Happenings on the Farm!

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Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
April 5, 2016 
Dear Members, 
Well the pressure is ON this week, with the heat then coming rain.  It is “go time” here at Laguna Farm and with the greenhouse bursting with veggie starts, Nacho is preparing the fields for planting before this weekend’s predicted rains come. You see, nature is his farming partner and she keeps an unpredictable schedule.  The fields are just now drying out from the late winter floods.  If he can turn over the soil in time (meaning yesterday and today), the organic matter will quickly breakdown with the help of the coming rain.  What fields he doesn’t turn over will have to wait until the soil dries out enough. He is still in good spirits, having just harvested the first of the strawberries with pride. (Nacho likes beer, by the way.)
Black birds follow Nacho as he tilled the field last summer

Usually during this time of year I make my annual request for advance payments.  The farm makes huge purchases of soil, seed, compost and trees during the spring months.  We invest in added labor as well.  If you are in a position to pre-pay for your CSA boxes on a quarterly or bi-yearly schedule, this would really help us out.  I love that our farm charges members weekly as it makes CSA membership accessible to more people.  I also know that some folks are willing to pre-pay in advance.  No pressure, but if you would like to help the farm in this way, hit reply or give us a ring and we will make arrangements. 
Thank you so very much, and be well,
Jennifer Branham-Burns
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Kale, Navel Oranges, Celery, Green Garlic or Leeks, Sweet Potatoes, Cauliflower, Radishes or Turnips.

Kale
Bobby Flay_s Sauteed Kale
Bobby Flay’s Sauteed Kale.
The Food Network’s Bobby Flay presents a simple way to enjoy kale with a Sauteed Kale Recipe.  I have adapted it slightly to reflect the ingredients found in your CSA produce box.  
Heat 2T olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the bottom portions of your green garlic, sliced and cook until soft, but not colored. Raise heat to high, add 1/2 cup veggie stock or water and 1 bunch kale that has been rinsed and roughly chopped. Toss to combine. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove cover and continue to cook, stirring until all the liquid has evaporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add a dash of red wine or balsamic vinegar.

Juice Boxes
Navel Oranges, Kale, Apples, Celery, Spinach, Meyer Lemons, Ginger.


Lemon-Orange with Apple Green Smoothie 

1/2 large lemon, peeled

1 large orange, peeled

1 large apple, cored

2 cups or handfuls baby spinach (or other leafy green)

8 ounces of filtered of water

I suggest putting the liquid and soft fruit into the blender first.  While Tracy, the author of the recipe recommends adding the spinach last, I suggest adding your greens to the liquid slurry.  This way if you have a lower-powered blender, the greens will blend thoroughly.  Finally add the apple. This recipe was found at the Incredible Smoothies website.  I highly suggest looking through Tracy’s recipes as she has wonderful smoothie tips and interesting added ingredients that will enhance your juicing and blending experience.

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