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November 6, 2012

Laguna Farm Newsletter

 
Laguna Farm CSA

1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol, California
95472

(707) 823-0823   

October 23, 2012  

     Last Sunday morning, Laguna Farm suffered a profound loss.  Our little farm dog “Elf” escaped out the back door of Jennifer & Cody’s north Sebastopol home and ran into the street before being hit by a car.  For those of you who knew Elf, you probably remember him as being a super cute little guy with a big personality.  He loved the older ladies and snuggled with his boy every night.   Elf was a mainstay around the farm, a friend of the field crew’s, Ellen’s Friday lunch date, Jennifer’s best buddy, and will be forever missed. 
     The Autumn months are my favorites.  Being a home-body, the shorter days lour me inside to bake winter squash and craft for the holidays.  I love the smells, the food, the rain drenched mornings and hearty meals.  I didn’t want the sadness of loosing Elf to influence this season.  Depression can be a seductive mistress.  She finds her way in through sadness, and slowly pushes out joy.  I thought I would dose up on a healthy supplement of joy by inviting a new dog into our family.
     Galaxy, a girl mutt residing at the Sonoma County Humane Society found a way into my heart, our home, and now; her farm!  Galaxy too loves the older ladies!  She also loves men, children and dogs. 
     Over this next week, our focus on the farm is launching our new website.  We are in a transition period and are experiencing phases of “black-out” as our e-mails are currently down.  We expect to have this transition completed early next week.  Please know that we are doing our best to get our website functioning.  Please feel free to call us at 823-0823 for best response and service.

Be Well,
Jennifer Branham

Laguna Fresh Produce 

In Your CSA Box 10/23/12 & 10/25/12  

 

From Laguna Farm, please enjoy our “Naturally Grown” salad mix, kabocha squash (see recipe below), basil, peppers, mini onions, chard, radish or beets! 

 

Kabocha Squash

Farm Pick-up Members
Remember to grab a Kabocha Squash as a part of your CSA share!

Balsamic Roasted Kabocha Squash Recipe (serves 4)

1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed 
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 
1 tablespoon olive oil 
a pinch salt 
1 kabocha or buttercup squash


Preheat oven to 350F. Cut squash into quarters and remove seeds. Use a fork to break up brown sugar and combine with balsamic and salt. Mix in oil. But squash flesh side up into a baking tray and pour over the flesh. Rub the sugar in to get it to evenly coat. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for an hour.

To speed up the process, par-bake the squash before adding the vinegar by lightly steaming with 1 inch of water at the bottom of the baking tray.

Order your holiday pies!
CSA member and Criminal Baking Company owner Dawn Zaft would love to bake pumpkin pie for your Thanksgiving meal.  Dawn will use Laguna Farm pumpkin, locally sourced organic ingredients, and her own magic touch in a fantastic creation in gluten free or regular crust with no addition charges.  Pies are $15. – $20. (sliding scale) with a $5.00 refundable pie plate deposit.
Please contact Dawn to order: dzdreamer@gmail.com
Elf and Jen

   In Memory Of Elf
9/7/2009 – 10/14/12

Galaxy
Welcome Galaxy!
We can all do something to support the Sonoma County Humane Society! 
Adopt a dog, volunteer, donate towels, pet a cat, shop in their gift-shop, donate money, spread the word that shelters are full of wonderful animals waiting for homes!

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October 23, 2013

Laguna Farm Newsletter

 
Laguna Farm CSA

1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol, California
95472

(707) 823-0823   

October 23, 2012  

     Last Sunday morning, Laguna Farm suffered a profound loss.  Our little farm dog “Elf” escaped out the back door of Jennifer & Cody’s north Sebastopol home and ran into the street before being hit by a car.  For those of you who knew Elf, you probably remember him as being a super cute little guy with a big personality.  He loved the older ladies and snuggled with his boy every night.   Elf was a mainstay around the farm, a friend of the field crew’s, Ellen’s Friday lunch date, Jennifer’s best buddy, and will be forever missed. 
     The Autumn months are my favorites.  Being a home-body, the shorter days lour me inside to bake winter squash and craft for the holidays.  I love the smells, the food, the rain drenched mornings and hearty meals.  I didn’t want the sadness of loosing Elf to influence this season.  Depression can be a seductive mistress.  She finds her way in through sadness, and slowly pushes out joy.  I thought I would dose up on a healthy supplement of joy by inviting a new dog into our family.
     Galaxy, a girl mutt residing at the Sonoma County Humane Society found a way into my heart, our home, and now; her farm!  Galaxy too loves the older ladies!  She also loves men, children and dogs. 
     Over this next week, our focus on the farm is launching our new website.  We are in a transition period and are experiencing phases of “black-out” as our e-mails are currently down.  We expect to have this transition completed early next week.  Please know that we are doing our best to get our website functioning.  Please feel free to call us at 823-0823 for best response and service.

Be Well,
Jennifer Branham

Laguna Fresh Produce 

In Your CSA Box 10/23/12 & 10/25/12  

 

From Laguna Farm, please enjoy our “Naturally Grown” salad mix, kabocha squash (see recipe below), basil, peppers, mini onions, chard, radish or beets! 

 

Kabocha Squash

Farm Pick-up Members
Remember to grab a Kabocha Squash as a part of your CSA share!

Balsamic Roasted Kabocha Squash Recipe (serves 4)

1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed 
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 
1 tablespoon olive oil 
a pinch salt 
1 kabocha or buttercup squash


Preheat oven to 350F. Cut squash into quarters and remove seeds. Use a fork to break up brown sugar and combine with balsamic and salt. Mix in oil. But squash flesh side up into a baking tray and pour over the flesh. Rub the sugar in to get it to evenly coat. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for an hour.

To speed up the process, par-bake the squash before adding the vinegar by lightly steaming with 1 inch of water at the bottom of the baking tray.

Order your holiday pies!
CSA member and Criminal Baking Company owner Dawn Zaft would love to bake pumpkin pie for your Thanksgiving meal.  Dawn will use Laguna Farm pumpkin, locally sourced organic ingredients, and her own magic touch in a fantastic creation in gluten free or regular crust with no addition charges.  Pies are $15. – $20. (sliding scale) with a $5.00 refundable pie plate deposit.
Please contact Dawn to order: dzdreamer@gmail.com
Elf and Jen

   In Memory Of Elf
9/7/2009 – 10/14/12

Galaxy
Welcome Galaxy!
We can all do something to support the Sonoma County Humane Society! 
Adopt a dog, volunteer, donate towels, pet a cat, shop in their gift-shop, donate money, spread the word that shelters are full of wonderful animals waiting for homes!

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October 2, 2012

Laguna Farm Newsletter

 
Laguna Farm CSA

1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol, California
95472

(707) 823-0823   

October 2, 2012  
     If this is your first newsletter, WELCOME!  I have gotten behind on adding our recent members to the newsletter list. 
     Three years ago on October 10th, we had such an intense rain storm, the Laguna de Santa Rosa flooded prematurely and destroyed 7 crops our CSA was depending on.  We lost our entire bed of salad greens, beans, carrots, beets, parsnips, chard, kale and much of the broccoli.  Today we are responding to a different challenge… over 100 degree temperatures have us scrambling for shade-cloth to protect the peppers, winter squash and tomatoes.  We had plenty of notice for this heat wave, and feel like we responded in time. 
 

Be Well,
Jennifer Branham

Laguna Fresh Produce 

In Your Box Tuesday  10/2/12  

From Laguna Farm, please enjoy our “Naturally Grown” salad mix, romanesco or cauliflower, eggplant, carrots, tomatoes and green beans. 

 

In Your Box Thursday 10/4/12   

From Laguna Farm, please enjoy our “Naturally Grown” salad mix, romanesco or cauliflower, peppers, radishes, tomatoes and green beans.

 

Fruit share includes:  grapes, plums, asian pears! 

Romanesco!
Some members got romanesco, while others got cauliflower in their CSA share.  Both romanesco and cauliflower are simple to prepare.  They can be eaten raw, lightly steamed or added to a saute’ or stir-fry.  While there are a ton of recipes for these wonderful brassica, often the best preparations are simple, so you can taste the fresh flavors of the vegetables the way nature intended.

 
Delivery Driver / Farm Market Position

Laguna Farm is sending Sherry well wishes as she leaves her position at Laguna Farm to care for her grandson.  We are now looking for someone to deliver our CSA boxes on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  We are also hoping this person will be interested in working our farm-market stand on Saturdays in Santa Rosa.  If you are interested in seeing the job requirements, please e-mail jennifer@lagunafarm.com for more information.

Pies for Thanksgiving!

Criminal baking company is making pies for  Thanksgiving.  Pre-order your Thanksgiving pie today!

  • Deep Dish Pies $20 w/ a $5 returnable dish deposit
  • Apple Crumb or Pumpkin w/ a shortbread crust made w/ organic produce from Laguna Farm
  • w/ a no extra charge gluten-free option 
         Criminal Baking Co. creatively devises artisan desserts. Fresh ingredients meet in a dark room to conspire in the ultimate taste bud heist. Forcing often neglected flavors to participate, these somewhat rustic conspirators will have no trouble finding a welcome hideout in your belly. Criminal infuses many of their own culinary extracts, makes custom sugar & salt blends, and plays around w/ not-so-often used herbs and spices. They are located at 463 Sebastopol Ave. in the SOFA district of Santa Rosa, but are only open for tastings by appointment. www.criminalconfectionery.com  
  • organic & local ingredients are used whenever possible 
  • dairy & eggs are hormone & antibiotic free 
  • gluten-free options are available for nearly everything
  • lots of love goes into every defiantly delectable bite    

Learn More…

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September 25, 2012

Laguna Farm Newsletter

 
Laguna Farm CSA

1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol, California
95472

(707) 823-0823   

September 25, 2012 

    I hope a few of you are able to make it out to the Great Pumpkin Harvest this week.  We are inviting members to join the field crew today (Tuesday) from 1:00-3:00 and again on Thursday from 1:00-3:00 to bring in the carving pumpkins and the sugar pies. 
     We are happy with our late season crops that are traditionally ripened in the fields and stored for your winter CSA boxes.  These items include 6 winter squash varieties, potatoes and onions.  We have plenty of carving pumpkins for your Halloween decor.  Every CSA member will get one as a part of your share.  Feel free to pick one up from the front of the barn.  The $4.00 for your pumpkin will be deducted out of your CSA in increments over the next few weeks.  Home Delivery and Drop-site members will have their carving pumpkin delivered during the first two weeks of October.
     Next week I will provide recipes on How To Eat Your Carving Pumpkin.  Some think that the carving pumpkin is for decoration only, but NO!  You can eat it in so many different recipes that have been enjoyed around the world.
     PLEASE NOTE:  There was a corn worm (very typical of late season “naturally grown” corn) in each ear of corn today.  In order to provide you with a “pet-free” CSA bin, we have cut the ear and removed the critter.  The chickens are now feasting on corn, worms and corn-silk tops!

Be Well,
Jennifer Branham

Laguna Fresh Produce 

In Your Box Tuesday 9/25/12  

 From Laguna Farm, please enjoy our “Naturally Grown” salad mix, turnips, cucumber, corn, scallions, chard and tomatoes.

 

In Your Box Thursday 9/27/12   

 From Laguna Farm, please enjoy our “Naturally Grown” salad mix, radish, cucumber, corn, scallions, chard and tomatoes.

 

Fruit share includes:  Berries, apples and pomegranates! 

Brown Signs Farmer-friendly Bill!

 In recent news, Governor Brown has signed a bill that would allow food producers to prepare food in their home kitchens for sale at farmers markets and farm stands.  We may take advantage of this at Laguna Farm by making pesto and salsa outside of the commercial kitchen we could pass the considerable cost savings onto our members. 

Read the Press Democrat article for more information!

 Store Hours and Bin Pick-up Times

The Laguna Farm store is open for members on:

Tuesday        1:00 – 7:00
Wednesday 12:00 – 5:00
Thursday        1:00 – 7:00
Friday           10:00 – 3:00

You may pick up your CSA bin after 1:00 on the day it is made.  You have until Saturday night at 9:00 to pick up your bin.  We are CLOSED on Sunday and the walk-in is locked.  If you need your bin saved past Saturday night, you can pick your bin up on Monday if you call us before 9am.  We will save it for you! 
No bins are available on Sunday, as the farm is at rest.

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September 18, 2012

Laguna Farm Newsletter

 
Laguna Farm CSA

1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol, California
95472

(707) 823-0823   

September 18, 2012 

     We are so close to harvesting the winter squash I can almost taste it!  Nacho and I did bring in a few sugar pie pumpkins.  We will have them online soon so “home delivery” and “drop-site” members can order them.  If you wanted to take advantage of our bulk tomato pricing, you have two weeks left on the offer.  The tomatoes will wind down soon, so buy your 20 pounds for $30. in the next week if you are interested in canning or freezing them for the winter.
     Next Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 to 3:00, we are inviting members to help us with our annual pumpkin harvest.  We have hundreds of carving pumpkins and sugar pie pumpkins that need to come in from the fields.  It should be a fun event, and will help the farm out quite a bit to have this done.  If you are willing and able to help with the harvest, come in sturdy shoes and bring gardening gloves if you have them.  Hats and a water bottle will round out your farmer attire.  
     Laguna Farm has added yet another farm market to our already busy week!  We can be found in Petaluma on Tuesday mornings. This year-round East-Side Farmers Market will run every Tuesday in the parking lot of the Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Read this nice little write up:  Farmers Markets Still Going.  We can’t decide who looks better, Graham or the Laguna Farm fresh produce! 

Be Well,
Jennifer Branham

Laguna Fresh Produce 

In Your Box Tuesday 9/18/12  

From Laguna Farm, please enjoy our “Naturally Grown” salad mix, radish, broccoli, peppers, cilantro and tomatoes. 

 

In Your Box Thursday 9/20/12   

 From Laguna Farm, please enjoy our “Naturally Grown” salad mix, turnips, broccoli, peppers, cilantro and tomatoes.  

 

Fruit share includes:  Grapes, apples and pears! 

 Taylor Maid Coffee
Your favorite Taylor Maid coffee flavors are stocked in the farm store and online.  Goat Rock, Red Rooster and Farm House De-caffe!  Make Laguna Farm a regular part of your coffee habit.

 Healthy Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe
1 Banana, frozen
1 C vanilla almond milk
1 C pumpkin, grated
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
Freshly ground pumpkin seeds (optional)
Agave nectar, stevia or raw honey to taste.

Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy!

 
Farm to Table Raffle Winner!
On Friday 9/14, Ceres Project chef Mr. Rob Hogencamp prepared a feast for six lucky women (one of whom won the “farm to table” raffle prize during Laguna Fest.  Thank you so much Rob for preparing an amazing meal, and congrats to Claudia. Your girlfriends were delightful and a pleasure to host.

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September 11, 2012

Laguna Farm Newsletter

 
Laguna Farm CSA

1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol, California
95472

(707) 823-0823   

September 11, 2012 

     The National Heirloom Exposition is in full swing at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds.  The expo is a not-for-profit event centered around the pure food movement, heirloom vegetables, and anti-GMO activism. Laguna Farm is honored to display our produce and participate in educating people about community shared agriculture, locally grown food and sustainable growing techniques.  We hope to see you there!
     In the fields, we are harvesting the bounty.  While we didn’t put summer squash in the boxes this week, we do have plenty for sale in the farm store.  We have grown several varieties this year including a geode zucchini variety called “eight-ball”.  Round summer squash are perfect for stuffing.  Here is my favorite recipe for Stuffed Eight-Ball Zucchini.
      Our fall harvest of winter storage produce is going to be abundant. Nacho showed me the winter squash fields and the fruits are ripening.  Yes Mr. B, the delicata will be here soon! Our potato harvest will begin in two weeks and the field crew have already brought in most of their “worker-owned” onions.  As some of you may know, while most of the crops grown at Laguna Farm are grown by our fabulous field crew during their regular hourly time, some very special crops are grown outside of their daily work at Laguna Farm.  The onion crop is one of them.  Using the same standards of growing that exceed the requirements for organic labeling, members of our field crew are empowered to manage their own independent crop and market them directly to members of our CSA.  Not only does this provide economic opportunities beyond the above market wages already provided,  but also encourages a sense of ownership and stewardship over the land, vegetables and farm membership. 
I hope you all enjoy the taste of really fresh onions!
 Be Well,
Jennifer Branham

Laguna Fresh Produce 

In Your Box Tuesday 9/11/12  

From Laguna Farm, please enjoy our “Naturally Grown” salad mix, kale, carrots, tomatoes, broccoli and green beans!

 

In Your Box Thursday 9/13/12   

From Laguna Farm, please enjoy our “Naturally Grown” salad mix, cilantro, carrots, tomatoes, broccoli and green beans! 

 

Fruit share includes:  Strawberries or Grapes, Nectarines and Plums.

  Taylor Maid Coffee

Laguna Farm now carries Taylor Maid Coffee in our farm store.  We have the three most popular varieties in stock.  You can come to our farm store to fill up your can or bag from our bulk bins, or have it pre-packaged and delivered to your home or drop-site.  Just think, Home Delivery members, you can now have your fantasy of home delivered coffee fulfilled!

Thank you for buying Tailor Maid at Laguna Farm!

 
What’s New in the Barn?
*Disclaimer:  I can’t resist this image, and after looking for 10 minutes for something more appropriate, my sense of humor took control…
Throughout the summer, we have had fun with our “First Thursday Farm Tours”.  Now that the weather will be changing, we would like to bring our energies into the barn and spotlight local businesses, teachers and artisans.  Last week we hosted Patty Karlin and her wonderful goat cheese along with the good people of Keferty with their naturally fermented sodas.  In the past, Katherine Auckland showed us how to make raw “pasta” out of spirized zucchini. The “Right to Know” (proposition 37) folks spoke about the initiative.  Do you have a food product to sample?  A cooking skill to demonstrate?  A cause to promote?  I don’t exactly want to open up the CSA to just any sales person, but I would welcome educators teaching us about interesting things.  Who knew (before last week) that some sodas can be really good for you! 

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August 28, 2012

Laguna Farm Newsletter

 
Laguna Farm CSA

1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol, California
95472

(707) 823-0823   

August 14, 2012 

Dear Members,
I was asked to write a letter describing our produce pricing as it relates to prices found in conventional stores.  I was also asked to describe local produce, and the lifestyle and profitability of farming.  Below is the article I wrote.  I hope you enjoy it.
       I would be happy to reply to questions regarding the price of market produce compared to the price you can get in the store. After a quick survey of Laguna Farm’s prices compared to both lovely locally owned Fircrest and corporate Whole Foods, I can see that some of our prices are predictably higher while others are lower and most are comparable.
Laguna Farm’s Sungold Tomatoes are $3.00 per basket. You can find them at Fircrest for $1.69 and Whole Foods for $4.99.
Laguna Farm’s Heirloom Tomatoes are $3.00 per pound. Fircrest has them at $4.99 and Whole Foods for 3.99.
Laguna Farm’s Kale is $2.00 per bunch. Fircrest sells it at $1.99 and Whole Foods for $2.49.
Laguna Farm’s Green Beans are $6.00 per pound with none for sale at Fircrest, and Whole Foods selling them for $2.99 per pound.
Laguna Farm’s Carrots are $2.00 per bunch. Fircrest sells them for $2.49 and Whole Foods for $1.99.
Laguna Farm’s Zucchini are $2.00 per pound. Both Fircrest and Whole Foods sell them for $1.99 per pound.
Laguna Farm, Fircrest and Whole Foods have Corn at $1.00 per ear.
Laguna Farm’s Salad Mix is $7.50 per pound with Fircrest selling it at $4.99 per pound and Whole Foods for $5.99.
     What is not reflected in the above prices is the freshness, vitality and locality of the produce. Laguna Farm’s produce is picked the day or day before it is sold. The corn is ALWAYS picked the day it is sold at the market. So tender and sweet, you can’t find it this fresh in the stores. Also, our green beans are priced so high because our wages for our farm workers are much higher than those of the Central Valley farms. With green beans, you are mostly paying for the labor in the picking. Our salad mix is hand planted, weeded, harvested, washed and bagged. It is not mowed and served gassed up in creepy clamshells.
     Our farm is 2 miles from the Sebastopol Farmers market and most of the produce we sell is actually sold on site through our Community Shared Agriculture program. Laguna Farm is owned by two local families who bought the farm after years of employment. We are not a corporation, and our dollars stay local.
     It’s funny, Nacho and I were just talking about the profitability of farming. While we both live very simple lives, I drive a 1985 pick-up truck and live in a very modest two bedroom rental, we both feel like we live a life of true abundance. Our children have never known “day-care” as we have been able to bring our families to the farm. We eat fresh wonderful food and never go hungry. We have a relationship with our customers and are constantly rewarded and complimented for our work. We get to see young children squeal at the sight of carrots and nibble on kale like it is potato chips. I am a single mother and he is a first generation immigrant. So while farming in Sebastopol, with our very supportive community is only modestly profitable, the true wealth comes with the quality of life we lead, and for that, we both feel very very rich.
Be Well,
Jennifer Branham

Laguna Fresh Produce 

In Your Box CSA Box:

 

Salad mix, parsley, kale, corn, carrots, cucumber or squash, tomatoes!

 

Fruit share includes:  Watermelon and Strawberries! 

 
 
 
Cold Cucumber Soup:
Serves: 4
Total Time: 1 hr 15 min
Prep Time: 15 min

Ingredients:
3 medium seedless cucumbers, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup(s) thinly sliced green onions
1 tablespoon(s) lemon juice
1 teaspoon(s) lemon zest
1 teaspoon(s) sea salt
1/2 teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 cup(s) vegetable broth
1/2 cup(s) sour cream

 Directions
Place cucumbers, green onions, lemon juice, lemon zest, sea salt, pepper, and vegetable broth in a blender or food processor and puree.
Stir in sour cream and chill until very cold, about 1 hour.
Serve topped with additional sliced cucumber, green onion, and lemon zest.

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August 14, 2012

Laguna Farm Newsletter

 
Laguna Farm CSA

1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol, California
95472

(707) 823-0823   

August 14, 2012 

Dear Members,
I was asked to write a letter describing our produce pricing as it relates to prices found in conventional stores.  I was also asked to describe local produce, and the lifestyle and profitability of farming.  Below is the article I wrote.  I hope you enjoy it.
       I would be happy to reply to questions regarding the price of market produce compared to the price you can get in the store. After a quick survey of Laguna Farm’s prices compared to both lovely locally owned Fircrest and corporate Whole Foods, I can see that some of our prices are predictably higher while others are lower and most are comparable.
Laguna Farm’s Sungold Tomatoes are $3.00 per basket. You can find them at Fircrest for $1.69 and Whole Foods for $4.99.
Laguna Farm’s Heirloom Tomatoes are $3.00 per pound. Fircrest has them at $4.99 and Whole Foods for 3.99.
Laguna Farm’s Kale is $2.00 per bunch. Fircrest sells it at $1.99 and Whole Foods for $2.49.
Laguna Farm’s Green Beans are $6.00 per pound with none for sale at Fircrest, and Whole Foods selling them for $2.99 per pound.
Laguna Farm’s Carrots are $2.00 per bunch. Fircrest sells them for $2.49 and Whole Foods for $1.99.
Laguna Farm’s Zucchini are $2.00 per pound. Both Fircrest and Whole Foods sell them for $1.99 per pound.
Laguna Farm, Fircrest and Whole Foods have Corn at $1.00 per ear.
Laguna Farm’s Salad Mix is $7.50 per pound with Fircrest selling it at $4.99 per pound and Whole Foods for $5.99.
     What is not reflected in the above prices is the freshness, vitality and locality of the produce. Laguna Farm’s produce is picked the day or day before it is sold. The corn is ALWAYS picked the day it is sold at the market. So tender and sweet, you can’t find it this fresh in the stores. Also, our green beans are priced so high because our wages for our farm workers are much higher than those of the Central Valley farms. With green beans, you are mostly paying for the labor in the picking. Our salad mix is hand planted, weeded, harvested, washed and bagged. It is not mowed and served gassed up in creepy clamshells.
     Our farm is 2 miles from the Sebastopol Farmers market and most of the produce we sell is actually sold on site through our Community Shared Agriculture program. Laguna Farm is owned by two local families who bought the farm after years of employment. We are not a corporation, and our dollars stay local.
     It’s funny, Nacho and I were just talking about the profitability of farming. While we both live very simple lives, I drive a 1985 pick-up truck and live in a very modest two bedroom rental, we both feel like we live a life of true abundance. Our children have never known “day-care” as we have been able to bring our families to the farm. We eat fresh wonderful food and never go hungry. We have a relationship with our customers and are constantly rewarded and complimented for our work. We get to see young children squeal at the sight of carrots and nibble on kale like it is potato chips. I am a single mother and he is a first generation immigrant. So while farming in Sebastopol, with our very supportive community is only modestly profitable, the true wealth comes with the quality of life we lead, and for that, we both feel very very rich.
Be Well,
Jennifer Branham

Laguna Fresh Produce 

In Your Box CSA Box:

 

Salad mix, parsley, kale, corn, carrots, cucumber or squash, tomatoes!

 

Fruit share includes:  Watermelon and Strawberries! 

 
 
 
Cold Cucumber Soup:
Serves: 4
Total Time: 1 hr 15 min
Prep Time: 15 min

Ingredients:
3 medium seedless cucumbers, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup(s) thinly sliced green onions
1 tablespoon(s) lemon juice
1 teaspoon(s) lemon zest
1 teaspoon(s) sea salt
1/2 teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 cup(s) vegetable broth
1/2 cup(s) sour cream

 Directions
Place cucumbers, green onions, lemon juice, lemon zest, sea salt, pepper, and vegetable broth in a blender or food processor and puree.
Stir in sour cream and chill until very cold, about 1 hour.
Serve topped with additional sliced cucumber, green onion, and lemon zest.

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August 7, 2012

Laguna Farm Newsletter

 
Laguna Farm CSA

1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol, California
95472

(707) 823-0823   

August 7, 2012 

     Last week I advertised a little farm special where we are selling bulk 20 pound boxes of tomatoes for $30 and regular cucumbers at $20. for a 20 pound box.  We got a great response and are extending the special through the month.  It is our hope to add more “bulk” vegetables for sale as the harvest provides.  If you would like to order online and pay with your credit card, please order HERE.
     Fruit share subscribers will find Asian pears in their CSA box this week.  We have one little tree that ripens early giving us that sweet crunch that we will enjoy more in the fall. 
     I have enjoyed buying apples from several local growers.  The Gravenstein Apple, is one of the earliest varieties that come onto the local market.  I am so happy that organizations like Slow Food have worked to “save the Gravenstein”  If you are interested in learning more about this heritage apple, Slow Food has taken it on as a project and wrote up a delightful read HERE. Also, the Gravenstein Apple Fair is coming to town next weekend!  I hope to see you there.
 

Be Well,
Jennifer Branham

Laguna Fresh Produce 

In Your Box This Week!  

 

From Laguna Farm, please enjoy our “Naturally Grown” salad mix, turnips, peppers, cucumber or squash, tomatoes and green beans!

 

 

Fruit share includes:  

Strawberries, asian pears and plums! 

  
Bacon, Basil, Tomato Sandwich
 
Ingredients
1 piece ciabatta bread, split lengthwise (about 3 1/2 by 5 in.)
Mayonnaise
4 to 6 large fresh basil leaves
4 to 6 slices firm-ripe large tomatoes
Salt
Fresh-ground pepper
2 slices crisp-cooked bacon
Preparation
Split a piece (about 3 1/2 by 5 in.) of ciabatta bread (or a crusty roll) in half lengthwise. Toast lightly. Spread cut sides generously with mayonnaise. Cover bottom half with 4 to 6 large fresh basil leaves and a thick layer of 4 to 6 slices firm-ripe large tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt and fresh-ground pepper to taste. Top with 2 slices crisp-cooked bacon. Cap with top half of ciabatta (or top half of roll).

 
Farm Store Needs Bags!
 
If you have any extra paper bags at home, please bring them into the farm store.  We are running low on bags for our dear members who forget to bring a reusable bag!

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July 31, 2012

Laguna Farm Newsletter

 
Laguna Farm CSA

1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol, California
95472

(707) 823-0823   

July 31, 2012 

     Please accept my apologies that this newsletter is going out so late.  Its content and subject has changed several times throughout the day, and It has taken me until now to finish it. 
     We are currently at the peak of the season, with our ripening melons, abundant squash and cucumbers and plentiful tomatoes.  We are filling out our wholesale accounts and selling all we can at the farm market.  Still, we have tons of tomatoes!  If you are interested in buying tomatoes by the case, we can offer a discount for bulk orders.  $30. for 20 pounds of tomatoes.  Currently we have Early Girl and Orange Blossom varieties at this price. Please feel free to ask us about bulk prices on pickling cucumbers, summer squash and basil as well. 
     My kiddo Cody just got back from the Sonoma County Fair.  Though the fair may seem like dizzying rides and fried food, it really does showcase Sonoma County Agriculture. 
     Be Well,
Jennifer Branham

Laguna Fresh Produce 

In Your Box This Week:  From Laguna Farm, please enjoy our “Naturally Grown” salad mix, chard, corn, basil, tomatoes, cucumber or squash and Walla Walla onions.

 

Fruit share includes:  Charentais Melons, Gravenstein Apples and Sebastopol Plums! 

Welcome to Laguna Farm Laguna Farm Tours!

     Come to the farm and join us on our monthly farm tours!  Every month, we take CSA members as well as interested folks in the community to visit our growing fields at Laguna Farm.  We also visit the chickens, green house, walk-in and salad prep area.  We are reducing the number of tours and will only have one at 3:00 this month, so JOIN US!

 
Charentais Melons
One of the cool things about knowing your farmer, is you have access to varieties of food that is not commonly found in supermarkets.  The French Charentais Melon is difficult to ship, so as a result CSAs, farm markets and home-grown gardens are the only way to enjoy this variety.  Currently Laguna Farm has quite a few of these beautiful melons.  Here is an interesting article describing them.  Learn More