Happenings on the Farm!

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Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
December 15, 2015
Dear Members, 

         During the week leading up to Christmas, Laguna Farm closes for the week.  It is our intention to let the fields rest from harvest during the coldest and darkest days of the year and also to encourage our employees and owners to take the time with family. As a result, we will not make CSA boxes on the 22nd or the 24th, nor will we charge you for them.  In keeping with this tradition, we will not be at our Santa Rosa or Sebastopol Farm markets on the weekend of the 26th.  We know this is a long time to go without our lovely salad greens, roots and winter squash, so we encourage you to stock up and see us the week of the 28th leading into the new year.  
         The frost hit us hard on the farm and we lost most of our cauliflower as a result.  Frost is expected during this time of year and we supplement your CSA boxes with organic fruits and vegetables sourced from other California farms.  Your Satsuma tangerines graciously took the place of the cauliflower as we never short your CSA as a result of frost damage or crop failure. At Laguna Farm, we feel that by purchasing items that we are not able to grow at Laguna, we support other area farms, diversify your share and keep you as a member will the full value of your box year round. In return, we ask that when you go on vacation you continue to support your farm by finding someone to take your produce or even donate it to Food For Thought or The Ceres Project. They are happy to come and gather the produce left behind at the end of the week and bring it to individuals in need.   
          
Be Well,
Jennifer 

Laguna Farm Carrots ready for the CSA
Bumper Carrot Crop
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Cooking Greens, Satsuma Tangerines, Potatoes, Carrots, Leeks, Butternut Squash.
Carrots Three Ways:
Produce boxes have seen quite a few carrots over the past several weeks.  We have a bumper crop and want to get them harvested and in your bellies before the floods wash over their field. Here are a few ways to enjoy the abundance.
Raw Carrots:  Remove the tops immediately to keep your carrots fresh.  Our carrots are so fresh and tender, there is no need to peel them.  Just eat them raw and enjoy!
Roasted Carrots:  If the carrots are thick, cut them in half lengthwise; if not, leave whole. Slice the carrots diagonally in 1 1/2-inch-thick slices. (The carrots will shrink while cooking so make the slices big.) Toss them in a bowl with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Transfer to a sheet pan in 1 layer and roast in the oven for 20 minutes, until browned and tender.
Carrot Ginger Soup: In a 6-quart pan, over medium high heat, add 1 T butter and 1 peeled and chopped onion and cook, stirring often, until onions are limp. Add broth 3 cups broth and 1 bunch carrots, and 1 T ginger. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until carrots are tender when pierced. Remove from heat and transfer to a blender. Don’t fill the blender more than half way, do it in batches if you have to. Cover the blender and then hold a kitchen towel over the top of the blender*. Be careful when blending hot liquids as the mixture can spurt out of the blender. Pulse the blender to start it and then puree until smooth. Return to the pan and add cream, stir over high heat until hot. For a smoother flavor bring soup to a boil, add salt and pepper, to taste.
Ladle into bowls and garnish with dollop sour cream and parsley sprigs.
Juice Box:
Beets,Chard, Celery, Apples, Satsuma Tangerines, Carrots.
Satsuma Tangerines can be put in your blender peeled as they have few seeds!

Tangerine Carrot Juice for a morning refresher

We like to consume extra vitamin C during the winter months to ward of colds and boost the body’s immune system.  

Recipe:  Juice one bunch of carrots through your juicer then blend with three Satsuma Tangerines. The tangerines give the carrot juice an extra bit of sweetness that is wonderful for a morning refresher.
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