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Laguna Farm Newsletter

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Upcoming Events
&
Activities
Farm Bike
16 Mile Farm Country Bike Ride
August 30th at 10:00
I am leading a 16 mile bike ride throughout Sebastopol and parts of west county with the meet-up group “Spirit of Adventure”.  If you are interested in joining in and want more details email:  jennifer@lagunafarm.com 
Please note, this activity does NOT meet at Laguna Farm.  e-mail me for details.
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Raw Vegan Potluck
September 12th at 5:30
Join Sonoma Raw at their monthly potluck here at Laguna Farm. During the potluck, I will give a brief talk about Laguna Farm and eating “in season”. Participants are asked to bring a raw vegan dish (a simple salad or fruit platter is a welcome offering).  Everyone is invited!  You don’t have to be a “raw vegan” to attend, only your dish must be raw and vegan.  So come and meet this sweet group of friends and swap recipes and ideas under Grandmother Oak. They are interested in learning about our farm and I would love to have some CSA members present as we host them.
P.S. You do not have to RSVP or join the group to attend. As the evening turns cool, I suggest bringing a sweater :-)
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Tomato Time
Buy Bulk Now

If you would like to put up tomatoes for the winter, now is the time to buy your “New Girl” tomatoes in bulk.  We are selling 20 pound boxes for $30. We will keep this deal for the rest of the season – usually until first frost.
August 25 , 2015
Dear Members,
     Kabocha Squash just landed in the barn and with the kids back in school we are sure feeling the coming of fall. Summer sweetness is still in full swing with tomatoes and cabbage being discounted by the case.  If you want to do some summer canning, now is the time to order tomatoes!  We did re-plant a basil crop and hope to offer our bulk basil discount in a few weeks.  If you are interested, keep asking.  It does not “bug” us, as we want to sell off the basil crop as soon as it comes because we are loosing it to a fungus that establishes itself during the cool overcast days.  
    Now about those pickling cucumbers.  Next week we will bring them in from the fields and we will all be pickling to our hearts content throughout the month of September.  
    In your box this week is Sebastopol’s famous Gravenstein Apple.  The Gravenstein apple is making a come back as supported by our friends at Slow Food Russian River and Farm Trails.  If you have an interest in preserving our local farming heritage, celebrate the Gravenstein with us!
     Be Well,
     Jennifer Branham


Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Carrots, Zucchini or Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Scallions, Chard, Gravenstein Apples, Fennel on Tuesday and Broccoli on Thursday.

 

In a large skillet with a lid, heat 1 T extra-virgin olive oil over medium-high. Add 2 sliced fennel bulbs and one sliced medium onion or 1 cup chopped scallions. Season with coarse sea salt and ground pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture begins to brown at about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook 5 minutes. Uncover, add a splash of water, and cook, stirring constantly, until golden brown 2 minutes.  Some consider this a side dish, me?  The main course!

 


Juice Box Contents:
Carrots, Strawberries, Fennel, Gravenstein Apples, Chard, Cucumbers, Ginger, Beets.
The meat and potatoes of the juice world is the classic combination of – carrot, beet and apple. First time juicers often play around with the amounts they combine.  After a creative summer blending and juicing all sorts of recipes and varieties, we come back to the standard and it is so satisfying in its familiarity.
4 large carrots, 1 medium beet, 1 medium apple.  This usually makes about 6 ounces and should be consumed slowly.  Fresh!
For variety, add 1/2 lemon and 1 inch of ginger.

Over the next week I would to love to hear your juice prepping strategies.  Frozen cubes?  Pre-prepped baggies of smoothie fruits?  Pre-washed and chopped greens?  How to you prep for juicing?  I look forward to hearing then sharing your ideas.

1764 Cooper Road

Sebastopol,, CA 95472

Aug
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Laguna Farm Newsletter

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Make Sauerkraut with Laguna Farmsauerkraut
August 22, 2015 at the Fermentation Festival 
Join Laguna Farm at the Farm to Fermentation Festival On August 22nd and learn how to ferment your own foods.  This day long event will be at the Finley center in Santa Rosa, with Laguna Farm taking space in the Willow Room hosting the DIY Kraut-A-Thon.  Join Us!
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Tomato Time
Buy Bulk Now

If you would like to put up tomatoes for the winter, now is the time to buy your “New Girl” tomatoes in bulk.  We are selling 20 pound boxes for $30. We will keep this deal for the rest of the season – usually until first frost.


Please spread the word that Laguna Farm is open for membership.
We would love to share the abundance!  
All new members receive $5.00 off their first box with coupon code:  newcsa. 

August 18, 2015
Dear Members,
     Everyone receiving a produce box this week is feeling the weight of a healthy head of cabbage.  This is a special crop grown in time for the Farm to Fermentation Festival at the Finley Center in Santa Rosa on Saturday.  If you would like to learn how to make fermented foods, come join us.  We will be using this method to turn cabbage into kraut! 
     Do you struggle with healthy lunch ideas for your family?  I do.  I have found over the past year that the beautifully balanced lunches I send off to school with my son rarely get eaten.  I could say I have “given up”, but the truth is I am trying something new by shifting the hearty balanced meal to his after-school-snack.  Today he ate a big breakfast and went to school with a sandwich and granola bar.  This will be enough for him during the day when really he wants to eat something simple, not messy, not embarrassing and get on with the soccer game.  After school he will be ready to sit down and eat.  Ready in the fridge is pesto ravioli, carrot sticks and chilled Asian pears.  
     Now all kids have different needs and what I am trying with my 8th grader won’t be the best plan for everyone.  I remember the days when bento style lunches were super cool.  Not now, mom!

     Be Well,
     Jennifer Branham


Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Zucchini or Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Cabbage, Shelling Beans, Candy Onions on Tuesday and Spring Onions on Thursday.
Cranberry Shelling Beans
The James Beard Foundation has a wonderful blog post on how to cook your beans and incorporate them into a recipe.  I usually shuck the beans and cover them well with cold water in a pot.  After boiling the beans for 25 minutes, I taste them to see if they are done.  Once done, I drain most of the water, add a touch of salt, cumin, red pepper flakes and crushed garlic.  Over medium heat, I saute’ the spices with the beans for a couple of minutes before enjoying with corn tortillas, fresh salsa, greek yogurt and cilantro.


Juice Box Contents:
Carrots (2 bunches), Halona Melon, Strawberries, Fennel, Cilantro, Gravenstein Apples, Chard, Cucumbers.
The Blenderist is my go-to site for juicing with a blender.  In this recipe, she calls for 2 cups melon, 1/2 fennel bulb, 1 cup cucumber, 1 large apple, 1 peeled lemon, 2 chard or kale leaves, water.  Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend well.  Pour through a cheese cloth and enjoy.  I tried this over the weekend when it was 100′ in Sebastopol.  I used chard over kale and poured the finished juice over ice.  Super Yum!
1764 Cooper Road

Sebastopol,, CA 95472

Aug
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Canning Demo with Jennifer in the Barn

Join us on August 11th from 2:00 to 4:00 in the Laguna Farm barn to learn tips and tricks on how to can your own tomatoes and make low-sugar jam. Our tomatoes and berries will be available for you to take home and put up the harvest yourself! Invite a friend or family member to come and participate.  I will share samples of no-sugar peach butter, low-sugar strawberry jam and slow cooked tomato sauce.  Come with your questions and appetite!
 
 
Make Sauerkraut with Laguna Farmsauerkraut

August 22, 2015 at the Fermentation Festival 

Join Laguna Farm at the Farm to Fermentation Festival On August 22nd and learn how to ferment your own foods.  This day long event will be at the Finley center in Santa Rosa, with Laguna Farm taking space in the Willow Room hosting the DIY Kraut-A-Thon.  Join Us!

August 5, 2015
Dear Members,
This whole year, Laguna Farm is celebrating 30 years of community supported agriculture.  In celebration, we are hosting monthly events on the farm.  This month finds me demonstrating how to preserve the harvest with techniques that include low-sugar recipes using Pomona’s pectin and fruit butters with no added sugar.  With our abundant tomatoes, I will share recipes and techniques on how to can tomatoes for winter enjoyment.  Putting up food is a passion of mine that I look forward to sharing with you.  Please join me on August 11th in the farm barn at 2:00 and be ready to sample some delicious preserves.
In addition to the canning demo on the 11th, Laguna Farm is hosting a DIY activity at the Farm to Fermentation Festival at the Finley Center in Santa Rosa on August 22nd.  If you would like to learn about all things fermented, come and join us.  We will be making sauerkraut in the Willow Room.
Lastly, some upcoming events to note include the “Wild and Scenic Film Festival”, the Gravenstein Apple Fair and the Tour d’Organics!
Be Well,
Jennifer Branham

Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Zucchini or Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Cilantro, Cauliflower, Corn, Kale on Tuesday and Spring Onions on Thursday. Cauliflower Tortillas
Cauliflower Tortillas:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Rice cauliflower in a food processor.  Use 2 Cups cauliflower (well riced) and microwave or steam for 2 minutes, stir, then cook for another 2 minutes.  Let the cauliflower cool to the touch before squeezing the water through a clean dish towel.  Squeeze out as much water as possible before putting it back into a bowl with two eggs, salt and pepper.  Spread mixture onto a baking sheet into 6 small fairly flat circles.Place in the oven for 10 minutes then pull out of the oven and carefully peel them off the parchment and flip them and place back in the oven for 5-7 more minutes.Once they’re done place them on a wire rack to cool slightly.Heat a medium sized pan over medium heat and place the tortillas into the pan pressing down slightly and brown them to your liking. 

Juice Box Contents:  
Carrots, Strawberries, Kale, Cucumber, Plums, Cucumbers, Celery, Tomatoes, Cilatro

 

Make your own V8 Juice
V8 is the first juice that included vegetables that hit the market.  Traditional V8 is beets, celery, carrots, lettuce, parsley, watercress, spinach, and tomato.  I like a paired down version and would love to share it with you.  
Jennifer’s simple V4 juice:
Juice 4 carrots with 3 tomatoes, 2 ribs of celery and a small handful of parsley.  

 

1764 Cooper Road

Sebastopol,, CA 95472

 

Jul
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Laguna Farm Newsletter

Locally, sustainably grown, in a way that benefits the environment, the workers, the habitat & you!

 


Quick Links


Canning Demo with Jennifer in the Barn

Join Us on August 11th from 2:00 to 4:00 in the Laguna Farm barn to learn tips and tricks on how to can your own tomatoes and make low-sugar jam. Our tomatoes and berries will be available for you to take home and put up the harvest yourself! Invite a friend or family member to come and participate.


Make Sauerkraut with Laguna Farmsauerkraut

August 22, 2015 at the Fermentation Festival 

Join Laguna Farm at the Fermentation Festival this summer and learn how to ferment your own foods.  This day long event will be at the Finley center in Santa Rosa, with Laguna Farm taking space in the Willow Room hosting the DIY Kraut-A-Thon.  Join Us!

July 29, 2015
Dear Members,
     Well we did it!  After many years of considering our options, we finally decided to take credit and debit cards in the farm store.  We are finding that many of our members are limiting their purchases based on the amount of cash they have on hand.  I never want to turn down a sale, so we have purchased a “square” reader and are happy to charge your credit or debit card as another form of payment.  Hurrah for progress!
     August is going to bring many changes to Laguna Farm.  Ellen, who has worked in the farm store is moving on with her last day being the 14th.  Gerardo who works in the field, farm store and Sebastopol farmers market will attend his last market on the 16th and Rose who packs your produce bins and ties your salad bags will finish out her commitment to the farm on the 1st.  
     Please take the time over the next couple of weeks to give these wonderful employees your well wishes and thank them for their dedication to Laguna Farm and local agriculture.  They will be missed.
     Be Well,
     Jennifer Branham


Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Zucchini or Cucumbers, Beets, Green Beans, Chard, Cabbage on Tuesday and Cauliflower on Thursday.

raw zucchini noodles

Raw Zucchini with Summer Veggies
For my birthday, I asked Cody for a Veggetti and I never ate zucchini cooked again.  The veggetti can be found at Bed, Bath and Beyond or Walgreen’s  (call ahead)or online. It is a simple tool that can be substituted with a cheese grater if you are not wanting to add another gadget to your kitchen.  Anyway, for your Raw Zucchini with Summer Veggies dish, you will want to grate or spirilize or grate 2 medium zucchini.  Sprinkle 1 tsp salt over the zucchini and add 1/2 cup halved sungold tomatoes, 1/4 cup prepared pesto and a sprinkle of Parmesan or Asiago cheese over the top.  Wallah, a cool, no-cook summer meal.


Juice Box Contents:  
Carrots, Strawberries, Chard, Beets, Lemons, Plums, Cucumbers, Celery

Strawberry Cucumber Juice
6 Strawberries, 1 Large Cucumber, 1 Apple, 2 Carrots and a generous amount of ice combine to make this beautiful and tasty juice.  I ran all the ingredients (except the ice) through my blender then strained the pulp out by pouring the mixture through a small cloth muslin produce bag.  The remaining juice was poured over ice and enjoyed during the HOTest day of the year.

1764 Cooper Road

Sebastopol,, CA 95472

Jul
15
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See you this Friday at our Community Potluck

July 17th 

Join Laguna Farm for a summer evening of community building. From 4:00 to 7:00 we invite you to enjoy a picnic under the oak tree.  We will host an informal tour, enjoy a potluck picnic, a small camp-fire and a clothing swap.  Wow!   What a fun-filled night, not to be missed!  So save the date, and any gently-used clothing that you can donate to the swap, and Join Us!


 

Free Farm Talk with Toby Hemenway

Join us for another “farm talk” in our agriculture hub, farm barn, as we welcome Laguna Farm CSA member and Permaculture Specialist/author Toby Hemenway. Discussing his new book “Urban Permaculture” passion for urban renewal, and the steps we all can take for sustainable change!

 

July 13, 2015
Dear Members,
     This Friday, July 17th from 4:00 to 7:00 we are gathering under the oak tree for a potluck, campfire, clothing swap and conversation.  We would love for you to come and join us with a farm inspired dish to celebrate our community and local food.  This free event is just one in a series of farm events where we invite you to bring your friends and family to experience YOUR farm.  Striving to be a “waste-free” event, we encourage you to bring your own picnick plates and utensils, though we will provide for those who forget.  In addition, our clothing swap should be a lot of fun.  Even if you can’t attend the potluck, feel free to bring your unwanted clothes to the farm this week and we will be sure to add them to the swap.
     I would like to extend my warmest invitation to our delivery customers.  While you are always welcome to come out to the farm, events such as these are designed to formally set a place and time where you can see and experience where your food is grown and meet your farmers!
     Be Well,
     Jennifer Branham


Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Beets, Shelling Peas, Broccoli and Basil on Tuesday with Cauliflower and Chard on Thursday.

Simple Shelling Peas in Butter and Salt
Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. While the water is heating, remove the peas from their pods and place in a bowl. When the water reaches a boil, add some salt and the peas. You are just going to cook them for a very short time. Don’t leave the stove. Somewhere between ten and thirty seconds. You want them just barely tender, so they still pop in your – mouth, no mushy overcooked peas please. Quickly drain. Return the peas to a bowl with a dollop of butter and a sprinkling of salt.
Fresh peas go well in omelettes, pot pie, macaroni and cheese, fritata, quiche, and simply raw, out of the pod and into your mouth on a hot summer day.



Juice Box Contents:  
Carrots, Strawberries, Chard, Beets, Meyer Lemons, Fennel, Cucumbers, Celery

Fennel, Cucumber and Lemon or Lime
During the summer months, I like to drink large amounts of juices to hydrate and replenish electrolites. Here is a thirst quenching blend of fennel, cucumber, ice water and a touch of lemon or lime.  With 2 fennel bulbs, the juice of 1 lime and 1 cucumber, I added 8oz of water and an entire tray of ice cubes.  It was NOT watered down in the least bit.  Simply refreshing and delish!

1764 Cooper Road

Sebastopol,, CA 95472

Jul
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Farm Tour This Thursday

Join Jennifer Branham of Laguna Farm and visit the farm-stand and tour the growing fields. Seize this opportunity to see how your produce is grown and invite your friends and family to the farm.  Our store will be open for visitors to taste and purchase our award winning produce.  
Join Us!  
Guided tour at 2:00.

Save The Date 
(and your clothes) 

July 17th 

Join Laguna Farm for a summer evening of community building. From 4:00 to 7:00 we invite you to enjoy a picnic under the oak tree.  We will host an informal tour, enjoy a potluck picnic, a small camp-fire and a clothing swap.  Wow!   What a fun-filled night, not to be missed!  So save the date, and any gently-used clothing that you can donate to the swap, and Join Us!


 

June 30, 2015
Dear Members,
It sure has been nice getting to know the friends and families of folks away on vacation.  With every “vacation – skip” request, we are taking the time to ask if you could donate your box to Ceres Project or Food For Thought or if a friend or family member could enjoy it.  Many members are opting to send their loves ones to enjoy the harvest.  These folks meander into the barn and we can recognize them by their inquesitive expressions.  Ellen, in her warm and welcoming way enthusiastically greets them and shows them to their box.  Many shop in the store, tour around the farm and often join the CSA.  It has been fun and we are happy to see stability in our revenue stream during the peak of our growing season.  Thank you so much for this!
     Be Well,
     Jennifer Branham


Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Radish, Chard or Kale, Green Beans, Broccoli, Zucchini, Cucumbers.

Sauteed Radishes with Green Beans
Photo By “Taste of Home”

Sauteed Radishes with Green Beans
In a large skillet, heat 1 T butter over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 pound green beans; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until crisp-tender.  Add 1 C. thinly sliced radishes; cook 2-3 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1/2 tsp. sugar and 1/4 tsp salt; sprinkle with 2 T. toasted pine nuts. 
I don’t know who started the rumor that radishes are the only vegetable you don’t cook.  Honestly, raw radishes turn so many people away from this delicious root. Cook them, good people and you will love them for life.



Juice Box Contents:  
Carrots, Nectarines, Chard, Beets, Lemons, Fennel, Cucumbers, Celery



Cinnamon Nectarine Smoothie

Smoothie time again! Once your nectarines are ripe, cut, pit and freeze the fruit.  With 2 nectarines, add 1 C almond milk, 1/2 cup or 8 ice-cubes, a dash of vanilla, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 cup orange juice.  Blend these fruits until smooth.  I usually add a green such as chard, spinach or kale to the mix.  Refreshing and sweet with enough protein to keep your feet on the ground!
1764 Cooper Road

Sebastopol,, CA 95472

Jun
18
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Happenings on the Farm!

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Locally, sustainably grown, in a way that benefits the environment, the workers, the habitat & you!

 


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Open House and Farm Tour This Friday

Join Jennifer Branham of Laguna Farm and visit the farm-stand and tour the growing fields. Seize this opportunity to see how your produce is grown and invite your friends and family to the farm.  Our store will be open for visitors to taste and purchase our award winning produce.  
Join Us!  
Open Barn from 1-3. Guided tour at 2:00.

Save The Date 
(and your clothes) 

July 17th 

Join Laguna Farm for a summer evening of community building. From 4:00 to 7:00 we invite you to enjoy a picnic under the oak tree.  We will host an informal tour, enjoy a potluck picnic, a small camp-fire and a clothing swap.  Wow!   What a fun-filled night, not to be missed!  So save the date, and any gently-used clothing that you can donate to the swap, and Join Us!


 

June 16, 2015
Updates from the farm:  
     Bunnies:  Miss K is happy to report that her bunnies are doing well and they are old enough to tell what ones are the boys and what ones are the girls. Names are coming!
     Green Beans:  Remember those frost nipped green beans I reported about a few weeks back?  They are being harvested and will be in the Thursday boxes this week.  We are so grateful that those plants perservered and grew into tasty beans that will be delivered so fresh you can eat them raw.
      Pegomya hyoscyami (or leaf miner) seems to be under control after damaging an entire crop of chard and the tops of the beets a few weeks back.
     Juice Boxes:  We launched an alternative CSA box several months back.  We are seeing an increase in sales with this box as several members are getting both the “Produce” box and the “Juicing” box.  Ask us if you would like to add a Juicing box onto your weekly share.
     Want to see Jennifer out of her comfort zone?  I have a series of videos that were filmed both on the farm and in my kitchen.  I hope to give interested prospective members an idea of what to expect with their Produce and Juicing boxes as well as how to pick up their veggies on the farm.  Go to our website and click on videos.  I am interested in knowing if there is a video that might be helpful that I can include in our library.
     Be Well,
     Jennifer Branham


Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Spinach or Green Beans, Zucchini, Cilantro, Cucumber, Cauliflower.

Grate 1/2 large or 1 small cauliflower or use a food processor to pulse into the right texture. Work in batches.  If the processor is overloaded, the cauliflower won’t chop up evenly.

Heat a large pan to medium-high and add 2 TBSP coconut oil. When the oil is melted, add 1/2 yellow onion diced and 2 minced cloves of garlic. Cook until just translucent, then add the riced cauliflower. This is one time when overcrowding a pan and creating steam works to your advantage.  For this recipe, we don’t want browned cauliflower-just gently cooked through. Give it about 5-7 minutes.  Add in the lime zest and 1/2 Cup fresh cilantro. You may also want to add a bit of salt and pepper too; season to your preference.  Mix together in the pan (enjoy the smell!) and transfer to a serving dish.  Squeeze the fresh lime juice over the rice and serve. 



Juice Box Contents:  
Carrots (2 bunches), Nectarines, Cilantro, Kale, Spinach, Lemons, Cucumbers.

Refreshing Carrot Drink
I often think of carrot juice with apple and ginger as a warming winter option.  Now that the days are warmer, I am looking for a refreshing recipe that utilizes our farm fresh carrots.  Let’s try this one together!  
Directions:  Place 1 cup chopped carrots, 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt and 1 cup fresh orange juice in a blender. Blend until puree. Add 2 -4 ice cubes and blend on high speed until slushy. Check consistency and thickness of the drink. If you feel that it’s too thick, then add some more orange juice and blend again.
This makes a smoothie.  If you are interested in more of a juice, simply juice the carrots prior to blending with the OJ, ice and yogurt.
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Sebastopol,, CA 95472

Jun
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Save The Date 
(and your clothes) 

July 17th 

Join Laguna Farm for a summer evening of community building. From 4:00 to 7:00 we invite you to enjoy a picnic under the oak tree.  We will host an informal tour, enjoy a potluck picnic, a small camp-fire and a clothing swap.  Wow!   What a fun-filled night, not to be missed!  So save the date, and any gently-used clothing that you can donate to the swap, and Join Us!


First Thursday Tours!

On the first Thursday at 2:00 Laguna Farm is conducting Farm Tours where we take you out into the fields to show you how we grow.  The tours are about 50 minutes long including a tour of the barn and walk-in for those who are new to us.  If you would like to join us, or invite your friends and family, the tours are free and we would love to have you!  Wear sturdy shoes, a sun hat and bring your questions.

June 9, 2015
     Hey Everyone!  My name is Christa and my family has been a member of Laguna Farm for several years. This year we are going on a planned trip to see family in Oregon.  I called the farm to let everyone know that we won’t be here to get our box and I figured I would just put it on hold for two weeks until we returned.  I didn’t really think about the cost of me “skipping” two weeks and the impact it would have on the farm.  You see, as I learned, while I am away workers are still busy growing and weeding and planting the vegetables that I hope to return to.  They are still preserving our farming heritage, ensuring that my children will continue to know where their food comes from.  These costs for this benefit do not go away just because we are traveling.  Jen and Nacho still have payroll, insurance, rent and bills to cover so that they can keep growing this wonderful food. So when I was asked to continue to pay for my CSA and donate the produce, it clicked with me.  Of course I will, and I hope you do to.  If you think about our trip over 1,000 miles to Eugene and back, hotel and motel rooms, visits to the aquarium, eating out for dinner and all the little extras we will enjoy on our vacation, $40. going to the farm and donated to the food bank is a small expense.  One that I am honored to contribute!Thank you Christa for writing this letter!  It is so helpful when members donate their box or gift it to a friend while they are away and your generous donation to the Ceres Project and Food For Thought goes a long way in our community.
Be Well,
Jennifer Branham

Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Chard, Carrots, Turnips, Cucumber, Potatoes and Cauliflower.

 

Roasted Cauliflower

I’m not sure if I should give you a raw, cold recipe or a savory – roasted recipe.  The weather is a bit crazy!  I’m going for the roasted recipe as it tastes wonderful, and for the moment, the weather is overcast and cold!
     Preheat oven to 425°F. Cut 1 head cauliflower into florets; toss on a large rimmed baking sheet with 1 sliced medium onion, 4 thyme sprigs, 4 unpeeled garlic cloves, and 3 tablespoons olive oil; season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast, tossing occasionally, until almost tender, 35-40 minutes. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, toss to combine, and roast until cauliflower is tender, 10-12 minutes longer.
 

 
Juice Box Contents:
Carrots (2 bunches), Strawberries, Spinach, Cucumbers, Fennel, Chard
 
Cucumber Power Smoothie
1 small cucumber 
1 handful of spinach 
1 apple, cored 
1 TBSP minced ginger 
1 lime 
1 T honey/agave/maple 
1 cup water 
optional: raw bee pollen
Instructions Partly peel the cucumber (remove about 60% of the peel). Blend all ingredients (except bee pollen) until desired consistency.Taste and add more sweet syrup if needed. If using, sprinkle bee pollen on top and serve.

 

1764 Cooper Road

Sebastopol,, CA 95472

 

Jun
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Save The Date 
(and your clothes) 

July 17th 

Join Laguna Farm for a summer evening of community building. From 4:00 to 7:00 we invite you to enjoy a picnic under the oak tree.  We will host an informal tour, enjoy a potluck picnic, a small camp-fire and a clothing swap.  Wow!   What a fun-filled night, not to be missed!  So save the date, and any gently-used clothing that you can donate to the swap, and Join Us!


First Thursday Tours!

On the first Thursday at 2:00 Laguna Farm is conducting Farm Tours where we take you out into the fields to show you how we grow.  The tours are about 50 minutes long including a tour of the barn and walk-in for those who are new to us.  If you would like to join us, or invite your friends and family, the tours are free and we would love to have you!  Wear sturdy shoes, a sun hat and bring your questions.

June 2, 2015
Dear Members,
I hope you don’t mind that we took the tops off your beets.  Yes, after years of encouraging CSA members to eat beet tops, I found it necessary to scrounge up a serrated knife and chop the greens right off.  Why?  Well let me tell you. I spared you the chance of accidentally eating a Pegomya hyoscyami.

Pegomya hyoscvami also know as beet leaf miner

Every few years, this pest invades our crops.  It seems to prefer beets, chard and spinach and should be able to be controlled with a fabric row cover.
Farming organically takes many forms.  Soil nutrition, seed selection, row cover and yes, sometimes chopping the tops off your beets.
Be Well,
Jennifer Branham

Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Toppless Beets, Parsley, Radish, Lemons, Broccoli, Kale or Cabbage.
Here is a way to enjoy your radishes and use your broccoli stalks.  I often see people compost their broccoli stalks.  If you peel them, you may find the stalks tender and delicious.  Worthy of the plate!
 
Radish and Broccoli Slaw
large broccoli stalks, peeled
1/2 bunch radish roots
1/4 cup dried cherries, chopped coarsely
1/4 cup shelled and salted pistachios, chopped
Juice of 1/2 lemon 
Twice as much olive oil as lemon juice 
1 teaspoon agave nectar 
3 grindings of fresh black pepper 
Method:  Pass the broccoli stalks and the radishes through the shredding blade of a food processor. Place the shredded vegetables in a medium sized serving bowl. Add the dried cherries and the pistachios. Make the salad dressing. Squeeze the Meyer lemon juice in a glass, and then pour olive oil into the glass. Add the agave nectar, and then the grindings of black pepper. Stir until the dressing is emulsified. Add to the radish and broccoli salad and toss. You can use dried cranberries, raisins, or currants instead of dried cherries, and any chopped nut in lieu of pistachios. If the nuts are not salted, add a bit of salt to the dressing.

 

Juice Box Contents:
Carrots (2 bunches), Apples, Spinach, Cucumbers, Beets, Parsley, Lemons.
2 Apples
2 Kale Leaves
1/2 bunch Parsley
1 Cup Spinach
Pass the above through a juicer and enjoy what we like to call Spinach Super Drink.
If you do not have a juicer, I suggest blending the ingredients in a high-speed blender, adding a splash of water then straining the juice.
1764 Cooper Road

Sebastopol,, CA 95472

 

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Laguna Farm Newsletter

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Save The Date 
(and your clothes) 

July 17th 

Join Laguna Farm for a summer evening of community building. From 4:00 to 7:00 we invite you to enjoy a picnic under the oak tree.  We will host an informal tour, enjoy a potluck picnic, a small camp-fire and a clothing swap.  Wow!   What a fun-filled night, not to be missed!  So save the date, and any gently-used clothing that you can donate to the swap, and Join Us!


 

First Thursday Tours!

On the first Thursday at 2:00 Laguna Farm is conducting Farm Tours where we take you out into the fields to show you how we grow.  The tours are about 50 minutes long including a tour of the barn and walk-in for those who are new to us.  If you would like to join us, or invite your friends and family, the tours are free and we would love to have you!  Wear sturdy shoes, a sun hat and bring your questions.

May 26, 2015
Dear Members,
     You can tell the seasons are changing when the produce list announces that you will either get chard, kale, broccoli or cabbage.  This means that there is an abundance of variety but just not enough quantity to fill the CSA with any one item.  You all got our famous carrots and white doll turnips though.  The roots are doing so well on the farm at the moment. We are happy to have an abundance of carrots again.  It seems we do not run out in the farm store and we even put them back in our online store for anyone to be guaranteed carrots.  
     One crop that is experiencing a bit of a challenge is basil.  While we celebrated it’s early season abundance and cut it for the boxes several times, the current stand of basil will most likely be lost due to the cold daytime temperatures.  Expect a gap in harvest as the second crop grows up to once again fill the store and CSA boxes.  When we announce that it is available again for bulk purchase, jump on the opportunity to buy 5 pounds for $25.00.  You can make pesto and freeze it for the winter.  This way we will get the most of the harvest.

Be Well,
Jennifer Branham


Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Carrots, Turnips, Cilantro, Red Potatoes, Yellow Onions, Broccoli or Chard or Kale or Cabbage.
Cilantro is a perfect dressing for summer.  The following recipe is nice on cucumbers, zucchini, salad and even as a marinade for the grill.
Cilantro – Lime  Vinaigrette 

1/4 cup lime juice

2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon brown mustard
3/4 cup light olive oil
Method:  Blend the lime juice, vinegar, and cilantro together in a blender until smooth. Add the brown sugar, garlic, and salt; blend again until smooth. Spoon the mustard into the mixture. Turn the blender on and slowly pour the olive oil into the dressing mixture in a thin stream; blend until thoroughly combined.


Juice Box Contents:  
Carrots (2 bunches), Fennel, Ginger, Beets, Valencia Oranges, Apples, Kale or Chard or Cucumbers. 

So this weekend I shot videos of “What is in a CSA Juice Box” and “How Much Juice Do You Get Out Of A Juice Box”.  As a result, I made a lot of juice and smoothies.  I didn’t want two  “green smoothies” and I had beet tops in one, so I opted to simply juice the kale and make “kale shots”.  I never tried “kale shots” before, so after the video I reluctantly put it to my lips and took a swig.  Survey says…. YUMMY!!!  I should warn you that it is very energizing, like drinking a full cup of coffee.  It tastes smooth, not bitter and is a great way to enjoy a quick ~pick me up~  Another tip is to use very fresh kale.  I tried it again with week-old kale and it was not nearly as good.  Fresh is Best!
1764 Cooper Road

Sebastopol,, CA 95472