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30 Years and Growing!
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
Laguna Farm is open for membership and ask you to spread the word that locally grown food is abundantly available this winter season.  All new members get $5.00 off their first CSA box if they type in coupon code:  “newcsa”.

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Juicing in the 
New Year
 
Would you like to join us in juicing in the New Year? Many CSA members are adding a juice box onto their regular order.  A “Juice Box” is a CSA box that is roughly made up of 80% produce and 20% fruit that is selected with juicing in mind.  Try it!
January 13, 2015
     Over the past several months, I have been researching various ways to make juices and smoothies. Laguna Farm’s CSA juice box has motivated me to make juices myself so I can reap the health benefits and gain the knowledge necessary to support those new to juicing.  As a result, my tangential internet searches have brought me into the world of the raw vegans.  A dedicated bunch of fruit lovers, sprouters, juicers and dehydrated food preparers – these folks are really into food!
     So off I go on Saturday night to a raw-vegan potluck advertised through Meet-up. Chard wraps in hand, I ring the bell to be greeted by some of the warmest people and coldest food I could ever wish to know.  Shredded carrot salad, pad thai and pizza were my favorite dishes. Conversation topics included the 80-10-10 diet, the various kinds of juicers, fasting- and how privileged we are to be able to choose not to eat in a world where hunger exists. Before the night was over, I invited the group out to the farm for the September potluck and promised I would return.  And I will.  
     This event showcased a community that gathers on the common foundation of food and the methods used to prepare it. While I am not a raw-vegan 100% of the time, due to the nature of my job I find myself surrounded by raw food and eating it!  Sharing recipes of any kind in community is the way I like to spend my Saturday nights and meet-up groups are the modern day “clubs” that were instrumental to my social life in college. If you would like to find like-minded people over food, wine, hiking, kayaking…. you name it, Meet-up might be a nice venue. 

     Be Well,

Jennifer Branham

(PS) If you want any recipes from my potluck, feel free to hit reply and I’ll e-mail them to you!

Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Baby Kale, Broccoli, Carrots, White Doll Turnips, Sweet Potatoes, Brown Rice.
White Doll Turnips with Greens White Doll Turnips
Trim the tops off 1 bunch of white doll turnips.  Cut the turnips in half from root to stem.  Heat 1 T butter or oil in a pan over medium heat.  Add the turnips and cook until lightly browned.  Cut the greens into bite sized pieces including the stems.  Add the chopped stems to the turnips and saute for 2 minutes.  Add the greens along with a dash of water to bring up the steam.  Squeeze 1 lemon over the greens and turnips while cooking until the greens wilt.  Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

Juice Box Contents:
Carrots, Apples, Celery, Meyer Lemons, Pears,
Baby Kale, Ginger. Carrots and lemons
Lemon with carrots and ginger is a warming juice that just might keep those pesky colds at bay.  Start with one bunch of carrots, one whole Meyer lemon (yes, include the peel) and a small thumb of ginger.  Add more ginger to taste followed by a carrot to push the rest of the ginger through the juicer.  Enjoy at room temperature.
Remember, you can always add-on to your juice box with items from our online farm store. 

Spring Nettle

Fresh Spring Nettle
Laguna Farm is proud to present fresh spring nettle in the farm store.  Nettle is a nutritional power-house and worth doing a bit of research on.  I like this article in Food 52. Nettle is tender, satisfying and delicious this time of year.  We are selling it in 1/2 pound bags and expect to carry it throughout the late winter and early spring. Order it here and have it in your box next week!
Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472

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