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Laguna Farm Newsletter
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Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
July 19, 2016
Dear Members,
Laguna Farm has been getting some good press lately.  We were featured in an article from Sonoma West Times and News describing our Farmacy program at the Forestville Wellness Center.  I was one of the featured farmers in Community Alliance with Family Farmer’s new promotional video (see below) and lastly we are expecting a Press Democrat article about CSA farms to be published in the next few days.   We welcome the publicity, as a well written article about the farm is great advertising and helps us spread the word about what we have to offer.
A theme running through all the recent press is increasing public access to local produce while maintaining a viable business for farmers.  I wholeheartedly believe that local, organic, diverse agriculture can thrive in Sonoma County if our public continues to buy direct from the farm.  By returning the entire value of the crop to the farmer, we can continue to pay living wages.  Without this direct connection, we will continue to see a reduction in family owned farms in our area.  The good news is, when you support local agriculture, you get great food in return!
Speaking of great food, we have an abundance of basil, berries and tomatoes. If you would like to put up some jam or pesto, now is the peak time to order in bulk!  We are also offering bulk basil at $25.00 for a 5 pound bag. 20 pounds of tomatoes for $30.00, and a 12 pint flat of berries for $24.
Eat well,
Jennifer Branham-Burns
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Lemon and Japanese Cucumber or Zucchini, Chard, Yellow Onion, Turnips or Radish, Cauliflower and Tomatoes!

Honey Roasted Radishes and Butter Fried Turnips

White Doll Turnips
Often CSA members ask about the best way to enjoy turnips and radishes.  My answer usually surprises them.  Roast your radishes in the oven with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of salt.  Roast them?  YES!  They sweeten up beautifully.  For the turnips, I highly recommend pay frying them with high-quality butter until just caramelized.  Once slightly browned, add the greens (chopped) and a sprinkle of water to create steam.  Saute’ until the greens are tender before adding a squeeze of lemon.  Enjoy!
CSA trades and exchanges:  If you pick your produce up at the farm, you will see an exchange basket.  This basket is for you to swap produce on the exchange list.  Please limit your exchanges to what is available in the basket, and pay for the items you take out of the store. This way we ensure there is enough diverse produce in the store for everyone.  Thanks!
Juice Boxes
Cucumber, Carrots, Chard, Lemons, Strawberries, Apples, Fennel!
Recipe and Photo from Family Gone Healthy_
 
Carrot Strawberry Smoothie

1 cup almond milk (rice or cow would also work)

1 banana (frozen)

2 carrots

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 cup of ice

Blend together on high for 30 seconds or until smooth.
If you would like to turn your smoothie into a green smoothie, simply add leaves of kale, chard or spinach.

 

Family Gone Healthy features this smoothie along with several ideas on how to adapt and add to it.
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Laguna Farm | 1764 Cooper Road | Sebastopol, | CA | 95472