Happenings on the Farm!

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Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
March 7, 2016
Dear Members,
Spring starts on Sunday, March 20th and already we are enjoying the light,

fresh produce that comes this time of year.  During the next few months, you will see asparagus, green garlic, spring onions, nettles, and soon strawberries and basil.  Spring is a great time to refresh and start anew.  While we “spring clean” our houses and revitalize our wardrobes, consider spring cleaning your diet!  Invite yourself to a fresh, raw salad. Minimize processed foods and enjoy your fruits and vegetables cooked simply, juiced or raw.  Beets lend well to simple preparations.  Try beets roasted in the oven with a dash of sea-salt or sliced thin and added to a light vinaigrette dressing or juiced raw with citrus for a boost of energy.  However you enjoy the light and refreshing tastes of spring, I hope you are inspired to nourish yourself in this time of renewal.

Be Well,
Jennifer Branham-Burns
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Beets, Green Garlic, Broccoli, Yellow Onions, Chard.
Make Your Own Pizza!

One of my favorite family meals growing up was when dad bought Baboli bread and all us kids added our own topping to make individual pizzas.
While there are many pre-made pizza crusts available and even some ready-to-bake dough available in the freezer section, I would like to share the Food Network’s Recipe for pizza dough that you can easily and inexpensively make on your own.  With this dough, you can add your own toppings like Alfredo sauce, marinara sauce, pesto, shaved green garlic with asparagus!  If you make your own pizza for your family, hit reply and share your favorite toppings!
Juice Boxes
Beets, Ginger, Navel Oranges, Mayer Lemons, Celery, Spinach, Chard, Ginger.

Beets!  A little goes a long way.
I can roast an entire bunch of beets and eat it all in one sitting.  I can steam them under pressure then devour a bowl full with vinaigrette and call it a meal.  Juicing beetroot is a different story.  For me, I can only enjoy a small amount at a time.  I get an upset tummy when more than 1/2 of a beet is incorporated into my smoothie or juice blend.  The amount of energy beets give me can be unsettling as well.  If you are new to juicing or experience similar effects from beets, I suggest the following:
1.  Remove the tops from your beets and store the roots and tops in a bag or sealed container and juice one beet a day. Use the tops in smoothies or juice separately.
2.  Juice the entire bunch, tops included, then freeze the juice in an ice-cube tray. Add the cubes, one at a time to your juice blend or smoothies.
3.  Add beet juice to vegetables that are low in sugar like celery, chard or cucumber.  If you do blend with fruit, drink no more than 4 to 6 ounces.  Beets are wonderful for you!  They blend well with ginger, celery, carrots, apples, pears, citrus and greens.  Just remember, a little goes a long way.
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