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Laguna Farm Newsletter

Laguna Farm News and Recipes

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April 4, 2017
Dear Members,The month of April often brings many greens to your CSA box.  We have a new crop of chard and a bounty of spinach that is growing so tender and sweet during our mild, sunny days.  You will also find radishes and spring onions in abundance during this time of year.  Spring onions are tender fresh onions that are not cured and come bunched.  Soon basil will be harvested for your CSA boxes and fresh strawberries are soon to come.

     As always, during the spring months, I source from other farms to fill your CSA box.  Produce boxes are supplemented with citrus and celery from California while our juicing boxes contain Washington apples, California citrus and ginger from Hawaii. Please know that when your box contains produce from other farms, it is always organic and as local as possible.  We want you to get the full value of your CSA and I am happy to offer fruits and vegetables in your box that help diversify the offerings.
Be well,Jennifer Branham-Burns

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!
Produce Boxes
Salad, spinach, chard, radishes or spring onions and California tangerines and celery.
Juice Boxes:  
Spinach, beets, chard, apples from Washington, Hawaiian ginger, California tangerines and celery.
Laguna Farm Spinach
Red Kitten Spinach from Laguna Farm

     I love the versatility of farm-fresh spinach.  Baked, saute’d, raw, juiced or blended, spinach goes well with many things.  Please enjoy my top 5 ways to prepare the spinach in your CSA box.

1. Frittata.  A simple combination of eggs, milk, cheese, onions, mushrooms and fresh spinach.  Frittata celebrates the veggies of spring and the abundance of eggs and is easily adapted for your taste and produce on hand.

2.  Saute’d spinach.  Heat your choice of cooking fat, broth or water in a skillet.  Add 1/2 cup fresh onions and cook until tender.  Add as much spinach as you like to the pan and cook over medium heat.  Once wilted, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.  Consider adding chard to the pan along with your spinach.  Often greens cook down considerably, so a mix of chard and spinach will extend your greens to fill many bellies.

3.  Spinach salad.  You can use your fresh spinach to add to your salad greens or alone in a spinach salad.  Traditional spinach salads are often dressed with a citrus dressing.  I add hard boiled eggs and caramelized onions as toppings.  Some like bacon with their spinach salad.  The options are endless.

4.  Juiced spinach:  I can’t think of a fruit or vegetable that is not enhanced by the juice of spinach.  While juicing spinach yields very little juice, it is quite concentrated.  Consider juicing your spinach with carrots, apples, citrus and beets.

5.  Spinach green smoothie.  My personal favorite green to put in my smoothie is spinach.  So mild and tender, the spinach blends well into a smoothie of frozen berries, apples, yogurt, peanut butter and tangerines.  As I mentioned in the last newsletter, I have been making smoothies more of a meal.  By adding yogurt or milk and seeds and nuts, my smoothies have been higher in protein and lower in sugar.  Consider incorporating protein, fruit and vegetables into your smoothie and a great veggie candidate is spinach.

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