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Laguna Farm Newsletter






Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
February 28, 2017
Dear Members,

     Two weeks ago I reached out to see if any members were willing (and able) to pay for 6 months or a year of their CSA boxes in advance.  I am so grateful that several of you reached out and were able to help the farm in this way. Over the next several weeks, we are purchasing onion plants, strawberry plants and seeds galore.  

Summer Squash and Basil Starts.
Already the greenhouse is full of basil, tomato, spinach, lettuce and summer squash starts.  With these chilly nights, Nacho tucks the plants in with three layers of row cover cloth and we warm the greenhouse with a small space heater.  These days are tender on the farm. When the summer seedlings are small and the nights are cold, we give extra attention to the little ones. I am confident that with this added care our seedlings will survive the cold nights and grow to maturity during our ever warming and lengthening days.
     

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, Siberian kale on Tuesday and saute’ greens on Thursday, leeks on Tuesday and beets on Thursday, sweet potatoes and navel oranges from Healdsburg.

Get Your Greens!
Whether you are enjoying a bunch of Siberian kale or a bag of  baby saute’ mix, this time of year is perfect for tender cooking greens.  Here are a few ways to enjoy them.
Saute greens with onion and lemon. Caramelize your leeks or an onion in a pan with a dash of olive oil.  Chop up your greens and add to the pan with a splash of water.  Cover while your greens wilt. Once wilted, squeeze a lemon over your greens and serve hot.

Sweet Potato Kale Soup (pictured here) is one I will try tonight.  A blend of greens, sweet potatoes and cannellini beans sound wonderful together. Click on the photo to learn how to make it!
Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my favorite way to enjoy greens.  In a green smoothie!  A simple green smoothie includes frozen bananas, frozen berries, 1 or two fresh oranges, a large handful of greens and a splash of water, nut milk, tea or juice as a liquid.  Blend in your blender and enjoy!

Juice Boxes: carrots, parsley or cilantro, navel oranges, blood oranges, kale or baby greens, and celery.

The Siberian kale or baby greens included in your juicing box this week can be used several ways.  Usually when people juice greens, they are saddened to see how little juice is produced.  The juice, is very strong and I have made
“kale shots” with one bunch of kale that was enjoyed with a lemon chaser.  
Another way to enjoy your greens is in a
green smoothie.  Blend any of your favorite frozen fruits along with a splash of liquid (water, nut milk, or juice) with a handful of greens and you have yourself a nutritious meal. I admit that during the winter months, smoothies are no longer my go-to meal.  Instead I am making what I call,
juice blends.  Simply juice carrots, beets, apples, oranges, lemons and celery in any combination that appeals to you.  Once you have your juice, pour it into a blender and add parsley, kale or baby greens to taste. This way you have a drink that is not frozen and all the benefits of the fiber from your greens.   
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