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Laguna Farm Newsletter

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

 

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Save The Date 
(and your clothes) 

July 17th 

     Join Laguna Farm for an evening of community building. From 4:00 to 7:00 we invite you to enjoy a picnic under the oak tree.  We will host an informal tour, enjoy a potluck picnic, a small camp-fire and a clothing swap.  Wow!   What a fun-filled night, not to be missed!  So save the date, and any gently-used clothing that you can donate to the swap, and Join Us!


Ready, Set, PESTO!

Ready, Set, PESTO!  Bulk bags of basil are available in the farm store!  Pre-order your basil for pesto making today!  This “deal” will last as long as basil is in abundance, but we strongly suggest you order as soon as you know you want it.  Don’t wait like Jennifer did last year and find yourself purchasing pre-made overly salty pesto from the grocery store…

May 12, 2015
Dear Members,
The farm is a valuable teacher for life.  While I have not quite solved the riddle myself, the lesson remains, that if things are “easy” we often do not develop the strength that creates life-long resilience.  For example, Nacho out-planted green beans before the last frost.  He carefully covered the 4 inch plants with row cover and hoped for the best.  All would have been fine if the cold winds had not blown off the row cover, thereby exposing the tender plants to the inevitable and impending frost.  Just one cold night and the tender green bean leaves were burnt dramatically, scaring the tender plants to the point that Nacho was not sure if they would live. Fearing he lost the entire crop, he went on to focus on other areas of the farm.  On Friday he told me that he hadn’t checked up on the beans, but was hopeful that the frost only damaged the outer leaves and didn’t kill the entire plant.  His hopes were realized.  I walked far out over the bridge and checked up on these weathered green beans and found that not only did they survive, but they are coming back strong!  On the farm, we have to balance how we protect the plants. If we offer them too much shelter, they grow weak, unable to withstand a pest invasion, the summer heat or a surprise frost.  If we don’t protect them enough, they don’t have the conditions necessary to thrive.

Frost burnt green beans. Strong and healthy.

Be Well,
Jennifer Branham

Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Carrots, Spring Onions, Turnips, Basil, Yellow and Red Potatoes, Valencia Oranges!
Glazed Turnips and Carrots

 


Put 1 bunch turnips or radish and 1 bunch carrots in a skillet just large enough to hold them in a single layer. Add enough water so that it comes halfway up their sides along with 2 tsp butter and 1 tsp sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat, then adjust the heat to maintain a simmer. Cover the vegetables with a round of parchment paper just large enough to fit the inside diameter of the pan. Simmer until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the cover and raise the heat to high. Toss the vegetables as the liquid evaporates to a glaze. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

 

Juice Box Contents:
Carrots (2 bunches), Beets, Spinach, Valencia Oranges, Apples, Kale, Strawberries. 
Strawberry Orange Spice Smoothie
I can’t wait to go home and try out this recipe from Green Blender!  The name Strawberry-Orange Spice has me freezing my berries and juicing my oranges!
1/2 bunch curly kale
orange – peeled
1/2 cup strawberries
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 cup ice

 

1764 Cooper Road

Sebastopol,, CA 95472