Happenings on the Farm!

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Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
January 5, 2016 
Dear Members, 
         

      We have assembled beautiful produce and juice boxes for our members this week and are thrilled to be putting beets in your boxes.  I have used this newsletter to really highlight the beet and the many ways to enjoy them.  The green tops are actually a reddish purple as they have been winterized, but are still worthy of eating.  
     Nacho will be the first to tell you that while most of our produce is slow to grow in these cold temperatures, the roots are abundant and sweet.  In fact, we just filmed three new videos on the winter abundance found at Laguna Farm.  If you have not perused our videos please check them out!  The winter videos will be uploaded in the next few weeks.
     January is an inspired time to set intentions for the year.  Many new members sign up during this time as the farm markets are not as inviting and home gardens are not providing as they were in the summer.  This is also a good time to focus on health and wellness. If you know of someone who is interested in the fresh and local winter abundance, please encourage them to join Laguna Farm. If they mention your name during sign-up, we will credit your account by $5.00 as a thank you.  All new members should sign up with coupon code:  “newcsa” for a $5.00 discount.
     We appreciate every one of you and look forward to continuing to grow into the new year.

Be Well,
Jennifer 
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, beets, broccoli, parsley, potatoes, leeks, navel oranges.
Beets!
In 2008, beets topped the list of The 11 Best Foods You Are Not Eating.  I think many people associate them with canned beets and prefer to pass.  Here are some ways to enjoy your beets.
Roasted.  If you still have your parsnips and carrots, beets make a great third root to add in the medley.  Simply scrub the root (peeling is not necessary with these fresh and tender gems), cut into bit-sized pieces, toss with olive oil and roast at 350′ until tender.
Quick Pickled:  Scrub and dice 2 pounds of beets and add to 1 cup cider vinegar, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar or 1/4 cup honey, 1 small red onion – thinly sliced, 2 garlic cloves – quartered, 1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds, 2 bay leaves, 2 whole cloves, 1 1/2 teaspoons black peppercorns, 2 teaspoons dried thyme.  Boil for 10 minutes softening the beets but keeping them slightly firm.  Let stand until cool and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.  Use these beets on salad, as a side dish, or if you love them — as a meal!
Boiled Beets with Greens:  Fill a large saucepan with water, and set over high heat. Bring water to a boil. Stir in 1/2 tsp. salt, and add 1 pound beets; boil until beets are fork-tender, about 35 minutes. Drain, let cool, and rub off skins under cold water.

 

Heat 1T olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 clove garlic – sliced, and cook until just golden, about 3 minutes. Add rinsed and chopped beet greens, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing greens until wilted. Remove skillet from heat. Serve warm greens with whole boiled beets. Drizzle with additional olive oil, if desired.

 

Juice Boxes
Carrots, Beets, Celery, Parsley, Ginger, Navel Oranges, Apples, Lemons

 I invite you to experience the beet root buzz.
Just before finishing out my work day on Monday I juiced beet root with carrots, apple, collards, orange and ginger.  After enjoying the juice, I biked home and greeted my family with a surprising (read annoying) amount of energy! A quick google search explained how science is finding that consuming beets can increase energy and stamina. See how you feel after juicing your beets! 

Increase Your Energy / Annoy Your Family Beet Root Buzz
 2-3 beetroots, medium size
4 big carrots
1/4 lemon or 1 orange
1 apple
1 inch fresh ginger
3-5 leaves of collards, kale, chard or a small handful of parsley.
Run through a juicer and enjoy!

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