Happenings on the Farm!

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Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
March 29, 2016
Dear Members,

Recently I have been talking with the good folks that run our area health centers. With diabetes on the rise and the strong link between healthy eating and good health, it is no wonder our health centers are reaching out to local farms while sourcing ingredients for their wellness classes.  Along with The 7 Minute Workout, among other lessons, they are teaching cooking classes that incorporate local and fresh produce into culturally significant meals.  Laguna Farm is happy to work with our area health centers and hope to continue to broaden our reach throughout the community.

laguna kids
This brings me to want to thank all the adults that are bringing little ones to the farm.  I have seen toddlers un-boxing their CSA with such delight.  I love seeing preschoolers retrieve a blue basket and and fill it with all things healthy and fresh.  Even teenagers, begging for kale and parsnips brightened up the darkest winter afternoon.  It is during these younger years that we develop our taste for food.  By encouraging healthy eating, perhaps the conditions the local health centers are trying to prevent will be a diminished threat to the next generation.
Be Well,
Jennifer Branham-Burns
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Saute’ Mix, Navel Oranges, Celery, Parsley or Leeks, Potatoes, Yellow Onions.
 
Parsley, a Super Food!
parsley with quinoa
Quinoa and parsley salad is a simple and filling side dish or meal.
Bring 1 cup water and 1/2 cup well rinsed quinoa to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Spoon into a bowl; fluff with a fork. Add 3/4 cup parsley, 1/2 cup sliced celery, 1/2 cup thinly sliced onions, and 1/2 cup chopped apricots.
Whisk 3 T. lemon juice, 1 T. olive oil, 1 T honey, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Add to quinoa mixture, and toss well. Top with 1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds.
This recipe from Cooking Light uses a good amount of parsley making it a SUPER FOOD!
Juice Boxes
Beets, Navel Oranges, Parsley, Apples, Celery, Baby Greens, Kiwi.

celery apple juice
Parsley Green Juice 
Juice through a juicer, in this order: 1/2 bunch parsley, 5 ribs celery, and 2 apples.  The parsley will create a thick dark green juice that somewhat coagulates.  The celery provides light juice that is somewhat salty and the apples ofcourse will lend sweetness to the mix.  Stir well and pour over ice or enjoy at room temperature.
Juicing your greens:  I usually suggest blending greens rather than running them through a juicer.  Parsley is an exception.  I suggest juicing it.  It gives a small amount of juice, but mixes and tastes great.
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