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Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

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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.

Bulk Basil Available

We now have enough basil to sell in bulk.  This offer may not last long, so this is the time to buy in bulk and make pesto for the freezer.  Help us save this crop before it flowers and buy bulk basil today!

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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May 20, 2014

Laguna Farm Happenings!

Dear Members,
Many of you are enjoying the opportunity to buy basil in bulk this week.  The crop is still growing strong, so we are extending the opportunity into next week. This deal depends on the crop’s availability so consider buying bulk basil today!  If ordering online is not your thing, give us a call and we will have it for you in the farm store.
     In addition to bulk basil, we can offer pickling cucumbers in 20 pound boxes for $25.00.  Pickling cucumbers do not necessarily need to be pickled and I enjoy them raw with no processing.  The skin on these cucumbers is thicker, so they are favored for relish, bread and butter pickles and dill pickles. These will come online next week when the availability increases.
     Lastly, please welcome Diego as our new delivery driver.  Diego is Nacho and Victoria’s youngest son.  Many of you know him from the Sebastopol and Santa Rosa farm markets.  We are happy to have Diego take on more responsibilities at the farm and he is excited about this new opportunity.
Be well,
Jennifer Branham

White Doll Turnips

Produce boxes 
Tuesday 
Salad Mix, Basil, Cilantro, Red Russian Kale, Spring Onions, Cucumber, California Avocado and Nectarines. 
We gave you a HUGE bunch of cilantro this week.  It can be used to top fish tacos with lime, in a cilantro lime dressing, as a fabulous cilantro pesto, or you can join CSA member Patty and blend the cilantro (or any herb) in the blender with a touch of water then freeze it in an ice cube tray.
Thursday 

Salad Mix, Basil, Cilantro, White Doll Turnips, Red Russian Kale, Spinach, Cucumber and Nectarines.

White Doll Turnips can be enjoyed raw, boiled, roasted and fried.   Looking for a way to use your turnips?  Try this recipe for Indian Masala Shalgam.

A refreshing juice blendJuice Boxes Contain:
Carrots, Apples, Beets, Dino Kale, Spinach, Cucumbers, Fennel and Valencia Oranges.
 
Cucumbers and fennel blend well together for a light refreshing juice. Add a three celery stalks and 3 cups of spinach and pour over ice! 

True Grass Farm
Add a monthly meat selection to your Laguna Farm CSA today! From steaks to sausage, pork chops to brisket, True Grass Farms is a local producer of grass-fed and finished Wagyu beef, pasture-raised pork and lamb. They commit themselves to the rejuvenation of healthy pastures, animal welfare and cultivating local food webs. Sign up now and for just fifty dollars a month you’ll receive a mixed array of meats on the 2nd pick-up week of each month at Laguna Farm.
Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472

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Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

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Delivery Members
We are putting a frozen water bottle in your CSA box during the hot summer months.  Please leave it in your bin to be returned to the farm.  Thanks!

Bulk Basil Available

We now have enough basil to sell in bulk.  This offer may not last long, so this is the time to buy in bulk and make pesto for the freezer.  Help us save this crop before it flowers and buy bulk basil today!

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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May 13, 2014

Laguna Farm Happenings!

Dear Members,
Wow, it is going to be HOT this week!  Just in time for the heat wave, we have a CSA box that can be eaten raw.  Yes, even your sweet potatoes can (to my surprise as well) be eaten peeled, sliced and featured on a raw veggie platter.  No need to heat up the oven, grab yourself a glass of cucumber water, put your feet up and enjoy your farm fresh produce!
By the way, a huge thank you to the CSA members who are able to pay for a quarter, half or full season up front.  We love that we can charge most of you weekly and feel this option makes CSA produce easier to afford.  Those members who work on a quarterly or annual budget have really stepped up and as a result the spring output on the farm has become a lot less stressful.
Be well,
Jennifer Branham

Produce boxes Contain: Tuesday 
Salad Mix, White Doll Turnips, Dino Kale, Basil, Hannah Sweet Potatoes, Garnet Sweet Potatoes, Cucumber and Spinach. 
Thursday 

Salad Mix, Pink Radish, Dino Kale, Basil, Hannah Sweet Potatoes, Garnet Sweet Potatoes, Cucumber and Spinach.

Remember to try Kale Basil Pesto!!!! It is super good and can be adapted to your taste.  Rule of thumb is 2 parts kale, 1 part basil, some olive oil or veggie broth, parmisan cheese, garlic, salt and lemon to taste.  YUMMMM

Lemon Verbena and Mint
Juice Boxes Contain:

Carrots, Apples, Meyer Lemons, Dino Kale, Nettles, Lemon Verbena & Mint, Cucumbers and Strawberries.

The bundle of herbs is Lemon Verbena and Mint.  Both can be added to water, cucumber water and made into a tea that can be enjoyed iced or blended with juices or a smoothie.  Enjoy!

Eating Raw Sweet Potatoes
Eating Raw Sweet Potatoes
Okay, so I really wanted to say that your entire veggie box can be eaten raw so you don’t have to cook in this heat.  The true test is with the sweet potatoes.  …. and yes!  They too can be eaten raw.  The garnets (orange ones) are way better than the hannas (white ones) but both are tasty raw.

True Grass Farm
Add a monthly meat selection to your Laguna Farm CSA today! From steaks to sausage, pork chops to brisket, True Grass Farms is a local producer of grass-fed and finished Wagyu beef, pasture-raised pork and lamb. They commit themselves to the rejuvenation of healthy pastures, animal welfare and cultivating local food webs. Sign up now and for just fifty dollars a month you’ll receive a mixed array of meats on the 2nd pick-up week of each month at Laguna Farm.
Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472

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Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

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Upcoming Events!

 

SUCCULENT PLANT SALE

In The Barn This Week!

Mother’s Day Gifts

At Laguna Farm

 

Large variety of easy-to-care-for succulents: Sedum, Delosperma, Serpervivum, Echeveria, Aloe, etc.
Some perennials too. 4 inch pots

Groundcovers or as an accent plant for any drought-tolerant garden. Also great for container planting or living garden roofs too. These make wonderful gifts for mom!

 

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Ag-Tourism and Laguna Farm CSA
I am often asked to host out of town groups or individuals who would like to see how we run our CSA and grow our produce.  I have always welcomed Sonoma County groups and families onto the farm for our free open house and first Thursday tours, but when it comes to tourists, or groups coming outside this designated time, I find myself to busy.  This is why we created a feature where we can invite the tourists onto the farm as well as provide unique experiences for our community and generate revenue in return.  See the new store department:

May 6, 2014

Laguna Farm Happenings!

Laguna Farm Juice Box As promised we have launched our “Juice Box” with great success.  The juice box will change weekly, with next week’s box containing:  Strawberries, apples, carrots, cucumber, mint, Meyer lemon, kale and nettles.  This box can be added to your weekly share or as an alternative to your regular CSA box.  Let us know if you have any questions in ordering and we will gladly help you.

This week’s CSA box:
Salad mix, chard, beets, yellow onions, california sweet nectarines, green beans and red potatoes.

 

Fruit Share Includes:  Strawberries, peaches or apples and oranges.

 

 

Red chard blends well with caramelized onions

 

 

Yellow onions sweeten once caramelized

 

 

Red Chard and Caramelized Onions!

Ingredient List:

1 large yellow onion
1 bunch chard chopped
2 TBS olive oil
1 tsp brown sugar
1/4 C. Kalamata olives
2 TBS capers
1/2 tsp sea salt
black pepper to taste
1 lemon juiced
Directions: 
In a skillet, cook onions in olive oil over medium-high heat until they begin to brown.  stir in brown sugar, and continue cooking for a few minutes.  When the onions are brown and tender, stir in chard and olives.  cook unitl chard is slightly wilted.  Stir in capers and salt and continue cooking until chard is completely wilted (about 3 minutes).  Season with black pepper and squeeze lemon over the top. 
 

 

Kaia Fit Joins Laguna Farm

 

Just before the first of the year, I went searching for a gym or fitness club that might be interested in cross promotion with Laguna Farm.  I thought that blending fitness with nutrition would be a natural fit and that every club would want to promote our farm fresh food while Laguna promotes their exercise program.  Well….. I didn’t have much luck until I found the program Kaia Fit who feature boot-camp style programs throughout Sonoma County.  Kia Fit offers the whole package from fitness, well-being, nutrition and lifestyle.  On Saturday I invited their inspirational group of gals out to the farm for a “green smoothie” workshop and CSA tour.  Many have signed up to get a produce box and I look forward to promoting the great work that Kia Fit is bringing to our community.

 

Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1720 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472
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Laguna Farm Happenings

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Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

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Upcoming Events!

 

SUCCULENT PLANT SALE

THIS SATURDAY MAY 3rd! 9-3

At Laguna Farm

 

Large variety of easy-to-care-for succulents: Sedum, Delosperma, Serpervivum, Echeveria, Aloe, etc.
Some perennials too. 4 inch pots

Groundcovers or as an accent plant for any drought-tolerant garden. Also great for container planting or living garden roofs too. Come see our demonstration living roof!

 

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Farm Models Needed!

Friday May 2nd at 3:00 we are taking photos on the farm four use in our social media, newsletter and website.  If you could lend a hand and let us take some photos of you, we would sure appreciate it and will thank you with refreshments and loads of gratitude.  E-mail Mari@lagunafarm.com for more information

April 29, 2014

Laguna Farm Happenings!

Dear Members,
Laguna Farm Juice Box As promised we have launched our “Juice Box” a CSA style box that is designed with juice and smoothies in mind.  The juice box will change weekly, with next week’s box containing:  Beets, carrots, strawberries, bananas, ginger, kale, meyer lemons and celery.  This box can be added to your weekly share or as an alternative to your regular CSA box.  Let us know if you have any questions in ordering and we will help you through it.
Be well,
Jennifer Branham

Laguna Farm Carrots ready for the CSA

This week’s CSA boxes:
Salad mix, kale, carrots, broccoli, basil, lemons and shitake mushrooms,  

 

Fruit Share Includes:  Strawberries, navel oranges, nectarines.

 

 

Combine Laguna Farm's kale with basil to make a unique pesto.

 

 

 

 

A fresh idea for early spring pesto!

Kalyn’s Kitchen posted a wonderful and detailed recipe for a pesto that includes kale.  She is calling it Kale and Basil Pesto with Lemon and Parmesan.  The kale in your box this week is a new crop, so it is less bitter and will lend well to this recipe.  I am sure it is forgiving, so blending kale and basil at a 2 to 1 ratio with kale being more dominant then adding some lemon and Parmesan (or not, or many other cheeses), along with garlic and olive oil could be a safe rule.  Pesto can be made with any number of greens including: Traditional basil,  sage and arugula.

Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1720 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472
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Apr
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Earth Day

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Cal-Fresh!
Did you know that Laguna Farm accepts Cal-Fresh / SNAP benefits?  If you are finding it difficult to afford food, nutrition programs through the USDA could help.  If you use your benefits at Laguna Farm, you are bringing these dollars into your local economy.  For every purchase of $20. at Laguna Farm using Cal-Fresh / SNAP you receive an additional $5.00 through the foodies project to spend in the farm store.  Many members are donating their spare change to the Foodies Project knowing 75% of the money is returned to Laguna Farm CSA members to spend here at the farm.
Please help us spread the word that local, fresh food is now even more accessible.

 

 

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April 22, 2014

Laguna Farm Happenings!

Dear Members,
     Happy Earth Day!
We are sure appreciating the offerings of the land this week with basil in the CSA boxes and strawberries in the fruit share.  I am super excited to report that the cucumbers are sizing up well and we are on track with carrots expected in the CSA boxes next week.  No promises, but things are growing well.
     Nacho and the field crew are putting in long hours tilling the soil, planting out the summer crops and weeding, weeding, weeding!
     Our new “Juice Box” will launch in just 2 weeks time with ordering beginning next week.  The juice box will be a $20. vegetable and fruit share that is specifically designed for juice and smoothies, but the produce can be used any way you like.
     To the harvest, to the Earth, and to you!
Be well,
Jennifer Branham

 Many ways to enjoy peas.

 

English Shelling Peas are tender and sweet in the spring.  We suggest shelling the peas and adding them to frittata, stew, soups, raw on salads or just fresh out of the pod.  Looking for a recipe?  Epicurious can help.

Laguna Fresh Produce

CSA Boxes Contain:
Salad Mix, spinach, onion, shelling peas, chard, basil and cabbage.

 

Fruit share:  Strawberries, navel oranges, grapefruit.
Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1720 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472

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Updates from Laguna Farm

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Your CSA box should contain:  
Salad mix, green garlic, broccoli, cauliflower, chef’s sampler potatoes, California sweet grapefruit and kale.
 
 
Featured Recipes
Social Media has become a wonderful medium for recipe sharing.  Here are a few from our facebook page:
If you still have sweet potatoes left over from last week, consider making Sweet Potato Hash.

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April 15, 2014

Updates from Laguna Farm
All of us at Laguna Farm are grateful for the generous amount of support and recognition we have received from our community of eaters over the seasons. Below are just a few ideas to consider in your support of the farm. Some ideas are simple, while others may be out of reach. If even some of our members could make a slight shift it could have a genuine and lasting impact on the farm. So we simply suggest or rather kindly ask… 
 
1.) Bring your own bag. 
We simply do not have the supply of reused bags in the barn to cover those who forget to bring one.  As a result, many members are either taking home the plastic bin from their neighborhood pick up sites or taking our paper boxes from the farm.  We need the boxes for our wholesale and farm market produce.  Please help the farm and stock your car with reusable bags so you will have them on CSA pick up day.
2.) Consider pre-paying for the season.
We understand that some members have a weekly, monthly or annual budget.  Laguna Farm invests in the spring. During these months, it is especially helpful if members are able to prepay for a block of CSA boxes.  Consider paying for your CSA quarterly or even annually if this works for you. Ask Ellen and she can help you estimate a block payment.
3.) Social networking.
Laguna Farm is on facebook, pinterest, twitter, and we are just getting started on instagram.  We distribute our newsletter in a “forwardable” format.  When people share our facebook posts, it helps spread our word for free.  Without these “shares” our reach is limited or we have to pay to boost our posts. We swap recipes, share cooking tips, feature beautiful photos of our farm, invite the public to our events and highlight our CSA boxes.  You can help Laguna Farm reach a broader audience in a free and green format by being social on social media. 
4.)  Give feedback, YES we want your advise!
Some of the best ideas come from our CSA members.  What would you like to see in the farm store?  Would your business be a good place for a neighborhood pick-up site?  How were those beets last week?  Do you favor golden beets over red beets?  Was there a little green bug in your salad mix? Let us know.  We really do listen to our members and want to incorporate your ideas into our farm decisions. 
5.) Celebrate with the gift of produce.
CSA boxes and farm experiences make a wonderful gift.  They are always appreciated and the recipient often signs up as a member of our CSA once they taste our produce. At Laguna Farm, we have a father who pays for his daughter’s box, a sister who treats her college age brother, a mother who buys for her daughter.  These are just a few of many examples of gifting.  Would you like to give the gift of produce?  Also, feel encouraged to contact Jennifer about farm experiences.  How about giving mom a picnic under the oak tree followed by strawberry picking?  Want to gift dad with a walk to the Laguna followed by Asian pear picking in the fall?  Farm experiences are a wonderful gift and we would be happy to be a part of your celebration. 

 

6.) Support businesses that support the farm.
Many restaurants use Laguna Farm’s produce and feature us on their menu.  Mateo’s Cocina Latina in Healdsburg, Backyard in Forestville and Peter Lowell’s in Sebastopol buy directly from our farm and many more buy our produce through FEED Sonoma, our wholesaler.  By supporting local businesses who support your farm, you are creating a positive economic cycle that keeps our dollars local.  Let the chef know you appreciate local produce.  They pay more for it and hope you appreciate where their ingredients come from.
7.)  Donate your CSA during your vacation.
During the week of the 4th of July, so many members go on vacation, we see a huge dip in revenue that has a negative impact on the farm.  We understand that it is difficult to pay for CSA boxes when you are out of town for an extended period of time, but if you are just going away for a week, consider donating or gifting your CSA box.  We offer receipts for a tax deduction, graciously host your friends who may come to claim your box, and we even hold your box upon request so you can pick it up on Monday.   
Thank you for taking the time to consider these ideas and as always, be well.

Jennifer Branham 

 

 

Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1720 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472

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Spring has Sprung

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April 22nd is 
Earth Day!
 If you have any books to donate to our Earth Day book swap, please bring them to the farm.  We look forward to hosting several small activities on the farm to celebrate Earth Day and a book swap is just one of them.
EEK, No More Bags!
The Sonoma County Bag ban has had an impact on the reusable bag supply in the barn. We strongly encourage you to bring your own bag to the farm as we no longer have a reliable stash.
You Pick Berries Coming Soon
Nacho understands our members are interested in having a more ‘farm to family’ experience.  He is going to plant a strawberry patch designated as “YOU PICK”.  We look forward to hosting you out in the field.

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April 9, 2014

Laguna Farm Happenings!

Dear Members,
     Spring has sprung here at Laguna Farm.  The long days are encouraging the out-planted cucumbers, basil and tomatoes to grow and flower.  Nacho looks forward to harvesting the first bunches of basil in the next week or two.  The green house is full of starts including sweet corn, peppers, basil, summer squash and broccoli.  On Monday, Miguel seeded over 7,000 plants in trays that hold 288 seedlings.  If you would like a sneak peak into the future, ask us to show you the green house and see what we are growing for your CSA box in the coming months.
     The North Coast Farmers Guild has been discussing the national trends in the local food movement.  Conversations about the movement toward more mechanized farming, mono-culture commodity crops and the decrease in agriculture in California.  (See the discussion here) I believe it is important for small, diverse farms to always listen to their customer base and expand their offerings based on demand.
     “Right now it is “local” and food hubs and telling your story. It used to be direct marketing, Organic, specialty crops, and diversify everything. Remember baby vegetables and edible blossoms? I’m not saying that one should slavishly adopt every trend, only that one should be aware and use them. Similarly, I’m not saying that the farmer can safely ignore the big picture, only that it does not usually define their own chance of success.” – David Visher
     I agree with Mr. Visher’s suggestion. Laguna Farm will continue to adapt to trend while staying with our mission.  We will constantly strive to produce a product and an experience that maintains relevancy to our customers, our community and our planet. 
Be well,
Jennifer Branham

Laguna Fresh Produce

CSA Boxes Contain:
Salad mix, saute mix, hannah sweet potatoes, garnet sweet potatoes, leeks, avocados, celery.

 

Barn swallows visit Laguna Farm
Barn Swallows at Laguna Farm
 

Laguna Farm plays host to a family of barn swallows every year.  They migrate to Laguna Farm to build their nests under the eves of the barn and raise their chicks.  The swallows are fun to watch as they fly through the air eating the pesky mosquitoes that would be more of a problem if they were not eaten up by the swallows.  In the evening the swallows retreat and bats take up the mosquito eating well into the night.  If you would like to see a swallow nest, just ask and we will show you their clever nesting spots!

Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1720 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472

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Laguna Farm Happenings!

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Laguna Farm Provides

Featured below is a list of things Laguna Farm has to offer our members and some ways we serve our community.  If you have any questions, we are happy to elaborate on any of these topics, so just ask!

Year-round produce
CSA Boxes
“You pick” opportunities

Bulk produce deals

Oak Trees

Community Bulletin Board
Playground

Nature walks

Laguna de Santa Rosa tours

Farm tours

Workshops and Events

Recipes and Tips
Event venue for non-profits
Farm store
Home delivery options

Neighborhood pick up options

CARROTS

Fund-raising opportunities
Accept Cal-Fresh food-stamp!

Canning kits

Heirloom varieties

Clothing and Book Swaps
Seed saving
***Bunnies***

Water conservation strategies
Laguna habitat restoration

Community composting

Film festival sponsorship

Grange member
CAFF member

Farm Trails member

Produce Donations
Family Owned
SOLAR POWERED
Artisan Goods

Craft Fairs
Delicious, Fresh and Good!

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Job Opportunity

Laguna Farm is looking to hire a temporary delivery driver for Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00am to 6:00pm.  This temporary job runs from April 1st to May 20th.

Beginning May 20th, we are looking for a CSA produce packer to work Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

During the Summer months, we will expand our farm market staff in Santa Rosa on Saturday mornings and in Sebastopol on Sunday mornings.

Please contact Jennifer if you are interested in any or all of these positions.  The ideal candidate will start with the delivery job and move into the produce bin packing position in May then expand into working the markets in season. 
March 25, 2014

Laguna Farm Happenings!

Dear members,
We at Laguna Farm recognize that there are many ways you can purchase fresh, local produce in Sonoma County.  Every year, there is an increase in CSA farms, farm markets, produce stands, and stores featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Knowing you have these choices, Laguna Farm holds dear it’s CSA members, farm store guests, farmers market patrons and wholesale accounts. We continually strive to serve you and our community in a variety of ways (see side panel) and actively seek new opportunities to enhance your experience on the farm.
In addition to our CSA, we participate in an array of opportunities to disseminate our crops because diversity in market parallels the advantages of crop diversity. If one fails, we can make up for the loss with another. This makes our farm more solvent.  Now please don’t think market and crop diversity is easy!  I think of the phrase, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” and wonder if those who repeat this phrase has ever collected eggs.  The fact is, you put them all in one basket. The idea of carrying multiple baskets of eggs through the barn-yard with unruly goats, a mean rooster and a difficult to open gate is ridiculous, but I digress…  So yes, we are a diverse vegetable and fruit farm with well over 100 varieties grown on 25 acres.  We have a deep appreciation for the support of our community and strive daily to serve you the very best of what we have to offer.

Be well,

Jennifer Branham

Spring Pizza
Spring Pizza with Asparagus and Green Garlic
Ingredients:
12 ounces refrigerated fresh pizza dough
One bunch of asparagus
3-4 stalks green garlic (or baby leeks), thinly sliced
Extra virgin olive oil
Goat cheese and Parmesan
2-3 anchovies (roughly chopped)
Red pepper flakes

2 eggs, room temperature, crack the eggs into individual, small

  1. Place a baking stone in the oven.  Preheat the oven as high as it goes, at least 500 degrees.
  2. With a vegetable peeler, shave the asparagus into thin, long strips.  Place in a bowl.  Drizzle lightly with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a small skillet with some olive oil.  Add the green garlic (leeks or scallions), a pinch of salt, and saute a few minutes until soft.
  4. Lightly flour your work surface.  Roll out the dough to approximately 11-12 inches in diameter.  Crumble the goat cheese on top and sprinkle with grated Parmesan, green garlic, shaved asparagus, and chopped anchovies.  Season with red pepper flakes to taste.
  5. Using a pizza peel, transfer the pizza to the oven and bake 7-8 minutes until the dough begins to brown.  Pour the cracked eggs from the bowls onto the pizza (or simply crack the eggs directly onto the pizza). Continue to bake another 5 minutes or so, until the egg whites are set, but yolks still runny.  Remove from the oven.  Top with some raw, shaved asparagus.  Finish with a drizzle of good quality extra virgin olive oil. Serve immediately.

– See more at: http://www.pizzadelivery.org/recipes/sourdough-pizza-with-green-garlic-and-shaved-asparagus-12974/#sthash.5nzldFFz.dpuf

bowls  –

  1. Place a baking stone in the oven.  Preheat the oven as high as it goes, at least 500 degrees.
  2. With a vegetable peeler, shave the asparagus into thin, long strips.  Place in a bowl.  Drizzle lightly with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a small skillet with some olive oil.  Add the green garlic (leeks or scallions), a pinch of salt, and saute a few minutes until soft.
  4. Lightly flour your work surface.  Roll out the dough to approximately 11-12 inches in diameter.  Crumble the goat cheese on top and sprinkle with grated Parmesan, green garlic, shaved asparagus, and chopped anchovies.  Season with red pepper flakes to taste.
  5. Using a pizza peel, transfer the pizza to the oven and bake 7-8 minutes until the dough begins to brown.  Pour the cracked eggs from the bowls onto the pizza (or simply crack the eggs directly onto the pizza). Continue to bake another 5 minutes or so, until the egg whites are set, but yolks still runny.  Remove from the oven.  Top with some raw, shaved asparagus.  Finish with a drizzle of good quality extra virgin olive oil. Serve immediately.

– See more at: http://www.pizzadelivery.org/recipes/sourdough-pizza-with-green-garlic-and-shaved-asparagus-12974/#sthash.5nzldFFz.dpuf

Cut the asparagus into thin, long strips.  Place in a bowl.  Drizzle lightly with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.  Heat a small skillet with olive oil.  Add the green garlic (or leeks ), a pinch of salt, and saute a few minutes until soft.  Lightly flour your work surface.  Roll out the dough to approximately 11-12 inches in diameter.  Crumble the goat cheese on top and sprinkle with grated Parmesan, green garlic, asparagus, and chopped anchovies.  Season with red pepper flakes to taste.  Using a pizza peel, transfer the pizza to a pizza stone or cookie sheet in a 500′ oven.  Bake 7-8 minutes until the dough begins to brown.  Pour the cracked eggs from the bowls onto the pizza (or simply crack the eggs directly onto the pizza). Continue to bake another 5 minutes or so, until the egg whites are set, but yolks still runny.  Remove from the oven.  Top with some raw, shaved asparagus.  Finish with a drizzle of good quality extra virgin olive oil. Serve immediately.

  1. Place a baking stone in the oven.  Preheat the oven as high as it goes, at least 500 degrees.
  2. With a vegetable peeler, shave the asparagus into thin, long strips.  Place in a bowl.  Drizzle lightly with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a small skillet with some olive oil.  Add the green garlic (leeks or scallions), a pinch of salt, and saute a few minutes until soft.
  4. Lightly flour your work surface.  Roll out the dough to approximately 11-12 inches in diameter.  Crumble the goat cheese on top and sprinkle with grated Parmesan, green garlic, shaved asparagus, and chopped anchovies.  Season with red pepper flakes to taste.
  5. Using a pizza peel, transfer the pizza to the oven and bake 7-8 minutes until the dough begins to brown.  Pour the cracked eggs from the bowls onto the pizza (or simply crack the eggs directly onto the pizza). Continue to bake another 5 minutes or so, until the egg whites are set, but yolks still runny.  Remove from the oven.  Top with some raw, shaved asparagus.  Finish with a drizzle of good quality extra virgin olive oil. Serve immediately.

– See more at: http://www.pizzadelivery.org/recipes/sourdough-pizza-with-green-garlic-and-shaved-asparagus-12974/#sthash.5nzldFFz.dpuf

Laguna Fresh Produce

CSA Boxes Contain:

Tuesday:  Salad Mix, Beets, Kale, Broccoli, Green Garlic, and Bloomsdale Spinach

Thursday:  Salad Mix, Carrots, Kale, Broccoli, Green Garlic, and Bloomsdale Spinach

We purchased some of the Bloomsdale Spinach from our  friends at County Line Farm.

 

Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1720 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472

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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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Upcoming Events
 
Solar Works would like to invite you to learn about the affordability of Solar Power!  Come to the OPEN HOUSE 
April 3rd 
5:30 – 7:30
You still have time to pre-order tickets.  Check out the wonderful films coming to Sebastopol during the last weekend of March.
Earth Day at 
Laguna Farm
April 22nd is Earth Day and Laguna Farm is celebrating with a books swap, nature walk, food and drink.  Come celebrate the earth with us!

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Recipe of the Week!

 

March 18, 2014

Laguna Farm voted “Best Farm” in the North Bay Bohemian!

 
Be well,
Jennifer Branham

Laguna Fresh Produce

CSA Boxes Contain:
Salad mix, radishes or beets, chard, asparagus, leeks, navel oranges and celery.

 

Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1720 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472

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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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Upcoming Events

Sebastopol Grange
St. Patrick’s Concert & Celebration – ALL AGES WELCOME! OPEN TO PUBLIC!
Featuring music by Thistledowne, Laura Shafer & Paul Henry, Wild Green
   Concert at 4:00 PM, Sliding Scale $10-$20. For more info call 707-573-6049
Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner at 6 PM
Please reserve dinner by emailing Lisa at peachfigpear@gmail.com

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
We just heard from Jason and learned that tickets are selling quickly for the film festival.  I strongly suggest pre-ordering at http://www.sebastopolfilmfestival.org/
We at Laguna Farm enjoy our small role in promoting the film festival and are offering $5.00 off in the farm store for anyone who brings in a ticket stub for More Than Honey or After Winter, Spring.

Earth Day at Laguna Farm
Tuesday, April 22nd is Earth Day and at Laguna Farm, we intend to celebrate!  This is a great time to invite family and friends to see our farm, participate in our open-house and join us in nature walks and farm tours.  More details to come!

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March 11, 2014


Laguna Farm Happenings!


Dear Members,  
     It’s “Go Time” here at Laguna Farm with the longer, warmer days, we are seeding and planting out the summer crops.  Cucumbers, basil, tomatoes, peppers and summer squash have all outgrown their seeding flats and are ready to go out and grow up under the hoop houses.  In another month or two we will resume our monthly open houses and farm tours. These events are a fun opportunity to watch the corn grow and pick your own basket of strawberries.
     Sometimes we run out of certain items in our farm store.  It is our goal to sell everything by the end of the week so the new week can begin with a fresh harvest.  If you want asparagus, shitake mushrooms, bread, extra salad mix or milk, please consider ordering through our online farm store.  My goal this year is to add more fresh items to the store so members can add more to their CSA box. 
Be well,
Jennifer Branham


Laguna Fresh Produce
CSA Boxes Contain:

Salad mix, kale or collards, parsley, artichokes, onions, cabbage and red potatoes.


Irish and Potato Stew for a healthy St. Patrick’s Day

Irish and Potato Stew

Irish White Bean and Cabbage Stew

Add a smoky flavor by sprinkling on a little hickory salt or Liquid Smoke just before serving.
1 large onion, chopped
3 ribs celery, chopped
2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 head cabbage, chopped
4 carrots, sliced
1 to 1-1/2 pounds potatoes, cut in large dice
1/3 cup pearled barley (optional or substitute with gluten-free grain)
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
1/2 teaspoon rosemary, crushed
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6-8 cups vegetable broth
3 cups cooked great northern beans
1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
salt to taste

Stovetop: Place vegetables, seasonings, barley, and broth into a large stockpot.  Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 45 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients, check seasonings, and add more herbs if necessary. Simmer uncovered for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1720 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472
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