What’s In The Box? October 5-11

Season to Season
What a beautiful start to October! With crisp nights and sunny days, we are still enjoying the best of both summer and fall, with lingering late crops—like gorgeous Sungold cherry tomatoes—ripening right alongside the Tokyo Market turnips, red beets and more. This week, explore this unique convergence of seasons with fixings for a flavorful risotto topped with our handcrafted duxelles, plus farm-fresh eggs, Gruyère cheese bread and savory fig and grape preserves as well as a beautiful selection of produce.

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

Arborio Rice

This round-grain rice comes from the Po River Valley region of Italy and is named for the town of Arborio located in the heart of the region. When cooked with our flavorful chicken stock and a splash of white wine, it becomes creamy and starchy—a great accompaniment to any flavor combination, especially this week’s earthy duxelles crafted from fresh fall mushrooms.

Housemade Duxelles

Try pairing this week’s risotto with our housemade duxelles—a finely chopped mixture of fresh mushrooms, shallots and herbs sautéed in butter and wine.

Housemade Chicken Stock

Made from roasted Bella Luna chickens, this flavorful stock is simmered slowly for hours with carrots, onions, parsley and celery and seasoned with a dash of sea salt.

Cims de Montsant Garnatxa Carinyena 2010

Made from a beautiful blend of 65% Granacha and 35% Carinena grapes, this medium-bodied Spanish red blend is aged in French barrels for five months and features notes of mulberry and dark plum.

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.

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. Bedtime is coming much earlier now, as we see them heading into their house to roost as the sun is going down.

Grana-Style Cheese

Our hard Grana-style cheese is crafted from part-skim cow’s milk to allow for an extra-long aging of 36 months or more. Ideal for sprinkling a grating atop risotto, the drum-shaped cheese is turned and rubbed with olive oil during aging to create a smooth, golden rind.

Savory Fig & Grape Preserves

Ripe figs and juicy grapes create the dynamic flavor combination for this farmhouse favorite. An excellent pairing for a variety of cheeses including goat and blue, they are also a wonderful addition to a charcuterie board or antipasto platter.

Ripe Fruit

Beautiful Orcas pears from Cloud Mountain Farm in Everson, Washington.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

Eggplant, purple beans, sweet grilling peppers, mixed summer squash, Tokyo Market turnips, Sungold cherry tomatoes, sweet bicolor and white corn, red beets and sweet yellow onions.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Escarole and Little Gem mini Romaine lettuce.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Italian parsley, garlic, shallots, rosemary and thyme.

Ambatalia Furoshiki

This beautifully-crafted cloth from California company Ambatalia is incredibly versatile: Wrap up a casserole to keep warm for a party, tote a loaf of bread or use it as a stylish kitchen towel.

What’s In The Box? September 28-October 4

Summer or Fall
Swinging from gray and drippy to brilliantly 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, green beans and sweet corn continue to delight in this week’s lineup alongside a cozy, comforting bisque handcrafted from autumn Butternut squash. Also included: Fresh multigrain bread, Westward blue cheese and a big, bold red wine so you can toast to whatever season is at hand today.

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

Butternut Squash Bisque

To craft this incredibly comforting soup, beautiful Butternut squash is first roasted with top-quality olive oil, sea salt and fresh ground pepper, and then blended with garden-fresh herbs, our housemade chicken stock and a splash of silken cream.

Fresh Multigrain Bread

Made in downtown Snohomish by our favorite local bakery, this round loaf is made with locally-milled Shepherd’s Grain flour and 7 different whole grains, plus hints of honey and toasted sunflower seeds.

Disruption Red Wine 2014

This red blend from the relatively new but well respected Disruption winery is crafted from Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec grapes grown in the Columbia Valley. Big and bold, it boasts beautiful dark fruit notes and a fresh vibrancy on the palate.

Westward Blue Cheese

Similar in style to a gorgonzola, this creamy soft cheese boasts a gorgeous marbled center and flavorful bite, making it a wonderful complement to salad greens.

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. Bedtime is coming much earlier now, as we see them heading into their house to roost as the sun is going down.

Ripe Fruit

Juicy Fortune plums from the orchard.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes Hakurei turnips, green beans, heirloom tomatoes, sweet yellow onions, Antigua Fairy Tale and purple eggplant, sweet corn and sweet grilling peppers.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Little Gem mini Romaine lettuce and frisée.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Enjoy a plethora of bright herbs this week: Italian parsley, basil, mint, sage, rosemary, garlic and shallots.

What’s In The Box? September 21-27

Autumn Arrives
Even as the sunshine continues to peek through occasionally, a new season is beginning to take hold, with crisp, clear mornings, chilly evenings and a wealth of colorful new produce options—from petite Shiitake mushrooms to Italian eggplant. Thus, this week’s box embraces the crisp, soulful flavors of early fall as they converge with late summer favorites like heirloom tomatoes and sweet corn. Also on board to help you craft a satisfying supper: A handcrafted spicy Italian sausage marinara sauce, imported pasta, Grana-style cheese and a French red wine. Enjoy!

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

Spicy Italian Sausage Marinara Sauce

Crafted in our farm kitchen with organically-grown local tomatoes (and lots of love), the key to this beloved family recipe is in its simplicity: juicy, ripe tomatoes, a handful of hand-torn basil leaves, fresh garlic, a swirl of first-press Italian olive oil, then sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Thanks to the addition of some spicy Italian sausage this week, you have beginnings of a fantastic supper—just toss with pasta!

Imported Pasta

Imported tube-shaped paccheri or monnezza (“odds and ends”) pasta to enjoy with this week’s spicy marinara sauce.

Petite Shiitake Mushrooms

This week’s box also includes beautiful organic mushrooms cultivated by the lovely folks at Cascadia Mushrooms in Bellingham. With their curled umbrella-shaped caps and tender thin stalks, these petite Shiitakes release a garlic-pine aroma when cooked and boast a rich, earthy flavor.

Pumpernickel Rye Bread

Baked by our favorite local bakery in Snohomish, this slightly-sweet rye bread loaf is wonderful sliced, toasted and served alongside a fresh salad of escarole greens.

Château de Mirausse L’Azerolle Vieilles Vignes 2013

This beautiful red blend is crafted from a combination of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah grapes grown on the Château de Mirausse estate located near the town Badens in France and features a fresh mouthfeel and spicy, slightly-peppery finish.

Grana-Style Cheese

Made in our farmstead creamery, this hard Grana-style cheese is crafted from part-skim cow’s milk to allow for longer aging of 24 months or more. A beautiful finishing touch for this week’s pasta sauce, the drum-shaped cheese is turned and rubbed with olive oil during aging to create a smooth, golden rind.

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. Bedtime is coming much earlier now, as we see them heading into their house to roost as the sun is going down.

Ripe Fruit

Jupiter tables grapes.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes sweet corn, Italian eggplant, mixed sweet grilling peppers, Piricicaba sprouting broccoli, cucumber, heirloom tomatoes and sweet yellow onions.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Beautiful escarole and peppery arugula greens.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Italian parsley, basil, thyme, mint and garlic.

What’s In The Box? September 14-20

Summer into Fall
Though September has brought with it cooler temperature, falling leaves and other signs that fall is indeed 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 eggplants to juicy melons. Thus, this week’s box combines the best of both seasons as it stars a robust tomato and roasted pepper soup as well as Gruyère cheese bread, farm-fresh eggs and produce like sprouting broccoli and colorful grilling peppers.

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

Housemade Tomato & Roasted Pepper Soup

This soul-soothing soup is crafted in our farmhouse kitchen from our signature chicken stock, sweet onions and herbs and stars the perfect combination of ripe summer tomatoes and beautifully-roasted peppers. Serve up a steaming bowlful alongside a hunk of Gruyère cheese bread and a crisp salad for a simply satisfying meal.

Le Conserve della Nonna Corona Beans

Imported from Italy, these beautiful jarred beans add hearty appeal to soups and salads.

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.

Villa Travignoli Chianti Rùfina

This beautiful red wine is crafted purely from Sangiovese grapes, a dark-berried vine that is almost synonymous with the deep, dark wines of Tuscany. Delicious and dry with notes of red cherry, violet and cinnamon, this wine pairs nicely with a variety of foods including this week’s soup and salad fare.

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. Bedtime is coming much earlier now, as we see them heading into their house to roost as the sun is going down.

Blueberry Jam

Our housemade jam is crafted from juicy, ripe blueberries plucked at the height of the season. To preserve the wonderful fresh flavor and color, we make this jam with blueberries, organic cane sugar and pectin.

Ripe Fruit

Juicy Canary melon.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes sprouting broccoli, Japanese eggplant, bicolor corn, Sungold cherry tomatoes, sweet onions and English cucumber, plus orange Italian, red Carmen and sweet Bull’s Horn grilling peppers.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Peppery arugula greens and escarole.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Fresh Italian parsley, basil, mint and thyme.

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