May
21
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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!


 

Ready, Set, PESTO!

Ready, Set, PESTO!  Bulk bags of basil are available in the farm store!  Pre-order your basil for pesto making today!  This “deal” will last as long as basil is in abundance, but we strongly suggest you order as soon as you know you want it.  Don’t wait like Jennifer did last year and find yourself purchasing pre-made overly salty pesto from the grocery store.

If for any reason, you are not able to pre-order your basil, give us a ring and we harvest to order.

May 19, 2015
Dear Members,
     We are gushing with cuteness this week on the farm!  Last summer, Nacho’s 6 year old daughter developed a passion for bunnies.  Every other week she brought a baby bunny into my office hoping it was a girl.  “No, honey.  This one is a boy too!”  Four bunnies later, I was able to tell her that she finally had a girl bunny.  All the bunnies live alongside the chickens and geese free-ranging in the large enclosure.  The boys chase each other and they all love the girl equally.  Since April, we have been on baby bunny watch as the girl dug holes and played with the boys and dug more holes.  No babies…. Finally I thought maybe I should re-check that girl to make sure I was not mistaken!  No need, as last week we discovered her litter inside a nesting box in the chicken coup.  

As you can imagine, Nacho’s daughter is over the moon with joy.  We are looking forward to watching these little ones grow up on the farm.
Be Well,
Jennifer Branham


Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Beets, Fennel, Garlic, Kale, Basil, Spinach.

 I found and tested a new recipe for burgers.  I have published the Ceres Project Carrot Beet Burger recipe in the past, and that is super good with smoked cheddar cheese.  Here is my new favorite as it is the same idea, only vegan!  Check out this recipe and method for Bistro Beet Burgers!


Juice Box Contents:  
Carrots (2 bunches), Spinach, Lemons,  Fennel, Ginger, Cabbage, Strawberries. 

Let’s Juice Cabbage!

Ingredients:

1 cucumber

1/2 of a medium cabbage

1-2 apples

2  lemons

1 inch piece of ginger

Wash, prep, cut into manageable juice-able pieces and send them all down your juicer. If the juice is a little strong, I suggest adding a dash of filtered water or blending it with ice.

 

*tip:  Whenever you are juicing a vegetable that you are unsure of, like maybe cabbage, consider juicing it into a separate jar then adding it slowly to your blend tasting along the way.  I have been juicing cabbage and enjoy the flavor it adds to my juices, so this recipe contains more than what you may want. 

 

For more ideas on juicing your cabbage, Healthy Blender Recipes has some great ideas.  I suggest replacing celery for fennel at this time of year as fennel is in season while celery is not!

1764 Cooper Road

Sebastopol,, CA 95472

May
13
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Save The Date 
(and your clothes) 

July 17th 

     Join Laguna Farm for an 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!


Ready, Set, PESTO!

Ready, Set, PESTO!  Bulk bags of basil are available in the farm store!  Pre-order your basil for pesto making today!  This “deal” will last as long as basil is in abundance, but we strongly suggest you order as soon as you know you want it.  Don’t wait like Jennifer did last year and find yourself purchasing pre-made overly salty pesto from the grocery store…

May 12, 2015
Dear Members,
The farm is a valuable teacher for life.  While I have not quite solved the riddle myself, the lesson remains, that if things are “easy” we often do not develop the strength that creates life-long resilience.  For example, Nacho out-planted green beans before the last frost.  He carefully covered the 4 inch plants with row cover and hoped for the best.  All would have been fine if the cold winds had not blown off the row cover, thereby exposing the tender plants to the inevitable and impending frost.  Just one cold night and the tender green bean leaves were burnt dramatically, scaring the tender plants to the point that Nacho was not sure if they would live. Fearing he lost the entire crop, he went on to focus on other areas of the farm.  On Friday he told me that he hadn’t checked up on the beans, but was hopeful that the frost only damaged the outer leaves and didn’t kill the entire plant.  His hopes were realized.  I walked far out over the bridge and checked up on these weathered green beans and found that not only did they survive, but they are coming back strong!  On the farm, we have to balance how we protect the plants. If we offer them too much shelter, they grow weak, unable to withstand a pest invasion, the summer heat or a surprise frost.  If we don’t protect them enough, they don’t have the conditions necessary to thrive.

Frost burnt green beans. Strong and healthy.

Be Well,
Jennifer Branham

Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Carrots, Spring Onions, Turnips, Basil, Yellow and Red Potatoes, Valencia Oranges!
Glazed Turnips and Carrots

 


Put 1 bunch turnips or radish and 1 bunch carrots in a skillet just large enough to hold them in a single layer. Add enough water so that it comes halfway up their sides along with 2 tsp butter and 1 tsp sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat, then adjust the heat to maintain a simmer. Cover the vegetables with a round of parchment paper just large enough to fit the inside diameter of the pan. Simmer until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the cover and raise the heat to high. Toss the vegetables as the liquid evaporates to a glaze. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

 

Juice Box Contents:
Carrots (2 bunches), Beets, Spinach, Valencia Oranges, Apples, Kale, Strawberries. 
Strawberry Orange Spice Smoothie
I can’t wait to go home and try out this recipe from Green Blender!  The name Strawberry-Orange Spice has me freezing my berries and juicing my oranges!
1/2 bunch curly kale
orange – peeled
1/2 cup strawberries
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 cup ice

 

1764 Cooper Road

Sebastopol,, CA 95472

 

May
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Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

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Save The Date 
(and your clothes) 

July 17th 

     Join Laguna Farm for an 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!

Beginning May 7th you have the entire farm tour season to come out and get to know your farm.  On the first Thursday of the month, Laguna Farm is hosting a farm tour at 2:00 for 50 minutes.  This is a great time to invite your friends and family to see how we grow!  In addition to these “First Thursday Tours”, Laguna Farm will host “Open Barn” events on the 19th and 26th of June.  

May 5, 2015
Dear Members,
     We have been enjoying the spring offerings of basil, sugar snap peas and now, the first of the strawberries.  We also just got in the first of the stone fruit from our friends Casamaria and Nacho from Twin Girls farm. I first met Casamaria at the Marin Farm Market several years ago.  Because our own farm-grown fruit is limited, it is important that I develop relationships with other growers who can fill our our table and fruit shares with high-quality organic fruit.  I have been buying Twin Girl’s fruit ever since.
     Many of you will be happy to know that our new crop of carrots are being harvested.  We have a very limited supply in the farm store and we put them in the juice boxes this week.  Next week Nacho will harvest them for all the CSA boxes!  Also next week you will get basil in your produce CSA box.  Starting the 12th of May, you can order basil in 5# bags for $25.00.  We hope to have an abundance throughout the summer, but if you are interested in making pesto for the freezer, don’t wait (like I did last year).
Happy Eating!

Jennifer Branham


Tuesday Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Siberian Kale, Spinach, Broccoli, Fennel, Cucumbers and a Lemon!


Thursday Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Chard, Saute Greens, Broccoli, Fennel, Cucumbers and a Lemon!


If you struggle to find ways to enjoy your fennel, try this simple method:  You simply caramelize the fennel. That’s it. Fennel, olive oil, salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon. A sharp knife, a hot pan and 20 minutes. Suddenly, you get a great snack or side dish that features sweet, crispy fennel with just a nice touch of the anise flavor.


Juice Box Contents:  
Carrots, Spinach, Valencia Oranges, Apples, Cucumbers, Fennel, 
Fennel, cabbage and Kale

Orange Fennel Juice:
Today a CSA member encouraged me to try juicing cabbage.  In all my research, cabbage is a vegetable that is noted for its healing properties, not for its taste. Well, I like things that taste good, so knowing I can get great nutrition without bad tastes, I shied away from cabbage juice.  NO MORE!  Cabbage juice is really great tasting!  I choose a red cabbage as according to this article, it has more nutrients than green. I cut it in fourths and  juiced 1/4 of a small cabbage with the following from the Laguna Farm Juice Box:  4 kale leaves,1 large cucumber, 1 fennel bulb, 2 oranges, 1 apple.  
Next week I will put a cabbage in your juice box with more ways to try this nutritious and super yummy juicing vegetable.  Stay tuned!

1764 Cooper Road

Sebastopol,, CA 95472

Apr
23
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Blossoms Bees 
&
Barnyard Babies

May 2nd 

     Join Laguna Farm and plan on touring other farms as well.  This is a great day to bring out your friends and family to get to know your farm!

     We are looking for volunteers to help us during this event.  If you would like to spend a couple of hours on the farm, hit reply and we will look forward to working with you.

 

     First Thursday Tours!

Beginning May 7th you have entire farm tour season to come out and get to know your farm.  On the first Thursday of the month, Laguna Farm is hosting a farm tour at 2:00 for 50 minutes.


Add-Ons!
We hope to sell out of salad, bread, bananas, mushrooms, kale, produce boxes and juice boxes by the end of the week.  If you are finding we have run out of your favorite item, please consider pre-ordering it.  This way we will know how much to order or harvest and you will be guaranteed to get the goodies you seek!  Our farm-stand is first come, first served and we are no longer able to “hold” items for members unless they pre-order.
April 21, 2015
Dear Members,
     On Saturday, May 2nd, Laguna Farm will participate in Blossoms, Bees and Barnyard Babies. During this day, we will invite the public out to Laguna Farm for a farm tour and a juicing demonstration.  Several farms throughout Sonoma County are participating in this Farm Trails event.  Please consider attending!  All you need to do is “RSVP” at one link provided above.  The event is free of charge, only they use the RSVP method so they can send you the schedule, map and any other necessary information.     
     Blossoms, Bees and Barnyard Babies is a great time for “home-delivery” and “neighborhood pick-up” members to come and see the farm.  We will have our farm stand open (cash only) and have the area under the oak tree set up for a bring-your-own- picnik.  

Join us!
Jennifer Branham


Tuesday Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Chard, Green Garlic, Broccoli, Sweet Potatoes, Shiitake Mushrooms.


Thursday Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Chard, Radishes, Broccoli, Sweet Potatoes, Shiitake Mushrooms.


Click the photo to see more ideas

This week’s produce box lends well to a Macro Bowl.

There are several types of macro-bowls, but most have this simple formula in common:

20% Grains: 

Quinoa, brown rice, cous cous or bulgur wheat.

25% Vegetables lightly steam, or use raw: 

Carrot, green beans, broccoli, snap peas, cauliflower, avocado, mushrooms.

30% Greens, leave raw:

Spinach, lettuce, arugula, chard, basil, sprouts.

20% Beans: 

Edamame, chickpeas, adzuki beans, tofu 

5% Seaweed: 

Nori, wakame, kombu 

Lastly, dress with a Tahini Dressing: 1/4 cup tahini, 2 T. olive oil, 2 T. lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Combine ingredients 1-5 in a large bowl, drizzle with Tahini Dressing and enjoy! 


Juice Box Contents:  
Beets, Spinach, Valencia Oranges, Apples, Cucumbers, Fennel, Chard.

Apples, Cucumbers and Spinach go so well together in juicing.  This blend of 2 apples, one cucumber and 2 cups of spinach is energizing, sweet and fresh.  Drink over ice for a refreshing drink or add a finger of ginger and dash of cayenne to heat things up.  
So hey, I stumbled upon this website: The Earth Diet while looking for vegan desert ideas.  While it may be tempting to get lost in the “buy this and sign up for that” section of the website, I really recommend looking over her juice recipes.  

1764 Cooper Road

Sebastopol,, CA 95472

Apr
16
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Upcoming Events:
 

Sonoma County Herb Exchange

Herb Exchange

April 20th

2-4pm at Laguna Farm.

 

The Herb Exchange is our neighbor on the farm.  You may have seen the little red barn beyond our wash-tanks.  This is the Herb Exchange.  They would like to invite you to see what they are all about.  At the same time, Laguna Farm will invite the folks picking up local herbs to come see how we grow! 

 

 

Blossoms Bees and Barnyard Babies

May 2nd

Join Laguna Farm for tours, demonstrations and our “open barn”.  A great day to bring out your friends and family to get to know your farm!

     We are looking for volunteers to help us during this event.  If you would like to spend a couple of hours on the farm, hit reply and we will look forward to working with you.


Add-Ons!
We hope to sell out of salad, bread,bananas, mushrooms, kale, produce boxes and juice boxes by the end of the week.  If you are finding we have run out of your favorite item, please consider pre-ordering it.  This way we will know how much to order or harvest and you will be guaranteed to get the goodies you seek!
April 14, 2015
Dear Members,
    Tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, strawberries, peppers, cabbage, basil, broccoli and so very much more are all being taken out of the green house and transplanted into our growing fields.  It’s “go time” here at Laguna Farm and we are hoping to enjoy an early harvest.  Did you know that Laguna Farm seeds corn in trays to grow up in the green house before being hand transplanted?  This allows us to start the corn early and also gives the corn a head start above the weeds. There is a saying:  “Knee high by the 4th of July”.  At Laguna Farm we hope to be eating corn on the 4th of July, so these extra measures are sure worth it.
     I would like to thank all of you that donated your CSA boxes to Food For Thought or Ceres Project while you were away during Spring Break.  These donations are very much needed in our community and the farm appreciates the consistent revenue during this time of output. Please feel free to ask for a receipt that you can use for a tax deduction.
     Most of us don’t need to be scared away from kale. Really! We all know that kale has been given a rightful place in the health-food category.  Recent studies show that copious amounts of cruciferous vegetables, eaten raw, can become a problem.  There has been one case report of an 88-year-old woman developing severe hypothyroidism and coma following consumption of an estimated 1.0 to 1.5 kg/day of raw bok choy for several months.
Um, well… 
     I would like to encourage everyone to do their own research, consult your doctor, (everyone is different and perhaps kale is not right for you) listen to your body and don’t over-do anything! Eating a diverse array of greens, both cooked and raw, and living a balanced, happy lifestyle based on knowledge (not fear) can be a tasty and enjoyable way toward great health.

Be Well, 
Jennifer Branham


Tuesday Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Saute’ Greens, Beets, Cilantro, Bok Choy, Yellow Onions, Valencia Oranges.


Thursday Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Saute’ Greens, Beets, Broccoli, Green Garlic, Yellow Onions, Valencia Oranges.

Pasta With Green Garlic

Alice Waters’ Spaghetti with Green Garlic

Salt
1 pound spaghetti
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 heads green garlic sliced
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
small pinch of red pepper flakes

 

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and add the spaghetti. Cook until al dente, reserving 1 cup of pasta cooking water before draining. 
     Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large (3-quart) saucepan over medium heat until shimming. Add the garlic, parsley, red pepper flakes, and 1/4 cup of water. Cover and sweat, stirring occasionally, until soft, adding more water if necessary to keep the garlic from caramelizing too much. 
     Add the cooked pasta to the garlic mixture and toss well to combine. Add some pasta cooking water if necessary to bring the dish to a creamy consistency. Serve with more olive oil and the minced tops of the green garlic, if desired.


Juice Box Contents:  
Beets, Baby Greens, Valencia Oranges, Apples, Meyer Lemons, Bok Choy, Cilantro.

Bok Choy green juice is a simple alternative to spinach and kale. The recipe is easy!  Two baby bok choy heads and 1 or 2 apples. For the recipe and method, enjoy In Sonnet’s Kitchen. This week’s juice box contains several large beets.  Remember to separate the tops from the roots and eat them both!  Beets are in the botanical family Chenopodiaceae along with spinach, chard and quinoa. They are not in the same family is kale and bok choy who belong to the Cruciferous family, and are quite different from cilantro who is from the Apiaceae family. In other words, your greens are quite diverse in this week’s box.

1764 Cooper Road

Sebastopol,, CA 95472

Apr
1
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Upcoming Events:
 

Sonoma County Herb Exchange

Herb Exchange

April 7th and 20th

2-4pm at Laguna Farm.

The Herb Exchange is our neighbor on the farm.  You may have seen the little red barn beyond our wash-tanks.  This is the Herb Exchange.  They would like to invite you to see what they are all about.  At the same time, Laguna Farm will invite the folks picking up local herbs to come see how we grow! 

 

 

Blossoms Bees and Barnyard Babies

May 2nd

Join Laguna Farm for tours, demonstrations and our “open barn”.  A great day to bring out your friends and family to get to know your farm!

March 31, 2015
Dear Members,
     Si, se puede! (Yes, it can be done) is the motto of the United Farm Workers.  This motto was decided upon by founder Cesar Chavez along with Dolores Huerta during a 24 day fast in 1972.
     While Cesar Chavez day has yet to become a federal holiday, it is recognized in California.  Several school children throughout the state are learning about this remarkable civil rights leader. Cesar Chavez was an advocate of nonviolence.  He is remembered for spearheading a grape boycott in 1965 that went nationwide in 1968 and lasted until 1978. This boycott resulted in higher wages for farm workers and focused national attention on their plight.  
     The Farmers Guild, in honor of Cesar Chavez and in recognition of farm worker awareness week will show the film “Food Chains” during their monthly meeting at the Sebastopol Grange Hall.  All are welcome to enjoy the pot-luck, view the film and join in the discussion. Details HERE! I hope to see you there!

Be Well, 
Jennifer Branham


Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Parsley, Cauliflower, Chard, Sweet Potatoes, Green Garlic or Spring Onions. 
Gremolata

Gremolata (photo on the left) is one of my favorite condiments.  In fact, it is so tasty on pasta, fish, rice and quinoa I often consider it more of a side-dish.

Chimichurri (photo lower right) is another condiment that can be enjoyed in side-dish quantities!  Coming to us from as far as Argentinia, we can take our locally grown farm-fresh parsley and give it that international flavor.  Parsley is rich in many vital vitamins, including Vitamin C,  B 12, K and A. This means parsley keeps your immune system strong, tones your bones and heals the nervous system, too.  So enjoy your parsley!


Juice Box Contents:  
Beets, Spinach, Apples, Valencia Oranges, Chard, Parsley.

We gave you a heap of oranges to enjoy this week, so I hope you have some juicy fun.  Oranges go well with everything in your box including:  Beet orange is tangy and sweet, apple orange is a morning treat.  Spinach orange smoothies with a frozen banana is fantastic and orange, beet, apple is darn near a classic!

1764 Cooper Road

Sebastopol,, CA 95472

Mar
27
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Upcoming Events:
Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers
March 28th 4:45
Join Laguna Farm and Slow Food Russian River at the movies! Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers, filmed at the Gilroy Garlic Festival and other locations around Northern California, was selected in 2004 for preservation in the United States’ National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film takes a loose, freewheeling approach to the “stinking rose” as a tasty seasoning but also as a symbol for traditional ways of life. 

Sonoma County Herb Exchange

Herb Exchange

April 7th and 20th

2-4pm at Laguna Farm.

The Herb Exchange is our neighbor on the farm.  You may have seen the little red barn beyond our wash-tanks.  This is the Herb Exchange.  They would like to invite you to see what they are all about.  At the same time, Laguna Farm will invite the folks picking up local herbs to come see how we grow! 

March 24, 2015
Dear Members,
     This week, inspired by the amount of cabbage leftover from the Saint Patrick’s Day harvest, we threw together a “pop-up” kraut making party.  It was a perfect trial run as we are going to host a do-it-yourself room at the Fermentation Festival August 22nd at the Finley Center.  Currently I have my kraut fermenting away in the barn office and look forward to tasting it next week.  Some will be available in the farm store for a limited time.
     Your produce boxes feature the early spring harvest.  Asparagus and Thursday’s green garlic are only available for a limited amount of time on the farm. Enjoy them while you they are here!
     This weekend is all about the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival as Laguna Farm is once again pairing up with our friends out at Slow Food Russian River to sponsor “Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers”.  The short film: “Gap Toothed Women” will air just before the feature.  The film festival is a unique time of year where Laguna Farm celebrates agriculture, farm-workers, food and and culture as it is shown in film.  I hope to see you at one of many films and if you come to “Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers”,  I will personally give you a pungent party favor fresh from the farm.
Be Well, 
Jennifer Branham


Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Saute’ Mix, Sweet Potatoes, Lemon, Cilantro, Green Garlic or Beets.

Cilantro rice

Cilantro rice is a great way to use up your big bunch of cilantro. Simply saute’ 1/4 cup of spring onions or green garlic in oil or butter.  Add 1 cup of white rice to the pan and saute’ until the rice is opaque.  Add 2 cups of water and cook 20 minutes.  While the rice is cooking, mince 1//2 bunch of cilantro into fine pieces.  Add the cilantro to the rice once the rice is tender.  Serve with lemon or lime and a garnish of fresh cilantro.  I like to add toasted pumpkin seeds to the mix with a dash of salt to taste.


Juice Box Contents:  
2 bunches of Beets, Celery, Apples, Valencia Oranges, Lemon, Mixed Baby Greens, Cilantro
cilantro cooler
Cilantro Cooler:  
Juice 5 sprigs of celery add the  juice of 1 lemon, juice or blend with a small handful of cilantro and add a splash of water to taste.  I suggest drinking this cooler over ice as it feels more hydrating when it is cool.
Once cucumbers come into season, instead of celery, cucumbers can be substituted.


Volunteer

During the year we are having several events on the farm and out in the community where we could use a hand or two.  If you are interested in volunteering at an event on the farm, please hit reply and we will contact you when the opportunity arises.  Unfortunately due to the specialized nature of our farming practices, we are not able to take volunteers into the field to do the planting or harvesting.  Some events include: May 2nd:  Blossoms, Bees and Barnyard Babies
July 17th:  Clothing Swap and Potluck
August 22nd: Farm to Fermentation Festival
September 26th: Weekend Along the Farm Trails
1764 Cooper Road

Sebastopol,, CA 95472

Mar
19
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Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

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Upcoming Events:
Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers
March 28th 4:45
Join Laguna Farm and Slow Food Russian River at the movies! Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers, filmed at the Gilroy Garlic Festival and other locations around Northern California, was selected in 2004 for preservation in the United States’ National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film takes a loose, freewheeling approach to the “stinking rose” as a tasty seasoning but also as a symbol for traditional ways of life. 

Sonoma County Herb Exchange

Herb Exchange

April 7th and 20th

2-4pm at Laguna Farm.

The Herb Exchange is our neighbor on the farm.  You may have seen the little red barn beyond our wash-tanks.  This is the Herb Exchange.  They would like to invite you to see what they are all about.  At the same time, Laguna Farm will invite the folks picking up local herbs to come see how we grow! 

March 17, 2015
Dear Members,
     What do we do when the forecast tells of no rain?  We plant early.  Nacho has been busy tilling the lower fields readying them up for our summer plantings. Zucchini, cucumber, basil, lettuces, fennel, kale, and chard are all ready to be planted out of the green house.  Our second seeding of tomatoes (remember we lost the first ones) are peeking up through the soil and can be planted out next month.  These dry conditions will require us to set up the irrigation lines early and we won’t be able to depend on the rain to break down what we have tilled under.  We continue to practice water conservation on the farm and value every precious life-sustaining drop we are blessed with.
     Drought conditions often create lifelong water conservation habits.  Folks converting their lawns to water-wise landscaping is an example of a positive trend that will remain even in wet years.  It’s like turning off the water while brushing your teeth.  Good habits remain and become instilled in our culture.  If you would like to learn more about water conservation techniques through rain water catchment, lawn conversions or using your grey water for landscaping, Daily Acts is a great resource.  As we all grow and learn and become the best we can be, be gentile with yourself and each other. We are fortunate to live in a community rich with resources, ideas, opinions and support.
Be Well,
Jennifer Branham


Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Kale, Spring Onions, Turnips or Beets, Potatoes, Cabbage and Gourmet Mushrooms.

Mushrooms

Gourmet Mushrooms is actually a farm in Sebastopol growing mushrooms year-round. They have been working with Laguna Farm for over 10 years and are happy to supply us with an assortment of mushrooms that we can include in the produce boxes during the months when we don’t have enough to offer from the farm. Please consult their website to identify the mushrooms included in your share and visit the recipe page for suggestions on how to cook your Gourmet Mushrooms!


Juice Box Contents:  
Carrots, Beets, Celery, Apples, Kale, Oranges
Vitamin Water Pictured Left is my very own successful attempt at creating refreshing, delicious, healthy, plastic-bottle free “vitamin water”. The large jar is flavored with Meyer lemons.  The middle jar with apples, sage and lemons.  The small jar is my favorite: cilantro and lime.  The taste is subtle, the fruit can be eaten or juiced after flavoring the water (no waste).  A great website to learn how to make your own is The Yummy Life!   Ask me for a sip when you come to the farm and you can try the varieties I made this week!


red-wing blackbird
Red-wing blackbirds enjoy the 
overwintered crops at Laguna Farm

1764 Cooper Road

Sebastopol,, CA 95472

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Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

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

 

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Upcoming Events:
 
Pressure Cooker Demo & Sampling!

March 17th 2:00 – 4:00
at: Laguna Farm
Laguna Farm is hosting Jill Nussinow, The Veggie Queen who will teach us how to use a pressure cooker to make quick, energy efficient and healthy meals.
Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers
March 28th 4:45

 

Sonoma County Herb Exchange

Herb Exchange

April 7th and 20th

2-4pm at Laguna Farm.

The Herb Exchange is our neighbor on the farm.  You may have seen the little red barn beyond our wash-tanks.  This is the Herb Exchange.  They would like to invite you to see what they are all about.  At the same time, Laguna Farm will invite the folks picking up local herbs to come see how we grow!

March 10, 2015
“Would you do me a big favor…” is a phrase my sisters and I would use when we were asking something small of each other.  Little gestures are often meaningful and valuable, so it’s easy to ask…
    This morning we put a post on our Facebook page announcing our neighborhood drop-site locations and home delivery availability.  We continue to invite food lovers to come see Jill’s demo of pressure cooking (see side bar). I would love for this information to move through our community without the need for us to pay for the promotion or advertising. So my favor is clear (as all favors should be)
1.  Will you share our Facebook post?  It is anchored at the top and easy to find.
2.  Would you friend me on my personal page so I can easily invite you to our events?
Thanks!!  And as always, if there is anything we can do for you, just ask!

     Be Well,

Jennifer Branham

P.S. If you really want to help spread the good word, you could give us an honest review on Yelp, Facebook, and Google+.  Thank you so much if you are able and willing.  I wouldn’t ask if it wasn’t important!

Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Spinach, Cauliflower, Green Garlic, Chard, Golden Potatoes and a funny looking lemon.

 

 

Green Garlic Pasta is an easy way to enjoy this early spring treat.  I identify it to the left because many folks often mistake it for leeks or spring onions.  Green garlic is the green shoot that nourishes the fragrant bulb.  If left to dry, this bulb becomes the cured garlic that you can find in the store year-round.  I look forward to having our garlic as a featured guest at the upcoming film festival.

 

Juice Box Contents:
Carrots, Beets, Spinach, Ginger, Celery, Apples, Chard.
Is it hot or is it cold?  I think of my juices as either warming and nourishing or cooling, thirst-quenching and refreshing.  Carrots, beets and ginger are warming while celery, chard and spinach are cooling.  Apples can go either way as with citrus.  Have you ever juiced carrots then add celery and apples?  How the juice changes when instead of celery you juice beet into the carrot/apple juice instead.  Taste is pleased with thoughtful combinations that consider the character of the blends.

From the Greenhouse:

Seeding seeding and more seeding is happening these days in the greenhouse.  We are so happy to see the early summer veggies sprout!  The basil above photo was taken two weeks ago before the frost.  These cuties lived, and will be in your produce box in early May.

1764 Cooper Road

Sebastopol,, CA 95472

 

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Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

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

 


Quick Links


March Event:
Pressure Cooker Demo & Sampling!

March 17th 2:00 – 4:00
Laguna Farm is hosting Jill Nussinow, The Veggie Queen who will teach us how to use a pressure cooker to make quick, energy efficient and healthy meals. Jill will take a Laguna Farm CSA produce box and demonstrate how to use MODERN day pressure cookers while answering our questions.  Please check out her website to learn more about Jill. She is a dear friend of the farm, an author, a farmers market patron and a valuable resource.  Join us on March 17th from 2:00 – 4:00 and Eat Well! 
Laguna Farm 
Turns 30!
Laguna Farm is growing into it’s 30th season this year and we invite you to celebrate with us. Every month, we are highlighting a special component of the farm. From juicing to clothing swaps, to community potlucks and farm tours.  Come see how we grow and help us celebrate local agriculture along the way.  Please see and share our 2015 Events  We are adding to it throughout the year,so please check back often and don’t miss out!
March 3, 2015
Dear Members,
   White doll turnips grow well at Laguna Farm. I love them most during the winter months when the frost sweetens them up to perfection.  The root, small and tender is accompanied by succulent mildly spicy greens that lend well to vegetable stir fry, saute’d greens, green smoothies, fresh salads and even pesto!  
     The root of the white doll turnip is equally versatile.  It can be eaten raw. My son Cody loves it when I have a bowl of turnips waiting for him when he gets home from school.  Many CSA members report devouring them on the car-ride home!  I like them served on a raw platter with carrots, broccoli and fresh fruit.  Dipping sauces can include good ole’ ranch dressing or spicy peanut sauce.  In the past I have shared my simple method of caramelizing the quartered turnips in butter before adding the chopped greens, a splash of water to get the pan steaming, then a squeeze of a Meyer lemon to bring out the flavors.  Some add salt, I don’t.  Lastly, this recipe for Honey Roasted Radishes works perfectly with turnips too!  Try it, and tell me what you think.  I would also love to hear how you enjoy your turnips. Please hit reply and let me know.

     Be Well,

Jennifer Branham


Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Saute’ Greens, Broccoli, Topless Carrots, Grapefruit, Yellow Onions, White Doll Turnips
Saute Greens with Lemon

Saute Greens

Most recipes on the web for cooking greens involve long periods of time and a ham hock.  You don’t really need a recipe, but rather a method and Food 52 has great suggestions on how to transform that bag of saute’ greens into tonight’s main dish.


Juice Box Contents:  
Carrots, Beets, Meyer Lemons, Baby Greens, Celery, Fennel.
The Best Refreshing Juice in the world!
Here is the secret.  Juice 1/2 bunch of celery, 3 Meyer Lemons (skin and all), then blend in a blender with a handful of baby greens and 1 date.  Strain the mixture and serve over ice in a tall glass with a straw.  You are now drinking a not too sweet green lemonade that has just enough sodium to keep you hydrated throughout the day.  Enjoy and toast to your great health!
(This same blend can be made with fennel to substitute the celery, only add 1 cup of water before processing the greens.


Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

Once again, Laguna Farm is partnering up with Slow Food Russian River to sponsor a film at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival.  This year we will present: 
Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers.  We are busy working out the details in how we will pay tribute to the late great Les Blank.  Please enjoy the festival brochure we put in your CSA box and spread the word that the Best Film Festival in Northern California is starting on March 26th. 
1764 Cooper Road

Sebastopol,, CA 95472