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Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm News and Recipes

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
September 27, 2016
Dear Members,
     Wow, what a heat wave we are having!  Here are a few ways to beat the heat:
1.  Avoid cooking.  Broccoli, carrots, cucumber, and even your summer squash can be eaten raw.
Cookie and Kate share how to make raw
 
ribboned squash tossed with feta, pine nuts and a lemon vinaigrette.
 
 
2.  Drink lots of fluids before you are thirsty!  To make hydration more appealing, consider cucumber water or fruit infused water.
 
3.  Slow down.  Take it easy and enjoy these last few warm days before the coming winter.  In just a few short weeks, the night will be much longer and the days cooler.   
Eat well,
Jennifer Branham-Burns
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Asian Pears, Carrots, Broccoli, Cucumber, Zucchini, Patty Pan Squash!
Fermented Carrots  
Fermented carrots are a great introduction to fermentation.  They are easy to make, tasty to eat and oh so great for you.  Another benefit to fermenting carrots is they are natrually preserved in a way that actually makes them healthier for you!
This recipe and method is very plain.  Once fermented, you can add chili peppers, garlic or ginger to spice them up!

 

Ingredients:

1 quart water

1-3 Tbsp. sea salt

2-3 pounds carrots, cut into sticks

Instructions:

Dissolve salt in water.

Place the carrot sticks in the jar and pour the liquid over the carrots, leaving 1-2 inches headspace.

If necessary, weigh the carrots down under the brine to keep them submerged.

Cover the jar with a tight lid, airlock lid, or coffee filter secured with a rubber band.

Culture at room temperature (60-70°F is preferred) until desired flavor and texture are achieved. If using a tight lid, burp daily to release excess pressure.

Once the carrots are finished, put a tight lid on the jar and move to cold storage. The flavor will continue to develop as the carrots age.

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, Celery, Oranges, Strawberries.
Carrots are a great root to juice and Laguna Farm has beautiful carrots moving into the fall season.  “Can you juice the tops?” or “What do you do with the tops” is a common question.  In all honesty, I toss them to the rabbits if I am not making a soup stock.  I do however, juice and smoothie up about 2 inches of the tops as they are high in vitamin K.  The greens are bitter raw, and with so many delicious greens about, I personally only enjoy them cooked up in a stock with onions, celery and carrot root. What do YOU do with your carrot greens?  Hit reply and I will share your tips in next week’s newsletter.
Upcoming September and October events!
Please check out our event calendar to see our whole year of upcoming events.
October 4th and 6th
Winter Squash Days!  Tastings, demos and fun!
Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com