What’s In The Box? October 11-17

OCTOBER 11-17

Fall Color
Much like autumn leaves bursting in brilliant shades of orange, scarlet and yellow, our gardens continue to grace us with colorful new produce, from peppery arugula greens and purple carrots to Sungold cherry tomatoes and sweet yellow onions. Celebrate this beautiful bounty alongside semolina pasta and locally-sourced smoked salmon, plus rustic Italian bread, farm-fresh eggs and our signature fruit crisp topping to take advantage of this week’s selection of Bella Luna apples and pears.

Here’s what you’ll find in your box this week:

Rustichella d’Abruzzo Imported Bucatini Pasta

Imported from Italy, this spaghetti-like durum wheat semolina pasta has a hole running through the center—hence the name bucatini, which comes from the Italian buco, meaning “hole”, while bucato means “pierced”.

Lummi Island Smoked Salmon

Tender and perfectly flaky, this top-quality, reef net-caught Keta salmon is hot smoked over alder coals and kissed with just the right amount of seasoning.

Italian Rustica Bread

Baked just for us at a small bakery in Snohomish, this airy, rustic loaf makes for great oven-crisp crostini—just brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and rub with a fresh-cut clove of garlic before toasting.

Domaine de Couron Marselan

Rich and intense, this beautiful red wine is crafted by a family-run estate that lies in the tiny hamlet of Saint Marcel d’Ardeche in France. Flavors of black currants and wild herbs are nicely balanced by a medium-bodied mouthfeel on the palate.

Crème Fraîche

Crafted in our farmstead creamery from pasteurized organic sweet cream, our rich and silky crème fraîche adds a beautiful finishing touch to salad dressings, or to a fresh fall fruit crisp.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Our small flock of heritage breed laying hens gives us fresh eggs in beautiful shades of brown and green. With the shorter days of fall, the girls are up with the sun to roam the outdoors where they still enjoy the pleasant afternoons.

Fruit Crisp Topping

Our signature fruit crisp topping is crafted from organic cane sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and sweet butter. Wonderful paired with the apples and pears from your box, it also tops coffee cake with aplomb!

Seasonal Fruit

A beautiful sampling of ripe fall apples and pears from the Bella Luna orchards.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Peppery arugula greens.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes sweet yellow onions, Sungold cherry tomatoes, Treviso radicchio, purple carrots, Piricicaba broccoli.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme.

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What’s In The Box? October 4-10

Season to Season
Swinging from gray and drippy to sunny, the recent weather has us—and the gardens—towing the line between summer and fall. Luckily, that mercurial forecast also means that we are currently enjoying produce from both seasons as summery favorites like heirloom tomatoes, colorful mixed salad greens and Genovese basil continue to delight in this week’s lineup alongside a comforting soup handcrafted from wild mushrooms, herbs and our own chicken stock. Also included: Gruyère cheese bread, Chanterelle mushrooms and a Honeycrisp apple cider from Sauk Farm so you can toast to whatever season is at hand today.

Here’s what you’ll find in your box this week:

Wild Mushroom Soup

Earthy and inviting, this soul-soothing soup is slow-simmered in the farmhouse kitchen and crafted from a combination of wild mushrooms, fragrant herbs, shallots and our homemade chicken stock, plus a splash of white wine and a touch of cream. Serve warm with a sprinkling of fresh thyme!

Chanterelle Mushrooms

With a firm texture and light, delicate flavor, locally foraged Chanterelle mushrooms shine in a variety of dishes, lending earthy appeal to dishes like pastas, risottos and soups. Or, try tossing them in with your favorite roasted vegetable.

Gruyère Cheese Bread

Made in nearby Snohomish by our favorite bakery, this freshly-baked loaf balances sweet, nutty Gruyère cheese with a light, crisp crust. Absolutely delicious toasted or re-warmed in the oven—just sprinkle with a few drops of water and bake at 350° for about 15 minutes.

La Confrérie de Oisly et Thésée 2017 Les Gourmets Sauvignon Blanc

Hailing from the Loire Valley, this French Sauvignon Blanc features a tangy acidity, crisp texture and a seductive fragrance with notes of citrus fruits, peppers, flowers, herbs and apples.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Our small flock of heritage breed laying hens gives us fresh eggs in beautiful shades of brown and green. With the shorter days of fall, the girls are up with the sun to roam the outdoors where they still enjoy the warm afternoons.

Sauk Farm Honeycrisp Apple Cider

Crafted from cold-pressed Honeycrisp apples grown on Sauk Farm in Concrete, Washington, this refreshing cider is delicious served crisp and cold all on its own, or is mixed into your next cocktail.

Girl Meets Dirt Orcas Pear with Bay Preserves

Picked at the height of ripeness, these locally cultivated pears cook beautifully into a rosy preserve that also boasts notes of ginger from garden-grown bay leaves. This versatile spread from Orcas Island-based Girl Meets Dirt is a gorgeous topping to pannacotta and cheesecake, and adds a sweet, lightly herbal note to cheese pairings.

Seasonal Fruit

A beautiful assortment of European and Asian pears.

Seasonal Organic Greens

A colorful mix of salad greens!

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes sweet onions, Ozette fingerling potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, golden beets, fennel, Hakurei turnips and Piricicaba broccoli.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Thyme, parsley, sage, shallots and Genovese basil.

What’s In The Box? September 27-October 3

Autumn Brunch
Rise and shine, it’s breakfast time! Gather round the table this weekend with a hearty and satisfying brunch starring fresh, hot-from-the-oven cream biscuits topped with our signature sausage gravy. Complemented by breakfast-ready ingredients such as seasonal pumpkin loaf, cinnamon-raisin bread and farm-fresh eggs, this week’s box also includes turnips, peppers, tomatoes and Chanterelle mushrooms—pour yourself a cup of joe and get cookin’.

Here’s what you’ll find in your box this week:

Farm & Larder Sausage Gravy

Crafted in our farmhouse kitchen from all-natural Skagit River Ranch sausage, plus fresh herbs, onions and sweet milk, our signature sausage gravy makes for a very satisfying start to the day—serve over our warm cream biscuits and dig in!

Cream Biscuit Mix

Just add cream! Made from organic flour, sugar and butter, plus aluminum-free baking powder and a dash of sea salt, our savory housemade biscuit mix bakes up light and fluffy. Top hot-from-the-oven biscuits with a slathering of jam or this week’s signature sausage gravy.

Fresh Cinnamon-Raisin Bread

Made with natural starter, cinnamon and moist, chewy Flame raisins, this freshly-baked loaf is from our favorite bakery in nearby Snohomish.

Glazed Pumpkin Spice Loaf

A true taste of the season, this fragrant pumpkin loaf makes for a great addition to this week’s brunch fare.

Finnriver Lavender Black Currant Botanical Cider

Gorgeous served chilled, this semi-sweet cider from popular Olympic Peninsula cider house Finnriver evokes summer’s bounty, crafted with local, organic Royal Velvet lavender and fermented cider made from organic juice pressed from Washington apples.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Our small flock of heritage breed laying hens gives us fresh eggs in beautiful shades of brown and green. With shorter days that signal the coming of fall, the girls are up with the sun to roam the outdoors where they still enjoy the warm afternoons.

Chanterelle Mushrooms

With a firm texture and light, delicate flavor, locally foraged Chanterelle mushrooms shine in a variety of dishes, lending earthy appeal to dishes like pastas, risottos and soups. Or, try tossing sautéed ones into a scramble or frittata!

Seasonal Fruit

Ripe and aromatic Asian pears.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Iron-rich spinach greens and Truchas mini red Romaine.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes sweet corn, purple and ivory Bell peppers, heirloom tomatoes, Hakurei turnips, golden beets, purple carrots, leeks, and Sungold cherry tomatoes.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Parsley, basil, mint, rosemary and sage.

What’s In The Box? September 20-26

Summer into Fall
Though September has brought with it cooler temperature, falling leaves and other signs that fall is just around the corner, here at Bella Luna and the other nearby farms we are continuing to enjoy a bounty of late-summer crops—from bicolor corn and heirloom tomatoes to green beans and English cucumbers. Thus, break out the grill for one last cookout this week with a lineup starring our house-blend dry grill rub, organic bratwurst sausages and locally-made BBQ sauce—plus blueberry jam, Pomodoro bread and all the ingredients for an apple crisp to top off the meal.

Here’s what you’ll find in your box this week:

Skagit River Ranch Bratwurst

The pampered pigs raised on this farm in Sedro-Woolley roam outdoors in certified organic pastureland to root, dig, and cavort, thriving on a diet of flaxseed, corn and wheat. This week, enjoy the all-natural pork in the ranch’s perfectly-spiced bratwurst.

Leon’s Small Batch Mild BBQ & Dippin’ Sauce

This locally-made BBQ sauce is crafted from a treasured family recipe, utilizing natural ingredients and spices to achieve its signature smoky flavor and sweet twang. Wonderful served as a condiment or atop pulled pork, smoked chicken, burgers or brats, the gluten-free sauce also makes a great marinade.

House-Blend Dry Grill Rub

Made with a mixture of savory spices including garlic, thyme and smoked sea salt, our house-blend is excellent rubbed on chicken, beef, fish and even seasonal vegetables—think peppers, onions or corn!

Pomodoro Loaf

Flecked with flavorful sun-dried tomatoes and herbs, plus a hint of sea salt, this savory loaf is baked just for us by our favorite bakery in Snohomish.

Caves de Cerca Fâmega Vinho Verde

This young Portuguese wine is made from a beautiful blend of 50% Arinto, 30% Loureiro and 20% Trajadura grapes grown in the magnificent valleys of Tâmega and Douro, which are protected by the Marão and Alvão mountains. Balanced and incredibly versatile in its pairings, the finished wine boasts delicate minerality and fresh fruit aroma.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Our small flock of heritage breed laying hens gives us fresh eggs in beautiful shades of brown and green. With shorter days that signal the coming of fall, the girls are up with the sun to roam the outdoors where they still enjoy the warm afternoons.

Blueberry Jam

Our housemade jam is crafted from juicy Northwest blueberries hand-picked each morning during peak season. To preserve the wonderful fresh flavor and color, we make this jam with blueberries, organic cane sugar, fresh-squeezed lemon juice and pectin.

Fruit Crisp Topping

Our signature fruit crisp topping is crafted from organic cane sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and sweet butter. Wonderful paired with the apples from your box, it also tops coffee cake with aplomb!

Seasonal Fruit

Honeycrisp apples from Cloud Mountain Farm in Everson.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Little Gem mini green Romaine and Chioggia radicchio.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes bicolor sweet corn, sweet Bullhorn peppers, fingerling potatoes, sweet onions, green beans, English cucumbers, heirloom tomatoes, Pink Beauty radishes, golden beets and Piracicaba sprouting broccoli.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Parsley, thyme, rosemary and sage.

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