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Holiday News!
Christmas Week:
Laguna Farm will be Closed 12/22 – 12/29. We will not make CSA boxes 12/23 or 12/25. We we will not charge you during this week either~~
     If you would like Laguna Farm produce as a part of your holiday feast, consider shopping at the Santa Rosa or Sebastopol farmers markets on the 20th and 21st.  
     We will not be at the farm markets on the 27th or 28th.  
     We will resume our regular store, market and CSA beginning the week of the 29th with regular pick-up and store hours on New Year 1/1/15.

Laguna Farm is open for membership and ask you to spread the word that locally grown food is abundantly available this winter season.

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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 made up of 80% produce and 20% fruit that is selected with juicing in mind.  It is not a “cleanse”, it is not a “diet” and it is not a “detox”.  I personally struggle with the over-use of those terms.  A juice box is simply another way to add nutritious deliciousness  to your already wonderfully healthy life.  Try it!
December 16, 2014
Dear Members,  
        Last Thursday was quite a storm!  We arrived at the farm to find several of our hoop houses were severely damaged.  These “tunnels” are what allows us to grow year-round as they provide a buffer against the wind, rain, light frost and allows the soil to warm up a bit during the day.  With those huge gusts of wind, many came down.
Hoop House
Storm damage to Laguna Farm’s hoop houses

The water did rise considerably and the fields were covered completely.  So many members stood in amazement to see how much water could amass in such a short period of time.  Even with today’s rain, the fields are drinking deep, the soil is anchored down with beneficial cover crops and the gophers…. well let’s hope they find a higher calling.

Flooded Fields
All of us at Laguna Farm are looking forward to our annual week off, where we close the farm and suspend the CSA for one week during Christmas.  During this time of year, the crops need a break in harvest to catch up as well.  The New Year will bring us renewed inspiration where we can move forward in happiness and good health.  I am so appreciative that you will be here to join us.
Be Well,

Jennifer Branham


Christmas Romanesco

Romanesco looks like a Christmas Tree

Produce Box Contents:
Salad mix, Yellow Onions, Carrots, Chard or Kale, Winter Squash, Fingerling Potatoes, Romanesco.
This beautiful fractile looking tree that we put in your CSA box is called Romanesco. In short, it can be used any way you enjoy cauliflower or broccoli. To honor its magnificent shape, consider roasting it whole to serve at your holiday feast. 
Here is How:  
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Cut the back off the romanesco, rinse and air dry, laying it flat on a sheet pan.  Drizzle with several tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.  Roast for 25-30 minutes until very tender, and browned at tips. Whisk the juice of one lemon, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, a pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves.  Drizzle over the top of the roasted romanesco, and roast for another 5 minutes.  Pull away individual florets to serve. 
Produce boxes either have a Spaghetti Squash or Butternut Squash.  Both can be cut in half, seeds scooped out and baked in a 350′ oven, cut side down for about an hour.  I like fill the bottom of the pan with an inch of water to assist in the cooking process.  


Juice Box Contents:  
Carrots (2 Bunches), Chard, Kale, Apples, Beets, Meyer Lemons, Celery.

Carrots, Apples and Celery are often juiced together to make a drink that everyone will love.  This is my “go to” juice as well, but I like to take it up a notch.  Once I juice these three, I put the trio in the blender and add a handful of kale, chard or spinach with several cubes of ice. Once blended, I pour the drink through a strainer before drinking. Another favorite is Beet, Meyer Lemon, Carrot and Apple.  Because the beet is a little strong, I suggest diluting this combination with filtered water to taste.

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1764 Cooper Road
Sebastopol,, CA 95472
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