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Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
June 14, 2016
Dear Members,

Last week, a friend and I went to Seed to Leaf Organics a vegan restaurant in Santa Rosa that features raw food.  The menu was full of fresh, farm-to-table menu items that re-inspired my goal of incorporating more raw foods into my diet.  I learned about bliss bowls and copied down a new smoothie recipe. Since my dinner, I have made zucchini noodles with pesto and a raw lasagna. I know that eating raw and vegan is certainly not something I want to do for every meal, but incorporating more fresh fruits and veggies into my diet via delicious recipes is certainly something I want to do more often.  In honor of the first sungold tomato harvest, I present to you a fully raw newsletter.  Enjoy!

Laguna Farm Zucchini Noodles
Zucchini noodles
Once again, I acknowledge that this is vacation time for many of our CSA members.  If you call to put your CSA on hold, we routinely ask if you are willing to donate it to Food for Thought or The Ceres Project.  By considering your CSA as an ongoing commitment, the farm does not experience a dip in revenue while members go on vacation. Remember, supporting local and sustainable agriculture affords you an array of benefits beyond your weekly produce.
Be well,
Jennifer Branham-Burns
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Cucumber, Zucchini, Beets, Super-fresh Potatoes, Kale and Onions.
 
Raw Lasagna

Jennifer_s Raw Lasagna
This is the lasagna I made over the weekend
Perfect for summer, this raw lasagna can be the the main course or a side dish.  It is very adaptable so feel free to blend your favorite greens into a pesto and your favorite herbs into the marinara sauce. 1 hour before making your lasagna, I suggest mandolin slicing 2 to 3 zucchini and setting them in a towel to absorb excess moisture.  Soak 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in warm water.  Soak 1 cup raw cashews in warm water.  Once the hour has passed:
1.  Blend a pesto with your favorite greens and a dash of lemon. Consider basil, parsley, arugula, chard and kale.
2.  Make a magnificent marinara by blending sun-dried tomatoes with 1/2 basket of sungold cherry tomatoes, 1 clove garlic, 1 pitted date, a few sprigs of parsley and basil.
4.  Create a cashew cream by draining cashews and blending them with 1 clove of garlic.
Finally layer a lasagna by covering a 9×9 pan with layers of zucchini, pesto, zucchini, marinara, zucchini, cashew cream and so forth.  I added torn basil and sliced tomatoes into the layers.  Refrigerate 1 hour before serving, but serve on the same day it is made.  If you notice excess moisture accumulating, simply absorb it with a paper towel or drain it off.
Juice Boxes
Cucumber, Kale, Beets, Strawberries, Carrots, Nectarines, Ginger.

 

Acai bowls without acai… 
Localize it!
I have been hearing about acia bowls for a while, but have stuck to slurping down my smoothie disregarding the hype.  Why? For one, the acai berry is not local to our region.  Rather than abandon the idea all together, I adapted the recipe to reflect our region’s abundantly available fruits and veggies and came up with several acai bowls without acai!
Like smoothies, acia bowls can be made with a variety of fruits and vegetables.  It is a very thick smoothie that is served in a bowl topped with goodies and eaten with a spoon.  
Acai bowl without acai #1. frozen strawberries, kale, almond milk, avocado, frozen peaches.  Top with granola, chia seeds and sliced fresh strawberries.
Acai bowl without acai #2.  frozen blackberries, frozen nectarines, avocado, orange juice, kale. Top with granola, sliced fresh strawberries, blackberries and sunflower seeds.
Acai bowl without acai #3. frozen bananas (yes, I know they are not local), frozen strawberries, frozen blackberries, almond milk.  Top with peanut butter, chopped walnuts, fresh banana slices and honey.
Acai bowl without acai #4. frozen nectarines, frozen peaches, a dash of ginger juice, carrot juice or puree, orange juice.  Top with walnuts, honey, crystallized ginger and chia seeds.
The aim of the Acai bowl, or mana bowl or smoothie bowl (I am learning all the names) is to create a very thick smoothie, put it in a beautiful bowl, creatively and artfully top it with nuts, seeds, fruit and granola.  Sit down and eat it with a spoon.  Slowly.  I encourage you to look into the many possibilities.
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