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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 a summer 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!


First Thursday Tours!

On the first Thursday at 2:00 Laguna Farm is conducting Farm Tours where we take you out into the fields to show you how we grow.  The tours are about 50 minutes long including a tour of the barn and walk-in for those who are new to us.  If you would like to join us, or invite your friends and family, the tours are free and we would love to have you!  Wear sturdy shoes, a sun hat and bring your questions.

June 2, 2015
Dear Members,
I hope you don’t mind that we took the tops off your beets.  Yes, after years of encouraging CSA members to eat beet tops, I found it necessary to scrounge up a serrated knife and chop the greens right off.  Why?  Well let me tell you. I spared you the chance of accidentally eating a Pegomya hyoscyami.

Pegomya hyoscvami also know as beet leaf miner

Every few years, this pest invades our crops.  It seems to prefer beets, chard and spinach and should be able to be controlled with a fabric row cover.
Farming organically takes many forms.  Soil nutrition, seed selection, row cover and yes, sometimes chopping the tops off your beets.
Be Well,
Jennifer Branham

Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Toppless Beets, Parsley, Radish, Lemons, Broccoli, Kale or Cabbage.
Here is a way to enjoy your radishes and use your broccoli stalks.  I often see people compost their broccoli stalks.  If you peel them, you may find the stalks tender and delicious.  Worthy of the plate!
 
Radish and Broccoli Slaw
large broccoli stalks, peeled
1/2 bunch radish roots
1/4 cup dried cherries, chopped coarsely
1/4 cup shelled and salted pistachios, chopped
Juice of 1/2 lemon 
Twice as much olive oil as lemon juice 
1 teaspoon agave nectar 
3 grindings of fresh black pepper 
Method:  Pass the broccoli stalks and the radishes through the shredding blade of a food processor. Place the shredded vegetables in a medium sized serving bowl. Add the dried cherries and the pistachios. Make the salad dressing. Squeeze the Meyer lemon juice in a glass, and then pour olive oil into the glass. Add the agave nectar, and then the grindings of black pepper. Stir until the dressing is emulsified. Add to the radish and broccoli salad and toss. You can use dried cranberries, raisins, or currants instead of dried cherries, and any chopped nut in lieu of pistachios. If the nuts are not salted, add a bit of salt to the dressing.

 

Juice Box Contents:
Carrots (2 bunches), Apples, Spinach, Cucumbers, Beets, Parsley, Lemons.
2 Apples
2 Kale Leaves
1/2 bunch Parsley
1 Cup Spinach
Pass the above through a juicer and enjoy what we like to call Spinach Super Drink.
If you do not have a juicer, I suggest blending the ingredients in a high-speed blender, adding a splash of water then straining the juice.
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Sebastopol,, CA 95472