What’s In The Box? August 10-16

Italian Summer
The Tuscan summer calls to mind visions of the perfect glass of wine served alongside garden-fresh produce simply and beautifully prepared. Hence, this week’s box captures the flavors of summer by way of Italy with a Tuscan-style ribollita stew crafted with imported cannellini beans, rustic bread chunks and fresh ingredients like rainbow Swiss chard, heirloom tomatoes and summer squash. Also included for this relaxed and refreshing meal: A classic Italian red wine, apricot jam and our own Grana-style cheese.

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

Le Conserve della Nonna Cannellini Beans

Imported from Italy, these beautiful jarred beans are sure to add hearty appeal to this week’s summer vegetable ribollita.

Pine Nuts

These pignolia nuts are a lovely addition to a verdant pistou packed with fresh basil and ripe tomatoes—try adding it to the ribollita for a bright touch. (See recipes for details!)

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 to lend an extra depth of flavor to this week’s ribollita recipe.

Italian Rustica Bread

This freshly-baked loaf is made at a small bakery in Snohomish using a wild yeast starter, which creates an airy, chewy bread with a delightfully-crisp crust.

Torre Raone Lucanto Montepulciano D’Abruzzo

Crafted from grapes grown in the Colline Pescaresi region of Abruzzo, Italy, this fresh and fruity red comes from a late harvest on the estate. Stored in steel to preserve the original flavor of those grapes, the resulting wine boasts notes of blackberry, black cherry and plum.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Our small flock of heritage breed laying hens gives us fresh eggs in beautiful shades of brown and green. As we reach late summer, the “girls” are enjoying the long summer afternoons and accompanying warm evenings, chasing bugs and eating tasty green weeds we pull from the garden.

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 ribollita, the drum-shaped cheese is turned and rubbed with olive oil during aging to create a smooth, golden rind.

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!

Ripe Summer Fruit

Juicy green-fleshed cantaloupe.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes baby golden beets, fennel, cherry tomatoes, Walla Walla sweet onions, rainbow Swiss chard, green beans, heirloom tomatoes, Romanesco zucchini and yellow summer squash, plus slicing and Armenian cucumbers.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Summer salad mix, escarole and Chioggia radicchio.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Fresh Italian parsley, rosemary, oregano, mint and basil.

Edible Flowers

Bright blossoms to add colorful appeal to your salads this week!

What’s In The Box? August 3-9

Summer BBQ
Welcome the hot, sunny days of August with a lineup of favorites fit for munching, mingling and lingering around the barbecue, from dry-grill rub, slow-simmered beans and spicy-smoky garlic pepperoncini sausages to our signature cherry-almond topping to pair with beautifully-ripe summer cherries. Featuring a selection of produce that includes sweet red peppers, cherry tomatoes, filet green beans and cucumbers, plus Kalamata olive bread and rich crème fraîche, this week’s lineup is bright and summer-fresh—enjoy!

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

Double DD Meats Garlic Pepperoncini Sausage

Family owned and run since 1955, Mountlake Terrace butchery Double DD Meats only carries naturally raised meats. This includes this week’s fantastic sausage, which is spiced with garlic and pepperoncini for a smoky-spicy kick of flavor.

Housemade BBQ Beans

Our take on the American classic, these slow-simmered beans are handcrafted in our farmhouse kitchen and spiced with ketchup, mustard and just a touch of brown sugar.

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 carrots!

Kalamata Olive Bread

Baked just for us by our favorite small bakery in Snohomish, this Kalamata olive loaf is great freshly warmed from the oven—brush a little water on top before reheating to ensure a crispy crust!

Bellafina Prosecco

Produced by Bellafina Winery in Veneto, Italy, this sparkling wine is intensely aromatic and crisp on the palate, with aromas and flavors of yellow apple, white peach, pear and notes of white flowers. Excellent as an aperitif, it is a perfect accompaniment to hors-d’oeuvres, salads and other summery first courses.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Our small flock of heritage breed laying hens gives us fresh eggs in beautiful shades of brown and green. As we hit midsummer, the “girls” are enjoying the long summer afternoons and accompanying warm evenings, chasing bugs and eating tasty green weeds we pull from the garden.

Housemade Crème Fraîche

Crafted in our farmstead creamery from pasteurized organic sweet cream, this rich crème fraîche is delicious incorporated into a silken dressing for crisp summer veggies—see recipes for details.

Cherry-Almond Fruit Crisp Topping

Wonderful paired with this week’s summery cherries, our signature fruit crisp topping is crafted from organic cane sugar, ground almonds, sweet butter, and dried cherries.

Ripe Summer Fruit

Sweetheart cherries, lemons, ripe blueberries and fresh figs.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes orange carrots, red and gold cherry tomatoes, sweet onions, broccolini, Asian cucumbers, baby golden beets, Romanesco zucchini, sweet red peppers and filet green beans.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Beautiful Little Gem Romaine

Fresh Garden Herbs

Fresh Italian parsley, mint and garlic. Also included this week: Fragrant flowering dill!

What’s In The Box? July 27-August 2

Midsummer Splendor
As summer produce continues to ripen apace—from broccolini and carrots in the gardens to juicy peaches and cherries in the orchards—this week’s box puts the seasonal bounty to delicious use in a farm-fresh menu starring lemony risotto topped with bright cherry tomatoes and a plethora of fresh herbs, plus a rustic Italian loaf and fruity Yakima Valley Sauvignon Blanc to serve alongside. Blueberry jam, Grana-style cheese and freshly-picked garden greens also help to anchor this midsummer meal.

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 chicken stock and a splash of wine, it becomes creamy and starchy and is a great accompaniment to just about any flavor combination—try it this week tossed with fresh herbs, cherry tomatoes and bright, zesty lemon.

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.

Italian Rustica Bread

This freshly-baked loaf is made at a small bakery in Snohomish using a wild yeast starter, which creates an airy, chewy bread with a delightfully-crisp crust.

Lobo Hills 2016 Sauvignon Blanc

Cool-fermented and aged on the lees for seven months, this dry white wine is fragrant with aromas of lemon peel, ruby grapefruit, hay and mint and also boasts a rich mouthfeel with flavors of pink rose apple, grapefruit and peach.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Our small flock of heritage breed laying hens gives us fresh eggs in beautiful shades of brown and green. As we hit midsummer, the “girls” are enjoying the long summer afternoons and accompanying warm evenings, chasing bugs and eating tasty green weeds we pull from the garden.

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 risotto, the drum-shaped cheese is turned and rubbed with olive oil during aging to create a smooth, golden rind.

Blueberry Jam

Made here at Bella Luna in our farmhouse kitchen from our fresh-picked blueberries, organic cane sugar and pectin.

Ripe Summer Fruit

Lemons, peaches and cherries.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes orange carrots, broccolini, Hakurei turnips, kohlrabi, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Red butter lettuce and escarole.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Fresh Italian parsley, mint, oregano and rosemary. Also included this week: Bright and beautiful edible nasturtium flowers!

What’s In The Box? July 20-26

Laidback Lunch
There’s nothing quite like a lazy July lunch spent lingering over the freshest flavors of the season while also enjoying a hearty dose of those blissful summer rays. This week’s box has you all set for such an experience with a soup and salad-ready lineup starring our housemade chili con carne—crafted from organic grass-fed beef, pinto beans and a signature blend of spices—plus, sea salt-kissed Pomodoro bread, a French Rosé and all the ingredients to whip up a white polenta-topped peach cobbler for dessert. Enjoy!

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

Housemade Chili Con Carne

Slow-simmered with premium dried pinto beans, our classic-style chili boasts a wonderful depth of flavor and a smoky-spicy kick, crafted from organic grass-fed beef, fresh garlic, onions, roasted peppers and green chiles, plus our own special seasoning blend.

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.

Le Charmel Côtes de Provence Rosé

This estate wine is produced near Bandol, France along the Mediterranean coast. The grapes are cultivated on picturesque Provençal hillsides, then manually picked, hand-sorted and fully de-stemmed on site. The nose boasts beautiful aromas of raspberries and wild flowers and the palate is wonderfully bright and fresh with notes of strawberry and pear.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Our small flock of heritage breed laying hens gives us fresh eggs in beautiful shades of brown and green. As we hit midsummer, the “girls” are enjoying the long summer afternoons and accompanying warm evenings, chasing bugs and eating tasty green weeds we pull from the garden.

White Polenta Cobbler Crust Mix & Cherry-Almond Topping

This dynamic duo will help you craft the perfect summer peach cobbler: Mix the beautiful white polenta cobbler crust mix with the ingredients outlined in the enclosed recipe, then top with our signature cherry-almond topping crafted from organic cane sugar, ground almonds, sweet butter, and dried cherries.

Ripe Summer Fruit

Attika cherries and yellow semi-cling peaches.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes baby zucchini, Hakurei turnips, fennel, baby orange carrots, red radishes, Piracicaba broccoli and cucumbers.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Red butter lettuce and escarole.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Fresh Italian parsley, mint, oregano, shallots and garlic.

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