Sep
4
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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, and you!

 

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Order up your Tomatoes! 

It is canning time and several CSA members have taken us up on our deal for bulk tomatoes.  We should have canning tomatoes in 20 pound boxes for several more weeks to come so consider planning a day for freezing, canning or drying tomatoes.

Community Apple Pressing!

Still have apples?  Slow Food Russian River community apple pressing days are still going strong. Join in and enjoy several presses with electric choppers that make easy work of your backyard apples.  Here is more information on the pressing dates.

Juice or Produce box add-on option
Laguna Fresh Produce
Are you getting a weekly produce box and want another one added on?  Would you like a juice box in addition to your produce box? You can order an additional box here.  The advantage to going this route is that delivered boxes will not have a double delivery fee.
Laguna Farm Juice Box
If you would like to get a juice box instead of a produce box, we can switch your box over.  Just give us a call.  Many members are opting to get a produce box one week and a juice box the next week.

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Farm Store Hours
Tuesday and Thursday
1:00 – 7:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 – 5:00
Friday 10:00 – 3:00
You may pick up your produce bin outside of these hours but the store will be closed.
September 2, 2014

Laguna Farm Happenings!
Dear Members,
    September is filled with an array of farm related events that I hope you can attend.  On the 9th, 10th and 11th, join us at the National Heirloom Expo. at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds.  There we will have a beautiful educational display in the main hall as well as an auction item that you can bid on.  The Heirloom Expo. is affordable, unique and awe-inspired.
      During the weekend of September 27th and 28th, Laguna Farm will open the barn doors and invite the public to tour the farm along the Farm Trails.  We will have our produce stand open, tomato tastings, juicing demonstrations and farm tours on the hour beginning at 10:00 with the last tour at 3:00.  I highly recommend visiting several farms during this day (their website will be updated soon with more info.) and encourage you to have lunch at Laguna Farm as we will enjoy a community picnic under the oak tree.  Join us!
Be well,
Jennifer Branham

Tuesday and Thursday Produce Boxes:
Salad mix, Broccoli, Carrots, Parsley, Tomatoes, Summer Squash, or Cucumbers,and Peppers!
 
We were just talking in the farm store about Parsley Pesto, one of my favorite ways to use up these big bunches.  The method is simple, and one of many recipes are here.  Parsley pesto freezes well, so make up a batch and freeze it for when you have company.

 

Juice Boxes Contains: 
Carrots, Celery, Berries, Jonathan Apples, Spinach, Ginger, Parsley.

A handful of parsley flushes our impurities

Okay you juicers among us!  I hope I am not pushing the limit too much with this parsley, but I very much want to encourage the consumption of this lovely herb.  I am sharing a wonderful website chalk full of juice recipes that include many of the fruits and vegetables in your juice box. Also, click on the photo for more ways to use juiced parsley. If you don’t want to juice it, consider this delicious recipe for parsley pesto.

I asked, you responded, and here is what we all came up with!  These bright produce inspired reusable bags were purchased from locally owned Fircrest Market.  We have them for sale in the farm store (during after hours as well) for a modest $2.00.  If you forget a bag, you can buy one of these and put your money in the envelope provided or write an “IOU” on the envelope.  Drop it in the safe and away you go with your reusable bag.  Laguna Farm makes .50 cents off the deal and all are happy!  No need to take a box or a bin.  Neighborhood Drop-site members, we are still counting on you to bring your own bag to the dropsite and NOT take our bin home.  PLEASE.  Thanks!

 

Box pick-up and Store Hours
     Your neighborhood drop-site box needs to be picked up on your scheduled pick-up day.  If you have questions about the time, give us a ring.
     Boxes picked up at the farm are available after 1:00 on your pick up day and until 9:00 on Saturday night.  If you do not come before Saturday night, give us a call before 9 am on Monday morning and arrange for a Monday pickup.

     Farm store hours are posted on our website and to the left.  This is when any member can come to the farm to buy extra produce.  We apologize that when we are not able sell produce outside of these hours.  Friday afternoons have become quite busy and we really do need to close at 3:00.  If you would like to come late, we would love for you to visit us on Thursday.

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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Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

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

 

Quick Links

Order up your Tomatoes!

It is canning time and several CSA members have taken us up on our deal for bulk tomatoes.  We should have canning tomatoes in 20 pound boxes for several more weeks to come so consider planning a day for freezing, canning or drying tomatoes.

Community Apple Pressing!

Last week two CSA members went to the  Slow Food Russian River community apple pressing day. They reported back and highly recommend it to those of us who have a lot of apples that can be turned to juice.  Several presses with electric choppers make easy work.  Here is more information on the pressing dates.

Juice or Produce box add-on option
Laguna Fresh Produce
Are you getting a weekly produce box and want another one added on?  Would you like a juice box in addition to your produce box? You can order an additional box here.  The advantage to going this route is that delivered boxes will not have a double delivery fee.
Laguna Farm Juice Box
If you would like to get a juice box instead of a produce box, we can switch your box over.  Just give us a call.  Many members are opting to get a produce box one week and a juice box the next week.

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August 19, 2014

Laguna Farm Happenings!
Dear Members,
    Last week I talked about the fact that we no longer have a dependable stash of paper bags that members bring in for re-use.  I received a number of suggestions and requests that were very helpful and innovative.  I look forward to providing reusable bags for sale here at the farm with a payment system that supports the needs of our members and raises a bit of money for the farm.
     Tonight we are participating in a pizza cook-off at the Barlow.  

We are sending out fennel, cilantro, and tomatoes with instructions on how to make a Laguna Pie! Come to the Barlow tonight to cheer us on!

Be well,
Jennifer Branham

 

Sweet Summer Fennel at Laguna Farm

 

Tuesday Produce Box:
Salad mix,Cilantro, Fennel, Tomatoes, Summer Squash, or Cucumbers,and Potatoes!
 Thursday Produce Box:
Salad mix,Cilantro, Fennel, Tomatoes, Summer Squash, or Cucumbers, Broccoli or Cabbage. 
 
Here is the method for “Laguna Pie”, tonight featured at the Barlow should include:  Fennel, Cilantro, Yellow Onions, Early Girl Tomatoes and Sungolds.  Make or purchase pizza dough then heat oil in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add the fennel and onions with a dash of salt and pepper and cook for 20 minutes or until golden, stirring frequently.

  1. Preheat oven to 450°Spread Cilantro pesto made with lime over crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border; sprinkle with fennel mixture,  Bake at 450° for 18 minutes or until browned.

Juice Boxes Contains: 
Carrots, Celery, Halona Melon, Jonathan Apples, Spinach, Kale, Berries.

Green Smoothies can be made with spinach, kale, chard, nettles or any other leafy green.  If you come across an idea for a smoothie blend, feel free to substitute the greens with something you have.  This week you have spinach and kale.  If you juice your greens, only a little bit of juice comes out and you are left with lots of fiber.  This fiber can be added into smoothies or rather than juicing your greens, add the whole bunch to your smoothie blend.  Just remember to blend the greens with the majority of your liquids so they process easier.  Then add your solid or frozen fruits.

The Foodies Project
Laguna Farm is hosting the Foodies Project Meet-up group for a tour and tasting of the farm tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 pm.  If you are interested in joining in with this group and would like to tour the farm during this time, please RSVP via their meet-up site

Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.

Douglas Jerrold

 

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

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Aug
22
0

Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Do you bento?

Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

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

 

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Order up your Tomatoes!

It is canning time and several CSA members have taken us up on our deal for bulk tomatoes.  We should have canning tomatoes in 20 pound boxes for several more weeks to come so consider planning a day for freezing, canning or drying tomatoes.

Community Apple Pressing!

Last week two CSA members went to the  Slow Food Russian River community apple pressing day. They reported back and highly recommend it to those of us who have a lot of apples that can be turned to juice.  Several presses with electric choppers make easy work.  Here is more information on the pressing dates.

Juice or Produce box add-on option
Laguna Fresh Produce
Are you getting a weekly produce box and want another one added on?  Would you like a juice box in addition to your produce box? You can order an additional box here.  The advantage to going this route is that delivered boxes will not have a double delivery fee.
Laguna Farm Juice Box
If you would like to get a juice box instead of a produce box, we can switch your box over.  Just give us a call.  Many members are opting to get a produce box one week and a juice box the next week.

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August 19, 2014

Laguna Farm Happenings!
Dear Members,

 

     It’s Back To School time for many of our students and teachers.  This is such an inspired time of year when so many of us get to start fresh with new clothes, backpacks and a clean academic slate.  As a parent, I am always re-inspired to create nice school lunches for Cody.  Carrot and celery sticks, fruit cups, fresh salsa with chips go over well in school lunches.  A quick Google search for bento lunches, inspired by traditional Japanese lunches will generate quite a few creative ideas that can be packed into nice reusable containers.  Whole Foods sells beautiful reusable kits that work well with fresh and un-packaged foods.  Kids love snack sized morsels, and some of us adults do to, so even if you are not preparing lunches for a child, consider preparing bento style lunches for yourself, and eat healthy!
Be well,
Jennifer Branham

 

Zucchini is prolific this summer at Laguna Farm

 

Tuesday Produce Box:
Salad mix, Green Beans, Tomatoes, Summer Squash, or Cucumbers,and Peppers!
 
 
 
 
 
 Thursday Produce Box:
Salad mix, Green Beans, Tomatoes, Summer Squash, or Cucumbers,and Potatoes!
 
I’m happy that Laguna Farm does not inundate members with zucchini all summer long.  In fact, you should only get zucchini in your box every other week.  However, many of you have your own gardens teeming with this prolific plant so here is a pinterest board with some ideas on how to use zucchini!

Juice Boxes Contains: 
Carrots, Celery, Halona Melon, Gravenstein Apples, Valencia Oranges, Cucumber, Chard,  Berries.

Apples are great juiced with carrot and celery.  It is a refreshing powerful drink that gives you a burst of energy.  If you want to slow down and drink a calming warm drink, try making cider from our apples.  I like to gently warm the apple juice on the stove with mulling spices such as cinnamon, whole clove, nutmeg and ginger.

 

Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Join Laguna Farm and the Sonoma County Conservation Action in a full evening of environmental films at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival.  This Friday, August 22nd at the Sebastopol Grange Hall on Hwy 12 going toward Santa Rosa.  

Asking for your advise:
     For years, we have had members bring in used paper bags to supply those who forget to bring a reusable bag.  Now with the county-wide bag ban and due to an increase in consciousness around bringing reusables, we no longer have a reliable stash of free paper bags.      Those who come to the farm and forget a bag are increasingly looking for ways to bring their produce home and often we give them our boxes that we use to pack our wholesale produce in.  This is an expense for the farm.  If we don’t give cardboard boxes or supply (gasp) plastic/paper bags, members take their whole bin home and it is often not returned. Remember, members can come outside staffed hours, so selling a bag is not always an option as the problem most often occurs outside of staffed times. 
     This brings me to ask for advise on what to do about the bag situation.  I am leaning toward buying plastic bags as the consequence of members forgetting bags is increasingly on the farm and buying plastic bags is so much less expensive than loosing our CSA bins ($7.50) or giving out cardboard boxes ($2.50)… HELP!
Hit reply to this e-mail if you have a suggestion that can help our members and support the farm as well.  
Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472

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Aug
13
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Happening 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, and you!

 

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Now Tomatoes!
Tomatoes for canning are ready for bulk purchase as well as cucumbers, cabbage, and the last of the basil.  Check out the farm store! This is the last of the basil, so if you are interested in making pesto this year, here is your chance.

Community Apple Pressing!

Do you have lots of apples you would like to press into juice? Juicers, check this out!   Slow Food Russian River has created a community apple pressing opportunity.  Here is more information on the pressing dates.

Juice or Produce box add-on option
Laguna Fresh Produce
Are you getting a weekly produce box and want another one added on?  Would you like a juice box in addition to your produce box? You can order an additional box here.  The advantage to going this route is that delivered boxes will not have a double delivery fee.
Laguna Farm Juice Box
If you would like to get a juice box instead of a produce box, we can switch your box over.  Just give us a call.  Many members are opting to get a produce box one week and a juice box the next week.

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August 12, 2014

Laguna Farm Happenings!
Dear Members,
We are so excited to be harvesting the shelling beans that are featured in your box this week.  Shelling beans are only available for a short period as they can actually dry in the field.  I have provided a few ways to prepare your beans, and if you don’t have the time to use them this week, please consider drying them for later use.
Speaking of later use, who wants tomatoes in January?  I do!  The best way to eat a tomato in January is to preserve it in late August or early September.  We are selling bulk boxes of tomatoes that can be canned, frozen or even dried.
Be well,
Jennifer Branham

 

Cranberry Shelling Beans

 

Tuesday Produce Box:
Salad mix, Carrots, Shelling Beans, Tomatoes, Summer Squash, or Cucumbers, Corn and Potatoes!
Remember, bi-color sweet corn, does not need to be cooked to death in order to taste great.  Just lightly steam your corn for a couple of minutes to warm it through then enjoy.  Thursday Produce Box:
Salad mix, Beets, Shelling Beans, Tomatoes, Summer Squash, or Cucumbers, Corn and Peppers!
Well I looked online to find ideas on how to use your Cranberry Shelling Beans, and was surprised to see that there is not a lot of information on using fresh beans.  Aside from this recipe: Heirloom Tomatoes with Shelling Beans I didn’t find much.  Generally, the beans are simple to use, only that they need to be boiled for about 30 minutes prior to seasoning with salt.  (Salt makes beans tough and impossible to cook.)  I like to season my beans with spices like cumin, garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes to taste.  

Juice Boxes Contains: 
Beets, Carrots, Watermelon, Gravenstein Apples, Cucumber, Kale,  Strawberries.

Watermelon rinds are fantastic to pickle, blend or juice.  It’s still food, do not throw it away! It isn’t “loaded” with nutrients but it still has some nutritional value. One serving provides 2% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C and 1% of the vitamin B-6 your body requires every day. This makes watermelon rind good for your skin and immunity, as well as the health of your nervous system.
Please enjoy the Gravenstein Apples in your juice box. They are Sebastopol Heirloom Apples and we are doing our best to promote this heritage variety.

Produce Box Round-up
We are missing quite a few of our plastic produce bins.  Please NEVER take the bin home from the farm or neighborhood drop sites.  Bring your own bag and transfer your veggies leaving the bin behind.  Home delivery members, please either put a cooler on your porch for us to transfer your produce into, or remember to set your bin out the following week for us to pick up.  Plastic bins are a HUGE ongoing expense on the farm that could be avoided .
Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472

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Jul
30
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, and you!

 

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Now Tomatoes!
Tomatoes for canning are ready for bulk purchase as well as cucumbers, cabbage, and the last of the basil.  Check out the farm store! This is the last of the basil, so if you are interested in making pesto this year, here is your chance.

The Gravensteins are HERE!

Fruit share and juice boxes are filled with Gravenstein apples this week.  We also have a full basket in the farm store.  Gravensteins are here for a very limited time.  If you are interested in the preservation of the Gravenstein Apple, follow the work of Slow Food Russian River.

Juice or Produce box add-on option
Laguna Fresh Produce
Are you getting a weekly produce box and want another one added on?  Would you like a juice box in addition to your produce box? You can order an additional box here.  The advantage to going this route is that delivered boxes will not have a double delivery fee.
Laguna Farm Juice Box
If you would like to get a juice box instead of a produce box, we can switch your box over.  Just give us a call.  Many members are opting to get a produce box one week and a juice box the next week.

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July 29, 2014

Laguna Farm Happenings!

Dear Members,
    Did you know that contracting with Solar Works to install solar panels on your home or business directly benefits local agriculture?  Also, you can strengthen our food system while strengthening your body at Simply Pilates.  This is not just a random little infomercial for two of our local businesses, but really an invitation to meet a couple of long-term CSA members who are local businesses owners as well.
Our economy is strengthened when our dollars stay local.  By supporting Sonoma County owned businesses, your dollars stay in our community and are returned back into the local economy.
Our farm bulletin board is a a great place to showcase your services.  Please post a flier or business card so we can all be encouraged to patronize the businesses that are owned by those who, well… are eating flower petals in their salad tonight!  They are a special group of folks.
Be well,
Jennifer Branham

 

Cauliflower Rice
Cauliflower Rice

 

Tuesday Produce Box:
Salad mix, Kale, Carrots, Tomatoes, Summer Squash, or Cucumbers, Scallions and Cauliflower!
Lots of cauliflower is coming off the farm, so I thought I could encourage everyone to consider Cauliflower Rice!  It is simple to make and wonderful under stir-fried zucchini, peppers and onions.
Beet Chips
Thursday Produce Box:
Salad mix, Kale, Carrots, Tomatoes, Summer Squash, or Cucumbers, Scallions and Cabbage!
I would love to share a recipe idea for non-fried Beet Chips, the chip you can feel good about eating!

Juice Boxes Contains: 
2 Bunches of Beets, Carrots, Celery, Valencia Oranges, Strawberries, Plums, Kale.

 If you are considering a juice box, but don’t have a juicer, or even if you are getting a produce box but want to try juicing your carrots or beets, here is a method of using your blender or food processor for juicing.  Though this is a proven method, I strongly suggest investing in even the cheapest juicer as they are not difficult to clean if you rinse them right away, and they extract more juice out of your bunches.

 

a welcome friend

Look for our Welcome Friend!
Victoria, who grows beautiful cut flowers at Laguna Farm harvested the first of this season’s bunches. Farm kids Cody and Callie were delighted to see that there was a beneficial critter crawling on the blossoms.  The bug was returned to the flower field and the flowers are available in the farm store.  Do you see our friend?  Click on the photo to learn more.

Office For Rent!
$250. per month.
We have a small office for rent at Laguna Farm.  The office is private, but is in a shared building with a common kitchen and bathroom.  This is NOT a living space, so please don’t contact us if you are looking for a living space.  It would be perfect as an art studio, writing studio, or business that does not rely on customer access.  Contact jennifer@lagunafarm.com or call (707)823-0823 for more information.  Electricity, trash, wifi, water included.

 

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

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Jul
18
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Laguna Farm Happenings!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

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Soon Tomatoes!
We just eeked out enough tomatoes to put them in all the CSA boxes this week.  In another week or two we will have them on sale in bulk!  We also have canning equipment that can be rented by the week.  

The Gravensteins are Coming!

The first of the Gravenstein apples are ripening on the trees and will be in the farm store next week.  If you are interested in the preservation of the Gravenstein Apple, follow the work of Slow Food Russian River.  

Juice or Produce box add-on option
Laguna Fresh Produce
Are you getting a weekly produce box and want another one added on?  Would you like a juice box in addition to your produce box? You can order an additional box here.  The advantage to going this route is that delivered boxes will not have a double delivery fee. 
Laguna Farm Juice Box
If you would like to get a juice box instead of a produce box, we can switch your box over.  Just give us a call.  Many members are opting to get a produce box one week and a juice box the next week. 

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July 15, 2014


Laguna Farm Happenings!


Dear Members,  
    Yesterday was “take your farmer to work day” at Workrite Ergonomics in Petaluma.  As a part of their healthy business goals, their wellness team invited me to come and make a presentation about our farm and CSA options.  I was so impressed to see how this business is changing out their vending machines to include healthier treats, installed a ping-pong table in their break-room and is reaching out to local farms and encouraging their employees to buy fresh, local produce.  Welcome employees of Workrite Ergonomics, you join the businesses of Athleta, Guayaki, Traditional Medicinals and Sonoma County Economic Board in working toward a healthier workplace and supporting local agriculture while you are at it!
     If you know of a business, school, or church that would be interested in me presenting our CSA, please put us in touch.  We do offer a fundraiser option for non-profits and next week I’ll elaborate on a fundraiser we participate in with Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
     Along with the new folks from Workrite, we have seen a wonderful surge in membership this summer. Our entire farm community has worked very hard to increase our CSA.  From farmers market staff to delivery drivers and marketing personnel, and you our customers, we are doing our best to let the public know that MEMBERSHIP IS OPEN and we would love to be your farmer.
Be well,
Jennifer Branham


Tuesday Produce Box:
Salad mix, Kale, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Summer Squash, Spring Onions and Cabbage.
Last week the entire recipe suggestions were centered around BACON!  Now this week I will encourage you to freshen up with raw collard wraps.  Now there are several recipe ideas online.  I have experimented with the contents being raw and some times with fajita style with cooked chicken, peppers and onions.  Anyway, try using your collard as a tortilla, just skip the PB&J!
Thursday Produce Box:
Salad mix, Spring Onions, Collards, Corn, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Cabbage.
Newly harvested from our fields is this beautiful dense cabbage.  Not to big, but still quite a meal in itself.  Please don’t let this gem wilt out in your fridge!  Fresh cabbage is perfect in a coleslaw or as cabbage wraps (kids love these) or even if you have the time to make homemade sauerkraut this is the cabbage to use.  Fresh cabbage is full of juice that quickly evaporates after harvest.


Juice Boxes Contains: 
2 Bunches of Beets, Carrots, Celery, Valencia Oranges, Strawberries, Plums, Kale.

 

 Do you own a citrus juicer?  If not, I highly recommend getting one.  Before, I used to peel my citrus and put it through the juicer.  Now I simply cut the citrus in half and use my $12.00 purchase from Ross in Santa Rosa and whirl myself a fresh glass of juice.  

Currently I am working on a project where I answer the question “how much juice do you get out of a juice box CSA.  Stay tuned on our facebook page or in next week’s newsletter to learn the answer.

I aim to give tips on combining juice with tea, blending veggie juice into smoothies and extending the juice into more drinks that will provide the same nutrition but can be easier on the stomach.  Here is an interesting way to use your beets in a


Coco the free-range farm bunny
Coco 
the free-range farm bunny.
So many members commented on how much they love the photos and stories about Coco, our 6 year old free-range farm bunny.  In addition to Coco, the farm is home to 16 chickens and 2 geese.  Farm owner Nacho’s daughter is quite an animal lover, and she cares for many of the domestic animals on the farm.  In addition to these friends, we are a home to many swallows who are nesting in the tractor barn.  Ask us to show you and we will see if the chicks are still in their nest.

Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472
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Jul
10
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Laguna Farm Happenings!!

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Dam Nation

July 11th at 7:00 pm 
Laguna Farm is a proud sponsor of The Best of the Fest where Dam Nation, the Audience Award Winner is being re-played for those who may have missed it in March.  Watch the trailer and join us at the movies!
 

Summer Specials
Laguna Farm is working with Crop-Mobster to alert the community about some deals and specials we are offering.  Check out our Fermentation Kit and our Pickle Canning Kit.  We still have bulk basil available for pre-order in the farm store and soon we will have tomatoes in bulk!

Juice or Produce box add-on option
Laguna Fresh Produce
Are you getting a weekly produce box and want another one added on?  Would you like a juice box in addition to your produce box? You can order an additional box here.  The advantage to going this route is that delivered boxes will not have a double delivery fee. 
Laguna Farm Juice Box
If you would like to get a juice box instead of a produce box, we can switch your box over.  Just give us a call.  Many members are opting to get a produce box one week and a juice box the next week. 

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July 8, 2014


Laguna Farm Happenings!


Dear Members,  
    
Every now and then it is important to review our offerings at the farm so the new members as well as some of you experienced CSA folks can know what is available. 
1.  Your farm pick up box is available after 1:00 on your pick up day and  up until 9:00 on Saturday.  If you don’t come before Saturday, the farm is closed on Sunday, but you can call 823-0823 before Monday 9am and we will save it for you.
2.  Your Neighborhood pick up box should be picked up on your delivery day.  If you know you can’t pick it up on that day, contact us at the farm and we will hold it so you can pick it up at the farm before 9:00 on Saturday night.
3.  The online farm store offers an array of produce, fruits, dairy, baked goods, coffee and grains.  We understand that maybe you have forgotten your password.  We are happy to set you up with a new password and walk you through the process.  
     Our online farm store is designed for:
A.) Delivery members who may not come to the farm stand to buy extra goodies.  
B.) Farm pick up members who come when the farm stand is closed.
C.) Farm pick up members who would like first dibs on frequently sold-out items.
D.) Anyone who knows what they would like and wants to help us refine our harvest and ordering.
4.  Laguna Farm is your farm.  You never have to ask permission to walk your leashed dog along the farm paths (beware of ticks) or bring your kids out to the laguna.  We welcome your presence and if you would like to picnic under the oak tree or stroll through our growing fields, please feel welcome.
Farm Sign
5.  Coco the bunny is our free-range farm pet.  She was once in a cage, then in a hutch, then in a pen and now she is free.  Coco is about 6 years old and has been a mommy several times.  If you see her, say hi!  She is not “out” and it is not a problem that she frequents the parking lot.  Coco has ranged free for well over a year and prefers life this way.
Thank you so much for being a part of our farm community and I hope you find Laguna Farm CSA to be as diverse and accommodating as you need us to be.
Be well,
Jennifer Branham


Laguna Farm’s Turnips with Bacon

Tuesday Produce Box:
Salad mix, Broccoli, Cilantro, Carrots, Turnips, Zucchini, Collards.
 
There is a new culinary craze surrounding BACON and as it seems, if you add it to anything it tastes delisous.  Therefore I encourage you to try Mashed Turnips with  Bacon.  Sweet and salty and oh so good.
 
Thursday’s Produce Box:
Salad mix, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Carrots, Turnips, Zucchini, Chard.
 

A classic way to eat your collards and turnip greens are, again, with BACON!  Enjoy this recipe for Southern Greens.


Juice Boxes Contain:
2 Bunches of Carrots, Celery, Berries, Ginger, Cucumber, Plums and Kale.
Carrot juice is refreshing added with cucumber or celery.  For a warming soup, try adding ginger to your carrot juice.  It goes nicely with a fresh cucumber and tomato salad.  I like to learn more about the benefits of each vegetable.  Here is some information about the health benefits of ginger.

  

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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Jul
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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, and you!

 

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4th Of July Produce
Our farm store is full of the summer harvest with fruits and veggies perfect for your 4th of July gathering.  Come shop with us and find tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, berries, summer squash, lots of carrots, basil and much more!

Summer Specials
Laguna Farm is working with Crop-Mobster to alert the community about some deals and specials we are offering.  Check out our Fermentation Kit and our Pickle Canning Kit.  We still have bulk basil available for pre-order in the farm store and soon we will have tomatoes in bulk!

Juice or Produce box add-on option
Laguna Fresh Produce
Are you getting a weekly produce box and want another one added on?  Would you like a juice box in addition to your produce box? You can order an additional box here.  The advantage to going this route is that delivered boxes will not have a double delivery fee.
Laguna Farm Juice Box
If you would like to get a juice box instead of a produce box, we can switch your box over.  Just give us a call.  Many members are opting to get a produce box one week and a juice box the next week.

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July 1, 2014

Laguna Farm Happenings!

Dear Members,
Look at our beautiful new entrance sign!Farm Sign

Long time CSA member Laura Casey was kind enough to paint us a new sign when our weathered sign was put to rest by our delivery driver.  Our new sign features the mountains of Saint Helena with Laguna Farm’s tasty carrots being appreciated by free-range farm bunny Coco.

Thank you Laura, we LOVE the new sign!

We are enjoying a busy week on the farm with the store buzzing with people shopping for their 4th of July weekend.  Thank you for inviting our produce to your picnic and we hope you love the summer bounty.  Soon the corn will be ready for your CSA boxes as we are seeing the first of the tomatoes come into the barn.  We have lots of carrots and the beets are coming along as well.

Be well,
Jennifer Branham

Tuesday Produce Box:
Salad mix, Radish, Fennel, Kale, Cucumber, Squash, Basil, Garlic.
Lots of CSA members ask what can be done with fennel.  I like to eat fennel raw in a light summer salad like the one pictured to the left.  Paired with radish and lemon, this is a perfect salad that holds up well for a potluck or BBQ.  Radishes are wonderful grilled.  Try this recipe for grilled radishes with rosemary and see how they sweeten up!
However you enjoy your veggies, I hope you try something new and please feel free to share your tips and recipes with us.  
 
Thursday Produce Box:
Salad mix, Spring Onions, Fennel, Kale, Cucumber, Squash, Cilantro, Garlic.

Juice Boxes Contain:
2 Bunches of Carrots, Celery, Valencia Oranges, Boysenberries, Pluots, Fennel, Spinach
 
Fennel, the unsung herb:  You can drink fennel juice on its own or mixed with other juices. Some common combinations include apple and ginger; carrot and beet; cucumber and lime with a touch of honey or agave; orange and celery; and practically any other fruits and vegetables you enjoy. Beyond juice blends, fennel juice makes for a wonderful smoothie base. Or, make ice cubes out of fennel juice, and toss these into a blender with orange juice, strawberry and banana to add coolness and crunch to a fruit smoothie. 

Many of our members are continuing to support the farm while on vacation either by finding a friend or family member to claim their produce or by donating it to Food for Thought or the Ceres Project.  Last year this did not happen and the farm suffered greatly during the 4th of July holiday week.  We really appreciate your continued support.
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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Jun
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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, and you!

 

Quick Links

Special Offer!
In order to increase our CSA over the summer, we are inviting folks to use coupon code (newcsa) when signing up for the first time.  Please tell a friend that their first produce box can be discounted by $5.00.

Vacation Time!
Please remember, while you are on vacation, we are working to ensure that local, sustainable food is available in Sonoma County.  Consider continuing your support of local agriculture even while you are away.  This way your farm will be financially solvent and available when you return.  DONATE your box rather than “skip”
It’s important folks!

Juice or Produce box add-on option
Laguna Fresh Produce
Are you getting a weekly produce box and want another one added on?  Would you like a juice box in addition to your produce box? You can order an additional box here.  The advantage to going this route is that delivered boxes will not have a double delivery fee.
Laguna Farm Juice Box
If you would like to get a juice box instead of a produce box, we can switch your box over.  Just give us a call.  Many members are opting to get a produce box one week and a juice box the next week.

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June 17, 2014

Laguna Farm Happenings!

Dear Members,
Many CSA members are enjoying our juice box in addition to or in place of their weekly produce box. This new offering has stirred up several informative conversations about the best ways to consume your fruits and vegetables.  I have often heard “juice your vegetables and eat your fruit”.  Suggesting that the raw fiber of vegetables can be difficult to digest while omitting the fiber from fruit and only drinking fruit juice could spike your blood sugar.
     I think that the best way to eat your fruits and vegetables is a personal decision and whatever works for you, is best for you!
     Being a part of a small family with a growing 12 year old boy, I like to have ready to eat “snack” veggies in the fridge.  A glass bowl with lid containing topless carrots, cut celery and a few radishes or turnips are nibbled on whenever Cody is looking for something to much on.  I have also started making “fruit cups” where I cut up fresh fruit to pack in 1/2 pint or full pint jars.  This gives kids the variety of fruit they like and reduces the waste that often occurs when they grab a peach or nectarine and can’t finish it. I got this idea as an adaptation of the increasingly popular Salad in a Jar. For me, I enjoy my morning smoothies.  I freeze fruit and have it ready to blend with vegetable juices and greens like kale or spinach.Fruit Cup in a Jar
Every week I juice a bunch of carrots (if we have them) and beets to blend into my fruit smoothies.  I never like composting the beautiful fiber that the juicer extracts from these vegetables, so I often add the beet and carrot fiber into my FAVORITE Carrot and Beet Sun-burgers. My adaptations to this recipe are to use only 1/2 cup of cheese and I use smoked cheddar.  I also use the beet and carrot pulp with a bit of grated beets and carrots for texture.   Sun-burgers
So however you enjoy your fruits and vegetables, ENJOY them! And with a little bit of pre-prep work they can be easy to eat as a grab and go!
Be Well,
Jennifer Branham

Produce boxes 
Salad mix, carrots, broccoli, zucchini, cucumber, spinach, basil.
Have you noticed that Laguna farm has Lemon Cucumbers in a pale green/yellow color?  You want to avoid the bright or dark yellow lemon cucumbers as they are over ripe, could have seeds and the skin is tough needing peeling.
 

Juice Boxes Contain:
2 bunches of carrots, celery, valencia oranges, apples, spinach and strawberries.
 

 

In the main portion of the newsletter, I discuss how you can use the pulp of the carrot in a wonderful sun-burger recipe.  Pulp or fiber can also be added to quick breads, back into smoothies and in pancakes.  Resist tossing it in the compost and try it in an ingredient in many of your favorite foods.

 

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

Film Fest Documentary
Laguna Farm’s sponsored film, After Winter, Spring was voted “Best of the Fest”.  If you missed it in March, join us for a re-showing of this moving film on Friday June 27th at 7:00 pm at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.

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.

 

Jun
12
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, and you!

 

Quick Links

Special Offer!
In order to increase our CSA over the summer, we are inviting folks to use coupon code (newcsa) when signing up for the first time.  Please tell a friend that their first produce box can be discounted by $5.00.

Vacation Time!
Please remember, while you are on vacation, we are working to ensure that local, sustainable food is available in Sonoma County.  Consider continuing your support of local agriculture even while you are away.  This way your farm will be financially solvent and available when you return.  DONATE your box rather than “skip”
It’s important folks!

Juice or Produce box add-on option
Laguna Fresh Produce
Are you getting a weekly produce box and want another one added on?  Would you like a juice box in addition to your produce box? You can order an additional box here.  The advantage to going this route is that delivered boxes will not have a double delivery fee.
Laguna Farm Juice Box
If you would like to get a juice box instead of a produce box, we can switch your box over.  Just give us a call.  Many members are opting to get a produce box one week and a juice box the next week.

Like us on Facebook   Twitter   LinkedIn   Pinterest

Share your CSA experience

Join Our Mailing List

Please remember to bring your bag when picking up your CSA share.  The earth really appreciates it!

June 11, 2014

Laguna Farm Happenings!

Dear Members,
Hey folks!  So last week, I constructed this beautiful e-mail only to mistakenly send it to only 10 CSA members… So, if you didn’t get a newsletter last week, my apologies.  Here is the jist of what I said.
     I was busy packing the CSA boxes last week and  Nacho approached me with a big smile on his face.
     “Hold out your hand.” he suggested as he put forth his own closed fist.  I instinctively thought he might drop a frog into my palm, then considered it could be chocolate… (a girl can only hope).
     Knowing that proud smile I quickly exclaimed, “SUNGOLDS?”
     It’s officially summer here folks and the first sungold tomatoes have ripened.
Be well,
Jennifer Branham

Produce boxes 
Salad mix, Walla Walla spring onions, green beans, kale, cabbage from River Dog farm and our own sweet white doll turnips.
Last week we gave you a bag of brown rice from our buddy Greg Massa. We enjoy supporting this family farm and encourage you to try some of their recipes from their blog .  I personally like
Sweet white doll turnips are wonderful eaten raw on a veggie platter or sliced in a salad.  The green tops can be cooked just as you enjoy your other cooking greens.  Caramelized turnips are a sweet way to please a crowd!  
White Doll Turnips

Juice Boxes Contain:
2 Bunches of Beets, Celery, Valencia Oranges, Cucumbers, Ginger, Strawberries, Dino Kale.
 

 

     You got to love a Ginger Cucumber Juice Recipe that includes an option of adding lemonade and/or vodka…

 

     If you are getting a juice box and are wondering how to use your dino-kale, I suggest blending it in the blender for a smoothie along with your juice.  Kale can be juiced in a juicer, but you do loose the fiber, so we suggest SMOOTHIES!

Fermentation Furver!


Sunday, June 15th is Father’s Day and a great day to bring Dad to the Sebastopol Grange and learn how to ferment your vegetables into pickles, kraut and kefer.
More details and tickets can be purchased at Brown Paper Ticket.

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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