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Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm News and Recipes

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
December 12, 2016
Dear Members,

Laguna Farm will be closed the week of December 19th. We will not make or deliver CSA boxes on December 20th or 22nd.

We will be open during the week leading up to the new year, so remember to come to the farm, gather up your fresh produce and start your year in good health.

I am still looking for a few more volunteers to serve on an advisory board I am calling the “Kitchen Cabinet” as well as folks to join us during our
Day of Action. If you are interested in either one of these opportunities, hit reply (if you have not already) and let me tell you more details.

While I look forward to our winter break, I will sincerely miss serving our community.  Every week when the CSA boxes are assembled and the farm stand is set up, I think of the many bellies that will be nourished. The “know your farmer” movement goes both ways.  Nacho and I genuinely value the relationships we have with each and everyone of you. Please believe me when I say it is a pleasure being your farmer.
Eat well,

Jennifer Branham-Burns

Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, carrots, beets, broccoli, butternut squash, tangerines, onions.
 
Pickled beets
Martha Stewart_s Pickled Beets

Quick Pickled Beets

Grab another bunch of beets to have enough for this recipe, or simply cut the amounts in half.  Pickled beets are a wonderful topping for your salad or alone as a side dish.  This recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart.  

6 medium red beets scrubbed and sliced to 1/2 inch rounds.

Coarse salt

1/3 cup cider vinegar

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1/3 cup olive oil

Place beets in a large pot, and cover with cold water by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat; add 2 teaspoons salt. Reduce heat slightly to maintain a rolling boil. Cook until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain, and let cool slightly. Pack in a pint mason jar. Whisk together vinegar, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, and the pepper in a small bowl. Add oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking until emulsified. Pour vinaigrette over beets, and shake to coat.  Serve immediately or let set in the refrigerator and enjoy cool over salad.

Rosemary and butternut squash pair beautifully together.  My go-to recipe stands at roasted butternut squash with rosemary.  Simply peel your butternut with a potato peeler, cut in half at the center then lengthwise so you have 4 pieces.  Scoop out the seeds before cutting in 2 inch cubes.  Place in a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil.  Toss to coat.  Finely chop 2 sprigs of rosemary and sprinkle over the top along with a dash of salt. Roast in the oven uncovered at 400′ for 15 minutes.  Toss with a spatula then roast up to 15 minutes more or until cooked through.

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, beets, celery, tangerines, apples, oranges and chard.
carrot_ apple and celery
Now that cucumber season is totally finished, I am using celery as the green base to my juice. Often we forget to hydrate in the winter.  Because we sweat less and it is cold out, we tend to drink less as a result.  It is still important to stay hydrated as the cold, crisp air outside combined with the dry heat produced by our furnaces inside can really dehydrate us quickly.  Celery juice
contains high levels of natural sodium and potassium electrolytes that will help replenish you this winter season.
Celery, apple, carrot juice 
This week we are putting carrots in your box that are small, sweet and tender. Juice 1/2 bunch of carrots with one apple and three sprigs of celery.  Oranges and tangerines blend well with this mixture, so if you want added vitamin C, consider either or both.
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