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Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

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

 


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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  We are adding to it throughout the year,so please check back often and don’t miss out!

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”.


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 20, 2015
     “I just look at those plants and ask myself, how can I make them grow faster?” Nacho Romero, co-owner of Laguna Farm.
     During this time of year, things sure take longer to grow and the best we can do is give the most of what we have and support other organic growers in our community.  When we can’t source enough for your boxes through our fields, we purchase or trade from farmers throughout the region. This way, you get the full value of your box weekly.  For example, we didn’t have enough leeks for all the CSA boxes, so we worked with our distributor FEED Sonoma who matched us up with Paul’s Produce out of Sonoma. Paul’s local, fresh, beautiful leeks supplement our own harvest and assist us in filling the produce shares.  In addition to the leeks, we love putting mushrooms in your boxes during the winter months.  Gourmet Mushrooms out of North Sebastopol has been a friend of the farm for years.  Bob always let’s us know when they have a bumper crop and he appreciates our flexibility in receiving the variety they have in abundance. This week’s produce boxes contain either Trumpet Royal, Maitake Frondosa or Alba Clamshell  mushrooms. Gourmet Mushrooms has a useful recipe page that could assist you in finding ways to enjoy the local harvest.  So thank your for your understanding when everything is not coming directly from the Laguna fields.  By keeping our CSA open year round, we are able to sell what we are growing, keep our dedicated customer base and support local growers.

     Be Well,

Jennifer Branham


Tuesday Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Radishes, Chard, Leeks, Gourmet Mushrooms, California Grown Navel Oranges, Yellow Fingerling Potatoes.
Roasted Radishes
Sweet Roasted Radishes
Whenever we put radishes in the boxes I like to encourage members to roast them.  They sweeten up and taste like candy! 
Combine:
1 bunch radishes quartered, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons honey, salt and pepper to taste.
Directions:  Preheat oven to 425°F.  Spread mixture in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes, stirring once or twice during cooking. Serve immediately.

Thursday Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Carrots, Kale, Leeks, Gourmet Mushrooms, California Grown Navel Oranges, Yellow Fingerling Potatoes.
Baked Tater Tots

baked tater tots (vegan & gluten-free) Something Vegan

We shared this fun and easy recipe on Facebook and want to invite you to give it a look.  We will have Laguna Farm fresh potatoes for another few weeks, so give it a try and see how you like baked tater-tots!


Juice Box Contents:  
Carrots (2 bunches), Apples, Kale, Chard, Turmeric*, Navel Oranges
Turmeric
Man have I story for you!  I put a note in all the juice boxes encouraging you to read up on turmeric’s benefits and possible side-effects.  I caution you to use only a little bit in your juice and make sure it does not make you dizzy.  Yes dizzy! I was happily drinking my carrot-apple-turmeric-ginger juice over the weekend and was surprised to learn that I am one of the few people who experience dizziness after consuming large amounts of turmeric.  Not fun when you don’t know what is happening to you.  On the bright side, this fresh turmeric used sparingly in juices provides many health benefits.  I suggest juicing the whole tuber then freezing it in small amounts.  Say putting 1 tsp droplets on waxed paper on a cookie sheet then putting it in the freezer.  This way you could put your 1 tsp (or less) in your juices as you like. 
Ellen has been enjoying it  by grating turmeric with ginger, mixing it with butter then simmering it in coconut milk. 
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1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472