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Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
September 6, 2016 

Dear Members, 

    This Friday, September 9th, we are hosting a “Purple Potluck Party”.  During this party, we will meet under the oak tree and enjoy a feast inspired by purple food.  Purple sweet potatoes, chocolate beetroot cake, purple cauliflower casserole.  Get creative and join us from 4:00 to 7:00 at the farm.  
    One of the many benefits of being a member of Laguna Farm is that you get to enjoy corn the day it is picked.  So sweet and tender, you barely have to cook it. Look in the recipe section on ideas to eat it fresh and raw. “Farmer style” corn is the best!  Also know that your potatoes were pulled out of the ground just yesterday.  Juicy and fresh, you will want to eat them soon, as you won’t want to miss out on their freshness.  
     When we eat fresh food that is “in season” we find that the taste, texture and flavor are already in the fruit and vegetable.  Over-processing, seasoning, cooking and the like are often ways to work around vegetables that are not fresh.  Ever find yourself sugaring your strawberries?  You don’t need to if they are picked ripe.  Find yourself boiling, buttering and salting your corn?  If you consume it the day it is picked, you can enjoy it fresh and raw off the cob.  Try it!  No recipe needed. 
    
Eat well,
Jennifer Branham-Burns
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Beets, Fennel, Green Beans, Fresh Corn and Tomatoes!
Fresh – Raw – Corn
Summer brings us corn so sweet and fresh, you don’t even have to cook it.  Farmers know that the best snack is an ear of corn right off the stalk.  If you would like to incorporate your corn into a recipe, consider making it into a salad.  Raw corn cut off the cob, fresh sliced tomatoes, diced cucumber and chopped cilantro combined with a squeeze of lime and a dash of salt makes a healthy salad that everyone will enjoy.
If you do want to cook your corn, or find yourself eating it well after harvest,  the following method is fail-proof.  Just before cooking, husk the corn and pull off the silky threads. Drop the corn into a large pot filled with boiling salted water. Cover the pot and let the water return to a boil again, then turn off the heat and keep the pot covered. After about 5 minutes, remove enough ears for a first serving. You can keep the remaining corn warm in the water for another 10 minutes without its becoming tough. 
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, Beets, Carrots, Apples, Pears, Berries, Cilantro

Asian pears and apples
Asian Pears and Apples


Juice your apples, blend your pears!

Juice boxes are abundant with late summer fruit. To get the most of your produce remember to juice the fruits and veggies that are firmer.  For example, a crisp apple should be juiced while a ripe pear should be blended.  Strawberries and cilantro should be blended and carrots and beets should be juiced.  Exceptions to this rule abound, but it is a good standard to adhere to if you are questioning whether you should juice or blend. and blend your pears.  

 

Upcoming September events!

Please check out our event calendar to see our whole year of upcoming events.
September:  Special bulk pricing on Tomatoes!
September 9th, Purple Potluck Party.  4:00
September 24th Weekend Along The Farm Trails. Farm tour and demonstrations.
Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com


Laguna Farm | 1764 Cooper Road | Sebastopol, | CA | 95472