What’s In The Box? December 6-12

‘Tis the Season
The first week of December has brought the trademark busy days and festive nights of the holiday season, as well as equally-seasonal weather with chilly nights and icy mornings. Come in from the cold and take a much-deserved break this week with provisions for an cozy pasta supper—earthy mushroom confit, handmade bucatini and pumpernickel bread—plus our housemade Southwestern vegetable soup to fuel you up for a quick lunch. Accompanied by winter produce such as Red Kuri squash, Lacinato kale and Chantenay carrots, plus creamy blue cheese salad dressing and locally-grown chestnuts, this box will do wonders to buoy the holiday spirit.

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

Fresh Bucatini Pasta

Hand-crafted in nearby Bellingham, this spaghetti-like 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”.

Mushroom Confit

A chef’s mixture of mushrooms including Chanterelle, Portobello, Crimini, Shiitake and other varieties, bathed in olive oil with shallots, Mad Hatter peppers and herbs. Try it tossed with pasta and seasonal vegetables—see this week’s recipes for details.

Southwest Vegetable Soup

Need a quick, hearty lunch this week? Look no further than our housemade soup, which will warm you up in no time thanks to such Southwestern-style ingredients as chorizo, rice and chile peppers.

Pumpernickel Bread

Baked fresh just for us by a small bakery in nearby Snohomish, this slightly-sweet rye bread loaf is wonderful served alongside this week’s veggie soup, or made into croutons to toss into salads!

Bodegas Ontañon Crianza 2013

Bodegas Ontañon is a family-owned winery located in Spain’s Rioja region—the country’s most well known. A beautiful blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha grapes, this particular red blend displays notes of black fruit and spice with natural and delicate acidity.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Our small flock of heritage breed laying hens are on an early-to-bed, later-to-rise schedule with the shorter daylight hours. As they spend more time snug in their coop, the “girls” are enjoying an extra helping of grain to supplement their diet, continuing to give us fresh eggs in beautiful shades of brown, blue and green.

Blue Cheese Dressing

Creamy with just the right amount of tang!

Apricot Jam

Our organic jam is crafted from gorgeous, bright orange Harglow apricots. This particular variety boasts an exceptional flavor and texture, making it ideal for cooking and preserving—enjoy!

Seasonal Fruit

Juicy Cara Cara oranges, plus a beautiful medley of apples from the orchards here at Bella Luna.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection includes Chantenay carrots, Red Kuri squash, red beets, fennel, leeks and purple kohlrabi.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Lacinato kale and Castelfranco radicchio.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Italian parsley, thyme, cilantro and shallots.

Seasonal Chestnuts

Perfect for roasting, these gorgeous little chestnuts are grown and harvested by the Lazy Squirrel Nut Farm in Mount Vernon.

What’s In The Box? November 29 – December 5

Rainy Day Comforts
There’s nothing quite so gratifying after a wet, chilly day as a bowl of steaming-hot soup. In that spirit, this week we invite you to cozy up to our housemade wild mushroom soup, which is simmered in a savory chicken broth with cauliflower and farm-fresh herbs. Paired with Gruyère cheese bread and fall-fresh produce ranging from leeks and Lacinato kale to Delicata squash, plus stellar salad provisions like orchard apples and creamy blue cheese, this menu will satisfy both body and soul.

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, cauliflower, fragrant herbs, shallots and our homemade chicken stock, plus a splash of white wine, dry sherry, and a touch of cream. Serve warm with a sprinkling of fresh thyme!

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.

Domaine des Cassagnoles Côtes de Gascogne 2017

Similar in style to a Sauvignon Blanc, this light white blend hails from the French winemaking region of Gascony. An ideal pairing for soup, it is aromatic and luscious with white pineapple and grassy notes.

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 are on an early-to-bed, later-to-rise schedule with the shorter daylight hours. As they spend more time snug in their coop, the “girls” are enjoying an extra helping of grain to supplement their diet, continuing to give us fresh eggs in beautiful shades of brown, blue and green.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection includes leeks, pac choi, fennel, Delicata squash and Watermelon radish.

Seasonal Fruit

Juicy blood oranges, lemons and a mixture of apples from the orchards here at Bella Luna, including such varieties as Spartan, Macoun, Liberty, Gala, Lady, Golden Russet, Roxbury Russet and Honeycrisp.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Lacinato kale and a Castelfranco and Chioggia radicchio medley.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Italian parsley, thyme, sage and shallots.

Abeego Snack Wrap

Created from pure beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin infused into a fabric made of hemp and certified organic cotton, Abeego wraps are malleable at room temperature, then stiffen and hold shape when chilled. Yours to keep, this innovative food storage product can be reused time and again!

What’s In The Box? November 15-21

Holiday Accoutrements
It’s almost turkey time—allow us to lend a helping hand with the big meal next week thanks to a beautiful assortment of housemade accoutrements like our savory mushroom duxelles, silky crème fraîche and buttery galette dough, plus seasonal produce including pearl onions, fingerling potatoes and Winter Luxury pumpkin. Also included: VIP provisions to incorporate into the day’s most classic dishes, from a turkey brining kit and turkey stock to housemade cranberry sauce. Here’s to a happy holiday—and satisfied stomachs, too!

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

Turkey Brining Kit

Our signature dry-brine mixture is crafted from fresh farm herbs, kosher salt and aromatic spices. See this week’s recipes for full instructions on this simple and easy way to produce an incredibly juicy turkey.

F&L Turkey Stock

The key to rich, flavorful gravy? Incredible stock, of course! Crafted from roasted turkeys, our intensely-flavorful housemade broth is simmered slowly for hours with carrots, onions, parsley and celery and seasoned with a dash of sea salt and cracked black pepper.

Housemade Duxelles

Wild mushrooms shine in this finely chopped mixture of shallots and herbs sautéed in butter and wine. Try this lovely blend added into traditional gravy, tossed with roasted vegetables or stirred into our favorite rustic mashed potatoes (see recipes for details!).

Challah Bread

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

Bruno Soria Cascina del Santuario Moscato d’Asti

Made by a family-run wine producing firm in Castiglione Tinella, a small village in Piedmont, Italy, this sparkling wine is crafted from hand-cropped Moscato d’Asti grapes. With a full harmonic flavor thanks to hints of yellow peach and grapefruit, it is sweet, yet slightly savory, pairing nicely with your Thanksgiving meal.

Farm Fresh Eggs

As they spend more time snug in their coop, our heritage breed laying hens are enjoying an extra helping of grain to supplement their diet, continuing to give us fresh eggs in beautiful shades of brown, blue and green.

Crème Fraîche

Crafted in our farmstead creamery from pasteurized organic sweet cream, our rich and silky crème fraîche adds a beautiful finishing touch to mashed potatoes.

Galette Dough

Crafted from organic ingredients including all-purpose flour, sugar and organic butter, this housemade pastry dough adapted from a beloved Alice Waters recipe bakes up light and crisp, with a smooth buttery taste that pairs well with both savory and sweet applications.

Housemade Cranberry Sauce

Tart-sweet cranberries infused with Cabernet wine and orange zest.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Spinach and escarole.

Seasonal Organic Fruits & Vegetables

This week’s produce selection includes celery, leeks, pearl onions, Winter Luxury pumpkin, broccolini, Savoy cabbage, cauliflower, a potato medley of purple, Ozette and Amarosa fingerling potatoes, plus Hakurei turnips and Bosc pears. Also included: Tender, golden Chanterelle mushrooms.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Fresh Italian parsley, sage and shallots from the walled garden and greenhouse at Bella Luna Farms.

What’s In The Box? November 8-14

Fall Comforts
As the last leaves flutter to the ground and dusk descends earlier in the day, now is the time to cozy up with this week’s lineup of warm-and-wonderful fall offerings—rich, flavorful risotto accented with our signature chicken stock and golden sautéed Chanterelle mushrooms, plus fresh pumpernickel bread, farm-fresh eggs and a vibrant produce selection that includes unique black Japanese squash, Lacinato kale, Chioggia radicchio and incredibly juicy Cara Cara oranges. Also complemented by a beautiful assemblage of decorative squash, this lovely autumn meal begs to be eaten fireside, tucked in your favorite chair, with a glass of wine in hand.

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 area. When cooked with our flavorful chicken stock and a splash of white wine, it becomes creamy and starchy and is a great accompaniment to any flavor combination, especially seasonal Chanterelle mushrooms.

Chanterelle Mushrooms

With a firm texture and light, delicate flavor, local Chanterelle mushrooms shine in a variety of dishes, lending earthy appeal to fall dishes like pastas and soups. Try these golden gems sautéed in butter and added to our signature risotto—check this week’s recipes for details.

Farm & Larder Chicken Stock

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

Domaine des Cassagnoles Côtes de Gascogne 2017

Similar in style to a Sauvignon Blanc, this light white blend hails from the French winemaking region of Gascony. An ideal pairing for risotto night, it is aromatic and luscious with white pineapple and grassy notes.

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 of fall, the girls are up with the sun to roam the outdoors; bedtime is coming much earlier now, as we see them heading into their house to roost as the sun is going down.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection includes red beets, pac choi, black Spanish radishes, celery, amarosa potatoes and Lacinato kale. Also included: Black Futsu squash, a rare Japanese specialty squash with a unique warty black skin and a nutty, buttery flavor that is enhanced when roasted.

Seasonal Fruit

Juicy Cara Cara oranges.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Peppery arugula greens and Chioggia radicchio.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Italian parsley, shallots and sage.

Decorative Autumn Squash

A beautiful assemblage of fall pumpkins and squash to use in your holiday decor.

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