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August 14, 2013

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

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 It’s That Time!

Bulk produce is now available for canning to all CSA members. Tomatoes are available at $30. per 20 pound box and cucumbers can be purchased for $20. per 20 pound box.  Call Jennifer at

 823-0823 to order.

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Cal-Fresh /
Food Stamps

Laguna Farm is happy to announce that we now are able to accept CalFresh or Food Stamps as a form of payment.  We have been granted an additional benefit where we can give you an additional $5.00 for every $20.  You spend.  If you are finding it difficult to afford food, you may qualify for support.  Find out if you qualify HERE.
 August 14, 2013


Laguna Farm Happenings!


Dear Members,  

We are officially ready for our annual festival, Laguna Fest!  This Saturday, August 17th.  We have an entire day of workshops, tours, lectures, hands-on activities and fun.  Please look over the event schedule, view the list of vendors and peruse the abundant raffle
Every participant will take something home from the event.  Perhaps a new skill, a deeper understanding of the farm and our growing practices, free clothes or a new book from the swap, a mushroom kit, felted wool, a broader sense of community… So much can be gained by participating in this wonderful community event.  Feel free to call us if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing you this Saturday!

Be well,
Jennifer Branham


Laguna Fresh Produce
This week’s CSA box:

Salad Mix, Beets, Kale or Cilantro, Zucchini or Cucumber, Potatoes, Onions, Tomatoes and Melons!


Raw Beet Salads!

Beet, Cabbage & Orange. Quite nice-looking:
Use equal parts beet and cabbage, about 8 ounces of each. Shred the beets (with the shallot) as directed; shred the cabbage by hand or by using the slicing disk of the food processor. Add 1 navel orange (including its juice), peeled and roughly chopped.

Raw Beet Salad with Carrot and Ginger.  

Ginger and beets are killer together: Use equal parts beet and carrot, about 8 ounces of each. Treat the carrots as you do the beets (you can process them together), adding about a tablespoon of minced peeled ginger to the mix; omit the tarragon. Substitute peanut for olive oil, lime juice for sherry vinegar, and cilantro for parsley.

Raw Beet Salad with Yogurt Dressing. Creamy: Replace the olive oil and one of the tablespoons of vinegar with 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, preferably whole-milk or low-fat.


Thank you so much for bringing in your brown paper bags this week.  The more the merrier, but it feels good to have such a great supply.

Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1720 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472
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August 6, 2013

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

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 It’s That Time!

Bulk produce is now available for canning to all CSA members. Tomatoes are available at $30. per 20 pound box and cucumbers can be purchased for $20. per 20 pound box.  Call Jennifer at

 823-0823 to order.

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 August 6, 2013


Laguna Farm Happenings!


Dear Members,  
Laguna Fest is really coming together nicely.  Our wonderful staff members have been working hard and we have received an outpouring of support from our community.   On Saturday, August 17th we look forward to hosting this event that features:  local food, artisans, workshops, tours, speakers and our epic clothing/fabric/book swap.  Now is the time to bring in these reusable items for the swap.  We like to have a good stock of items before the event so we can get it all set up in the herb garden.  As always, you can bring swap items on the day of the event, but the earlier the better.
Entering the barn you will see our raffle table. You may peruse the offerings and purchase tickets ahead of the event day.  You do not need to be present to win.  The Sonoma County community has been very generous in donating to the raffle.  Prizes include a farm to table dinner for 6, wine tours, restaurant certificates, classes, books and more.  Thank you Mari for putting this together for us.  
Lastly, we do have a few requests for those of you who may be able to help.  Along with items for the clothing/fabric/book swap, we are requesting knitting needles and yarn for the knitting workshop.  Volunteers throughout the day and anyone who is able to get the word out about this amazing event.  We have more fliers in the barn and social networking sites like facebook are easy to use to promote us.
Be well, and I hope to see you at the festival on the 17th!
Jennifer Branham


Laguna Fresh Produce
This week’s CSA box:
Salad Mix, Carrots, Radish, Chard, Zucchini or Cucumber, Tomatoes and Corn!
Fruit Share Includes: 
Melons, Berries, Plums.


honey roasted radishes

Honey Roasted Radishes
Roasting mellows radishes’ sharp bite, as does a touch of honey and delicate white balsamic vinegar. Wilted radish tops add great texture and a pop of color to the dish. Serve with lamb, steak, or pan-roasted trout.


Desperately Seeking: 
 Brown Paper Bags!   
If you have some at home, please bring them into the farm.  Remember to bring your reusable bag as our paper bag supply has dwindled. 

Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1720 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472
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July 30, 2013

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

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 Laguna Fest News!

Time to donate clothes, books and material for the clothing, book and material swap at Laguna Fest. Kelly is going to coordinate the swap again this year. Please drop your donations off with Ellen or leave them in front of the office. Please make sure that whatever you donate is of high quality and usable.  

Last call for raffle donations. Contact Mari at mari4earth@hotmail.com to donate items for our raffle. You will get to view the raffle items and purchase tickets beginning next week. 

We still need a few more volunteers. Contact Ellen@lagunafarm to volunteer. You will receive a free ticket, food and drink for your volunteering.

 


Best of the Film Fest
June 7th – October 4th
Hollywood Hair
8/2/13 – 7pm

Short Program Series 8/23/

13 – 7pm

Uprising
9/6/13 – 7pm

Still Moving:
Pilobolus at 40
9/27/13 – 4:30 & 7pm

Informant
10/4/13 – 7pm

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July 30, 2013


Laguna Farm Happenings!


Dear Members,  
     This Thursday is the first Thursday of the month and that means we will host farm tours!  Early August is a wonderful time to see the farm in its full summer glory.  Consider bringing a picnic lunch and enjoy the shade of the oak tree before or after the 2:00 tour.
     We have had great success in inviting interested folks to come to the farm and pick up a CSA box.  We have been able to sell a good amount of produce and meet new prospective members as well.  With the ability to accept CalFresh (food stamps) our farm is able to reach a broader audience. 
     Laguna Fest, our annual festival is coming up on August 17th.  We hope you will help us spread the word. Please post our flyer in your business or a friend’s business or your favorite store, library, etc. I will leave some posters on the table where the safe is located or you can get one from us during store hours.
Thank you!

Be well,
Jennifer Branham


Laguna Fresh Produce
This week’s CSA box:
Salad Mix, Cabbage, Zucchini or Cucumber, Green Beans, Tomatoes and corn!
Fruit Share Includes: 
Melons, Berries, Pluots


A wonderful way to use your Laguna Farm cabbage along with several other seasonal vegetables.  You can substitute vegetables if you would like.  See Recipe Here!
Fresh spring rolls


Desperately Seeking: 
 Brown Paper Bags!   
If you have some at home, please bring them into the farm.  Remember to bring your reusable bag as our paper bag supply has dwindled. 

Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1720 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472
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July 23, 2013

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

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Laguna Fest News

Volunteer for the farm at Laguna Fest 2013 Saturday, August 17th 10am to 8pm.

Laguna Fest 2013 is a celebration of local food, resources and services and includes over 25 re-skilling and homesteading classes, demos and workshops, farm and Laguna tours, a clothing/book swap complete with local food & drinks.

Volunteers receive FREE admission!

Contact:
 ellen@lagunafarm.com
 for more information.


Best of the Film Fest
June 7th – October 4th

The Garden
7/27/13 – 7pm

Hollywood Hair
8/2/13 – 7pm

Short Program Series 8/23/13 – 7pm

Uprising
9/6/13 – 7pm

Still Moving:
Pilobolus at 40
9/27/13 – 4:30 & 7pm

Informant
10/4/13 – 7pm

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July, 23 2013


Laguna Farm Happenings!


Dear Members,  
     We are so excited to be able to accept Cal-Fresh or “food stamps” at the farm.  Our swiper machine has arrived and we are contacting local agencies who serve the under fed and letting them know that we now have this new payment option. 
     It is my hope that the expanded payment options bring more customers to the farm.  This summer has been difficult as we have seen a drop in our membership below sustainable levels.  Creativity is saving us with programs like Cropmobster and our wholesale markets.  We are working hard to sell the produce through these channels, but know that ultimately we need to see our CSA numbers increase over the next few months.     
     Laguna Fest is in full swing and we look forward to the festival on the 17th of August.  We would love to have some more vendors. Specifically, we would like to have a coffee vendor, soap and bath product vendor, pottery maker and any of your ideas. Contact Ellen@lagunafarm.com
     We have a couple more openings for workshops. We need a bow drill fire maker (we have the supplies) and any other re-skilling or homestead workshops. Contact Gabrielle@lagunafarm.com
     Volunteers are needed for the day of the event. Volunteers receive a free pass and food and drink for their 2 hour shift. Sign up with Ellen@lagunafarm.com
There is still time to get your raffle items in. Contact Mari at mari4earth@hotmail.com

Be well,
Jennifer Branham


Laguna Fresh Produce
This week’s CSA box
Salad Mix, Kale or Fennel, Zucchini or Cucumber, Cauliflower, Scallions and Tomatoes!

Many wonder what to do with fennel.  During this time of year, fennel is wonderful grilled, shaved fennel salad, or mashed with potatoes.  Don’t be shy, try this versatile vegetable!


IMPACT: Laguna Farms Excess Turns Neighbor into Canning & Pickling All-Star
IMPACT: Laguna Farms Excess Turns Neighbor into Canning & Pickling All-Star
If you would like to purchase bulk produce and make pickles, pesto and preserves, contact us and we can help you fill your cupboards.

Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1720 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472
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July 9, 2013

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

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Laguna Fest News

Volunteer for the farm at Laguna Fest 2013 Saturday, August 17th 10am to 8pm.

Laguna Fest 2013 is a celebration of local food, resources and services and includes over 25 re-skilling and homesteading classes, demos and workshops, farm and Laguna tours, a clothing/book swap complete with local food & drinks.

Volunteers receive FREE admission!

Contact:
 ellen@lagunafarm.com
 for more information.


Best of the Film Fest
June 7th – October 4th
Strong!
7/12/13 – 7pm

Hollywood Hair
8/2/13 – 7pm

Short Program Series 8/23/13

13 – 7pm

Uprising
9/6/13 – 7pm

Still Moving:
Pilobolus at 40
9/27/13 – 4:30 & 7pm

Informant
10/4/13 – 7pm

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July 9, 2013


Laguna Farm Happenings!


Dear Members,  
     On Sunday when I wrote up the harvest list for Nacho, I was shocked to see how many members had dropped off the CSA list.  During this time of year, we often see a dip in membership.  Folks have their own gardens, farm markets have a lot to offer and vacations take many of you away.  In response, I used several social networking channels to sell as many CSA boxes I could.  Facebook, WaccoBB.net and a new venture called CropMobster were quickly utilized.  On CropMobster, I created one large lot that was divided into 4 smaller lots and sold at %50 below retail.  Within 5 hours time, all 4 lots were sold and the Press Democrat called me for an interview on the experience.  Throughout the earlier part of this week, word got out that Laguna Farm was selling extra CSA boxes and new customers quickly bought up many of the boxes we made. 
     All in all, the week was saved and I have a game plan if next week’s numbers are low.  Heartwarming is that so many local businesses, organizations, members and friends helped get the word out overnight and we were able to recoup the cost of producing this beautiful food.
     If you know of someone who is interested in Laguna Farm’s CSA program and wants to try a box, tell them to come to the farm during store hours and they will walk away happy!
Be well,
Jennifer Branham


Laguna Fresh Produce
This week’s CSA box contains: 

Salad mix, cooking greens, broccoli or corn, tomatoes, cucumber or squash, spring onions and green beans.


A simple savory zucchini recipe.
Sauteed Zucchini Recipe
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 medium garlic clove
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound zucchini (about 4 medium), trimmed and cut into 2-by-1/4-inch matchsticks
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Smash garlic clove and peel.
  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant but not browned, about 30 seconds. Remove the garlic with a slotted spoon or tongs and discard (or save for another use).
  3. Add the zucchini to the pan and toss until coated with oil. Let cook undisturbed until the bottoms of the matchsticks are golden brown, about 1 minute. Toss again and cook until crisp-tender, about 1 minute more. Remove the pan from heat and season the zucchini with salt and pepper.
  4. Transfer the zucchini to a serving dish and sprinkle with the Parmesan. Serve immediately.

Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1720 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472
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July 2, 2013

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

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Laguna Fest News

Volunteer for the farm at Laguna Fest 2013 Saturday, August 17th 10am to 8pm.

Laguna Fest 2013 is a celebration of local food, resources and services and includes over 25 re-skilling and homesteading classes, demos and workshops, farm and Laguna tours, a clothing/book swap complete with local food & drinks.

Volunteers receive FREE admission!

Contact:
 ellen@lagunafarm.com
 for more information.


Best of the Film Fest
June 7th – October 4th
Strong!
7/12/13 – 7pm

Hollywood Hair
8/2/13 – 7pm

Short Program Series 8/23/13

13 – 7pm

Uprising
9/6/13 – 7pm

Still Moving:
Pilobolus at 40
9/27/13 – 4:30 & 7pm

Informant
10/4/13 – 7pm

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July 2, 2013


Laguna Farm Happenings!


Dear Members,  
     Last week’s rain with this week’s sunshine sure make for a growth spurt at the farm.  We are busy harvesting the produce and weeding back the weeds before we are over run.
     We will be open and operating as usual on the 4th of July, with the exception of delivery.  Please note we will be delivering the CSA boxes on Wednesday July 3rd. 
     Overall, the farm is doing well, but we are concerned over the number of people dropping off this summer.  Please send the word out that we are open for membership and have a wonderful CSA program that brings local families directly to their food source and supports Sonoma County agriculture that is beyond grapes!
Be well,
Jennifer Branham


Laguna Fresh Produce
This week’s CSA box contains: 
Salad Mix, Kale, Zucchini or Cucumber, Scallions, Carrots, Green Beans, Potatoes!
Fruit Share Includes: 
Pluots, Peaches, Nectarines.


Raw Kale Salad
Raw Kale Summer Salad

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries, chopped (or whole golden raisins or currants)
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts (can substitute slivered almonds)
  • 1 pound fresh Lacinato kale (also called Tuscan kale or dinosaur kale), about 2-3 bunches, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, packed
Method

1.) Heat a small skilled on medium high heat. Spread the pine nuts in an even layer on the bottom of the pan, cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Then remove to a bowl to allow to cool.  Hint when toasting nuts: do not take your eyes off of them! Nuts can go from browned to burned very quickly.

2.) Use a sharp knife to cut out the tough midrib of each kale leaf, and discard or compost. Slice the leaves crosswise into thin, 1/4 inch wide, slices.  The easiest way to do this is to work with a small bunch of leaves at a time, stack the leaves and roll them into a loose cigar shape. Then using a sharp knife, work from one end of the “cigar” to the other, slicing a 1/4 inch off from the end.  Place the kale slices into a large bowl.

3.)  In a smaller bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, rice vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper.   A half hour to an hour before serving, toss the kale together with the toasted pine nuts, the dried cranberries, and the dressing, allowing the kale to marinate a bit.  Right before serving, stir in the grated Parmesan cheese.

Yield: Serves 6 to 8.

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

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

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Laguna Fest News
Volunteer for the farm at Laguna Fest 2013 Saturday, August 17th 10am to 8pm.Laguna Fest 2013 is a celebration of local food, resources and services and includes over 25 re-skilling and homesteading classes, demos and workshops, farm and Laguna tours, a clothing/book swap complete with local food & drinks.Volunteers receive FREE admission!Contact:
ellen@lagunafarm.com
for more information.

Best of the Film Fest
June 7th – October 4th
Strong!
7/12/13 – 7pm
Hollywood Hair
8/2/13 – 7pm
Short Program Series 8/23/

13 – 7pm
Uprising
9/6/13 – 7pm
Still Moving:
Pilobolus at 40
9/27/13 – 4:30 & 7pm
Informant
10/4/13 – 7pm

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June 18, 2013

Laguna Farm Happenings!

Dear Members,
~~Monday mornings at Laguna Farm are like no other day.  The field crew arrives before the heat to begin the harvest for Tuesday’s boxes.  Nacho starts the irrigation cycles and I assess the remainder of the market produce and CSA bins left for donation.
Though we are closed to the public and members, there is still a lot of activity on the farm. Mid-morning, the volunteers from the Ceres Project come to box up donations for their teens to cook into nourishing meals for locals suffering health challenges.  While these volunteers are gleaning for Ceres, they also pack up donations for Food For Thought.  Throughout the day, members who have called to have their boxes “saved for Monday” stop in to retrieve last week’s veggie share.  Then, still early in the day, Laguna Farm is visited by three very special families who come for their “donation” box.  These families admittedly represent a small section of those who find it hard to afford fresh food. While the food banks are generous with canned food and bread, fresh produce is a rarity.
Knowing that there are many more people struggling to afford food, so far beyond these three families, has encouraged me to apply to become a store that accepts food stamps.  We are well into the process and hope to be able to accept “Cal-fresh” or food stamps early this summer.
So thank you all for being a part of this energetic food system and even when you are on vacation and leave a box behind, know that it is very much appreciated and never goes to “waste”.
Be well,
Jennifer Branham

Laguna Fresh Produce

This week’s CSA box contains:

Salad Mix, Kale, Zucchini or Cucumber, Turnips or Spring Onions, Lemons, Celery and Potatoes!
Fruit Share Includes:
Grapes, Nectarines, Pluots

 

 

Zucchini Hummus Recipe
Back in 1997 Antoinette visited Laguna Farm on a field trip from Sonoma State.  She has been a CSA member ever since.  Here is her Raw Hummus recipe.
Dad, you gotta try this one!
Raw Zucchini Hummus with Flax Chips
Ingredients:
2 Medium Zucchini Chopped
3/4 Cup Tahini
1/2 Cup Lemon Juice
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1/2 Tablespoon Cumin
2 Teaspoons Salt
Blend in a food processor and enjoy like hummus!
Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1720 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472
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June 11, 2013

Laguna Farm Newsletter

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Upcoming Events!
Best of the Fest
June 7th – October 4th
sebastopolfilmfestival.org

Strong!
7/12/13 – 7pm

Hollywood Hair
8/2/13 – 7pm

Short Program Series 8/23/13 – 7pm

Uprising
9/6/13 – 7pm

Still Moving: Pilobolus at 40
9/27/13 – 4:30 & 7pm

Informant
10/4/13 – 7pm

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Laguna Fest 2013
Save the date:  August 17, 2013

We are seeking:
Event Volunteers
Raffle Donations
Clothes for the Swap
Books for the Swap
Places to put our flier.  Pick one up in the barn and pass on the word!
June 11, 2013


Laguna Farm Happenings!


Dear Members,  
     We just harvested the very first few baskets of Sungold tomatoes, with many more on their way.  I noticed today that the sunflowers are about to bloom in Vicki’s flower bed.  Summer is coming on quickly and with cucumbers and squash filling your bins, I am sure you can sense it too. 
     I am really excited about our plans for this year’s Laguna Fest; the farm’s annual festival.  This year we are taking it up a notch with several workshops geared toward skills that aren’t easily learned elsewhere.  These include:  Fiber Arts, Seaweed Harvesting & Nutrition, Fermentation, Cheese Making, The Transition Movement, Mushroom Cultivation, Permaculture, Essential Oils, Medicine Making, The Grange Movement, Friction Fire Making, and Animal Husbandry.  In addition to these workshops, participants can enjoy tours of the Farm and the Laguna de’ Santa Rosa as well as our now famous Clothing and Book Swap. 
     Mark August 17th on your calendar and stay posted for more details!
     Currently we are seeking volunteers.  Sign up at the farm or e-mail ellen@lagunafarm.com
Be Well,
Jennifer Branham


Laguna Fresh Produce
Your CSA Box!
Tuesday 6/11/13
Please enjoy:
Salad Mix, Collards, Radish, Parsley or Cilantro, Cucumbers, Squash, Potatoes and Plums.

Thursday 6/13/13
Please enjoy:
Salad Mix, Collards, Beets, Basil, Cucumbers, Squash, Potatoes and Plums.


Collard Green Wrap
Wraps with Collard Leaves
During the summer months, we love our wraps and burritos.  There are several ways to use collard greens as the “tortilla” in these favorite creations.  Tuna  salad, beans and rice, raw veggies with hummus are just a few ingredients you could use.  See the above video for more inspiration!  Important, you will want to shave off the large rib that goes up the leaf.  Don’t cut it out completely, but it is a bit much fiber that can be trimmed down! 

Please keep bringing in your paper bags for folks that forget their reusable bags.

We are also accepting donations of:  Display baskets, table cloths, rags and handled shopping baskets.  

Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1720 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472
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June 4, 2013

Laguna Farm Newsletter

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Upcoming Events!

 

June 6, 2013
Laguna Farm Tour

Plan on walking the fields during the first Thursday of every month during the dry season.  We will open the barn to members, friends and interested folks and show our award winning CSA.  Then we will explore the summer plantings, view wild-life, discuss the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed and more.  Bring water, a sun hat and sturdy shoes for a 50 minute enlightening venture.

Laguna Fest 2013
Saturday Aug. 17th
save the date for our annual open house, reskilling workshops
farm tours
vendors
clothing swap
food, drink and fun!
 

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Best of the Fest 2013
Every year the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival selects films to show in their “Best of the Fest” series.  To view the schedule, go to sebastopolfilmfestival.org
July 7th at 4:30 and 7pm see a showing of the Audience Award Winners:
Casting By and The Mayor.
Brochures for the Best of the Fest can be picked up at Laguna Farm!


If you would like your business or service featured in the “Business Spotlight”, please e-mail Jennifer with a little blurb about what you have to offer!  This is a free service available to Laguna Farm CSA members.
June4, 2013


Laguna Farm Happenings!


Dear Members,  
     Summertime brings more than squash and cucumbers to Laguna Farm.  It is a time of farm tours, splashes in the Laguna and our annual farm festival. 
     We would like to invite you to take part in these farm experiences.  It is a great way for our members who pick up their produce “off the farm” to come and visit.  We have a table under “Grandmother Oak” that provides a wonderful shady spot to gather, and our fields welcome you for a walk.  Thursday at 2:00 we will host the second of our farm tours that happen monthly during the summer and just yesterday we picked up our fliers for Laguna Fest from the printer.  If you have a business that could display our Laguna Fest flier, please ask us for one.  We would love it if you would help us get the word out. 

Be well,
Jennifer Branham


Rainbow Chard with Pine Nuts, Parmesan & Basil
Chard with pine nuts and basil

 

 

 

 

13 to 14 oz. Rainbow chard (about 1 large bunch)
1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbs. pine nuts
Kosher salt
1 Tbs. minced garlic
1 Tbs. cold unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves (8 to 10 large)

     Cut the stems from the chard leaves. Cut or rip the leaves into 2- to 3-inch pieces and wash and dry them well. Rinse the stems and slice them crosswise 1/4 inch thick.

     In a 12-inch nonstick stir-fry pan or skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the pine nuts and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the pine nuts to a plate, leaving behind as much oil as possible.

     Return the pan to medium-high heat, add the chard stems and a pinch of salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until shrunken and beginning to brown lightly, 6 to 7 minutes.   

     Add the garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 15 seconds.   

     Add the chard leaves and 1/4 tsp. salt. Toss with tongs until just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. (If using a skillet, you may need to add the chard in batches, letting the first batch wilt before adding more.) Remove the pan from the heat, add the cold butter pieces and stir just until the butter has melted.

     Using tongs, immediately transfer about half of the leaves and stems to a serving plate and arrange.  

     Sprinkle on half of the Parmigiano, basil, and pine nuts. Layer on the remaining leaves, stems, and pan juices, and garnish with the remaining cheese, basil, and pine nuts.  

     Serve immediately and enjoy! 


Laguna Fresh Produce
June 4th and 6th CSA Boxes:

Salad mix, Chard, Basil, Spring onions, Carrots, Zucchini, Peaches and Sweet potatoes.

Fruit share:  Plums, Nectarines and Apricots.


True Grass Farm

Would you like to sign up for a meat share from True Grass Farms that you could pick up at Laguna Farm?  We are inviting the folks of True Grass Farms to provide their meat to our members. 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.
True Grass Farms
Valley Ford, CA
e-mail Guido to sign up or for more information:  truegrassfarms@live.com

Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1720 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472
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May 21, 2013

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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Upcoming Events!

 

June 6, 2013
Laguna Farm Tour

Plan on walking the fields during the first Thursday of every month during the dry season.  We will open the barn to members, friends and interested folks and show our award winning CSA.  Then we will explore the summer plantings, view wild-life, discuss the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed and more.  Bring water, a sun hat and sturdy shoes for a 50 minute enlightening venture.

Laguna Fest 2013
Saturday Aug. 17th
save the date for our annual open house, reskilling workshops
farm tours
vendors
clothing swap
food, drink and fun!
 

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Business Spotlight
Green Valley Natural Builders Co-operative
We are now up an running and able to provide a wide range of services in the Natural building realm.

Between the five of us we have the experience to build most anything, from custom tables and benches, to chicken coops, playhouses and up to cabins, gazebos, sheds and guest houses.

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Green Valley Village on Green Valley Rd.
Thanks y’all!


If you would like your business or service featured in the “Business Spotlight”, please e-mail Jennifer with a little blurb about what you have to offer!  This is a free service available to Laguna Farm CSA members.
May 21, 2013


Laguna Farm Happenings!


Dear Members,  
    So many of you sent us e-mails of interest in buying bulk produce for preserving this year.  It is wonderful to know we can serve our CSA community with bulk buying opportunities.  We will  keep everyone updated on the progress of the summer produce that lends well to “putting up”. 
     As summer quickly approaches, we would like to encourage everyone to think of Laguna Farm while making your vacation plans.  Your CSA box can be gifted to a friend or family member or to one of our charities (Food for Thought or Ceres Project).  Just give us a call and we will make sure your box goes to a great home.  If you feel you must “skip” your box while you are on vacation, give us a call and we will do this for you. 
     Another summer reality, is your own gardens may be producing.  The most common reason for quitting our CSA is that it is “too much food”.  For $20. per box, we agree this is a GREAT value, and you should eat this much produce!  However, if you find yourself composting more than you are comfortable with, become an “every other week” member.  This way you are still connected to the farm and retain the privileges of membership, such as shopping in our store!
Be well,
Jennifer Branham


Sautéed Greens with Pine Nuts and Raisins Recipe
kale-pine-nuts-raisins-recipe

This is a classic Sicilian side dish, prepared with leafy greens, toasted pine nuts and raisins. It may sound like an odd combination, but it works; it’s sweet, savory, salty, spicy and just a little bitter.
Ingredients
1/4 cup pine nuts
2 Tbsp olive oil

4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/2 pound  Saute’ Greens
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 cup white wine or water
Salt and pepper to taste
Method

     Heat a large sauté pan on medium-high heat and add the pine nuts. Toast them until they are fragrant and begin to brown. Pay attention as pine nuts burn easily. Stir or toss the nuts frequently. Once they are toasted, remove from pan and set aside.

     Add the olive oil to the pan and swirl it around. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds; the pan should already be hot, so it won’t take long for the garlic to begin to brown. Add back the pine nuts, add the raisins and the greens and mix well. Sauté, stirring often, until the greens wilt and begin to give up some of their water, anywhere from 1-2 minutes for spinach to 4-5 minutes for collards or kale.

     Sprinkle a little salt and red pepper flakes on the greens. Add the white wine (can substitute water)-use a little more wine if you are cooking collards, a little less if you are cooking spinach. Toss to combine and let the liquid boil away. Once the liquid boils off, remove from heat.  

     Add salt and pepper to taste.


Laguna Fresh Produce
Tuesday CSA boxes include: 
Salad Mix, Saute’ Mix, Carrots, Red Onion, Basil, Green Beans, and Broccoli.

Tuesday CSA boxes include: 
Salad Mix, Saute’ Mix, Beets, Red Onion, Cilantro, Green Beans, and Broccoli.


True Grass Farm

Would you like to sign up for a meat share from True Grass Farms that you could pick up at Laguna Farm?  We are inviting the folks of True Grass Farms to provide their meat to our members. 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.
True Grass Farms
Valley Ford, CA
e-mail Guido to sign up or for more information:  truegrassfarms@live.com

Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1720 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472
Thank you for reading our newsletter!


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