Happenings on the Farm!

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Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
February 9, 2016 
Dear Members, 
         A few years ago, we decided that rather than throw a big festival style event, we would expand on the number of smaller activities, get-togethers and classes we host throughout the year.  For example, last year we hosted a clothing swap, two pot-lucks, several farm tours and open houses, culinary workshops including canning, fermenting and pressure cooking. We also formalized the book exchange.
     We would love your input on what you would like to experience on the farm.  
Farm tour

      Beyond being a place where your farm-fresh produce is grown, we enjoy being a community center and agricultural hub.  Hosting a workshop or demonstration helps us remain relevant and connected to our community.  So please hit reply and let me know your ideas!

Be Well,
Jennifer 
shiitake
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Broccoli, Potatoes, Leeks, Shiitake Mushrooms, Navel Oranges, Kale
How To Enjoy Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms are traditionally added to miso soup.

Healthy saute* mushrooms with onions and garlic. Serve as a side dish with broccoli or as a topping for chicken, beef, lamb or venison.

To give your vegetable stock an extra depth, add dried shiitake mushrooms.

For a quick and easy Asian pasta dish, healthy saute* shiitake mushrooms with snap peas and tofu. Season to taste and serve over buckwheat soba noodles (or your favorite type of pasta).

**Healthy saute is a cooking method where rather than using oil, you add 3T broth into a fry pan and heat just to boiling. Immediately add your mushrooms and saute.

Shiitake mushrooms should be stored in your refrigerator inside a paper bag.  They will keep for a week, then naturally dry.  Once dried, they can be reconstituted with water over a 30 minute period.  

Juice Boxes
Carrots, Apples, Oranges, Beets, Bok Choy, Kiwi, Meyer Lemons, Kale
Juice cubes

Are You Ready To Try Juice Cubes?
Juice cubes are simply blended or juiced fruits or vegetables that are then frozen for later use.  Here are the advantages of making juice cubes, followed by a suggested method.
1.  By juicing all at once, you reduce the number of times you need to clean your juicer.
2.  Some vegetables (such as beets) lend well to recipes in small amounts.  With juice cubes, you can add one or two cubes to a recipe.
3.  If you like smoothies, your juice cubes provide that wonderful frozen element central to a good smoothie.
4.  Juice cubes harness the freshness of your produce and minimize spoilage.
Method:  Use a juicer for fruits and vegetables like carrots, apples, beets, celery, bok choy, cucumbers and ginger.  Use a citrus juicer for any citrus items.  Blend greens, pears, berries, bananas, kiwi, cilantro, parsley.  You will need to add an equal portion of water to produce so you end up with a slurry that you can pour easily.  Fill an ice cube tray with your juice and freeze.  Once frozen, store labeled in a zip-lock bag.
Juice cubes can be defrosted for juice, or added to smoothies.  
Recipe:  Peel 2 oranges and put them in the blender with 4 carrot juice cubes, one beet cube, 2 kale cubes and a sliced apple.  Add your choice of 1 cup water or 1 cup almond milk.  Blend until smooth.
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