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Thank you for supporting local agriculture!

September 20, 2016 

Dear Members, 

    Produce boxes contain a pound of heirloom Italian shelling beans called Tongue of Fire.  These beans are best shelled, boiled for up 50 minutes and seasoned before adding to stew, soup, blended in a dip or incorporated into stir fry.  Plan on eating them in the next 5 days as fresh beans are quite special.  If you do want to dry them, I suggest shelling them before laying them out on a paper towel.  Once fully dry, they will last in the pantry for up to a year.
    Save The Date!  September 24th is Weekend Along The Farm Trails.  Laguna Farm will host tours, tastings, a Saturday farm stand and juicing demonstrations.  Please join us and other host farms and see how we grow.  
    
Eat well,
Jennifer Branham-Burns
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Turnips, Spring Onions, Cucumber, Fresh Corn, Shelling Beans!

Simple Shelling Beans
Ingredients:  
½ lb. fresh Tongue of Fire shelling beans
Water, enough to cover the beans by 1-2″ in the pot
1 garlic clove, crushed and peeled
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
1 bay leaf
Extra virgin olive oil, optional for drizzling






Method: 
Shell the ½ pound of beans and place the shelled beans in a small pot.
Cover the beans with enough water to cover by about 2 inches.
Add 1 crushed and peeled garlic clove and 1 bay leaf.
Bring the beans to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and simmer until tender.  (about 45 minutes).  Once fully cooked, add desired amount of salt and drain off any excess water that is left.  Plate your beans, and if you wish, drizzle with a little bit of high quality extra virgin olive oil.
These are great with a side of kale, brown rice or incorporated into a soup or stew.


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

Carrots, Spinach, Beets, Asian Pears, Cucumbers, Melon, Strawberries.

Sarah_s Choice Melon


I am so happy the melons have ripened on the farm.  I have already put up several in the freezer and have been incorporating them into my smoothies.  Melon helps make the smoothie sweet and thick and combines well with berries. For me, the best smoothies are made with frozen fruits and fresh greens.  
Melon, Barry, Green Smoothie
1 Cup Melon, cut and frozen
1/2 Basket Strawberries, frozen
1 cup orange juice
1 or 2 cups fresh spinach
Add all ingredients to a blender and process.
While I like frozen fruit in my smoothies, it is not necessary.  In fact, several people enjoy smoothies at room temperature.  If you like your smoothie cold, and have not frozen your fruit, consider adding a scoop of ice to the blender.
Upcoming September and October events!

Please check out our event calendar to see our whole year of upcoming events.
September:  Special bulk pricing on Tomatoes! (Limited Availability, call ahead)
September 24th Weekend Along The Farm Trails. Farm tour and demonstrations.
October 4th and 6th  Winter Squash Days!  Tastings, demos and fun!
Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com


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