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Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
April 26, 2016
Dear Members,
Come out to the farm!  On Thursday, April 28th join us with Jill Nussinow “The Veggie Queen” as she teaches us how to cook with a pressure cooker.  (See below)  Also, this Saturday I will be hosting tours and juicing up a storm at the Farm Trails event titled “Blossoms, Bees and Barnyard Babies”.

Currently we are receiving a huge shipment of compost that will be incorporated into the lower fields now that we are ready for spring planting. The compost is afforded through a grant from the Natural Resource Conservation Service.  For those of you who often ask about Scott Mathieson and his involvement in farm activities, I can say that he has been instrumental in helping us appropriately spend the money in a way that will maximize soil fertility.  His ongoing mentorship has been invaluable and Nacho and I are most grateful for his advise and participation.
Be well,
Jennifer Branham-Burns
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Cauliflower, Celery on Tuesday – Turnips on Thursday, Cilantro, Basil, Kale, Spinach
 

Pesto with friends!

kale - basil pesto
Your CSA produce box is begging you to make pesto. The first bunch of basil is inspiring to say the least. Here are a few ways to combine basil with other ingredients (some from your CSA box) to make a unique pesto that extends your basil and adds other flavors and nutrients.
Kale- Basil Pesto:  Most recipes call for 2 parts fresh kale to 1 part fresh basil. Blend with olive oil, garlic and Parmesan cheese.  Once blended pulse in toasted walnuts.  Try this recipe from Epicurious.
Cilantro- Basil Pesto: Blend the following ingredients in a blender or food processor.  ½ cup fresh basil, 1 cup fresh cilantro, ½ cup raw and unsalted cashews, ¼ to ½ teaspoon fresh ginger, ½ cup olive oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 large garlic clove, ½ teaspoon lemon juice, fresh cracked pepper (optional).
Spinach – Basil Pesto: Blend 1 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves, 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, 3/4 cup fresh basil leaves, 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 2 cloves garlic, peeled and quartered, 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest.
I hope you enjoy these ideas on how to incorporate other greens into the blender along with your basil to make a unique and creative pesto!
Juice Boxes
Spinach, Kale, Cilantro, Beets, Strawberries, Oranges, Celery.

 

strawberry smoothie
Three Ingredient Strawberry Smoothie
Let’s just keep it simple and enjoy a sweet and creamy strawberry smoothie.
Ingredients:  1 basket strawberries – frozen, 1 orange peeled – seeds removed, 1 cup of your choice of milk (soy, almond, cow, rice, hemp).
Blend all ingredients in a blender and enjoy.
**Strawberry tip:  You do not need to remove the green tops on your strawberries before freezing.  I often freeze a whole flat of strawberries in the summer and removing the tops can be tedious and is unnecessary.  Simply freeze the whole berry and pop the fruit, greens and all, into the blender and whirl it into your smoothie.
Jill_ The Veggie Queen
The Veggie Queen comes to Laguna Farm
On Thursday, April 28th at 2:00 Jill Nussinow – The Veggie Queen, will teach us how to make meals using a pressure cooker.  Come and invite your friends to this FREE event in the Laguna Farm Barn.  Samples to taste, recipes to buy and signed copies of Jill’s newest book will be on hand.  
Come join us for this wonderful educational experience.
Blossoms Bees and Barnyard Babies

Laguna Farm is hosting Farm Trail’s annual event “Blossoms, Bees and

tour
Barnyard Babies” on Saturday April 30, 2016.  Come out to the farm for a guided farm tour at Noon and 2pm. Enjoy a picnic under our shady oak tree. Free juicing and veggie samples throughout the day. Shop the farm stand for produce, CSA boxes & local artisan goods. Bring a friend!  Open to the public and FREE!  More details at FarmTrails.com

 

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