start with a
basic pizza crust or a pre-made crust. 
Spread enchilada sauce over the crust.  Top with a small amount of m
ozzarella cheese. Sprinkle on hard Mexican cheese (Casero queso fresco) is my favorite.  Bake in the oven until done (this will depend on the directions on your pizza dough.  Top with cilantro, caramelized green garlic and drizzle with sour cream.  
Juice Boxes: 

Carrots, 

Oranges and

Tangerines from Healdsburg, Hawaiian 

Ginger, S

pinach, 

Beets and 

Celery



Ginger root is a great addition to many juices. 
Carrot, apple, ginger.
Lemon-ginger tea.
Beet, Carrot, ginger.
Celery, apple, ginger.
Tangerine, ginger.
These are just a few of the many ways to incorporate your ginger into your juice.  
Because ginger has a low PH, it will start to spoil within 24 to 48 hours once juiced. For this reason, I suggest a few ways to keep your ginger fresh.
1.  Juice only what you need and store the rest in a zippy bag in the fridge.
2.  Juice the entire rhizome and freeze what you don’t need immediately by pouring the ginger juice into small ice-cube trays.  
3.  Because ginger yields a small yet pungent juice, consider juicing the whole rhizome and adding the juice to a neutral base like water, lemon or carrot before freezing it into single-use cubes.

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Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
February 28, 2017
Dear Members,

     Two weeks ago I reached out to see if any members were willing (and able) to pay for 6 months or a year of their CSA boxes in advance.  I am so grateful that several of you reached out and were able to help the farm in this way. Over the next several weeks, we are purchasing onion plants, strawberry plants and seeds galore.  

Summer Squash and Basil Starts.
Already the greenhouse is full of basil, tomato, spinach, lettuce and summer squash starts.  With these chilly nights, Nacho tucks the plants in with three layers of row cover cloth and we warm the greenhouse with a small space heater.  These days are tender on the farm. When the summer seedlings are small and the nights are cold, we give extra attention to the little ones. I am confident that with this added care our seedlings will survive the cold nights and grow to maturity during our ever warming and lengthening days.
     

Be well,

Jennifer Branham-Burns
CSA trades and exchanges:  If you pick your produce up at the farm, you will see an exchange basket.  This basket is for you to swap produce on the exchange list.  Please limit your exchanges to what is available in the basket, and pay for the items you take out of the store. This way we ensure there is enough diverse produce in the store for everyone.  Thanks!
Produce Boxes
Salad, carrots, Siberian kale on Tuesday and saute’ greens on Thursday, leeks on Tuesday and beets on Thursday, sweet potatoes and navel oranges from Healdsburg.

Get Your Greens!
Whether you are enjoying a bunch of Siberian kale or a bag of  baby saute’ mix, this time of year is perfect for tender cooking greens.  Here are a few ways to enjoy them.
Saute greens with onion and lemon. Caramelize your leeks or an onion in a pan with a dash of olive oil.  Chop up your greens and add to the pan with a splash of water.  Cover while your greens wilt. Once wilted, squeeze a lemon over your greens and serve hot.

Sweet Potato Kale Soup (pictured here) is one I will try tonight.  A blend of greens, sweet potatoes and cannellini beans sound wonderful together. Click on the photo to learn how to make it!
Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my favorite way to enjoy greens.  In a green smoothie!  A simple green smoothie includes frozen bananas, frozen berries, 1 or two fresh oranges, a large handful of greens and a splash of water, nut milk, tea or juice as a liquid.  Blend in your blender and enjoy!

Juice Boxes: carrots, parsley or cilantro, navel oranges, blood oranges, kale or baby greens, and celery.

The Siberian kale or baby greens included in your juicing box this week can be used several ways.  Usually when people juice greens, they are saddened to see how little juice is produced.  The juice, is very strong and I have made
“kale shots” with one bunch of kale that was enjoyed with a lemon chaser.  
Another way to enjoy your greens is in a
green smoothie.  Blend any of your favorite frozen fruits along with a splash of liquid (water, nut milk, or juice) with a handful of greens and you have yourself a nutritious meal. I admit that during the winter months, smoothies are no longer my go-to meal.  Instead I am making what I call,
juice blends.  Simply juice carrots, beets, apples, oranges, lemons and celery in any combination that appeals to you.  Once you have your juice, pour it into a blender and add parsley, kale or baby greens to taste. This way you have a drink that is not frozen and all the benefits of the fiber from your greens.   
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Feb
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Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
February 21, 2017
Dear Members,
     So many of you have reached out and asked us how the farm is doing with the continues rain storms.  Members look out into our flooded fields and are concerned about the crops.  Here is an update on the farm and a glimpse of what it is like to farm in the flood-plain.
     First off, we do have fields that are off-site in Sebastopol, where we have hoop-houses that protect the crops from the rain and add some protection from the elements.  The hoop-houses provide a dry environment for the farmers to transplant, weed and harvest.  Second, we expect it to rain and flood in the winter.  The floods, while constant, have not been beyond the normal levels we see every year at the farm.  Third, the rain and flood nourish our soil, eradicate gophers and provide a haven for water fowl.  As far as our early spring plantings go, our greenhouse is full and we are already seeing basil, cucumber and summer squash pop up through the planting mix.
Also, as I have mentioned in the past, we purchase from other farms during the winter months to supplement what we are growing on the farm and to diversify what is going in your box.  Healdsburg farmers are having a wonderful citrus year and we are happy to help them sell their fruit.
     Every year, during the spring, we reach out to those of you who may like to pay for a year or 6 months in advance. This helps us get through the lean spring months where we do not sell wholesale and have the added cost of planting and seeding.  If you are in a position to pre-pay, please hit reply and we will do the math for you and thank you for helping the farm out this way.

Be well,

Jennifer Branham-Burns

CSA trades and exchanges:  If you pick your produce up at the farm, you will see an exchange basket.  This basket is for you to swap produce on the exchange list.  Please limit your exchanges to what is available in the basket, and pay for the items you take out of the store. This way we ensure there is enough diverse produce in the store for everyone.  Thanks!
Produce Boxes
Salad, carrots, parsley, broccoli, beets, and navel oranges from Healdsburg.
Laguna Farm Parsley
Parsley three ways.
Parsley Rice:
Cook 1 cup of your favorite rice to equal 2 cups. Fluff with a fork and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Combine 1/2 cup chopped parsley with 1/4 cup fresh or bottled lemon juice 1 tsp salt, and 2 tsp turmeric powder.  I make this rice for my family to go with chicken tikka.
Parsley Pesto:  
Combine 1 bunch of parsley with 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice.  Process in a food processor and serve over pasta, potatoes, or on crusty bread.
Tabbouleh Salad:
1cup water
½ cup bulgur
¼ cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon minced garlic
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup chopped fresh mint (optional)
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 cups finely chopped flat-leaf parsley.

Combine water and bulgur in a small saucepan. Bring to a full boil, remove from heat, cover and let stand until the water is absorbed and the bulgur is tender, 25 minutes or according to package directions. If any water remains, drain bulgur in a fine-mesh sieve. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool for 15 minutes.

Combine lemon juice, oil, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Add parsley and mint to the bulgur. Add the dressing and toss. Serve at room temperature or chill for at least 1 hour to serve cold.  During the summer months, consider adding 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes and cucumber.

 

Juice Boxes: carrots, parsley, navel oranges, kale, beets, apples and lemons.
Laguna Farm Parsley with Lemons

 

Here are a few tips on how to use parsley for smoothies or juice.

 

Parsley is a savory herb that blends best with roots such as beets and carrot.  Simply alternate the roots with the greens at a ratio of 2 parts root to one part parsley and run through your juicer.

 

Parsley and lemon is refreshing and savory.  Try juicing a blend of lemon, parsley and celery. Also popular is lemon water with parsley blended in a blender at a ratio of 1 cup lemon water to 1/4 cup parsley.  Make sure you blend this well. It makes a beautiful green drink.

 

Parsley can be blended into a fruit smoothie.  Bananas, apples and orange with a handful of parsley is a wonderful combination.  The parsley deepens the flavor and will make your smoothie more balanced and less sweet.
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Feb
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February 14, 2017
Dear Members,

     After sending last week’s newsletter, I was gifted with several member suggestions on how to beat the winter blues.  They are as follows:
1.  Bundle up and take a walk in the rain.
2. Take a Jazzercise class at the community center.
3.  P
lay Scrabble and make it more competitive by only giving 1 minute per player. 
4.  Sing out loud or to yourself 
5.  Draw a cartoon or a joke about Trump (the possibilities are limitless). 

6.  Make a cup of hot chocolate and listen to the rain.
7.  Brush your teeth without turning off the tap and rejoice, the drought is over.
     Those of you who pick up your produce at the farm may have noticed that we are transitioning toward using cardboard boxes to package your CSA.  The truth is, the attrition rate of the plastic bins is very high.  The cost of buying new plastic bins and the environmental cost of all this plastic is hard to ignore.  For this reason, we are moving toward reusable cardboard boxes for farm pick up. If your produce is in a cardboard box, please open it gently, transfer your produce into your own bag, keep the plastic liner in the box and set it out on the table. Once these cardboard boxes are near the end of their life, we will send them off to our restaurant and wholesale accounts for one last use.
     

Be well,

Jennifer Branham-Burns
CSA trades and exchanges:  If you pick your produce up at the farm, you will see an exchange basket.  This basket is for you to swap produce on the exchange list.  Please limit your exchanges to what is available in the basket, and pay for the items you take out of the store. This way we ensure there is enough diverse produce in the store for everyone.  Thanks!
Produce Boxes
Salad, cauliflower or broccoli, red or green cabbage, red or yellow onion, green garlic, garnet sweet potatoes, fennel on Tuesday, saute’ greens on Thursday.  

Green Garlic

Green Garlic:  A farm fresh favorite!
 In the late winter and moving into spring, we are blessed with green garlic.  Green garlic is the tender and mellow immature version of cured garlic that we are all used to seeing year-round. The simple answer to the question of how do you use it, is to use it the way you would use cured garlic.  As an ingredient in a stir-fry, pasta, soup or on bread.  If you would like to be more creative and feature the subtle flavors of green garlic, consider making a pesto.  
Here is how. Process in a food processor:

6 green garlic shoots, trimmed of the dark green tips and cut into 2 inch pieces

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 cup pine nuts

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Cover crusty bread with your pesto or use it to top your favorite pasta.  Use it to dress roasted potatoes or smother it over roasted cauliflower.  Enjoy with a loved one!

 

Juice Boxes: Loose carrots, apples, fennel, navel oranges, blood oranges, celery.
I know I used this photo last week,
but it is worth repeating! 
I have a new favorite juice to share with you.  It is such a great combination, I am calling it Fenntastic!


 

Simply juice: 

2 fennel bulbs

2 celery stalks

1 – 2 apples

1 lemon

I enjoyed my juice over ice.  

 

Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com


Feb
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Laguna Farm News and Recipes

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
February 7, 2017
Dear Members,

     This week we are gearing up for another big winter storm.  The rain is causing flooding in our summer fields and high winds have impacted the hoop houses that protect our crops.  Farmers have to roll with whatever the weather brings us.  As individuals, it is important to recognize that it can get a bit depressing as the storms continue on.  Feeling these blues myself, I have looked into ways to uplift my mood and I thought I would share them with you.
1.  Find ways to exercise. I cover hundreds of miles in the spring, summer and fall on my bike.  I must admit, winter is pretty sedentary for me.  By finding weather proof ways of exercising, I can uplift my mood and so can you!
2.  Get as much light as possible.  The rainy days darken the barn, my office and home.  When the sun peeks out, I am making a point to get out in it.  I switched out the bulbs in the barn to make it brighter and flipped on my office light to illuminate my surroundings.
3.  Load up on foods with vitamin C and healthy carbs.  We crave comfort foods in the winter.  Roasted broccoli, orange juice, brazed carrots and cooked greens are just the foods for the winter months.
4.  Look for ways to be inspired.  What motivates you?  How can you be creative?  Whenever I have a new project or upcoming event, I get a boost of energy that is uplifting and motivating.
5.  Recognize that the cold and wet winter months can affect your mood.  Even if you identify as a “winter person”, the constant rain might bring you down. Find ways to brighten your days and know that already the days are lengthening and the flowers will be blooming soon.
I would love to hear how you beat the winter blues.  Hit reply and share your suggestions.

Be well,

Jennifer Branham-Burns

CSA trades and exchanges:  If you pick your produce up at the farm, you will see an exchange basket.  This basket is for you to swap produce on the exchange list.  Please limit your exchanges to what is available in the basket, and pay for the items you take out of the store. This way we ensure there is enough diverse produce in the store for everyone.  Thanks!
Produce Boxes
Salad, saute’ greens, red and gold potatoes, broccoli, leeks, golden nugget tangerines or blood oranges. 
Potato Leek Soup.  The ultimate comfort food.
There are so many ways to make potato leek soup I encourage you to experiment and find a way that you like best.
Potato leek soup is simply cleaned and saute’d leeks and garlic blended with cooked potatoes, herbs and spices with an added liquid like chicken stock, vegetable stock and cream.  Many people opt for a healthy version omitting the cream while others make it even heartier with added salt pork or bacon.
Check out these links for a healthy or hearty soup:
Juice Boxes: carrots, baby greens, tangerines, loose carrots, apples, meyer lemons and fennel.
Fun with Fennel
Fennel is a wonderful juicing vegetable.  So light and sweet it blends well with a number of flavors including, cilantro, apple, carrot and beet. Most notably, is fennel and citrus. You may have heard of fennel salad with citrus dressing.  The same flavors can be enjoyed in juice!
I suggest making an 8 ounce glass of orange juice then slowly adding fennel to taste.  The fennel deepens and sweetens the orange juice beautifully.
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January 31, 2017
Dear Members,

     On February 11th from 10:00 to 2:00 Laguna Farm will host the second Day Of Action.  During this time, we are going to canvas the streets of Sebastopol, Santa Rosa and Petaluma inviting folks to come to the farm, join our CSA, receive coupons, learn about our upcoming events and receive a guest pass for our farm store.  We are finding that many people do not know about our farm or have always wondered about it.  Now is the time to invite our community to experience local, sustainable agriculture.
     If you would like to join us, please hit reply and I will send you more details.  While we are calling it a Day Of Action, I see it as a day of offering as well. Join us!
Cody age 14.
Cody age 7.

 

     Laguna Farm is happy to have Cody Branham Burns join our CSA packing team.  Cody has been stomping around the farm since he was 2 years old. Now that he is almost 15, Cody has Tuesday and Thursday mornings available to help out on the farm for work experience credit and paid wages.  While Cody is not a fan of the early and cold mornings, he has quickly become an expert at tying salad bags and gently putting produce in the bins. Best of all, Cody’s quirky sense of humor has us all laughing and having a good time.  Welcome Cody!

Eat well,

Jennifer Branham-Burns

 

CSA trades and exchanges:  If you pick your produce up at the farm, you will see an exchange basket.  This basket is for you to swap produce on the exchange list.  Please limit your exchanges to what is available in the basket, and pay for the items you take out of the store. This way we ensure there is enough diverse produce in the store for everyone.  Thanks!
Produce Boxes
Tuesday:  Salad, carrots, potatoes, onions, celery.
Thursday:  Salad, carrots, onions, celery, cauliflower and citrus from Healdsburg.
Jennifer’s top 10 things to do with celery!
1.  Eat it raw with peanut butter or ranch dressing
2.  Stir-fry with carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and mushrooms.
3.  Add to potato salad.
4.  Juice it with carrot and apple.
5.  Celery, carrot and onion saute’d with butter or oil make the perfect start to any soup or chili.
6.  Cut in small pieces and top your tacos!
7.  Add a little crunch to your egg salad, chicken salad or tuna salad sandwiches.
8.  Juice with cilantro and lemon or lime.  Pour over ice and enjoy!
9.  Saute with onion and add to homemade stuffing.
10.  Use your imagination.  Hit reply to suggest your favorite way to eat celery.
Juice Boxes: carrots, rainbow carrots, celery, cilantro, kale, citrus.
Sleep with celery

 

When I juice,  I first look at the fruits and vegetables I have available, then I combine them based on taste. Lately,
I have been paying more attention to the way juicing makes me feel.  Ever since I found myself bouncing off the walls one evening after drinking a juice with beets in it, I have considered the side benefits and their appropriateness of such benefits.  Today I learned that celery may help those struggling with insomnia, fall asleep!  T
he minerals and essential oils in the juice of
celery may have
a calming effect on the nervous system. Celery is high in magnesium that can help you relax into a soothing and restful
sleep
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Celery is wonderful juiced with cilantro and citrus.  Celery, apple and carrot is a classic that almost everyone loves.
Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com