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Laguna Farm Newsletter

 


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

Be well,

Jennifer Branham-Burns

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Parsley can be blended into a fruit smoothie.  Bananas, apples and orange with a handful of parsley is a wonderful combination.  The parsley deepens the flavor and will make your smoothie more balanced and less sweet.
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