What’s In The Box? June 15-21

Father’s Day Cookout
Fire up the barbecue and gather round to celebrate dear old dad this week with a summery menu highlighted by our smoky housemade BBQ beans, spicy pickled okra and corn muffins from Snohomish Bakery, plus locally-made, small-batch BBQ dippin’ sauce and house-blend dry rub to accent whatever you decide to throw on the grill. These American classics are also accented by a bevy of beautiful summer greens, ripe local strawberries and other fresh produce like baby red potatoes, Shiitake mushrooms, sugar snap peas and baby golden beets.

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

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!

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 spicy-sweet twang. Wonderful served as a condiment or atop pulled pork, smoked chicken, steak or burgers, the gluten-free sauce also makes a great marinade.

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.

Housemade Spicy Pickled Okra

Our quick-pickled okra is spiced with peppercorns, mustard seed, vinegar and an assembly of fresh herbs.

Fresh Corn Muffins

Just add honey: These light and fluffy corn muffins are baked here in Snohomish by our favorite local bakery.

Villa Travignoli Chianti Rùfina 2012

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 grill-friendly fare.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Busy scratching through the straw mulch in their spacious outdoor run looking for tasty bugs and worms on nice days, our heritage breed laying hens are also thoroughly enjoying a bounty of sprouting seeds and spring popweed, in turn supplying us with fresh eggs in beautiful shades of blues, green and brown.

Local Strawberries

Summer is calling: Another crop of luscious local strawberries has arrived. Tender and ripe, these local beauties are best enjoyed right away, so we recommend trying them in this week’s recipe for strawberry-rhubarb coffee cake.

Seasonal Organic Fruits & Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes baby Shiitake mushrooms, sugar snap peas, Ruby Sensation baby red potatoes, onions, Hakurei turnips and baby golden beets, plus lemons, limes and rhubarb.

Seasonal Organic Fruits & Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes sweet yellow onions, carrots, asparagus, sugar snap peas, golden beets, purple kohlrabi and baby Hakurei turnips, plus lemons and rhubarb.

Seasonal Organic Greens

A beautiful mix of mini red and Little Gem Romaine lettuces, plus frisée.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Fresh garlic, shallots, parsley, chives and cilantro. Also, a colorful mix of edible flowers!

What’s In The Box? June 8-14

Summer Preview
As temperatures warm and sunlight continues to grace our wooded enclave, spring has reached the pinnacle as it begins the transition into glorious summer. Thus, this week’s box features the debut of such early summer favorites as baby lettuce greens, rhubarb, basil and snap peas. Utilize these seasonal favorites alongside sundried tomato-kissed Pomodoro loaf, Kalamata olives and feta cheese to toss into a Greek salad, and our housemade Mediterranean-style pastichio baked pasta crafted with silky béchamel and slow-simmered tomato sauce. To summer!

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

Greek Pastichio

This traditional baked dish popular in the Mediterranean combines two sauces—a silky béchamel and a rich, slow-simmered meat and tomato—with fresh pasta noodles and tangy feta cheese, all baked to bubbly, golden brown perfection in your oven (350° for about 40-45 minutes). Handcrafted here in our farmhouse kitchen, it is lovely served for dinner along with grilled slices of Pomodoro loaf and a crisp Greek salad.

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.

Pioppino Mushrooms

This week’s box also includes beautiful organic mushrooms cultivated by the lovely folks at Cascadia Mushrooms in Bellingham. Popular in both Italy and Japan, the Pioppino has a mellow and attractive flavor and a firm texture, making them a wonderful addition to sauces, soups or even burger patties (see recipes for details).

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.

Feta Cheese

Creamy with just the right amount of tang, our housemade feta is crafted from a mix of Bella Luna goat’s milk as well as cow’s milk. Sprinkle this pungent, soft cheese over a fresh Greek salad for extra flavor and bite.

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. This week, we’ve rounded up some new ways to use these local beauties from SpringRain Farm and Orchards in Port Hadlock—see recipes for ideas.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Busy scratching through the straw mulch in their spacious outdoor run looking for tasty bugs and worms on nice days, our heritage breed laying hens are also thoroughly enjoying a bounty of sprouting seeds and spring popweed, in turn supplying us with fresh eggs in beautiful shades of blues, green and brown.

Kalamata Olives

Plump, rich Kalamata olives to add flavorful appeal to salads and more.

Blueberry Jam

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

Seasonal Organic Fruits & Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes sweet yellow onions, carrots, asparagus, sugar snap peas, golden beets, purple kohlrabi and baby Hakurei turnips, plus lemons and rhubarb.

Seasonal Organic Greens

A beautiful mix of baby lettuces, iron-rich spinach and peppery arugula greens.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Fresh garlic, shallots, oregano, mint, basil and garlic scapes.

What’s In The Box? June 1-7

Sweet Sunshine
Sunny days have returned! Fittingly, this week’s box pays homage to the best spring ingredients—artichokes, spring onions and Tokyo Market turnips—while looking forward to summer with the first crop of locally-grown strawberries. Also included in this sunny lineup: Ingredients for a beautiful beet and fennel salad, plus fresh shortcakes from Snohomish Bakery and housemade crème fraîche to end the meal on a sweet note.

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

Fresh Strawberries

Summer is calling: The first luscious local strawberries from Caruso Farms in Snohomish have arrived. Tender and ripe, these local beauties are best enjoyed right away along with this week’s fluffy and light shortcakes and a dollop of our own crème fraîche.

Shortcakes

Baked just for us by Snohomish Bakery, these light and lovely shortcakes are kissed with just the right amount of sugar—split ‘em, toast ‘em and top with freshly-sliced strawberries.

Housemade Crème Fraîche

Crafted in our farmstead creamery from pasteurized organic sweet cream, this rich and silky crème fraîche is delicious dolloped on this week’s dessert.

Bodegas Ontañon Crianza 2013

Bodegas Ontañon is a family-owned winery located in Spain’s Rioja region—the country’s most well known. Growing the traditional grapes of Rioja, the winery’s old vine plantings are rooted at higher elevations, up to 2,800 feet, making for deep wines that show great equilibrium. 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

Busy scratching through the straw mulch in their spacious outdoor run looking for tasty bugs and worms on nice days, our heritage breed laying hens are also thoroughly enjoying a bounty of sprouting seeds and spring popweed, in turn supplying us with fresh eggs in beautiful shades of blues, green and brown.

Seasonal Organic Fruits & Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes kohlrabi, baby red potatoes, Tokyo Market baby turnips, artichokes, Chioggia beets, fennel, baby carrots and spring onions, plus fresh lemons.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Little Gem baby Romaine lettuce and colorful spring salad mix.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Fresh garlic, oregano and mint.

What’s In The Box? May 25-31

The Perfect Egg
Creamy and rich, eggs are one of the world’s finest gifts to the cook, delicious scrambled or poached, baked or fried. Thus, this week’s delivery is devoted to the glorious egg, and an extra-special one at that, too, with decadent oversize duck eggs from Oak Meadows Farm. Also filled with an assortment of egg-friendly pairings—asparagus and walnut pesto, fresh spring greens and edible flowers, hearty multigrain bread and aged Grana-style cheese—plus a bevy of recipe ideas, this box will help you cook the perfect egg.

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

Oak Meadows Farm 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. This week, we’ve rounded up our favorites ways to use these local beauties from Ferndale’s Oak Meadows Farm—see recipes for ideas.

Walnut Pesto

Crafted in our farmhouse kitchen from toasted walnuts, freshly-grated Grana-style cheese, fragrant garlic and beautiful basil leaves, this Italian-style pesto is fantastic tossed with roasted asparagus and topped with a fried duck egg.

Locally Foraged Morel Mushrooms

These seasonal mushrooms are only available in the wild, developing a cult following of local ‘mushroom hunters’ who roam our forests looking for this treat of nature. Woodsy and earthy, yet delicate and rich, they are an excellent accompaniment to roasted vegetables.

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.

Château de Mirausse L’Azerolle Vieilles Vignes 2014

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

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 grating over pastas, veggies or a perfectly-fried egg, the drum-shaped cheese is turned and rubbed with olive oil during aging to create a smooth, golden rind.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Busy scratching through the straw mulch in their spacious outdoor run looking for tasty bugs and worms on nice days, our heritage breed laying hens are also thoroughly enjoying a bounty of sprouting seeds and spring popweed, in turn supplying us with fresh eggs in beautiful shades of blues, green and brown.

Seasonal Organic Fruit & Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes pearl onions, baby red potatoes Hakurei turnips, baby artichokes, asparagus, broccoli rabe and baby cauliflower, plus lemons and locally-grown rhubarb.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Iron-rich spinach, arugula, Tom Thumb butter lettuce and spring salad mix.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Fresh garlic, shallots, parsley, thyme, chive blossoms and basil.

Edible Flowers

Bright, cheery blooms to add color and spice to your salads.

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