Hello, May! The Latest News from Farm & Larder and Bella Luna Farms

April’s beautiful sunny days have brought a lush beauty to Bella Luna as spring has well arrived here at the farm. The weather of late has really jump-started our ‘to-do’ list, keeping us busy dawn to dusk trying to get ahead of the weeds that now seem to pop up overnight!

The apple, cherry, and pear trees along with the blueberry bushes are abloom in both the orchard and the garden where Woodinville’s Johnny Applebees LLC recently installed specialized orchard mason bee houses to aid pollination and good fruit production. We are harvesting asparagus and herbs galore from the main vegetable plot, and the raspberries there are about to bloom as well. We are also planting peas, carrots, lettuces, beets, leeks and onions. Beans, cucumbers, and summer squashes are about to be seeded in the greenhouse to be planted out later in early June when the soil is warmer. (It seems it’s time to secure the gates to the vegetable gardens so we don’t have any furry guests nibbling tender new shoots!)

When it is sunny out, the ‘girls’ venture out to enjoy the lush green pasture, where they also like to stretch their heads over the fence to nibble on any brambles they can reach, and then take a break to lie down in the tall grass. The twin lambs born last month always bring a smile to our faces, with their cute antics and darling little faces. We are also once again treated to the chorus of frogs at night, so loud we can hear them indoors—a most welcome symphony after the long winter months for all of us.

What’s In The Box? April 29-May 5

Brunch Time
The flavors of spring continue to delight, this week in a produce-packed brunch featuring organic Skagit River Ranch breakfast sausage patties, tangy Greek yogurt and beautiful farm-fresh eggs to poach, fry or scramble as you please. Accented by multigrain bread, our housemade herb vinaigrette and colorful produce including purple sprouting broccolini, pea shoots, baby pac choi and the first of the ruby-red spring rhubarb, this breakfast is fit for a laidback weekend gathering.

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

Skagit River Ranch Breakfast Sausage Patties

With a flavor profile that includes hints of sweet maple syrup and savory spices, these incredible breakfast sausage patties are made from the all-natural pork raised on the Skagit River Ranch in Sedro-Woolley. These pampered pigs roam outdoors in certified-organic pasture land to root and dig, thriving on a diet of flax seed, corn and wheat.

Multigrain Bread

Crafted in nearby Snohomish by our favorite bakery, this healthy freshly-baked loaf is made with locally-milled Shepherd’s Grain flour and seven different whole grains, plus a hint of honey and toasted sunflower seeds.

Housemade Herb Vinaigrette

A light, flavorful salad dressing crafted from fresh garlic, minced shallots and a variety of fresh herbs blended with vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil.

French Grey Lentils & House Mix Olives

Two of our favorite provisions to accent your salads and sides, dried lentils and our house olives.

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 aromas.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Our heritage breed laying hens supply us with fresh eggs in beautiful shades of brown, beige and cream.

Tunawerth Creamery Greek Yogurt

Perfectly-creamy, yet delightfully-tangy, this lovely yogurt hails from a small, family-operated creamery located in Tenino, Washington.

F&L Cobbler Crust Mix

Our signature cobbler crust mix contains organic flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter; when combined with cream, the resulting mixture produces a light and fluffy cobbler topping. Just pair with this week’s apples and rhubarb for the perfect spring dessert!

Spring Rhubarb

It’s rhubarb season: This ruby-red spring favorite boasts a wonderful sweet-tart flavor.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Pea shoots, arugula, spinach and spicy spring salad mix.

Seasonal Organic Fruit & Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes asparagus, radishes, Walla Walla sweet onions, baby red potatoes, purple sprouting broccolini, baby pac choi, carrots and Hakurei turnips, plus apples and Meyer lemons.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Italian parsley, garlic, shallots, chives and thyme from the walled garden and greenhouse at Bella Luna Farms.

Potting Shed Creations Garden in a Bag

A complete kit containing everything you need to grow either fresh Alpine strawberries, or sweet pansies, directly in a leak-proof bag.

What’s In The Box? April 22-28

The Perfect Egg
Creamy and rich, eggs are one of the world’s finest gifts to the cook, delicious scrambled, poached, whisked 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 in addition to those from our own brood of heritage-breed hens. Also filled with an assortment of egg-friendly pairings—think: smoked salmon, Italian Rustica bread, and Fontina cheese to help craft an Italian-style fonduta—plus, a bevy of fresh produce like asparagus, spring ramps and buttery Hakurei turnips, this box will help you craft the perfect egg.

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

Duck Eggs

With near-transparent egg whites and color-rich oversize yolks, these local duck eggs are a chef’s dream, lending flavorful appeal to a variety of dishes.

Lummi Island Wild Smoked Keta Salmon

Tender and perfectly flaky, this top-quality Keta salmon fished fresh from the Fraser River retains its lovely moisture thanks to a low-salt recipe and light Alder smoke.

Italian Rustica Bread

Baked just for us at a small bakery in Snohomish, this airy, rustic loaf makes for great oven-crisp crostini—just brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and rub with a fresh-cut clove of garlic before toasting in the oven.

Fairhaven Mill Whole Grain Yellow Cornmeal

Nestled in the Skagit Valley, this family and farmer-owned certified-organic flour mill sources their grains from family farms across the country, guaranteeing freshness and quality from tilth to table. Made from organic dent corn, this cornmeal has a high starch content and distinct corny texture, helping to make for excellent muffins, cornbread, fresh tortillas and even crisp crackers (see recipes for details on that last one).

Christopher Michael Pinot Gris 2019

Extremely refreshing on the palate, this Pinot Gris combines grapes from vineyards located in both the Willamette Valley and Southern Oregon to create a beautiful balance between the wine’s bright citrus and tropical notes.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Our heritage breed laying hens supply us with fresh eggs in beautiful shades of brown, beige and cream.

Imported Val d’Aosta Fontina

This nutty, buttery Fontina-style cheese is imported from Italy and is crafted from sweet cow’s milk.

Housemade Apple Butter

A farmhouse favorite crafted from fresh-picked Bella Luna orchard apples, slow-cooked in a cider reduction and seasoned with brown sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon.

Ramps

These spring onions (also known as wild leeks) have a unique garlic-like aroma and add a wonderful punch to a variety of dishes!

Seasonal Organic Greens

Peppery arugula greens, plus pea and sunflower shoots.

Seasonal Organic Fruit & Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes purple sprouting broccoli, Caracas carrots, Hakurei turnips, Viking purple potatoes, red radishes, red beets, asparagus, scallions, Walla Walla sweet onions, leeks and cauliflower, plus Meyer lemons and Cara Cara oranges.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Parsley, shallots, garlic and chives from the walled garden and greenhouse at Bella Luna Farms.

Fresh-Cut Locally-Grown Daffodils

Sunny spring daffodils to brighten your table!

What’s In The Box? April 15-21

Spring Sunshine
This week’s beautiful weather sure has jump-started the gardens! Crisp and crunchy, verdant and vivacious, the flavors of spring are thus freshening up this week’s lineup with such ingredients as pea and sunflower shoots, purple sprouting broccoli, leeks and chives. Also featuring fresh pappardelle pasta, Skagit River Ranch Italian sausage, Tunawerth cream cheese, our own duxelles and cornichons, plus top-quality baking ingredients, this box of seasonal favorites invites you to immerse yourself in the kitchen before heading back outside with a full plate and a glass of wine to enjoy!

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

Fresh Egg Pappardelle Pasta

This lovely, fresh handmade pasta is made by our favorite local pasta maker in Bellingham. Perhaps enjoyed tossed with spring pea shoots, or with duxelles and savory Italian sausage, these broad, flat noodles should rightly earn their name, which is derived from the Italian verb ‘to gobble up’.

Skagit River Ranch Italian Sausage

The pampered pigs raised on the Skagit River Ranch in Sedro-Woolley roam outdoors in certified-organic pastureland to root, dig, and cavort as only happy pigs can, thriving on a diet of flax seed, corn and wheat. Spiced with savory herbs, this delectable Italian-style sausage will add a savory note to pasta.

Housemade Duxelles

Our housemade duxelles are made from a mixture of finely chopped wild mushrooms, shallots and herbs, all sautéed in butter and wine.

Rosemary & Olive-Oil Crackers

Herb-kissed flatbread-style crackers fit for snacking!

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.

Cairnspring Mills Trailblazer Bread Flour

This Burlington-based company is rediscovering the heart and soul of flour-making by producing small-batch, responsibly-grown flours made solely from wheat grown in the Pacific Northwest. This versatile flour is stone-milled from locally-raised Yecora Rojo grains.

Fleischmann’s Active Dry Baking Yeast

The all-important ingredient to help produce fluffy bread!

Sharecropper Pinot Noir

The pale ruby Oregon Pinot opens on the nose with young berry, wet stone and fresh herbal notes and features light juicy cherry, and hints of smokiness on the palette, as well as super-soft tannins that linger on the medium finish.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Our heritage breed laying hens supply us with fresh eggs in beautiful shades of brown, beige and cream.

Tunawerth Creamery Cream Cheese

A luscious, spreadable cream cheese made by a small, family-run dairy in Tenino, Washington.

Big Spoon Roasters Chocolate Sea Salt Almond Butter

This delightful spread blends freshly milled, heirloom Mission variety almonds with organic dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, raw wildflower honey and a touch of Jacobsen sea salt to create a toasty, luscious butter with the perfect amount of crunch.

Cornichons

Our housemade cornichons are made using a traditional French recipe, crafted with Mathilde cucumbers and tarragon, with a grape leaf added to each jar during pickling to keep these petite, crunchy snacks nice and crisp.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Spring salad mix and arugula, plus pea and sunflower shoots.

Seasonal Organic Fruit & Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes Walla Walla sweet onions, baby red potatoes, leeks, purple sprouting broccoli, and cauliflower, plus Meyer lemons, Cara Cara oranges and Koru and Pink Lady apples.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Spring chives, Italian parsley and thyme from the walled garden and greenhouse at Bella Luna Farms.

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