Feb
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March Event:
Pressure Cooker Demo & Sampling!

March 17th 2:00 – 4:00
Laguna Farm is hosting Jill Nussinow, The Veggie Queen who will teach us how to use a pressure cooker to make quick, energy efficient and healthy meals. Jill will take a Laguna Farm CSA produce box and demonstrate how to use MODERN day pressure cookers while answering our questions.  Please check out her website to learn more about Jill. She is a dear friend of the farm, an author, a farmers market patron and a valuable resource.  Join us on March 17th from 2:00 – 4:00 and Eat Well! 
Laguna Farm 
Turns 30!
Laguna Farm is growing into it’s 30th season this year and we invite you to celebrate with us. Every month, we are highlighting a special component of the farm. From juicing to clothing swaps, to community potlucks and farm tours.  Come see how we grow and help us celebrate local agriculture along the way.  Please see and share our 2015 Events  We are adding to it throughout the year,so please check back often and don’t miss out!
February 24, 2015
Dear Members,
   I would like to take a moment to reflect on the unexpected loss of the hundreds of tomato plants that didn’t make it through last night’s frost.  No, this is not meant to be a tongue in cheek joke.  While there is a lot of life and abundance on the farm, we experience a measurable amount of loss too.  Every year, we start plants early hoping to glide through the window of warmth into spring for a jump start.  Usually the seedlings grow out of the super tender stages and with a bit of row-cover or “remay” they can withstand a mild frost.  Last night with the tomatoes, we were not so lucky.  On the bright side, the the basil and cucumbers were not affected and we still hope for an early harvest.
     Important note:  Many of you receive an e-mail saying your box is available for pick up.  Because it is an auto-generated e-mail, we are hearing that spam filters are not letting all of those notices through.  Please mark your box pick up schedule on your calendar (especially if you are an every-other-week member). You can always log onto your account to see if this is your week or even give us a call and we can let you know.

     Be Well,

Jennifer Branham


Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Celery, Cabbage, Golden Beets, Garnet Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Tangerines.
Cabbage Slaw

1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 small red onion 
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup parsley
2 T cilantro leaves
1 T honey
1/2 cup canola oil
Salt and pepper
1/2 head red cabbage
Directions
Combine all ingredients, except cabbage, in a blender and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place cabbage in a large bowl and toss with the vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper and let sit 30 minutes in the refrigerator before serving.


Juice Box Contents:  
Carrots, Beets, Tangerines, Kale, Limes, Ginger, Celery

The trick to a creamy and smooth green smoothie is to blend your greens with your liquids before adding your solids.  With this smoothie, it is important to get your beet greens incorporated before adding the raw beet. 

Green Beet Smoothie

2 cups beet greens

1 cup water
2 tangerines, peeled
1 small raw beet, peeled 
Juice of 1 lime or lemon

Directions

Blend beet greens, water, tangerines and lime juice until smooth. Add the beet, and blend until smooth. 


Fresh food for our whole community: EBT Benefits Accepted
Did you know that Laguna Farm accepts CalFresh electronic benefit cards?  If you need help with food security, apply for benefits at www.benefitscal.org
or call 1-877-847-3663. It is our firm belief that fresh, healthy food should be available to everyone regardless of their income.  At the same time, farmers should be paid fair value for their produce.  With Cal-Fresh, both happen!
1764 Cooper Road

Sebastopol,, CA 95472

Feb
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Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

Locally, sustainably grown, in a way that benefits the environment, the workers, the habitat & you!

 

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March Event:
Pressure Cooker Demo & Sampling!

March 17th 2:00 – 4:00
Laguna Farm is hosting Jill Nussinow, The Veggie Queen who will teach us how to use a pressure cooker to make quick, energy efficient and healthy meals. Jill will take a Laguna Farm CSA produce box and demonstrate how to use MODERN day pressure cookers while answering our questions.  Please check out her website to learn more about Jill. She is a dear friend of the farm, an author, a farmers market patron and a valuable resource.  Join us on March 17th from 2:00 – 4:00 and Eat Well!
Laguna Farm 
Turns 30!
Laguna Farm is growing into it’s 30th season this year and we invite you to celebrate with us. Every month, we are highlighting a special component of the farm. From juicing to clothing swaps, to community potlucks and farm tours.  Come see how we grow and help us celebrate local agriculture along the way.  Please see and share our 2015 Events  We are adding to it throughout the year,so please check back often and don’t miss out!
February 17, 2015
Dear Members,
    I would like to send out a warm welcome to the many new folks we have joining our CSA. We have been working hard to spread the word about buying direct from the farm.  This, along with so many of you inviting your friends out has inspired a surge in memberships over the past several weeks.  We are honored to be your farmer.
     Last week I demonstrated our CSA juice box and used a vita-mix blender, a citrus juicer and a vegetable juicer to blend up some healthful drinks.  Many of you were interested in how we used the pulp in crackers and bread. I am re-posting the cracker method and am sharing this pulp bread recipe that can be easily adapted.  I hope you incorporate juicing in your life.  I have been an avid “juicer” for over 10 years and highly recommend vegetable juices, fruit smoothies and infusions.
     Lastly, I would love to see a big turn-out for our next on-the-farm event on March 16th from 2:00-4:00 with Jill Nussinow. She will demonstrate how to make healthy meals with a pressure cooker.  (See the left side-bar)

     Be Well,

Jennifer Branham

Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Broccoli, Leeks, White Doll Turnips, Chard, Gourmet Mushrooms and  Murcott Tangerines.

 

Honey Roasted Asian TurnipsHoney Roasted Asian Turnips

 

So many of you have tried my suggestion for roasted radishes.  Now consider roasting your turnips with honey.  They are so super tasty.  I suggest serving them separate from the turnip greens that you can later saute’ with lemon and garlic for a second vegetable dish.

 

Here is how you can Honey Roast your turnips: 
Pre-heat oven to 375′
Arrange quartered turnips onto a large baking sheet with sides.Melt 1 Tablespoon of honey and 1 Tablespoon of butter together and drizzle over the turnips. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper then toss to coat the turnips thoroughly.
Roast for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned and tender.

Juice Box Contents:
Carrots (2 bunches), Apples, Chard, Lemons, Beets, Tangerines
Juice Pulp Crackers
Juice Pulp Crackers
Last week at the juicing demo, folks asked for a re-post of the recipe for crackers:  Simply save 2 to 3 cups of juice pulp, blend with 1/3 cup flax or chia seeds, enough water to made a loose paste and any spices or seasonings you desire.  I used pulp from carrots, celery and parsley then added lemon juice, black pepper, and sea salt.  Spread your mixture on waxed paper and dehydrate.  Once the crackers are about 1/2 dry, score using a pizza cutter and dry overnight or until crisp.

Name That Mushroom!

Trumpet Royal
Trumpet Royal

 

We get a special deal with Gourmet Mushrooms in Sebastopol if we agree to take a variety of mushrooms that they have growing in abundance.  This time we were happy to put Brown Clamshell, Alba Clamshell and Trumpet Royal mushrooms in the CSA.  Go to the Gourmet Mushrooms Website to identify what variety you got in your produce box and check out their recipes

Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472

 

Feb
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February’s Event:
Juicing Demo & Sampling!
Laguna Farm is hosting a Juicing Demo and Sampling on February 10th and 12th.  During this time we will make farm fresh juices, green smoothies and sample the crackers and breads we have been making with the pulp. Please join us between 2:00 and 4:00 and invite your friends to come juice with us!.
Laguna Farm 
Turns 30!
Laguna Farm is growing into it’s 30th season this year and we invite you to celebrate with us. Every month, we are highlighting a special component of the farm. From juicing to clothing swaps, to community potlucks and farm tours.  Come see how we grow and help us celebrate local agriculture along the way.  Please see and share our 2015 Events  We are adding to it throughout the year,so please check back often and don’t miss out!
Laguna Farm is open for membership and ask you to spread the word that locally grown food is abundantly available this winter season.  All new members get $5.00 off their first CSA box if they type in coupon code:  “newcsa”.
February 3, 2015
Dear Members,
     It’s official, Nacho LOVES seeds.  Every year about this time, he pours over the seed catalogs that come in the mail. Johnny’s Select, Ornamental Eatables, High-Mowing, Baker Creek.  There he finds his old favorites like Orion fennel, Napoli carrots, Spineless Perfection zucchini, and then tries out new varieties like Lunchbox peppers in red, yellow and orange.  While he picks out the varieties, I place the order, so it is really one of the few things we do together as partners. Packets of 500 zucchini seeds, 1 pound bags of basil seeds and 25,000 purple onion seeds come through the mail along with onion plants, bags of seed potatoes and small strawberry starts. While most think this is a slow time on the farm, the planning for the spring and winter months has begun. Just look at this photo of our greenhouse in February!   Green House In February
     As many of you know, we invest the most money during the spring on soil amendments, seeds and labor.  During this time, our wholesale orders and farm markets are much smaller. Every year we ask those of you who operate on an annual budget if you would like to pay for 1 year or 6 months in advance. If this is within your ability, please let us know and we will even help you with the math!

     Be Well,

Jennifer Branham

Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Saute’ Greens, Red Fingerling Potatoes, Parsley, Cauliflower, Murcott Tangerines.
Cauliflower as a healthy starch!
Lemon Parsley Cauliflower Rice

Ingredients:

1 small head of cauliflower

3 Tbsp ghee or coconut oil

2 tsp lemon zest 

4 Tbsp chopped fresh pasley

1/8 tsp Salt 

Method:

Trim cauliflower and place florets in a food processor. Pulse until chopped to rice grain size.  Set aside.

Heat cooking fat in a large frying pan or Wok over medium-high heat.  Add cauliflower to the oil and cook, stirring frequently until cauliflower is cooked al dente (about 6-8 minutes). Stir in lemon zest, parsley and salt.  Cook 1 minute.  Enjoy!

Juice Box Contents:
Carrots (2 bunches), Apples, Baby Greens, Chard, Burdock Root, Meyer Lemons, Celery, Navel Oranges
Cleansing Burdock Juice
Burdock for Juicing

Burdock root is considered a weed by some and a valuable food source by others.  The Sonoma County Herb Exchange and Traditional Medicinals Tea Company recognize it as important medicine.  Please enjoy the video I shared so you can learn how to incorporate this root into your juices. I find it ads depth to many of the sweet and zingy juices I make.  Mellowing them out and adding a nutty and earthy balance.

Juice Pulp Crackers
Juice Pulp Crackers
Last evening, I saved all my juice pulp and made wonderful “Juice Pulp Crackers”.  Simply save 2 to 3 cups of juice pulp, blend with 1/3 cup flax or chia seeds, enough water to made a loose paste and any spices or seasonings you desire.  I used pulp from carrots, ginger, celery and parsley then added lemon juice, black pepper, cardamom and sea salt.  Spread your mixture on waxed paper and dehydrate.  Once the crackers are about 1/2 dry, score using a pizza cutter and dry overnight or until crisp.
Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472

 

Jan
21
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Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

Locally, sustainably grown, in a way that benefits the environment, the workers, the habitat & you!

 


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30 Years and Growing!
Laguna Farm is growing into it’s 30th season this year and we invite you to celebrate with us.  Every month, we are highlighting a special component of the farm. From juicing to clothing swaps, to community potlucks and farm tours.  Come see how we grow and help us celebrate local agriculture along the way.  Please see and share our 2015 Events  We are adding to it throughout the year,so please check back often and don’t miss out!

Laguna Farm is open for membership and ask you to spread the word that locally grown food is abundantly available this winter season.  All new members get $5.00 off their first CSA box if they type in coupon code:  “newcsa”.


Juicing in the 
New Year

Would you like to join us in juicing in the New Year? Many CSA members are adding a juice box onto their regular order.  A “Juice Box” is a CSA box that is roughly made up of 80% produce and 20% fruit that is selected with juicing in mind.  Try it!
January 20, 2015
     “I just look at those plants and ask myself, how can I make them grow faster?” Nacho Romero, co-owner of Laguna Farm.
     During this time of year, things sure take longer to grow and the best we can do is give the most of what we have and support other organic growers in our community.  When we can’t source enough for your boxes through our fields, we purchase or trade from farmers throughout the region. This way, you get the full value of your box weekly.  For example, we didn’t have enough leeks for all the CSA boxes, so we worked with our distributor FEED Sonoma who matched us up with Paul’s Produce out of Sonoma. Paul’s local, fresh, beautiful leeks supplement our own harvest and assist us in filling the produce shares.  In addition to the leeks, we love putting mushrooms in your boxes during the winter months.  Gourmet Mushrooms out of North Sebastopol has been a friend of the farm for years.  Bob always let’s us know when they have a bumper crop and he appreciates our flexibility in receiving the variety they have in abundance. This week’s produce boxes contain either Trumpet Royal, Maitake Frondosa or Alba Clamshell  mushrooms. Gourmet Mushrooms has a useful recipe page that could assist you in finding ways to enjoy the local harvest.  So thank your for your understanding when everything is not coming directly from the Laguna fields.  By keeping our CSA open year round, we are able to sell what we are growing, keep our dedicated customer base and support local growers.

     Be Well,

Jennifer Branham


Tuesday Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Radishes, Chard, Leeks, Gourmet Mushrooms, California Grown Navel Oranges, Yellow Fingerling Potatoes.
Roasted Radishes
Sweet Roasted Radishes
Whenever we put radishes in the boxes I like to encourage members to roast them.  They sweeten up and taste like candy! 
Combine:
1 bunch radishes quartered, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons honey, salt and pepper to taste.
Directions:  Preheat oven to 425°F.  Spread mixture in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes, stirring once or twice during cooking. Serve immediately.

Thursday Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Carrots, Kale, Leeks, Gourmet Mushrooms, California Grown Navel Oranges, Yellow Fingerling Potatoes.
Baked Tater Tots

baked tater tots (vegan & gluten-free) Something Vegan

We shared this fun and easy recipe on Facebook and want to invite you to give it a look.  We will have Laguna Farm fresh potatoes for another few weeks, so give it a try and see how you like baked tater-tots!


Juice Box Contents:  
Carrots (2 bunches), Apples, Kale, Chard, Turmeric*, Navel Oranges
Turmeric
Man have I story for you!  I put a note in all the juice boxes encouraging you to read up on turmeric’s benefits and possible side-effects.  I caution you to use only a little bit in your juice and make sure it does not make you dizzy.  Yes dizzy! I was happily drinking my carrot-apple-turmeric-ginger juice over the weekend and was surprised to learn that I am one of the few people who experience dizziness after consuming large amounts of turmeric.  Not fun when you don’t know what is happening to you.  On the bright side, this fresh turmeric used sparingly in juices provides many health benefits.  I suggest juicing the whole tuber then freezing it in small amounts.  Say putting 1 tsp droplets on waxed paper on a cookie sheet then putting it in the freezer.  This way you could put your 1 tsp (or less) in your juices as you like. 
Ellen has been enjoying it  by grating turmeric with ginger, mixing it with butter then simmering it in coconut milk. 
Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472

Jan
14
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Events Calendar

30 Years and Growing!
Laguna Farm is growing into it’s 30th season this year and we invite you to celebrate with us.  Every month, we are highlighting a special component of the farm. From juicing to clothing swaps, to community potlucks and farm tours.  Come see how we grow and help us celebrate local agriculture along the way.  Please see and share our 2015 Events
Laguna Farm is open for membership and ask you to spread the word that locally grown food is abundantly available this winter season.  All new members get $5.00 off their first CSA box if they type in coupon code:  “newcsa”.

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Juicing in the 
New Year
 
Would you like to join us in juicing in the New Year? Many CSA members are adding a juice box onto their regular order.  A “Juice Box” is a CSA box that is roughly made up of 80% produce and 20% fruit that is selected with juicing in mind.  Try it!
January 13, 2015
     Over the past several months, I have been researching various ways to make juices and smoothies. Laguna Farm’s CSA juice box has motivated me to make juices myself so I can reap the health benefits and gain the knowledge necessary to support those new to juicing.  As a result, my tangential internet searches have brought me into the world of the raw vegans.  A dedicated bunch of fruit lovers, sprouters, juicers and dehydrated food preparers – these folks are really into food!
     So off I go on Saturday night to a raw-vegan potluck advertised through Meet-up. Chard wraps in hand, I ring the bell to be greeted by some of the warmest people and coldest food I could ever wish to know.  Shredded carrot salad, pad thai and pizza were my favorite dishes. Conversation topics included the 80-10-10 diet, the various kinds of juicers, fasting- and how privileged we are to be able to choose not to eat in a world where hunger exists. Before the night was over, I invited the group out to the farm for the September potluck and promised I would return.  And I will.  
     This event showcased a community that gathers on the common foundation of food and the methods used to prepare it. While I am not a raw-vegan 100% of the time, due to the nature of my job I find myself surrounded by raw food and eating it!  Sharing recipes of any kind in community is the way I like to spend my Saturday nights and meet-up groups are the modern day “clubs” that were instrumental to my social life in college. If you would like to find like-minded people over food, wine, hiking, kayaking…. you name it, Meet-up might be a nice venue. 

     Be Well,

Jennifer Branham

(PS) If you want any recipes from my potluck, feel free to hit reply and I’ll e-mail them to you!

Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Baby Kale, Broccoli, Carrots, White Doll Turnips, Sweet Potatoes, Brown Rice.
White Doll Turnips with Greens White Doll Turnips
Trim the tops off 1 bunch of white doll turnips.  Cut the turnips in half from root to stem.  Heat 1 T butter or oil in a pan over medium heat.  Add the turnips and cook until lightly browned.  Cut the greens into bite sized pieces including the stems.  Add the chopped stems to the turnips and saute for 2 minutes.  Add the greens along with a dash of water to bring up the steam.  Squeeze 1 lemon over the greens and turnips while cooking until the greens wilt.  Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

Juice Box Contents:
Carrots, Apples, Celery, Meyer Lemons, Pears,
Baby Kale, Ginger. Carrots and lemons
Lemon with carrots and ginger is a warming juice that just might keep those pesky colds at bay.  Start with one bunch of carrots, one whole Meyer lemon (yes, include the peel) and a small thumb of ginger.  Add more ginger to taste followed by a carrot to push the rest of the ginger through the juicer.  Enjoy at room temperature.
Remember, you can always add-on to your juice box with items from our online farm store. 

Spring Nettle

Fresh Spring Nettle
Laguna Farm is proud to present fresh spring nettle in the farm store.  Nettle is a nutritional power-house and worth doing a bit of research on.  I like this article in Food 52. Nettle is tender, satisfying and delicious this time of year.  We are selling it in 1/2 pound bags and expect to carry it throughout the late winter and early spring. Order it here and have it in your box next week!
Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!

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Jan
9
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Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

Locally, sustainably grown, in a way that benefits the environment, the workers, the habitat & you!

 

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30 Years and Growing!
Laguna Farm is growing into it’s 30th season this year and we invite you to celebrate with us.  Every month, we are highlighting a special component of the farm. From juicing to clothing swaps, to community potlucks and farm tours.  Come see how we grow and help us celebrate local agriculture along the way.
Laguna Farm is open for membership and ask you to spread the word that locally grown food is abundantly available this winter season.  All new members get $5.00 off their first CSA box if they type in coupon code:  “newcsa”.

Like us on Facebook   Twitter   LinkedIn   Pinterest

Share your CSA experience

Join Our Mailing List

Juicing in the 
New Year
Would you like to join us in juicing in the New Year? Many CSA members are adding a juice box onto their regular order.  A “Juice Box” is a CSA box that is made up of 80% produce and 20% fruit that is selected with juicing in mind.  Try it!
January 6, 2015
Happy, Healthy New Year!
     Yes, we are holding strong with our resolutions for great heath and inspired living and hope you are enjoying this year as well.  Now that the kids are back in school, Laguna Farm families are settling into their routine.  It is great to see you back.  
     Cold weather has really slowed the growth of our greens.  As a result the farm store is bursting with saute’ greens that we can cut small and tender.  The produce and juice boxes have 1/2 pound bags of tender young spinach because the bunched greens are just not big enough to harvest.  At the same time, Miguel is spending hours every day seeding flats to put in the green house.  We have already started our spring starts and anticipate an abundant early summer season.
     Please review the recipes for fennel and cilantro.  These aromatics are often overlooked.  They are quite wonderful and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways.  Hopefully you will find one to your liking.

     Be Well,

Jennifer Branham

Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Baby Spinach, Leeks, Cilantro, Celery, Beets or Fennel, Meyer Lemons.

Cilantro Rice Recipe Cilantro Rice

Heat 3T oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add 2 1/2 Cups jasmine rice and cook, stirring often, until starting to turn golden in spots, about 8 minutes. Stir in 1/2 yellow onion and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine 2 large garlic cloves, 1 bunch cilantro, 2 cups broth, and 1 tsp salt in a blender.  Whirl until smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour over rice and stir in 2 more cups broth.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until rice is tender to the bite and liquid has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.

Juice Box Contents:
Carrots, Apples, Spinach, Fennel, Beets or Oranges, Meyer Lemons, Celery.

Enjoy this super simple satisfying juice.
2 fennel bulbs
2 celery stalks
1 – 2 apples
1 lime
Fennel can act as a base in many juice blends.  Like celery or cucumber it adds a light and refreshing amount of liquid that compliments citrus, carrot, apple and any other stronger flavors.  Check out “In the Reboot Kitchen” for more fennel juicing ideas.
Remember, you can always add-on to your juice box with items from our online farm store. 

Spring Nettle

Fresh Spring Nettle
Laguna Farm is proud to present fresh spring nettle in the farm store.  Nettle is a nutritional power-house and worth doing a bit of research on.  I like this article in Food 52. Nettle is tender, satisfying and delicious this time of year.  We are selling it in 1/2 pound bags and expect to carry it throughout the late winter and early spring. Order it here and have it in your box next week!

Are You A Foodie?
Real, practical, budget conscious lovers of food are gathering around the local farm-fresh bounty and welcome Laguna Farm’s CSA members!  You may have seen their donation jar in the farm store, or heard about their Meet-up Group where workshops, events and give-away’s are hosted.  Check out the Foodies Project and see how you can become involved.

 

Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!

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Jan
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Holiday News!
Laguna Farm is open with our regular schedule this week:
Tuesday 1:00 – 7
Wednesday 12:00-5
Thursday 1:00-7
Friday 10:00-3
If you are out of town, feel free to call 823-0823 before 9:00 am on Monday and we will save your box for a Monday pick-up.  
The walk-in is never open on Sunday. 

Laguna Farm is open for membership and ask you to spread the word that locally grown food is abundantly available this winter season.

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Juicing in the 
New Year
Would you like to join us in juicing in the New Year? Many CSA members are adding a juice box onto their regular order.  A “Juice Box” is a CSA box that is made up of 80% produce and 20% fruit that is selected with juicing in mind.  Try it!
January 1, 2015
Happy, Healthy New Year!

     We have assembled beautiful produce and juice boxes for our members this week and are thrilled to be putting carrots in your boxes again.  While most of our produce is slow to grow in these cold temperatures, the carrots are abundant and sweet.  

     First thing this morning, several of us made a supper yummy carrot, ginger, apple juice to start the year out right.  This morning ritual brings me to the timely topic of “detox” and juice-fasting.  It is a touchy subject in the circles I find myself in, and I do not want to offend. I would like to start out this year, juice in hand, by inviting you to look at your magnificent self and say “I am not TOXIC!”  “I am a beautiful representation of life flourishing and radiant.” Okay, that may be a little too much, but even though I am in the business of heath food I like to see myself as someone that encourages you to eat well because it is tasty, fresh, great for you and you are worthy.  Add juice to your day but don’t fear that you must use it to flush away the toxins that are building up… I am reassured that my liver is doing that. Yes, eat more kale, but don’t if you hate it.  Enjoy spinach, chard, or collards instead.  Eat what you love, prepared the way you like it, and in the words of Mike Pollan, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” 

     January 1st is an inspired time to set intentions for the year.  You might cut out sugar, eat lean proteins, incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet, take a salad to work, exercise daily, laugh more… the ideas are endless.  Laguna Farm is here to help you in support of your health and wellness.  I only suggest that you make these resolutions for yourself out of self-love not out of fear or self-loathing. 

     Be Well,

Jennifer Branham


Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Chard or Kale, Carrots, Ettinger Avocados, Parsley, Romanesco, Fingerling Potatoes

Shrimp, Rice, and Kale Swiss Chard Roll Recipe |
Shrimp, Rice, and Kale Swiss Chard Roll 

This wonderful recipe can be made with a variety of vegetables and grains.  His tip with the fork is noteworthy as the chard stem makes rolling the wrap difficult.  I have made similar wraps with collards and kale as the “tortilla”.


Juice Box Contents:  
Carrots, Chard, Kale, Apples, 
Beets, Meyer Lemons, Celery.

Warm Apple Carrot Juice

During the cold winter months we lean toward warming juices to nourish us.  It can be hard to leave the house during the frosty mornings with a frozen green-smoothie in hand.  Instead, consider warming spices such as cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and star-anise. Also, physically warming your juice as in apple cider, broth, or try this warm and spicy carrot-apple drink recipe.  
Remember, you can always add-on to your juice box with items from our online farm store. 


Are You A Foodie?
Real, practical, budget conscious lovers of food are gathering around the local farm-fresh bounty and welcome Laguna Farm’s CSA members!  You may have seen their donation jar in the farm store, or heard about their Meet-up Group where workshops, events and give-away’s are hosted.  Check out the Foodies Project and see how you can become involved.

Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472
Thank you for supporting local agriculture!


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Dec
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Happenings on the Farm!!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

Locally, sustainably grown, in a way that benefits the environment, the workers, the habitat & you!

 


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Holiday News!
Christmas Week:
Laguna Farm will be Closed 12/22 – 12/29. We will not make CSA boxes 12/23 or 12/25. We we will not charge you during this week either~~
     If you would like Laguna Farm produce as a part of your holiday feast, consider shopping at the Santa Rosa or Sebastopol farmers markets on the 20th and 21st.  
     We will not be at the farm markets on the 27th or 28th.  
     We will resume our regular store, market and CSA beginning the week of the 29th with regular pick-up and store hours on New Year 1/1/15.

Laguna Farm is open for membership and ask you to spread the word that locally grown food is abundantly available this winter season.

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Juicing in the 
New Year
Would you like to join us in juicing in the New Year? Many CSA members are adding a juice box onto their regular order.  A “Juice Box” is a CSA box that is made up of 80% produce and 20% fruit that is selected with juicing in mind.  It is not a “cleanse”, it is not a “diet” and it is not a “detox”.  I personally struggle with the over-use of those terms.  A juice box is simply another way to add nutritious deliciousness  to your already wonderfully healthy life.  Try it!
December 16, 2014
Dear Members,  
        Last Thursday was quite a storm!  We arrived at the farm to find several of our hoop houses were severely damaged.  These “tunnels” are what allows us to grow year-round as they provide a buffer against the wind, rain, light frost and allows the soil to warm up a bit during the day.  With those huge gusts of wind, many came down.
Hoop House
Storm damage to Laguna Farm’s hoop houses

The water did rise considerably and the fields were covered completely.  So many members stood in amazement to see how much water could amass in such a short period of time.  Even with today’s rain, the fields are drinking deep, the soil is anchored down with beneficial cover crops and the gophers…. well let’s hope they find a higher calling.

Flooded Fields
All of us at Laguna Farm are looking forward to our annual week off, where we close the farm and suspend the CSA for one week during Christmas.  During this time of year, the crops need a break in harvest to catch up as well.  The New Year will bring us renewed inspiration where we can move forward in happiness and good health.  I am so appreciative that you will be here to join us.
Be Well,

Jennifer Branham


Christmas Romanesco

Romanesco looks like a Christmas Tree

Produce Box Contents:
Salad mix, Yellow Onions, Carrots, Chard or Kale, Winter Squash, Fingerling Potatoes, Romanesco.
This beautiful fractile looking tree that we put in your CSA box is called Romanesco. In short, it can be used any way you enjoy cauliflower or broccoli. To honor its magnificent shape, consider roasting it whole to serve at your holiday feast. 
Here is How:  
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Cut the back off the romanesco, rinse and air dry, laying it flat on a sheet pan.  Drizzle with several tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.  Roast for 25-30 minutes until very tender, and browned at tips. Whisk the juice of one lemon, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, a pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves.  Drizzle over the top of the roasted romanesco, and roast for another 5 minutes.  Pull away individual florets to serve. 
Produce boxes either have a Spaghetti Squash or Butternut Squash.  Both can be cut in half, seeds scooped out and baked in a 350′ oven, cut side down for about an hour.  I like fill the bottom of the pan with an inch of water to assist in the cooking process.  


Juice Box Contents:  
Carrots (2 Bunches), Chard, Kale, Apples, Beets, Meyer Lemons, Celery.

Carrots, Apples and Celery are often juiced together to make a drink that everyone will love.  This is my “go to” juice as well, but I like to take it up a notch.  Once I juice these three, I put the trio in the blender and add a handful of kale, chard or spinach with several cubes of ice. Once blended, I pour the drink through a strainer before drinking. Another favorite is Beet, Meyer Lemon, Carrot and Apple.  Because the beet is a little strong, I suggest diluting this combination with filtered water to taste.

Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472
Thank you for supporting local agriculture!


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Dec
10
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Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

Locally, sustainably grown, in a way that benefits the environment, the workers, the habitat & you!

 


Quick Links


Holiday News!
Christmas Week:
Laguna Farm will be Closed 12/22 – 12/29. We will not make CSA boxes 12/23 or 12/25. We we will not charge you during this week either~~
     If you would like Laguna Farm produce as a part of your holiday feast, consider shopping at the Santa Rosa or Sebastopol farmers markets on the 20th and 21st.  
     We will not be at the farm markets on the 27th or 28th.  
     We will resume our regular store, market and CSA beginning the week of the 29th with regular pick-up and store hours on New Year 1/1/15.

Laguna Farm is open for membership and ask you to spread the word that locally grown food is abundantly available this winter season.

Like us on Facebook   Twitter   LinkedIn   Pinterest

Share your CSA experience

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Give the gift of Local Food
Santa loves giving healthy local gifts. Help him out by suggesting Laguna Farm’s holiday gift ideas.  They can be purchased from our farm store or online.

December 9, 2014


Happy December!
Dear Members,  
    We are bracing for the largest storm system Sonoma County has seen in seven years, according to today’s published Press Democrat article.  It is being described as Herculean!  Laguna Farm is an awesome place to experience the storm and we hope that you come out on Thursday to see the rising flood-waters.  If the power is out, we will not be able to answer the phone.  Please see our facebook page for up-to-date information regarding road closures and farm access.  If it gets really wild, we will close the farm store early.  Worry not, Diego will deliver CSA shares to all the homes and drop-sites and will have the walk-in open and available for CSA pick-up. 

Laguna Farm
Quiet Before The Storm

For a while now, we have been announcing our Gabled Boxes and Gift Certificates that can be purchased in our online store.
If you would like to order in time for the gifting season, you would need to order before Saturday December 13. We will have our gifts available for sale at the farm during the week of the 16th along with a few other locally crafted goodies.  As always, give us a ring if you need help ordering.  We are happy to help you in the process.
Be well,
Jennifer Branham


Fennel and Cabbage Slaw Produce Box Contents:
Salad mix, Yellow Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Cabbage, Fennel, Collard Greens.
Fennel Cabbage Slaw Recipe
1 pound cabbage shredded
1 large fennel bulb sliced very thin
2 large carrots, shredded 
1/4 cup thinly sliced scallion greens 
1 teaspoon minced ginger 
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 
2 tablespoons cider vinegar 
Coarse salt and ground pepper
In a large bowl, toss together cabbage, fennel, carrots, and scallion greens. In a small bowl, whisk together ginger, orange juice, oil, and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Pour dressing over vegetables and toss to coat completely. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes (or up to 1 1/2 hours). Toss slaw before serving.


Juice Box Contents:  
Carrots (2 Bunches), Chard, Collards, Apples, Valencia Oranges, Fennel.
Apple Fennel juice

Fennel goes well with an array of juicing ingredients including apples, pears, celery and carrots. Fennel juice has properties that make it a useful detoxifier and also an aid to digestion.

Collards, like kale, are a super food that blends well in green smoothies.  One of many things I like about collards is that you get more juice per bunch over any other green.  If you use your juice box for recipes beyond juice and smoothies, consider using the collard greens in wraps, removing the stems and treating it like a tortilla.  The stems can be juiced of course and blend well with any citrus, fruit or root such as carrots or beets.  


Bulk Cabbage Available
We harvested all of our cabbage and are offering it in bulk for a limited time.  Order online or call us for details.

Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472
Thank you for supporting local agriculture!


Copyright © 2012. All Rights Reserved.

Dec
4
0

Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

Locally, sustainably grown, in a way that benefits the environment, the workers, the habitat & you!

 


Quick Links


Holiday News!
Christmas Week:
Laguna Farm will be Closed 12/22 – 12/29. We will not make CSA boxes 12/23 or 12/25. We we will not charge you during this week either~~
     If you would like Laguna Farm produce as a part of your holiday feast, consider shopping at the Santa Rosa or Sebastopol farmers markets on the 20th and 21st.  
     We will not be at the farm markets on the 27th or 28th.  
     We will resume our regular store, market and CSA beginning the week of the 29th with regular pick-up and store hours on New Year 1/1/15.

Laguna Farm is open for membership and ask you to spread the word that locally grown food is abundantly available this winter season.

Like us on Facebook   Twitter   LinkedIn   Pinterest

Share your CSA experience

Join Our Mailing List


Give the gift of Local Food
Santa loves giving healthy local gifts. Help him out by suggesting Laguna Farm’s holiday gift ideas.  They can be purchased from our farm store or online.

December 2, 2014


Happy December!
Dear Members,  
    We are so fortunate in Sonoma County that we get to enjoy a four-season growing climate.  Though the greens have slowed in their growth, (note the saute’ mix rather than bunched greens) and we no longer have tomatoes and zucchini, we still enjoy a winter abundance.  Currently we have roots sweetened up with the early season frost, greens including salad, spinach and three varieties of kale, a bounty of cabbage, bok choy, mustard, winter squash, potatoes and onions for days.  
     Soon you will notice winter fruit (like kiwi, oranges and tangerines) filling out your CSA share. We will use the winter and early spring months to support other organic farms in California.  While the majority of your veggies will still be from Laguna Farm, we want to give you the diversity and abundance you are used to.  We always supplement from smaller growers, always organic and often from farms who we have cultivated strong ties with throughout the years.
Cody kayaking last December. 
Currently as I sit in my office, I can see the laguna covering our lower fields. Soon, it will look like the photo above. The soil is anchored by cover crops as the fields are being regenerated. By keeping large expanses of land natural or in agriculture, rainwater is absorbed preventing residential areas from being flooded.  We graciously accept the flood waters of the laguna and welcome her (November through March only please) every year.
Be well,
Jennifer Branham


Produce Box Contents:
Salad mix, Saute’ Greens, Broccoli, Parsnips, Beets, Parsley. 

Parsnip Fries:

Peel and cut parsnips into 1/4 inch by 3 inch pieces and toss with 1T chopped rosemary, 1 clove garlic, and 3T oil on a large rimmed baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Spread out in a single layer. Roast at 450′ for 10 minutes; turn parsnips and roast until tender and browned in spots, 10-15 minutes longer. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon cumin over the top. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and more cumin, if desired.


Juice Box Contents:  
Parsley, Beets, Carrots, Apples, Spinach, Kale, Celery.


 

Parsley has a distinct flavor that can complement a variety of smoothie recipes. I made a simple parsley green smoothie with 1 banana, 1 lemon, 1 cup parsley, 1 cup spinach and 6 ounces of filtered water. It was delicious. Parsley is excellent when blended with spinach or kale (ie: 1 cup fresh, chopped parsley and 1 cup fresh, chopped baby spinach or kale). You might need to add slightly more water than a typical smoothie recipe calls for depending on the water content of the fruits that you add to the smoothie. 

Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472
Thank you for supporting local agriculture!


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