Happenings on the farm!


Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
November 22, 2016 
Dear Members,

Remember, CSA boxes scheduled for Thursday will be made and delivered on Wednesday this week.

    Our walk-in cooler will be unlocked until Saturday night, so feel free to come and get your CSA produce at your convenience. Our farmstand will be closed on Thursday and Friday. 

    So many members worked with us to make alternative arrangements outside of canceling their CSA box during the holiday. Several of you came early to pick it up, others are coming as late as Monday, while much more donated their produce to the Ceres Project or Food For Thought. In combination with the extra produce boxes we sold to those who wanted to double up, this has been a financially abundant holiday.

     While I was working with the barn staff putting together produce boxes today, I wondered how many bellies this produce would fill in the coming days. How many tables it would be served at and how many stories and memories it would be a part of. Would the pumpkin become pie or bread or cookies or a centerpiece? Would the potatoes join the carrots roasted on a platter? How many ways will the salad be embellished? We send this food out into our community with a blessing for peace, joy, and fond memories.

Eat well,

Jennifer Branham-Burns
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, carrots, potatoes, yellow onions, cabbage, sugar pie pumpkin.

Pumpkin puree is the first step in many pumpkin recipes.  Here are a few tips to make it easier.

1.  If you find it difficult to cut the fresh pumpkin, consider roasting it whole. Cool, then cut and scoop out the seeds.

2.  Cut a slice off the top half of the pumpkin to stabilize it.  Now you can cut the pumpkin easily.

3.  Roast the cut and seeded pumpkin on a parchment lined pan at 400′ for 35 to 40 minutes.  Once fork-tender, let cool before scooping the flesh out of the shell.

4.  Roast several pumpkins at one time then freeze 2 cups of pumpkin puree in a zip-lock bag.  Most pumpkin recipes require 2 cups of pumpkin. 

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 (2 bunches), celery, apples, tangerines, kale and ginger. 
Warm up with ginger over the holiday.  Ginger is a warming spice that blends well with apples, citrus and carrots.  Ginger helps with upset tummy, so if you find you have eaten too much, consider calling on ginger to help with digestion. A little goes a very long way, so take it easy and just juice a nub at a time.  
Ginger-lemon tea is a favorite cold remedy.  simply simmer a few slices of ginger in the juice of one lemon and 1 cup of water.  Cool and add honey to taste.  Ginger-tangerine juice invites you to juice your best mobile casinos tangerines along with one or two carrots.  Add a nub of ginger and either drink at room temperature or slightly warm.  Warming juices are best at room temperature or slightly warm and cooling juices (like cucumber, melon, fennel and cilantro) are best cool or over ice.
I hope you enjoy combining the warming fruits and vegetables in your juicing box.
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