Happenings on the farm!

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Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm News and Recipes

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February 7, 2017
Dear Members,

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

Be well,

Jennifer Branham-Burns

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