Mar
17
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Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
March 14, 2016 
Dear Members, 
According to PG&E, we have a gas pipe that runs the length of Cooper Road. During the next three weeks, crews will be on the north end of Cooper digging up the pipe and replacing it.  In order to get to the farm and avoid delays, please enter at the south entrance.  If you look at a map, Cooper Road is a large U.  Both ends can be reached via 116.  The north end (closest to downtown Sebastopol) is being impacted by the construction.   I am sorry if this is inconvenient for you and hope you find a safe route to the farm!
Be Well,
Jennifer Branham-Burns
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Kale, Cabbage, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Leeks or Spring Onions, Tangerines.
A CSA box for St. Patrick’s Day!

Michelle Anna Jordan, in her blog on the Press Democrat website features over a dozen recipes for St. Patrick’s Day.  This week’s produce box lends well to this holiday.  From traditional Irish boxty to corned beef and cabbage, her compilation of simple and challenging recipes feature the farm-fresh produce celebrated with an Irish flair.
Juice Boxes
Beets, Navel Oranges, Tangerines, Apples, Celery, Spinach, Kale.


Green Smoothie 101.
Spinach and kale blend perfectly into a St. Patrick’s themed green smoothie.  The trick is to fully blend the greens into the smoothie.  For best results, start with a base of vegetable or fruit juice.  Add the greens to the juice and blend well.  Finally incorporate frozen yogurt, berries or bananas and blend again.  Often folks add the greens last.  Once you have blended your frozen fruit, the smoothie is thick and may not fully blend the greens.
Disco Soupe!
Laguna Farm is co-sponsoring the film Wastecooking at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival.  After the film, we are inviting the community to participate in a Disco Soupe where we take funny looking vegetables that would usually go unsold and create a fantastic soup! The event will feature music, art, food, soup, education and fun.  Join us!
Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com

Laguna Farm | 1764 Cooper Road | Sebastopol, | CA | 95472


Mar
9
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Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
March 7, 2016
Dear Members,
Spring starts on Sunday, March 20th and already we are enjoying the light,

fresh produce that comes this time of year.  During the next few months, you will see asparagus, green garlic, spring onions, nettles, and soon strawberries and basil.  Spring is a great time to refresh and start anew.  While we “spring clean” our houses and revitalize our wardrobes, consider spring cleaning your diet!  Invite yourself to a fresh, raw salad. Minimize processed foods and enjoy your fruits and vegetables cooked simply, juiced or raw.  Beets lend well to simple preparations.  Try beets roasted in the oven with a dash of sea-salt or sliced thin and added to a light vinaigrette dressing or juiced raw with citrus for a boost of energy.  However you enjoy the light and refreshing tastes of spring, I hope you are inspired to nourish yourself in this time of renewal.

Be Well,
Jennifer Branham-Burns
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Beets, Green Garlic, Broccoli, Yellow Onions, Chard.
Make Your Own Pizza!

One of my favorite family meals growing up was when dad bought Baboli bread and all us kids added our own topping to make individual pizzas.
While there are many pre-made pizza crusts available and even some ready-to-bake dough available in the freezer section, I would like to share the Food Network’s Recipe for pizza dough that you can easily and inexpensively make on your own.  With this dough, you can add your own toppings like Alfredo sauce, marinara sauce, pesto, shaved green garlic with asparagus!  If you make your own pizza for your family, hit reply and share your favorite toppings!
Juice Boxes
Beets, Ginger, Navel Oranges, Mayer Lemons, Celery, Spinach, Chard, Ginger.

Beets!  A little goes a long way.
I can roast an entire bunch of beets and eat it all in one sitting.  I can steam them under pressure then devour a bowl full with vinaigrette and call it a meal.  Juicing beetroot is a different story.  For me, I can only enjoy a small amount at a time.  I get an upset tummy when more than 1/2 of a beet is incorporated into my smoothie or juice blend.  The amount of energy beets give me can be unsettling as well.  If you are new to juicing or experience similar effects from beets, I suggest the following:
1.  Remove the tops from your beets and store the roots and tops in a bag or sealed container and juice one beet a day. Use the tops in smoothies or juice separately.
2.  Juice the entire bunch, tops included, then freeze the juice in an ice-cube tray. Add the cubes, one at a time to your juice blend or smoothies.
3.  Add beet juice to vegetables that are low in sugar like celery, chard or cucumber.  If you do blend with fruit, drink no more than 4 to 6 ounces.  Beets are wonderful for you!  They blend well with ginger, celery, carrots, apples, pears, citrus and greens.  Just remember, a little goes a long way.
Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com

 

Mar
1
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Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
March 1, 2016 
Dear Members, 
          

We had a great run on carrots, but for the next couple of months, we will not have them available for sale.  The carrot, being a tap-root, needs warm soil to grow strait and deep into the ground.  If we were to plant them in November or December, the roots would stay on the top of the soil resulting in some of the funniest, stubbiest carrots you will ever see.  For the next few months, I invite you to enjoy the abundance of greens coming from the farm. Three kinds of kale, chard, arugula, spinach, mustard, collard and our diverse salad and saute’ mixes should make the wait for carrots much more tolerable.  

Community Alliance of Family Farmers (CAFF) is organizing a CSA open house on Saturday March 5th from 1:00 – 5:00.  At Laguna Farm, we are using this event to invite the public out to learn about our farm and CSA program.  I will have sliced raw produce and pesto for dipping along with vegetable and fruit juices.  Participants will see sample CSA produce and juicing boxes and I will be on hand to answer questions and give out coupons. If you know of someone looking for a CSA, please encourage them to attend this event.  With CSA farms in north Santa Rosa, Forestville, Sebastopol and Petaluma participating, this will be a nice tour de’ CSA!
Be Well,
Jennifer Branham
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Beets, Navel Oranges, Parsley.
Parsley Pesto with Walnuts!

Simply Recipes has this wonderful recipe for parsley walnut pesto

1 cup shelled walnuts, about 3 1/2 ounces

2 cups chopped parsley, about 1 bunch

1/2 cup grated pecorino or parmesan cheese

3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup olive oil

Give it all a whirl in the food processor and enjoy on toast, pasta, with fish or as a bagel spread.  No need to wait until summer for pesto when parsley grows abundantly in the winter.

Juice Boxes
Beets, Ginger, Navel Oranges, Lemon-limes, Kale, Spinach, Parsley


If you ever needed another reason to love parsley…
The clean dish details several of the health benefits of this vegetable / herb along with a wonderful recipe for a juice that features parsley, oranges, apple and limes.
Not a lemon, and not a lime, we found this citrus in Healdsburg and harvested it alongside navel oranges and grapefruit. Lemon-limes as we are calling them are a cross between the two.  They are tart, juicy and blend well with filtered water, honey and ginger.  Serve warm or cold and enjoy!
Diversify your greens!  Spinach, kale and parsley are all from different families, so your juicing box is diversified!  Remember to rotate your greens.  It’s good for you!
Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com

Feb
20
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Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
February 16, 2016 
Dear Members, 
          

Over the past few weeks we have been promoting our “refer a friend” program, where we offer current CSA members a $5.00 credit on their account when a friend or family member mentions their name upon joining our CSA.  It has been fun seeing the new signups and drawing connections between our current and new members. Consistently, word of mouth is the #1 way people find out about Laguna Farm.  We appreciate you spreading the word and truly value your ongoing support of local agriculture.

The other day I got a call from a photographer wanting to take photos of farmers working in the rain.  Stories about the weather are always well read, so if Sonoma County is experiencing a rain or drought or unseasonably cold or hot weather, we get a press call asking for comment.  I explained to the disappointed reporter that our employees are harvesting most of the winter crops from hoop houses where we control the water flow and stay out of the elements during the storm.  

Be Well,
Jennifer Branham
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Carrots or Turnips, Chard or Kale, Yellow Onions, Broccoli, Celery, Cilantro.
What to do with a big bunch of cilantro.

Simply Scratch has my go to recipe for cilantro pesto. As promised, the cheese and almonds really do balance out the cilantro flavor giving us a perfect substitute for summer basil. If you are not a huge fan of cilantro, I suggest making this recipe and possibly freezing it for your next potluck or gathering.  The cilantro fans in your life will forever love you for it. 

Juice Boxes
Carrots, Apples, Oranges, Beets, Celery, Cilantro, Ginger, Kale or Chard
Thanks Wellness Mama_

Soda that is good for you!
We are having fun at the farm learning about naturally fermented soda that is void of high fructose corn syrup and full of probiotics. After making a ginger bug, we added the culture to a large jar of lightly sweetened water enhanced with Meyer lemon.  After fermenting for couple of days, our naturally fermented ginger ale was fizzy and ready to drink.  
The ginger in your juice box is plenty to get you started in brewing up naturally fermented soda.  
The blog:  Wellness Mama has easy to follow, step by step instructions.  Let me know if you like to make fermented sodas and we can swap recipes and suggestions.
Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com


Feb
11
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Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
February 9, 2016 
Dear Members, 
         A few years ago, we decided that rather than throw a big festival style event, we would expand on the number of smaller activities, get-togethers and classes we host throughout the year.  For example, last year we hosted a clothing swap, two pot-lucks, several farm tours and open houses, culinary workshops including canning, fermenting and pressure cooking. We also formalized the book exchange.
     We would love your input on what you would like to experience on the farm.  
Farm tour

      Beyond being a place where your farm-fresh produce is grown, we enjoy being a community center and agricultural hub.  Hosting a workshop or demonstration helps us remain relevant and connected to our community.  So please hit reply and let me know your ideas!

Be Well,
Jennifer 
shiitake
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Broccoli, Potatoes, Leeks, Shiitake Mushrooms, Navel Oranges, Kale
How To Enjoy Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms are traditionally added to miso soup.

Healthy saute* mushrooms with onions and garlic. Serve as a side dish with broccoli or as a topping for chicken, beef, lamb or venison.

To give your vegetable stock an extra depth, add dried shiitake mushrooms.

For a quick and easy Asian pasta dish, healthy saute* shiitake mushrooms with snap peas and tofu. Season to taste and serve over buckwheat soba noodles (or your favorite type of pasta).

**Healthy saute is a cooking method where rather than using oil, you add 3T broth into a fry pan and heat just to boiling. Immediately add your mushrooms and saute.

Shiitake mushrooms should be stored in your refrigerator inside a paper bag.  They will keep for a week, then naturally dry.  Once dried, they can be reconstituted with water over a 30 minute period.  

Juice Boxes
Carrots, Apples, Oranges, Beets, Bok Choy, Kiwi, Meyer Lemons, Kale
Juice cubes

Are You Ready To Try Juice Cubes?
Juice cubes are simply blended or juiced fruits or vegetables that are then frozen for later use.  Here are the advantages of making juice cubes, followed by a suggested method.
1.  By juicing all at once, you reduce the number of times you need to clean your juicer.
2.  Some vegetables (such as beets) lend well to recipes in small amounts.  With juice cubes, you can add one or two cubes to a recipe.
3.  If you like smoothies, your juice cubes provide that wonderful frozen element central to a good smoothie.
4.  Juice cubes harness the freshness of your produce and minimize spoilage.
Method:  Use a juicer for fruits and vegetables like carrots, apples, beets, celery, bok choy, cucumbers and ginger.  Use a citrus juicer for any citrus items.  Blend greens, pears, berries, bananas, kiwi, cilantro, parsley.  You will need to add an equal portion of water to produce so you end up with a slurry that you can pour easily.  Fill an ice cube tray with your juice and freeze.  Once frozen, store labeled in a zip-lock bag.
Juice cubes can be defrosted for juice, or added to smoothies.  
Recipe:  Peel 2 oranges and put them in the blender with 4 carrot juice cubes, one beet cube, 2 kale cubes and a sliced apple.  Add your choice of 1 cup water or 1 cup almond milk.  Blend until smooth.
Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com

Feb
4
0

Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
February 2, 2016 
Dear Members, 
         

On January 8, 2016 school children throughout Sonoma County learned all about cabbage.  They chopped it into tiny pieces for kimchi, compared the green varieties with the red, weighed the heavy heads by hand and scale then learned all about the farm that grew their Harvest of the Month crop.  Laguna Farm is one of many farms who are paid above wholesale prices for crops that are assembled into “tasting kits” and distributed to classrooms. 

Cutting Red Cabbage

Nacho and are thrilled to be a part of this educational opportunity.  As parents we know, when we give children meaningful experiences with healthy food it deepens their connection to it.  I recall the day ten years ago, when my preschooler came home describing the farm-fresh beet he tasted.  The whole experience of the farmer pulling it from the ground, washing it with a hose then cutting slices with a knife against his thumb had my boy captivated. 

I hear similar stories of awe from families who include Laguna Farm alongside the sun, the earth and God in their dinner blessing.  Or from children that will ONLY eat Laguna Farm carrots.  Thank you so much for your ongoing support of local agriculture. We are pleased and honored to be your farmer.  
Be Well,
Jennifer 
Stan and Char Chavez
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Carrots, Cilantro, Red Onions, Cauliflower, Lemons, Bok Choy!
Healdsburg Lemons
During the winter months, Laguna Farm is not able to grow enough diversity for the CSA boxes.  During this time, we source produce from area farms like Stanley and Charlott’s farm in Healdsburg. When Stanley delivered the lemons he told me that they came from a tree that he moved four times over the past 45+ years.  Once when it outgrew the barrel, twice when they moved house and finally because it was not happy. The lemon tree stopped producing for quite some time before it threw out a bumper crop.  More than enough to fill all of Laguna Farm’s winter CSA bins.  I hope you enjoy the lemons grown by the Chavez family!
Juice Boxes
Carrots, Apples, Oranges, Cilantro, Bok Choy, Grapefruit, Meyer Lemons.
Bok Choy_ Apples and Lemon

Juicing Bok Choy
I was stretching to find juicy green vegetable for this week’s juice box.  Cucumbers are out of season and celery is not at peak.  When Nacho told me we have beautiful bok choy, I knew it would be perfect for juicing.  I had fun experimenting with recipes to share.  While I usually add our farm fresh greens to my smoothie, I decided to run the bok choy through the juicer.  The results were amazing.  Bok Choy has a light and subtle flavor and produces a lot of juice.  I posted a video on my personal facebook page if you are interested in seeing the process.
Jennifer’s Bok Choy afternoon pick-me-up

1 bunch bok choy
1 whole Meyer lemon (peel and all)
1 gold blush apple
– serves 2!

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

Jan
20
0

Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
January 19, 2016
Dear Members,

 

With the recent rains, our lower fields are saturated to the point of flooding. This is a good thing during this time of year as our summer fields are at rest and those pesky gophers who are the bane of many are swiftly finding that Laguna Farm is NOT the place to be.  Come on out in the next few days and see if the water reaches the parking lot!

 

Don’t worry about your much loved produce.  Nacho was well aware of the forecast so Friday he and the crew harvested all of the remaining carrots, beets and parsnips. In the coming months, your roots and greens will come from our fields above the floodplain.
Note:  The farm store will be closed               Wednesday 1/20/15.
Be Well,
Jennifer
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Turnips or Beets, Cilantro, Parsnips, Garlic, Broccoli, Saute’ Greens
Parsnips, so sweet!
Parsnips are a wonderful root when grilled in the oven.  It is important to peel them as the skin can be tough.  Once peeled, cut to wedges and rub with olive oil and a dash of salt.  Put in the oven at 400′ and watch closely. Your parsnips will be fork tender and slightly browning at the edges.  Enjoy!
Parsnips can be roasted with turnips and beets too.  Just peel (or not) your beets then treat as you did the parsnips. All three roots take the same time to roast, so feel free to experiment.
Juice Boxes
Carrots, Apples, Oranges, Beets, Chard, Baby Greens, Tangerine.

 

Apple Orange Juice
What is best, apple or orange juice?  I say both!  By combining at a ratio of one apple to two oranges, you get a nutritious juice that is not too sweet and not too acidic.  I always suggest adding a splash of water so your juice is not too strong. Once you have juiced your fruit, consider blending in some baby greens.  Your mix comes with chard, kale, spinach, mustard, boc choy and more. Juicing is a great way to introduce kids to new fruits and vegetables.  The bright colors and sweet taste is inviting.  Be sure to go easy at first and don’t be afraid to dilute with water.
Enjoy!
Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com

 

Jan
13
0

Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

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

      For the first time in over ten years, we are not putting salad in your produce box.  Those who have “add-on” salad, will be receiving your additional 1/2 pound, but because the lettuce is growing so slowly, we thought we would take a week off from harvesting the salad mix and give you a bag of spinach instead.   
     Over the past few weeks we have been focusing on updating our member information.  We are noticing a lot of questions being asked that are addressed in the newsletter.  Please let us know if there is an e-mail that you would like farm information to be sent to so we can continue to be in touch.
     If you know of someone who is interested in the fresh and local winter abundance, please encourage them to join Laguna Farm.  Moving into spring, we are aiming to increase our membership.  If your name is mentioned by a new member, we will credit your account by $5.00 as a thank you.  All new members should sign up with coupon code:  “newcsa” for a $5.00 discount.
     We appreciate every one of you and look forward to continuing to grow into the new year.

Be Well,
Jennifer 
Mushroom Salad
Produce Box:  
Spinach, Gourmet Mushrooms, Kale, Carrots, Onions, Butternut Squash, Tangerines.
Gourmet Mushrooms:
Your produce box contains 1/3 pound of either brown clam shell, alba clam shell or trumpet royal mushrooms.  You don’t really need a recipe to enjoy these Sebastopol grown delicacies as a simple saute’ with butter and salt make them perfect for any application.  
Identifying Your Mushrooms: 

Please peruse the Gourmet Mushroom website and learn what variety you received in your box.  From there, they have some recipes and suggestions on how you can use your mushrooms.  I found great suggestions on adding them to parsnips, eggs, salad and even the grill!

Juice Boxes
Carrots (2 bunches), Celery, Apples, Tangerines, Kale, Spinach.

Rise And Shine Juice!
Ingredients:
5 to 6 ounces baby spinach leaves, rinsed
2 apples, halved and cored
2 medium carrots, scrubbed
2 celery sticks
1/2 large lemon
One 2-inch piece ginger, peeled
Ice or not
This morning up-lifter is often made by passing all the fruits and vegetables through a juicer.  I suggest juicing the carrots, apples, celery, lemon and ginger with a juicer then adding the juice along with the spinach to a blender.  This way you are getting the most out of your spinach. 
Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com

Jan
6
0

Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

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

      We have assembled beautiful produce and juice boxes for our members this week and are thrilled to be putting beets in your boxes.  I have used this newsletter to really highlight the beet and the many ways to enjoy them.  The green tops are actually a reddish purple as they have been winterized, but are still worthy of eating.  
     Nacho will be the first to tell you that while most of our produce is slow to grow in these cold temperatures, the roots are abundant and sweet.  In fact, we just filmed three new videos on the winter abundance found at Laguna Farm.  If you have not perused our videos please check them out!  The winter videos will be uploaded in the next few weeks.
     January is an inspired time to set intentions for the year.  Many new members sign up during this time as the farm markets are not as inviting and home gardens are not providing as they were in the summer.  This is also a good time to focus on health and wellness. If you know of someone who is interested in the fresh and local winter abundance, please encourage them to join Laguna Farm. If they mention your name during sign-up, we will credit your account by $5.00 as a thank you.  All new members should sign up with coupon code:  “newcsa” for a $5.00 discount.
     We appreciate every one of you and look forward to continuing to grow into the new year.

Be Well,
Jennifer 
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, beets, broccoli, parsley, potatoes, leeks, navel oranges.
Beets!
In 2008, beets topped the list of The 11 Best Foods You Are Not Eating.  I think many people associate them with canned beets and prefer to pass.  Here are some ways to enjoy your beets.
Roasted.  If you still have your parsnips and carrots, beets make a great third root to add in the medley.  Simply scrub the root (peeling is not necessary with these fresh and tender gems), cut into bit-sized pieces, toss with olive oil and roast at 350′ until tender.
Quick Pickled:  Scrub and dice 2 pounds of beets and add to 1 cup cider vinegar, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar or 1/4 cup honey, 1 small red onion – thinly sliced, 2 garlic cloves – quartered, 1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds, 2 bay leaves, 2 whole cloves, 1 1/2 teaspoons black peppercorns, 2 teaspoons dried thyme.  Boil for 10 minutes softening the beets but keeping them slightly firm.  Let stand until cool and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.  Use these beets on salad, as a side dish, or if you love them — as a meal!
Boiled Beets with Greens:  Fill a large saucepan with water, and set over high heat. Bring water to a boil. Stir in 1/2 tsp. salt, and add 1 pound beets; boil until beets are fork-tender, about 35 minutes. Drain, let cool, and rub off skins under cold water.

 

Heat 1T olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 clove garlic – sliced, and cook until just golden, about 3 minutes. Add rinsed and chopped beet greens, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing greens until wilted. Remove skillet from heat. Serve warm greens with whole boiled beets. Drizzle with additional olive oil, if desired.

 

Juice Boxes
Carrots, Beets, Celery, Parsley, Ginger, Navel Oranges, Apples, Lemons

 I invite you to experience the beet root buzz.
Just before finishing out my work day on Monday I juiced beet root with carrots, apple, collards, orange and ginger.  After enjoying the juice, I biked home and greeted my family with a surprising (read annoying) amount of energy! A quick google search explained how science is finding that consuming beets can increase energy and stamina. See how you feel after juicing your beets! 

Increase Your Energy / Annoy Your Family Beet Root Buzz
 2-3 beetroots, medium size
4 big carrots
1/4 lemon or 1 orange
1 apple
1 inch fresh ginger
3-5 leaves of collards, kale, chard or a small handful of parsley.
Run through a juicer and enjoy!

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


Dec
3
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Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
December 1, 2015
Dear Members, 

       Entering the month of December brings noteworthy news for all our CSA members.  First off, the farm store will be closed on Wednesday until January 6th.  During the week leading up to Christmas, Laguna Farm will be closed entirely.  We will not make or deliver CSA boxes, nor will we charge you for them.  Make sure you stock up on fruits and veggies during the week of December 14th. We do have an exciting upcoming event:  Cookies For A Cause. We are hosting a Cookie Swap Party on December 8th from 2:00 to 4:00.  Please come with a dozen cookies, a $5.00 donation to our “Cash for Veggies” program and your good cheer.  Laguna Farm will provide boxes for you to take your cookies home in as well as refreshments and holiday music.  We would love to see more participation in this event, so please let us know you are coming.  It will be fun.
     Lastly, as our harvest is limited, you will start to see more produce from organic farms that we purchase from. Our aim is to fill your CSA with diverse fruits and vegetables at the full value that you pay.  This gives us the opportunity to buy Satsuma tangerines from the Sierra Foothills and garlic from Gilroy.  I hope you enjoy the diversity that we offer during the winter months and continue to support local agriculture.
Be Well,
Jennifer 

Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Saute’ Greens, Parsnips, Carrots, Onions, Satsuma Tangerines, Garlic
Roasted Parsnips and Carrots
If the parsnips and carrots are very thick, cut them in half lengthwise. Slice each diagonally in 1-inch-thick slices. The vegetables will shrink while cooking, so don’t make the pieces too small. Place the cut vegetables on a sheet pan. Add 3T olive oil, 1T salt, and 1tsp pepper and toss well. Roast for 20 to 40 minutes in a 450′ oven, tossing occasionally, until the parsnips and carrots are just tender. Sprinkle with dill or parsley and serve hot. Additionally, if you have beets or turnips, feel free to add them in the mix!
Ina Garten has a great video showing how easy it is to roast vegetables.
Juice Box:

Apples, Carrots, Celery, Satsumas, Beets, Baby Greens
Warm Apple Cinnamon Smoothie
During the winter months frozen smoothies are not as inviting as they are during summer.  Personally, I kept on, blending my frozen berries with carrot juice and freezing on the farm drinking my breakfast.  There HAS to be a better way!  Alas, the warm smoothie!  

Warm Apple Cinnamon Smoothie
1 lemon, juiced

2 apples, cubed
1 cup water
1 inch ginger
1 T cinnamon
2 cups baby greens.
Process all the ingredient in a high speed blender for 5 minutes.  The high speed blender should heat up the smoothie.  Alternatively, you can heat the drink over the stove or enjoy at room temperature.
Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com