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Laguna Farm Newsletter

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Make Sauerkraut with Laguna Farmsauerkraut
August 22, 2015 at the Fermentation Festival 
Join Laguna Farm at the Farm to Fermentation Festival On August 22nd and learn how to ferment your own foods.  This day long event will be at the Finley center in Santa Rosa, with Laguna Farm taking space in the Willow Room hosting the DIY Kraut-A-Thon.  Join Us!
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Tomato Time
Buy Bulk Now

If you would like to put up tomatoes for the winter, now is the time to buy your “New Girl” tomatoes in bulk.  We are selling 20 pound boxes for $30. We will keep this deal for the rest of the season – usually until first frost.


Please spread the word that Laguna Farm is open for membership.
We would love to share the abundance!  
All new members receive $5.00 off their first box with coupon code:  newcsa. 

August 18, 2015
Dear Members,
     Everyone receiving a produce box this week is feeling the weight of a healthy head of cabbage.  This is a special crop grown in time for the Farm to Fermentation Festival at the Finley Center in Santa Rosa on Saturday.  If you would like to learn how to make fermented foods, come join us.  We will be using this method to turn cabbage into kraut! 
     Do you struggle with healthy lunch ideas for your family?  I do.  I have found over the past year that the beautifully balanced lunches I send off to school with my son rarely get eaten.  I could say I have “given up”, but the truth is I am trying something new by shifting the hearty balanced meal to his after-school-snack.  Today he ate a big breakfast and went to school with a sandwich and granola bar.  This will be enough for him during the day when really he wants to eat something simple, not messy, not embarrassing and get on with the soccer game.  After school he will be ready to sit down and eat.  Ready in the fridge is pesto ravioli, carrot sticks and chilled Asian pears.  
     Now all kids have different needs and what I am trying with my 8th grader won’t be the best plan for everyone.  I remember the days when bento style lunches were super cool.  Not now, mom!

     Be Well,
     Jennifer Branham


Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Zucchini or Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Cabbage, Shelling Beans, Candy Onions on Tuesday and Spring Onions on Thursday.
Cranberry Shelling Beans
The James Beard Foundation has a wonderful blog post on how to cook your beans and incorporate them into a recipe.  I usually shuck the beans and cover them well with cold water in a pot.  After boiling the beans for 25 minutes, I taste them to see if they are done.  Once done, I drain most of the water, add a touch of salt, cumin, red pepper flakes and crushed garlic.  Over medium heat, I saute’ the spices with the beans for a couple of minutes before enjoying with corn tortillas, fresh salsa, greek yogurt and cilantro.


Juice Box Contents:
Carrots (2 bunches), Halona Melon, Strawberries, Fennel, Cilantro, Gravenstein Apples, Chard, Cucumbers.
The Blenderist is my go-to site for juicing with a blender.  In this recipe, she calls for 2 cups melon, 1/2 fennel bulb, 1 cup cucumber, 1 large apple, 1 peeled lemon, 2 chard or kale leaves, water.  Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend well.  Pour through a cheese cloth and enjoy.  I tried this over the weekend when it was 100′ in Sebastopol.  I used chard over kale and poured the finished juice over ice.  Super Yum!
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