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Laguna Farm Newsletter
Laguna Farm News and Recipes

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
June 21, 2016
Dear Members,
Thinking that many of you might be interested to see the growing fields at the farm, I took a long walk to gather images to share.
Laguna Farm fields and tractor
Sweet corn transplanted just after the soil is prepared.
Laguna Farm sweet corn
Sweet corn being irrigated before the heat of the day.
Laguna Farm green tomatoes.
Green tomatoes, ready to ripen.
Laguna Farm raspberries_
The first of the raspberries.

 

Laguna Farm Rainbow of Greens
A rainbow of broccoli, kale and green beans grow before a fallow field,
treeline and bright blue sky at Laguna Farm.
I hope you enjoyed this picture tour of Laguna Farm.  Our fields are always open for you to come and explore. Our next guided tour will be at 2:00 on Thursday, July 7th.
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Cucumber, Zucchini, Carrots, Super-fresh Potatoes, Garlic, Turnips, Radish or Green Beans.
 
Campfire Pocket Stew

Pocket Stew
Photo from campingwithgus.com
Some of the best-tasting campground meals are also the most simple.  While many of us head out to the campgrounds this summer, I would like to share a family favorite:Campfire Pocket Stew.
The possibilities are endless and everyone can make their own “pocket” so they can have a custom meal.
To start, select from a variety of your favorite foods. Small or thin-sliced potatoes, green beans, chicken tenders, fish, and thin chops also work well.  
The individual pockets can be assembled at home, labeled with a sharpie and transported in a cooler. At the campsite, they can be tossed onto campfire coals or cooked on a grill.
Here are some suggested ingredients for pocket stew.

Lean ground beef, tempe, chicken or fish.

Portabella, shiitake or button mushrooms, sliced.

Onions, leeks, garlic or shallots cubed.

Carrots, beets, turnips, radishes, potatoes, sliced.

Green beans, cabbage, kale, zucchini.

Choice of seasonings:  salt, pepper, garlic, Italian seasoning.

1-Tb. oil

 Supplies:

Heavy-duty aluminum foil.

Tongs or heat-resistant gloves

Using the heavy-duty aluminum foil make a 12″x14″ piece of foil for each pocket. Place the foil with the reflective side facing up and lightly oil the center. Place the meat in the center of the rectangle of foil. Add seasonings. Top with vegetables.
Bring the long side up over the food and fold them together. Repeat the fold. Make a double fold on each end of the pocket. Put your name on the foil.  Refrigerate until ready to pack the cooler.  At camp, place the pockets onto a bed of hot coals. Tongs or heat-resistant gloves are helpful. Cook for 10 minutes and flip over for 6-10 minutes more. Remove and allow them to cool for a couple of minutes. Open carefully, hot steam will escape.
Note:  If you are at all concerned about any of the ingredients not cooking thoroughly, consider cooking them ahead of time and assembling at camp and heating over the fire. If you take this option, add a few tablespoons of broth to the stew after assembly and before cooking.
Juice Boxes
Cucumber, Kale, Carrots (2 bunches), Ginger, Limes, Mint, Strawberries!

 

Cucumber_ lime_ mint aqua fresca
Photo from Simply Recipes
Cucumber, lime, mint aqua fresca!

This week’s Juice Box was inspired by the coming heat and the desire to enjoy aqua fresca!

This recipe is adapted from the one I found on the Simply Recipes Website.  I only adapted it by substituting the sugar for dates.

1 lb of cucumbers coarsely chopped.  Keep the peel!

1/2 cup lime juice from fresh limes.

1 1/4 cup mint leaves – woody stems removed.

3 pitted dates

Approximately 1 1/4 cup of water

Method

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Place a fine mesh sieve over a bowl and pour the purée through it, pressing against the sieve with a rubber spatula.  Try to drain as much liquid as possible.  Pour over glass filled with ice and garnish with a mint sprig and fresh lime wedges.
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