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Laguna Farm Community Shared Agriculture

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February’s Event:
Juicing Demo & Sampling!
Laguna Farm is hosting a Juicing Demo and Sampling on February 10th and 12th.  During this time we will make farm fresh juices, green smoothies and sample the crackers and breads we have been making with the pulp. Please join us between 2:00 and 4:00 and invite your friends to come juice with us!.
Laguna Farm 
Turns 30!
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”.
February 3, 2015
Dear Members,
     It’s official, Nacho LOVES seeds.  Every year about this time, he pours over the seed catalogs that come in the mail. Johnny’s Select, Ornamental Eatables, High-Mowing, Baker Creek.  There he finds his old favorites like Orion fennel, Napoli carrots, Spineless Perfection zucchini, and then tries out new varieties like Lunchbox peppers in red, yellow and orange.  While he picks out the varieties, I place the order, so it is really one of the few things we do together as partners. Packets of 500 zucchini seeds, 1 pound bags of basil seeds and 25,000 purple onion seeds come through the mail along with onion plants, bags of seed potatoes and small strawberry starts. While most think this is a slow time on the farm, the planning for the spring and winter months has begun. Just look at this photo of our greenhouse in February!   Green House In February
     As many of you know, we invest the most money during the spring on soil amendments, seeds and labor.  During this time, our wholesale orders and farm markets are much smaller. Every year we ask those of you who operate on an annual budget if you would like to pay for 1 year or 6 months in advance. If this is within your ability, please let us know and we will even help you with the math!

     Be Well,

Jennifer Branham

Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Saute’ Greens, Red Fingerling Potatoes, Parsley, Cauliflower, Murcott Tangerines.
Cauliflower as a healthy starch!
Lemon Parsley Cauliflower Rice

Ingredients:

1 small head of cauliflower

3 Tbsp ghee or coconut oil

2 tsp lemon zest 

4 Tbsp chopped fresh pasley

1/8 tsp Salt 

Method:

Trim cauliflower and place florets in a food processor. Pulse until chopped to rice grain size.  Set aside.

Heat cooking fat in a large frying pan or Wok over medium-high heat.  Add cauliflower to the oil and cook, stirring frequently until cauliflower is cooked al dente (about 6-8 minutes). Stir in lemon zest, parsley and salt.  Cook 1 minute.  Enjoy!

Juice Box Contents:
Carrots (2 bunches), Apples, Baby Greens, Chard, Burdock Root, Meyer Lemons, Celery, Navel Oranges
Cleansing Burdock Juice
Burdock for Juicing

Burdock root is considered a weed by some and a valuable food source by others.  The Sonoma County Herb Exchange and Traditional Medicinals Tea Company recognize it as important medicine.  Please enjoy the video I shared so you can learn how to incorporate this root into your juices. I find it ads depth to many of the sweet and zingy juices I make.  Mellowing them out and adding a nutty and earthy balance.

Juice Pulp Crackers
Juice Pulp Crackers
Last evening, I saved all my juice pulp and made wonderful “Juice Pulp Crackers”.  Simply save 2 to 3 cups of juice pulp, blend with 1/3 cup flax or chia seeds, enough water to made a loose paste and any spices or seasonings you desire.  I used pulp from carrots, ginger, celery and parsley then added lemon juice, black pepper, cardamom and sea salt.  Spread your mixture on waxed paper and dehydrate.  Once the crackers are about 1/2 dry, score using a pizza cutter and dry overnight or until crisp.
Laguna Farm | | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | http://www.lagunafarm.com
1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472