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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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Upcoming Events
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Activities
Farm Bike
16 Mile Farm Country Bike Ride
August 30th at 10:00
I am leading a 16 mile bike ride throughout Sebastopol and parts of west county with the meet-up group “Spirit of Adventure”.  If you are interested in joining in and want more details email:  jennifer@lagunafarm.com 
Please note, this activity does NOT meet at Laguna Farm.  e-mail me for details.
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Raw Vegan Potluck
September 12th at 5:30
Join Sonoma Raw at their monthly potluck here at Laguna Farm. During the potluck, I will give a brief talk about Laguna Farm and eating “in season”. Participants are asked to bring a raw vegan dish (a simple salad or fruit platter is a welcome offering).  Everyone is invited!  You don’t have to be a “raw vegan” to attend, only your dish must be raw and vegan.  So come and meet this sweet group of friends and swap recipes and ideas under Grandmother Oak. They are interested in learning about our farm and I would love to have some CSA members present as we host them.
P.S. You do not have to RSVP or join the group to attend. As the evening turns cool, I suggest bringing a sweater :-)
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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.
August 25 , 2015
Dear Members,
     Kabocha Squash just landed in the barn and with the kids back in school we are sure feeling the coming of fall. Summer sweetness is still in full swing with tomatoes and cabbage being discounted by the case.  If you want to do some summer canning, now is the time to order tomatoes!  We did re-plant a basil crop and hope to offer our bulk basil discount in a few weeks.  If you are interested, keep asking.  It does not “bug” us, as we want to sell off the basil crop as soon as it comes because we are loosing it to a fungus that establishes itself during the cool overcast days.  
    Now about those pickling cucumbers.  Next week we will bring them in from the fields and we will all be pickling to our hearts content throughout the month of September.  
    In your box this week is Sebastopol’s famous Gravenstein Apple.  The Gravenstein apple is making a come back as supported by our friends at Slow Food Russian River and Farm Trails.  If you have an interest in preserving our local farming heritage, celebrate the Gravenstein with us!
     Be Well,
     Jennifer Branham


Produce Box Contents:
Salad Mix, Carrots, Zucchini or Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Scallions, Chard, Gravenstein Apples, Fennel on Tuesday and Broccoli on Thursday.

 

In a large skillet with a lid, heat 1 T extra-virgin olive oil over medium-high. Add 2 sliced fennel bulbs and one sliced medium onion or 1 cup chopped scallions. Season with coarse sea salt and ground pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture begins to brown at about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook 5 minutes. Uncover, add a splash of water, and cook, stirring constantly, until golden brown 2 minutes.  Some consider this a side dish, me?  The main course!

 


Juice Box Contents:
Carrots, Strawberries, Fennel, Gravenstein Apples, Chard, Cucumbers, Ginger, Beets.
The meat and potatoes of the juice world is the classic combination of – carrot, beet and apple. First time juicers often play around with the amounts they combine.  After a creative summer blending and juicing all sorts of recipes and varieties, we come back to the standard and it is so satisfying in its familiarity.
4 large carrots, 1 medium beet, 1 medium apple.  This usually makes about 6 ounces and should be consumed slowly.  Fresh!
For variety, add 1/2 lemon and 1 inch of ginger.

Over the next week I would to love to hear your juice prepping strategies.  Frozen cubes?  Pre-prepped baggies of smoothie fruits?  Pre-washed and chopped greens?  How to you prep for juicing?  I look forward to hearing then sharing your ideas.

1764 Cooper Road

Sebastopol,, CA 95472