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Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
February 21, 2017
Dear Members,
     So many of you have reached out and asked us how the farm is doing with the continues rain storms.  Members look out into our flooded fields and are concerned about the crops.  Here is an update on the farm and a glimpse of what it is like to farm in the flood-plain.
     First off, we do have fields that are off-site in Sebastopol, where we have hoop-houses that protect the crops from the rain and add some protection from the elements.  The hoop-houses provide a dry environment for the farmers to transplant, weed and harvest.  Second, we expect it to rain and flood in the winter.  The floods, while constant, have not been beyond the normal levels we see every year at the farm.  Third, the rain and flood nourish our soil, eradicate gophers and provide a haven for water fowl.  As far as our early spring plantings go, our greenhouse is full and we are already seeing basil, cucumber and summer squash pop up through the planting mix.
Also, as I have mentioned in the past, we purchase from other farms during the winter months to supplement what we are growing on the farm and to diversify what is going in your box.  Healdsburg farmers are having a wonderful citrus year and we are happy to help them sell their fruit.
     Every year, during the spring, we reach out to those of you who may like to pay for a year or 6 months in advance. This helps us get through the lean spring months where we do not sell wholesale and have the added cost of planting and seeding.  If you are in a position to pre-pay, please hit reply and we will do the math for you and thank you for helping the farm out this way.

Be well,

Jennifer Branham-Burns

CSA trades and exchanges:  If you pick your produce up at the farm, you will see an exchange basket.  This basket is for you to swap produce on the exchange list.  Please limit your exchanges to what is available in the basket, and pay for the items you take out of the store. This way we ensure there is enough diverse produce in the store for everyone.  Thanks!
Produce Boxes
Salad, carrots, parsley, broccoli, beets, and navel oranges from Healdsburg.
Laguna Farm Parsley
Parsley three ways.
Parsley Rice:
Cook 1 cup of your favorite rice to equal 2 cups. Fluff with a fork and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Combine 1/2 cup chopped parsley with 1/4 cup fresh or bottled lemon juice 1 tsp salt, and 2 tsp turmeric powder.  I make this rice for my family to go with chicken tikka.
Parsley Pesto:  
Combine 1 bunch of parsley with 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice.  Process in a food processor and serve over pasta, potatoes, or on crusty bread.
Tabbouleh Salad:
1cup water
½ cup bulgur
¼ cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon minced garlic
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup chopped fresh mint (optional)
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 cups finely chopped flat-leaf parsley.

Combine water and bulgur in a small saucepan. Bring to a full boil, remove from heat, cover and let stand until the water is absorbed and the bulgur is tender, 25 minutes or according to package directions. If any water remains, drain bulgur in a fine-mesh sieve. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool for 15 minutes.

Combine lemon juice, oil, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Add parsley and mint to the bulgur. Add the dressing and toss. Serve at room temperature or chill for at least 1 hour to serve cold.  During the summer months, consider adding 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes and cucumber.

 

Juice Boxes: carrots, parsley, navel oranges, kale, beets, apples and lemons.
Laguna Farm Parsley with Lemons

 

Here are a few tips on how to use parsley for smoothies or juice.

 

Parsley is a savory herb that blends best with roots such as beets and carrot.  Simply alternate the roots with the greens at a ratio of 2 parts root to one part parsley and run through your juicer.

 

Parsley and lemon is refreshing and savory.  Try juicing a blend of lemon, parsley and celery. Also popular is lemon water with parsley blended in a blender at a ratio of 1 cup lemon water to 1/4 cup parsley.  Make sure you blend this well. It makes a beautiful green drink.

 

Parsley can be blended into a fruit smoothie.  Bananas, apples and orange with a handful of parsley is a wonderful combination.  The parsley deepens the flavor and will make your smoothie more balanced and less sweet.
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Feb
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Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
February 14, 2017
Dear Members,

     After sending last week’s newsletter, I was gifted with several member suggestions on how to beat the winter blues.  They are as follows:
1.  Bundle up and take a walk in the rain.
2. Take a Jazzercise class at the community center.
3.  P
lay Scrabble and make it more competitive by only giving 1 minute per player. 
4.  Sing out loud or to yourself 
5.  Draw a cartoon or a joke about Trump (the possibilities are limitless). 

6.  Make a cup of hot chocolate and listen to the rain.
7.  Brush your teeth without turning off the tap and rejoice, the drought is over.
     Those of you who pick up your produce at the farm may have noticed that we are transitioning toward using cardboard boxes to package your CSA.  The truth is, the attrition rate of the plastic bins is very high.  The cost of buying new plastic bins and the environmental cost of all this plastic is hard to ignore.  For this reason, we are moving toward reusable cardboard boxes for farm pick up. If your produce is in a cardboard box, please open it gently, transfer your produce into your own bag, keep the plastic liner in the box and set it out on the table. Once these cardboard boxes are near the end of their life, we will send them off to our restaurant and wholesale accounts for one last use.
     

Be well,

Jennifer Branham-Burns
CSA trades and exchanges:  If you pick your produce up at the farm, you will see an exchange basket.  This basket is for you to swap produce on the exchange list.  Please limit your exchanges to what is available in the basket, and pay for the items you take out of the store. This way we ensure there is enough diverse produce in the store for everyone.  Thanks!
Produce Boxes
Salad, cauliflower or broccoli, red or green cabbage, red or yellow onion, green garlic, garnet sweet potatoes, fennel on Tuesday, saute’ greens on Thursday.  

Green Garlic

Green Garlic:  A farm fresh favorite!
 In the late winter and moving into spring, we are blessed with green garlic.  Green garlic is the tender and mellow immature version of cured garlic that we are all used to seeing year-round. The simple answer to the question of how do you use it, is to use it the way you would use cured garlic.  As an ingredient in a stir-fry, pasta, soup or on bread.  If you would like to be more creative and feature the subtle flavors of green garlic, consider making a pesto.  
Here is how. Process in a food processor:

6 green garlic shoots, trimmed of the dark green tips and cut into 2 inch pieces

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 cup pine nuts

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Cover crusty bread with your pesto or use it to top your favorite pasta.  Use it to dress roasted potatoes or smother it over roasted cauliflower.  Enjoy with a loved one!

 

Juice Boxes: Loose carrots, apples, fennel, navel oranges, blood oranges, celery.
I know I used this photo last week,
but it is worth repeating! 
I have a new favorite juice to share with you.  It is such a great combination, I am calling it Fenntastic!


 

Simply juice: 

2 fennel bulbs

2 celery stalks

1 – 2 apples

1 lemon

I enjoyed my juice over ice.  

 

Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com


Feb
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Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
February 7, 2017
Dear Members,

     This week we are gearing up for another big winter storm.  The rain is causing flooding in our summer fields and high winds have impacted the hoop houses that protect our crops.  Farmers have to roll with whatever the weather brings us.  As individuals, it is important to recognize that it can get a bit depressing as the storms continue on.  Feeling these blues myself, I have looked into ways to uplift my mood and I thought I would share them with you.
1.  Find ways to exercise. I cover hundreds of miles in the spring, summer and fall on my bike.  I must admit, winter is pretty sedentary for me.  By finding weather proof ways of exercising, I can uplift my mood and so can you!
2.  Get as much light as possible.  The rainy days darken the barn, my office and home.  When the sun peeks out, I am making a point to get out in it.  I switched out the bulbs in the barn to make it brighter and flipped on my office light to illuminate my surroundings.
3.  Load up on foods with vitamin C and healthy carbs.  We crave comfort foods in the winter.  Roasted broccoli, orange juice, brazed carrots and cooked greens are just the foods for the winter months.
4.  Look for ways to be inspired.  What motivates you?  How can you be creative?  Whenever I have a new project or upcoming event, I get a boost of energy that is uplifting and motivating.
5.  Recognize that the cold and wet winter months can affect your mood.  Even if you identify as a “winter person”, the constant rain might bring you down. Find ways to brighten your days and know that already the days are lengthening and the flowers will be blooming soon.
I would love to hear how you beat the winter blues.  Hit reply and share your suggestions.

Be well,

Jennifer Branham-Burns

CSA trades and exchanges:  If you pick your produce up at the farm, you will see an exchange basket.  This basket is for you to swap produce on the exchange list.  Please limit your exchanges to what is available in the basket, and pay for the items you take out of the store. This way we ensure there is enough diverse produce in the store for everyone.  Thanks!
Produce Boxes
Salad, saute’ greens, red and gold potatoes, broccoli, leeks, golden nugget tangerines or blood oranges. 
Potato Leek Soup.  The ultimate comfort food.
There are so many ways to make potato leek soup I encourage you to experiment and find a way that you like best.
Potato leek soup is simply cleaned and saute’d leeks and garlic blended with cooked potatoes, herbs and spices with an added liquid like chicken stock, vegetable stock and cream.  Many people opt for a healthy version omitting the cream while others make it even heartier with added salt pork or bacon.
Check out these links for a healthy or hearty soup:
Juice Boxes: carrots, baby greens, tangerines, loose carrots, apples, meyer lemons and fennel.
Fun with Fennel
Fennel is a wonderful juicing vegetable.  So light and sweet it blends well with a number of flavors including, cilantro, apple, carrot and beet. Most notably, is fennel and citrus. You may have heard of fennel salad with citrus dressing.  The same flavors can be enjoyed in juice!
I suggest making an 8 ounce glass of orange juice then slowly adding fennel to taste.  The fennel deepens and sweetens the orange juice beautifully.
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Feb
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Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
January 31, 2017
Dear Members,

     On February 11th from 10:00 to 2:00 Laguna Farm will host the second Day Of Action.  During this time, we are going to canvas the streets of Sebastopol, Santa Rosa and Petaluma inviting folks to come to the farm, join our CSA, receive coupons, learn about our upcoming events and receive a guest pass for our farm store.  We are finding that many people do not know about our farm or have always wondered about it.  Now is the time to invite our community to experience local, sustainable agriculture.
     If you would like to join us, please hit reply and I will send you more details.  While we are calling it a Day Of Action, I see it as a day of offering as well. Join us!
Cody age 14.
Cody age 7.

 

     Laguna Farm is happy to have Cody Branham Burns join our CSA packing team.  Cody has been stomping around the farm since he was 2 years old. Now that he is almost 15, Cody has Tuesday and Thursday mornings available to help out on the farm for work experience credit and paid wages.  While Cody is not a fan of the early and cold mornings, he has quickly become an expert at tying salad bags and gently putting produce in the bins. Best of all, Cody’s quirky sense of humor has us all laughing and having a good time.  Welcome Cody!

Eat well,

Jennifer Branham-Burns

 

CSA trades and exchanges:  If you pick your produce up at the farm, you will see an exchange basket.  This basket is for you to swap produce on the exchange list.  Please limit your exchanges to what is available in the basket, and pay for the items you take out of the store. This way we ensure there is enough diverse produce in the store for everyone.  Thanks!
Produce Boxes
Tuesday:  Salad, carrots, potatoes, onions, celery.
Thursday:  Salad, carrots, onions, celery, cauliflower and citrus from Healdsburg.
Jennifer’s top 10 things to do with celery!
1.  Eat it raw with peanut butter or ranch dressing
2.  Stir-fry with carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and mushrooms.
3.  Add to potato salad.
4.  Juice it with carrot and apple.
5.  Celery, carrot and onion saute’d with butter or oil make the perfect start to any soup or chili.
6.  Cut in small pieces and top your tacos!
7.  Add a little crunch to your egg salad, chicken salad or tuna salad sandwiches.
8.  Juice with cilantro and lemon or lime.  Pour over ice and enjoy!
9.  Saute with onion and add to homemade stuffing.
10.  Use your imagination.  Hit reply to suggest your favorite way to eat celery.
Juice Boxes: carrots, rainbow carrots, celery, cilantro, kale, citrus.
Sleep with celery

 

When I juice,  I first look at the fruits and vegetables I have available, then I combine them based on taste. Lately,
I have been paying more attention to the way juicing makes me feel.  Ever since I found myself bouncing off the walls one evening after drinking a juice with beets in it, I have considered the side benefits and their appropriateness of such benefits.  Today I learned that celery may help those struggling with insomnia, fall asleep!  T
he minerals and essential oils in the juice of
celery may have
a calming effect on the nervous system. Celery is high in magnesium that can help you relax into a soothing and restful
sleep
.
Celery is wonderful juiced with cilantro and citrus.  Celery, apple and carrot is a classic that almost everyone loves.
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Jan
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Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
January 24, 2017
Dear Members,

     The steady rain has continually flooded our lower summer fields.  It is awesome to see the wetland soak up all the rain and send the runoff out to the Russian River and onto the ocean.  So far, the flood waters have not come into the barn.  For that we are thankful. 

Here is a photo of my dog Amber waiting for her ball (a sweet dumpling squash) to be thrown into the water for her to fetch.  Just beyond is a pair of Canada geese.  They were completely unfazed by her presence. 

     

Eat well,

Jennifer Branham-Burns
CSA trades and exchanges:  If you pick your produce up at the farm, you will see an exchange basket.  This basket is for you to swap produce on the exchange list.  Please limit your exchanges to what is available in the basket, and pay for the items you take out of the store. This way we ensure there is enough diverse produce in the store for everyone.  Thanks!
Produce Boxes
Salad, saute’ greens, delicata squash, broccoli, Navel oranges from Healdsburg, Meyer lemon, yellow onions and Sebastopol grown gourmet mushrooms.

From the Gourmet Mushrooms website: !
We are proud of the organic specialty mushrooms that we grow at our farm in Sebastopol, California, and we are happy to share
these recipes with you. But do you really need a recipe to enjoy these delicious new varieties? No. A simple sauté with butter or olive oil is a great place to start. If you haven’t tried roasting mushrooms, you should. Toss with a little salt and an oil of your choice. Spread on a sheet pan and roast at 350 to 450 degrees. The mushrooms develop flavor from contact with the hot pan, and you don’t have to watch and stir them. Once cooked the mushrooms can be added to soups or sauces, used as a garnish for an entree, or allowed to cool so you can add to a salad! Don’t be afraid to experiment. If your question is, “What do I do with them?” the answer might be “anything and everything works!”
Juice Boxes: carrots, celery, navel oranges, Meyer lemons, beets, baby greens and cilantro. 
frozen juice cubes
frozen juice cubes
Winter months are know for ripening citrus.  These Meyer lemons and navel oranges are picked ripe and put in your juicing box fresh.  When selecting citrus, you want to pick out a fruit that is heavy for its size.  This means it is full of juice.  Some CSA members are asking for tips on how to make juicing easier.  Here are my top 5.
1.  Keep your juicer on your counter.  If it is tucked away in your cupboard, it is not as easily accessible.  By simply giving it space on your counter, you will find yourself using it more readily.  
2.  Clean your juicer as soon as you use it.  Juicers just rinse clean when the pulp is not stuck on with time.
3.  Consider making juice cubes.  Juice lemon and freeze it in an ice-cube tray.  Make small ginger cubes.  Juice a whole bunch or two of carrots and freeze in small containers.  This way, when you want a juice, simply put your cubes in the blender with a splash of water and whirl it up into a juice / slushy that is defrosts before lunch.
4.  Use the right juicer.  Blenders for smoothies, citrus juicers for citrus and juicers for roots and hard fruits like apples.  Try to limit your juice to one machine so you are not cleaning a blender and a juicer.
5.  Assemble smoothie bags and store them in the freezer.  Simply take a few juice cubes of carrot and citrus and put in a zip lock sandwich bag with frozen berries, bananas, and a handful of greens.  When you are ready to make a smoothie, simply dump the bag of frozen juice cubes, berries, bananas and greens into the blender with 1 cup of fresh juice, water or nut milk.  Blend and enjoy.  Word of caution, the greens become freezer burnt after a week, so only prep for 1 week at a time.  
Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com


Jan
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Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
January 17, 2017
Dear Members,

     During the late winter and early spring months, we source from other farms to fill out your CSA box.  While we could carry on with the onions, potatoes, greens and winter squash for quite a bit, we thought it would be nice for our members to enjoy some variety and support other farms as well.  This week’s produce and juicing boxes are supplemented with Meyer lemons from
DMS Ranch in Sebastopol and dino kale from
First Light Farm in Petaluma.  Whenever I source outside of Laguna Farm for produce, please know that the produce is always organic and sustainably grown.
     During the month of January, I have been committed to juicing at least once per day.  The carrots, beets, greens and citrus have really inspired me allow my juicer to live on the counter and see how a juice a day suits me.  So far, so great!  If you are interested in incorporating more fresh juices in your diet, please hit reply and let me know.  I have lots of tips, on how to get an affordable juicer, how to blend fruits and veggies and how to make juicing easy.

Eat (and drink) well,

Jennifer Branham-Burns

CSA trades and exchanges:  If you pick your produce up at the farm, you will see an exchange basket.  This basket is for you to swap produce on the exchange list.  Please limit your exchanges to what is available in the basket, and pay for the items you take out of the store. This way we ensure there is enough diverse produce in the store for everyone.  Thanks!
Produce Boxes
Salad, dino kale (from First Light Farm), DMS Ranch Meyer lemons, carrots, garnet sweet potatoes, jewel sweet potatoes and cabbage or celery!
 
wrapped raw veggies

Cabbage and carrot wraps!

I love using either nori wraps or rice paper wraps to make healthy raw cabbage and carrot rolls.  The idea is simple.  Choose your wrapper of choice.  Grate or shred your favorite raw veggies.  Cauliflower, cabbage, carrot, beets, red onion, tart apple, celery… the options are endless.  Line them up burrito or sushi style on your sheet, then roll tightly.
Dipping sauces could include:  Soy sauce, spicy thai peanut sauce, coconut aminos, sriracha sauce!
Juice Boxes: Carrots, Meyer lemons, kale, apples, celery, ginger and beets.

 

Meyer lemons are wonderful in that the entire lemon can be used in a juice.  No need to peel, just cut the fruit to size and run the whole citrus, peel and all through your juicer.
Consider a warm, Meyer lemon, ginger, honey night-cap. Blend Meyer lemon with carrot.
Meyer lemon, apple and carrot turns very sweet and satisfying.
Have too many Meyer lemons?  Neighbor’s tree overflowing?  To best preserve lemons, juice them and pour into ice-cube trays.  Once frozen, pop the lemon cubes into a zip-lock bag for later use.
This time of year, kale is best enjoyed in a raw salad.  To make a raw, kale salad, chop you kale into fine pieces, drizzle a bit of olive oil over the shreds, squeeze a meyer lemon into your mix, and massage with your hands before serving.  Add a dash of sea-salt, or not, and enjoy!
Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com

 

Jan
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Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
January 9, 2017
Dear Members,

     Well, that was quite a storm!  Our flood plain did her job and so far, we have seen this great sponge of a wetland absorb the rain water and run-off.  I am gearing up for our Laguna Farm Day of Action on January 14th from 10:00 to 2:00.  While the weather will determine the types of actions we can take, you can bet social media outreach, door to door invitations to the farm, farm market coupons and event publicity are all on the list. It is likely that we will push the outdoor actions to the 21st, so please keep apprised. 
     We are featuring carrots in both the produce boxes and the juice boxes this week.  Our carrots are so sweet and juicy they are perfect roasted, juiced, shaved into salad or wraps, or just our-of-hand and raw. The current carrot abundance is encouraging me to offer a special “deal” on CropMobster where you can request a special “bulk juicing box” that would retail for 29.00 for just $25.00.  
     I received some sweet feedback about the video I created a few newsletters back.  I will likely record a few more, but for now, the videos on the Laguna Farm YouTube page are worth watching ;-)

Eat well,

Jennifer Branham-Burns
CSA trades and exchanges:  If you pick your produce up at the farm, you will see an exchange basket.  This basket is for you to swap produce on the exchange list.  Please limit your exchanges to what is available in the basket, and pay for the items you take out of the store. This way we ensure there is enough diverse produce in the store for everyone.  Thanks!
Produce Boxes
Salad, butternut squash. cabbage, red onions, carrots, navel oranges and parsley.
learningherbs.com
Parsley Pesto from
Learning Herbs

Parsley to yell for!


The last time we put parsley in the produce boxes I was yelled at by a customer for it.  She felt that parsley was a garnish, an herb, and not worthy of a place in the produce boxes.  I defended parsley with everything I had that evening while still offering her winter squash in exchange. I share all this because I wholeheartedly love parsley and will inundate you with ideas and recipes so you can love it too.  
Parsley rice:  Simply cook up one cup of dry white or brown rice into 2 cups.  Once cooked and slightly cooled, add 1 bunch of finely chopped parsley and stir.  Top with a squeeze of lemon, a dash of salt and 1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds.  For a low-carb option, consider “ricing” cauliflower.  Grate or pulse in a food processor 1 whole cauliflower.  Heat 2T olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and toast lightly. 
Parsley pesto:  It has been quite a while since we have had fresh basil on the farm. Pesto pasta, pesto on bread and pesto potatoes can all be accomplished with parsley. Simply process one bunch parsley with 1/4 to 1/3 cup olive oil.  Add in feta cheese, walnuts, lemon, salt or any other “pesto” add in that you desire.  Parsley pesto could be your new favorite.
Parsley salad, or tabbouleh: I have been making  
tabbouleh from bulgur wheat for years.  Now I am substituting the bulgur for cauliflower and enjoying a
cauliflower tabbouleh. I understand that both parsley salad recipes call for tomatoes.  January is not the perfect season to find tomatoes.  My suggestion is to purchase sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil and reduce the olive oil in the recipe.
Juice Boxes: Carrots ( 2 bunches),  Spinach, Navel oranges, Meyer lemons, celery, ginger.

I think I am about to turn
orange over the amount of carrot juice I have consumed over the past few weeks. Carrots are perfect for juicing and combine well with everything good.  Just a small nub of ginger will warm things up.  Consider combining carrot, orange and ginger (pictured here) and enjoy the warm,
orange glow even on a cold and rainy day.
Remember, the best way to store carrots is without the tops, in an air-tight container or bag in your fridge. 
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January 2, 2017
Dear Members,

I hope your year is starting off happy and healthy!  It was fun seeing members come to the farm last week and stock up on salad fixings and juicing fruits and vegetables.  The new year is a great time to recommit to healthy eating. During the holidays, many of us consume extra calories, processed sugar, an extra glass of wine and heavy carbs and fats.  I personally don’t think that is a bad habit as I usually go into the winter months with an extra layer of fat. Once January 1st comes, I am ready to hop back on my bike, add another juice to my day, make big salads for meals and replace chocolate and cakes with tangerines and pears.  Please join me in a healthy and happy new year.
Have you RSVPd to the
Laguna Farm Day of Action on January 14th from 10:00 to 2:00? We will host interested CSA members at the farm and canvas the neighborhoods of Sebastopol to invite our community to enjoy local farm-fresh agriculture.  The barn will be alive with our farm-stand open, samples, juices and information. We could really use a few more volunteers, so please join us and don’t hesitate to hit reply if you have any questions.
Eat well,

Jennifer Branham-Burns

CSA trades and exchanges:  If you pick your produce up at the farm, you will see an exchange basket.  This basket is for you to swap produce on the exchange list.  Please limit your exchanges to what is available in the basket, and pay for the items you take out of the store. This way we ensure there is enough diverse produce in the store for everyone.  Thanks!
Produce Boxes
Salad, cauliflower, tangerines, kale, beets, garlic, delicata squash.
Laguna Farm delicata squash

Delicata squash, a farm favorite!

 
To roast the delicata squash, simply d
rizzle olive oil into the bottom of baking dish to coat. Cut the delicata lengthwise and remove the seeds. Season squash
halves with salt and pepper; arrange into baking dish with flesh side down. Bake in a preheated oven at 400′ until a fork easily pierces through the skin and flesh, about 25 minutes.
To pan-fry, cut the delicata lengthwise and remove the seeds. Slice the cut halves into 1 inch half moons.  Place in a pan with olive oil, butter or ghee and brown each side.  Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!
Want to get fancy?  Consider stuffing your delicata halves with pumpkin risotto, curried vegetables, parsley quinoa or maple syrup glazed onions.
However you enjoy your delicata, remember the skin is eatable and quite delicious!
Juice Boxes: Beets, kale, carrots, oranges, tangerines, lemons, celery, ginger.
Orange_ ginger_ carrot

 

I spent the first day of 2017 enjoying this beautiful juice that I made from oranges, tangerines, carrot and ginger.  It was very cold on Sunday and I needed a refreshing, filling, warming juice to enjoy throughout the day.  This one did the trick!

 

Recipe:
1 bunch carrots
6 oranges
2 tangerines
1/2 inch piece of ginger

1 cup warm, filtered water

I juice the citrus in a citrus juicer and added it to the carrot / ginger juice that I juiced through my vegetable juicer.  Because I was looking for a warming juice, I enjoyed it at room temperature after adding a cup of warm, filtered water.

 

I often add water or ice to my juices.  Why?  Because I always want to be more hydrated, consume more water and extend my juices.  This is a personal choice and I suggest you try it to see if it is something that works for you.

 

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Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm News and Recipes

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
December 12, 2016
Dear Members,

Laguna Farm will be closed the week of December 19th. We will not make or deliver CSA boxes on December 20th or 22nd.

We will be open during the week leading up to the new year, so remember to come to the farm, gather up your fresh produce and start your year in good health.

I am still looking for a few more volunteers to serve on an advisory board I am calling the “Kitchen Cabinet” as well as folks to join us during our
Day of Action. If you are interested in either one of these opportunities, hit reply (if you have not already) and let me tell you more details.

While I look forward to our winter break, I will sincerely miss serving our community.  Every week when the CSA boxes are assembled and the farm stand is set up, I think of the many bellies that will be nourished. The “know your farmer” movement goes both ways.  Nacho and I genuinely value the relationships we have with each and everyone of you. Please believe me when I say it is a pleasure being your farmer.
Eat well,

Jennifer Branham-Burns

Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, carrots, beets, broccoli, butternut squash, tangerines, onions.
 
Pickled beets
Martha Stewart_s Pickled Beets

Quick Pickled Beets

Grab another bunch of beets to have enough for this recipe, or simply cut the amounts in half.  Pickled beets are a wonderful topping for your salad or alone as a side dish.  This recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart.  

6 medium red beets scrubbed and sliced to 1/2 inch rounds.

Coarse salt

1/3 cup cider vinegar

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1/3 cup olive oil

Place beets in a large pot, and cover with cold water by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat; add 2 teaspoons salt. Reduce heat slightly to maintain a rolling boil. Cook until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain, and let cool slightly. Pack in a pint mason jar. Whisk together vinegar, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, and the pepper in a small bowl. Add oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking until emulsified. Pour vinaigrette over beets, and shake to coat.  Serve immediately or let set in the refrigerator and enjoy cool over salad.

Rosemary and butternut squash pair beautifully together.  My go-to recipe stands at roasted butternut squash with rosemary.  Simply peel your butternut with a potato peeler, cut in half at the center then lengthwise so you have 4 pieces.  Scoop out the seeds before cutting in 2 inch cubes.  Place in a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil.  Toss to coat.  Finely chop 2 sprigs of rosemary and sprinkle over the top along with a dash of salt. Roast in the oven uncovered at 400′ for 15 minutes.  Toss with a spatula then roast up to 15 minutes more or until cooked through.

CSA trades and exchanges:  If you pick your produce up at the farm, you will see an exchange basket.  This basket is for you to swap produce on the exchange list.  Please limit your exchanges to what is available in the basket, and pay for the items you take out of the store. This way we ensure there is enough diverse produce in the store for everyone.  Thanks!
Juice Boxes
Carrots, beets, celery, tangerines, apples, oranges and chard.
carrot_ apple and celery
Now that cucumber season is totally finished, I am using celery as the green base to my juice. Often we forget to hydrate in the winter.  Because we sweat less and it is cold out, we tend to drink less as a result.  It is still important to stay hydrated as the cold, crisp air outside combined with the dry heat produced by our furnaces inside can really dehydrate us quickly.  Celery juice
contains high levels of natural sodium and potassium electrolytes that will help replenish you this winter season.
Celery, apple, carrot juice 
This week we are putting carrots in your box that are small, sweet and tender. Juice 1/2 bunch of carrots with one apple and three sprigs of celery.  Oranges and tangerines blend well with this mixture, so if you want added vitamin C, consider either or both.
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Laguna Farm Newsletter





Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
December 5, 2016 
Dear Members,

Laguna Farm will be closed the week of December 19th. We will not make or deliver CSA boxes on December 20th or 22nd.

We will be open during the week leading up to the new year, so remember to come to the farm to gather up your fresh produce to start a healthy new year.

While you are thinking of gifts to give your loved ones, please consider giving a gift from the farm. We have a
holiday department online that features gabled gift boxes, gift certificates, and CSA memberships. These items are on display and available to purchase from the farm as well.

Last week I received several replies regarding my request for volunteers to serve on an advisory board I am calling the “Kitchen Cabinet” as well as folks to join us during our
Day of Action. If you are interested in either one of these opportunities, hit reply (if you have not already) and let me tell you more details.

Eat well,

Jennifer Branham-Burns

Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, carrots, celery, leeks, lemons, cabbage on Tuesday, chard or kale on Thursday.

Carrot, celery and leek is the perfect base for many soups.  Have you ever considered making these three ingredients as the stars?  Try with me this recipe that features our farm fresh produce along with cornbread dumplings.  Carrot, celery and leek with cornbread dumplings.

CSA trades and exchanges:  If you pick your produce up at the farm, you will see an exchange basket.  This basket is for you to swap produce on the exchange list.  Please limit your exchanges to what is available in the basket, and pay for the items you take out of the store. This way we ensure there is enough diverse produce in the store for everyone.  Thanks!
Juice Boxes
Carrots, tangerines, celery, lemons, pears, kale and ginger. 
Laguna Farm carrots with citrus and ginger
Warm up this December by combining carrots, ginger and citrus.  Laguna Farm is known for super sweet carrots that are even better after a frost. This week I suggest pairing our carrots with spicy and warming ginger and your choice of citrus. The vitamin C in the citrus is helpful this time of year and the ginger will warm you to your toes.  Remember, with ginger a little goes a very long way so just juice a nub or a finger of ginger at a time.
I hope you enjoy combining the warming fruits and vegetables in your juicing box.  

Does anyone in your life ask what you want for Christmas?  I know it can be difficult to answer this question on the fly.  Here’s an idea.  A citrus juicer!  They are quite affordable (ask for the kind that you plug in, not a hand juicer) and can be found at most kitchen supply stores.  Citrus juicers are different from vegetable juicers in that they rotate and macerate the pulp of the citrus in a way that easily and efficiently extracts juice from lemons, limes, tangerines, oranges and grapefruit.  I purchased my citrus juicer from ROSS a few years ago for only $12.00 and use it all winter long.

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