What’s In The Box? April 12-18

Spring Color
Starring a beautiful roasted carrot and ginger soup, this week’s delivery fittingly celebrates the season’s most colorful offerings, from ruby-red rhubarb and bright green asparagus to baby red beets and purple spring onions, plus fresh-cut yellow daffodils straight from the Skagit Valley. Complemented by a fruity French Sauvignon Blanc, rich and silky crème fraîche and beautiful oversize duck eggs, this color-rich lineup is fit for brunch, lunch and beyond.

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

Roasted Carrot & Ginger Soup

Hand-crafted in our farmhouse kitchen from fresh carrots, yellow onions, garlic and our own homemade chicken stock, this color-rich soup is also finished with fragrant fresh ginger and a splash of silken cream.

Challah Bread

Baked just for us by our favorite bakery in Snohomish, this fresh loaf boasts a sweet, rich flavor thanks to a traditional base of silky eggs and Shepherd’s Grain flour, plus a touch of sugar.

Domaine du Salvard 2015 Sauvignon Blanc “Unique”

Hand-selected by respected wine merchant Kermit Lynch, this fresh and juicy Sauvignon Blanc from France is a true delight. The aromas of zesty citrus and flowers are perfectly adapted to light spring cooking when the fresh vegetables of the season mirror the white wine’s brightness of flavor and crisp texture.

Crème Fraîche

Crafted in our farmstead creamery from pasteurized organic sweet cream, our rich and silky crème fraîche adds a beautiful finishing touch to this week’s soup.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Spending their time dodging raindrops on wet spring days, our heritage breed laying hens are now also enjoying the tasty green popweed we pull from the garden, in turn supplying us with eggs in beautiful shades of brown, blue and green.

Duck Eggs

With near-transparent egg whites and color-rich oversize yolks, duck eggs are a chef’s dream, lending flavorful appeal to a variety of dishes. (See recipes for ideas!)

Chocolate & Hot Buttered Rum Bread Pudding

Accented with rich, velvety chocolate from Seattle Chocolates and decadent hot-buttered rum, this is one soul-soothing bread pudding—simply pop it in a 350° oven for 15 to 20 minutes to reheat and then enjoy!

Strawberry Preserves

Made here at Bella Luna in our farmhouse kitchen from ripe strawberries plucked at the height of the summer season, plus organic cane sugar and pectin.

Spring Rhubarb

The first of the season, this bright-red rhubarb boasts a wonderful tart-sweet flavor.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Baby spinach and red sorrel greens.

Seasonal Organic Produce

This week’s produce selection also includes asparagus, purple spring onions, baby red beets, baby carrots and sugar snap peas, plus lemons.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Italian flat-leaf parsley, thyme, shallots and garlic.

Fresh-Cut Daffodils

Sunny daffodils grown just north of us in the Skagit Valley.

What’s In The Box? April 5-11

Signs of Spring
Though our days continue to be drippy, the gardens are finally beginning to show signs of new life as the first of the shelling peas, mint and microgreens are now gracing us with their presence. Thus, spring fare takes center stage in this week’s box, too, with fresh semolina pasta, pain au levain bread and locally-crafted sharp cheddar cheese all helping to accent a bevy of produce that includes red cabbage rapini, Romanesco and baby Japanese turnips. Crack open a bright Spanish white wine, pop a juicy apple cake into the oven and enjoy the first taste of the season!

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

Fresh Gemelli Pasta

Hand-crafted in nearby Bellingham, this semolina pasta comes in a twisted spiral shape—hence the name gemelli, which means “twins” in Italian. Try it this week tossed in a light, spring-ready preparation with freshly-shelled peas, garlic and mint.

Pain au Levain Bread

This slightly-nutty, slightly-sweet sourdough loaf epitomizes French country-style baking with a chewy crust and light, airy interior. Baked by our favorite bakery in Snohomish, this traditional Pain au Levain is crafted using the bakery’s own sourdough starter.

Cortijo Blanco 2015

Aged in 100-percent stainless steel to showcase the vibrant purity of the mineral-elegant Viura grape that the Rioja region in Spain is known for, this Cortijo Blanco is floral, bright and clean on the palette and pairs well with pastas and salads.

Acme Farms Sharp Cheddar Cheese

This rindless, pasteurized cheese is crafted in town of Acme with rsbT-free milk from the jersey cows at Lynden-based Twin Brook Creamery and boasts a sweet, fruity flavor that is balanced by the moderately sharp bite. Wonderful for snacking or try it incorporated into a grilled cheese sandwich with microgreens and a splash of balsamic vinegar!

Farm Fresh Eggs

Spending their time dodging raindrops on wet spring days, our heritage breed laying hens are now also enjoying the tasty green popweed we pull from the garden, in turn supplying us with eggs in beautiful shades of brown, blue and green.

Housemade Chicken Stock

Made from roasted Bella Luna chickens, our housemade stock is simmered with carrots, onions, parsley and celery and seasoned with just a dash of sea salt.

Apple Cake Mix

Crafted from our own signature recipe, this apple cake mix bakes up moist and delicious when simply mixed with eggs, diced apples and walnuts—see recipes for details!

Fresh Fruit

Tart-crisp Granny Smith apples.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Peppery arugula greens and spring microgreens.

Baby Shiitake Mushrooms

With their curled umbrella-shaped caps and tender thin stalks, these beautiful organic Shiitake mushrooms release a garlic-pine aroma when cooked and boast a rich, earthy flavor.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes Brussels sprouts, baby carrots, sweet onions, red cabbage rapini, English shelling peas, Romanesco and baby Japanese turnips.

Fresh Garden Herbs

The first of the spring green garlic, plus fresh Italian parsley, rosemary, mint, thyme and garlic.

Spring Seedlings

Time to get your hands dirty: This six-pack of sweet pea shoots will make an excellent addition to your spring flower garden!

What’s In The Box? March 29 – April 4

Soup’s On
What a wet spring it has been so far: Rid yourself of the rainy day blues this week with our hearty housemade chicken posole soup crafted with Bella Luna chicken stock, chili peppers and hominy, plus sun-dried tomato Pomodoro bread and all the fixings for a bright Cara Cara orange and honey-lime salad to serve alongside. The week’s provisions also include spring produce such as cauliflower, radishes and golden beets, Portuguese white wine and a decadent dark chocolate and sea salt bar to enjoy for dessert. Enjoy!

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

Chicken Posole

Crafted in the farmhouse kitchen from diced onions, smoky chili peppers, hominy and fresh herbs, plus roasted chicken and homemade stock this traditional soul-soothing soup is a tonic on wet spring days. Be sure to garnish each bowl with chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime!

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

Spending their time dodging raindrops on wet spring days, our heritage breed laying hens are now also enjoying the tasty green popweed we pull from the garden, in turn supplying us with eggs in beautiful shades of brown, blue and green.

Fresh Fruit

Cara Cara oranges and limes.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Peppery arugula greens.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes sweet onions, baby red potatoes, cauliflower, radishes, golden beets and broccolini.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Fresh Italian parsley, thyme, shallots and garlic.

What’s In The Box? March 22-28

Springtime Brunch
The flavors of spring continue to delight, this week in a produce-packed brunch featuring organic Italian sausage, locally-crafted oat and pecan breakfast cookies and farm-fresh eggs to fry, poach or scramble as you please. Accented by bittersweet chocolate Bosc pear sauce, moist cinnamon raisin bread and colorful produce including Cara Cara oranges, Oyster mushrooms and spring onions, this breakfast is fit for a leisurely gathering—complete with a bottle of crisp Prosecco to share.

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

Double DD Meats Italian Chicken Sausage

Family owned and run since 1955, Mountlake Terrace butchery Double DD Meats only carries naturally raised meats. This includes this week’s flavorful sausage, which is made from organically-raised Draper Valley Farm chickens fed a vegetarian diet sans hormones and antibiotics.

Fresh Raisin Bread

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

Snohomish Bakery Breakfast Cookies

Also crafted by the Snohomish Bakery, these oat cookies boast a delightful crunch courtesy of the addition of toasted pecans—try dunking these delightful bites in your morning cup of joe!

Mille Prosecco Millesimato Extra-Dry DOC

Fabulously lively and light at every glass, this extra-dry Italian Prosecco is wonderful mixed into morning mimosas thanks to a bouquet of apple and pear notes as well as hints of light citrus.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Spending their time dodging raindrops on wet spring days, our heritage breed laying hens are now also enjoying the tasty green popweed we pull from the garden, in turn supplying us with eggs in beautiful shades of brown, blue and green.

Grana-Style Cheese

This hard Grana-style cheese is crafted from part-skim cow’s milk to allow for longer aging of 24 months or more. Wonderful grated over scrambled eggs, the drum-shaped cheese is turned and rubbed with olive oil during aging to create a smooth, golden rind.

Girl Meets Dirt Bittersweet Chocolate Bosc Pear Sauce

Sourced from a few gorgeous Bosc pear trees from a legacy Orcas Island orchard, this pourable preserve from Orcas Island-based Girl Meets Dirt is made made simply with pears, Scharffen Berger 70% bittersweet chocolate and just the right squeeze of lemon.

Fresh Fruit

Cara Cara oranges and lemons.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Beautiful baby spinach greens.

Oyster Mushrooms

Locally-foraged Oyster mushrooms, which boast a beautifully meaty and mellow flavor when cooked in a little butter or chicken stock.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes broccolini, yellow onions, baby red potatoes, Swiss chard and spring onions.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Fresh Italian parsley, thyme, shallots and garlic.

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