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May 23, 2017
Dear Members,
     Looking out toward the laguna we can see several fields being mowed, tilled and planted. As we did last year, we are amending the soil with compost,
lime, sulfur and sodium borate.  It is important that we continue to feed the soil that grows our plants and this amended compost will certainly boost the nutrition in the fields.

 

     Our farmstand is filling up with late spring treasures such as strawberries, peaches, nectarines, basil, cucumbers and new potatoes.  We are moving out of citrus season, with the exception of ripe limes and valencia oranges.  If you would like a $7.00 fruit share added to your CSA, reply to this e-mail and we will add it to your box ongoing.
      REMINDER:  The CSA boxes are not to be brought home.  Please continue to transfer your veggies into your own bag.  If you did happen to bring a plastic bin or cardboard box home, please return it to the farm so we can reuse it.  Thanks!
Produce Boxes
Salad, Dino Kale, Radishes, Spring Onions or Beets, Fennel, Red Potatoes.
 
Fennel and Eggs.
Fennel is one of those vegetables that bring out a strong reaction in people. They either love it or they don’t know what to do with it. I have not run into anyone who hates it, so I proceed with hope.
Caramelized fennel is my go-to recipe.  If you have not tried it, I suggest giving it a try. Another favorite is achieved by combining fennel with spring onions and served under a fried egg.  Crusty bread rounds out the flavors and texture so you will be on your way to a satisfying breakfast.
 
Juice Boxes:  
Kale, Carrots, Beets, Fennel, Cucumbers, Mint and Strawberries.
 
Cucumber and fennel
     When I put this juice box together, I thought it might be warmer outside.  Cucumber and mint was on the menu and now my best suggestion is to make your mint into a hot tea and enjoy your cucumber juiced with carrot and beet.  If it does warm up, consider juicing cucumber and fennel.  Add a squeeze of lime before pouring over ice.  A pinch of salt will enliven the flavors even more.
     Hydrating waters are a summertime favorite and cucumbers are always the featured star. Start with a picture of cold water and add cucumber and mint before letting it rest in the refrigerator over night.  The next day, pour a glass over ice.  Other flavors could include strawberry-lemon and  fennel – orange.
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May 1, 2017
Dear Members, 
We are celebrating the sun here at Laguna Farm.  The first of the strawberries and basil are ready for you to enjoy and we are transplanting our tomatoes this week.  As you have seen, we have plenty of greens during this time of year. With three varieties of kale, abundant chard and this week’s bounty of spinach, I am sure you will enjoy some hearty and healthy meals.  
I would like to take some space to welcome the new CSA members to Laguna Farm.  Several people have joined recently and I want to extend an invitation to our home delivery members and neighborhood drop site members to come out and visit the farm.  Check out our store hours and stop by and see how and where your food is grown.  The fields are finally dry enough to walk through and you will see our tender transplants grow into maturity.  Our farm store is abundantly stocked and the weather is perfect for a picnic under the oak tree or a stroll through the fields. 
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, sweet potatoes, yellow onions, basil, oranges and spinach or chard.

Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes before roasting
Before…
Sweet potatoes after roasting
…and after

Baked sweet potatoes are wonderful to eat in the winter time, but for a spring and summer meal, I like to cut them in one-inch squares, drizzle then massage with olive oil, sprinkle on salt and pepper before laying out on a cookie sheet.  I roast mine in a 450′ oven for about 30 minutes tossing once the bottom layer gets a little brown.  From here, these sweet potatoes can be served with eggs, over spinach, or just plain!

Juice Boxes:  
Spinach, carrots, beets, ginger, chard, cilantro and lemons.

Refreshing Cilantro and Lemon 

Lemons and Cilantro

Cilantro and lemon is a refreshing summer drink.  My favorite way to enjoy it is to squeeze 2 or 3 lemons into a blender.  Add 1/4 bunch of cilantro and a generous amount of water.  Whirl it up and pour it over ice.  It turns into a refreshing “lemon water” with an added zing of cilantro.  If you would prefer it to be a little on the sweeter side, I suggest adding 2 pitted dates before processing.   

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April 25, 2017
Dear Members, 

     

Half-Wild Farm chickens

I have been having fun revamping and rearranging the farm store.  Instead of having the store goods on the cement outside the walk-in, I moved it to the other side of the barn where you can see it from the breezeway. So far, members have commented that it looks nice!  

     Last week I mentioned that Heather of Half-Wild Farm, who has been supplying our CSA members with eggs on a “pre-order” basis, is now selling her eggs in the store from 1:00 to 3ish. Just to clarify, it is best for them that you pre-order the eggs. During the summer, eggs will likely only be available on pre-order.  Eggs are only available for members who pick up at the farm as these are direct from the egg farmer and can not be delivered.
  
    Following up with last week’s news, my interview for KQED Newsroom was canceled, so I won’t be on the air this week.  

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, radishes, fingerling potatoes, california oranges or tangerines and yellow onions.

Laguna Farm Radishes
Rainbow Radishes

Last evening, I brought home a bag of salad greens, a red onion and a bunch of radishes.  I planned on making a big salad for dinner complete with shaved cabbage, nuts, dried cranberries and saute’d chicken.  As I was shaving the cabbage, my 15 year old son ate the entire bunch of radishes! He would tell you that eating radishes raw, strait off the bunch is the best recipe.  Here are a few more for you to consider.
Spicy Quick Pickled Radishes:  Easy and tasty, this recipe enhances your radishes and preserves them too.
Honey Roasted Radishes: If you are not a fan of the spicy radish flavor, this is the recipe for you.  I love how it incorporates the tops of the radish.  This is my go-to radish recipe (when my kid doesn’t eat the whole bunch).
Saute’d Radishes:  If you don’t want to heat up the oven and roast your radishes, consider saute’d radishes.  With these simple ingredients, what is not to love?
Juice Boxes:
  
Kale, Chard, Beets, California tangerines, mint and carrots.

Green Orange Juice
Green Orange Juice

I am trying to figure out a name for my new favorite juice.  I started calling it “green orange juice”, but that felt like an oxymoron. Hit reply if you have a suggested name for orange juice with kale blended in. I drink it over ice with a straw.  Many fruit juices can be enhanced nutritionally by simply blending in a few leaves of kale.  I like mine sweet, so I usually add a few pitted dates along with 4 leaves of kale to a 8 ounces of orange juice over ice.  The same can be enjoyed with lemon juice! 

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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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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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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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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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Happenings on the farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

 


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