What’s In The Box? July 15-21

JULY 15-21

Summering in France
Cool, crisp and colorful, Salade Niçoise is the hallmark of summer in France, layered with fresh produce like green beans, cherry tomatoes and fingerling potatoes, plus creamy hard-boiled eggs and accents like briny black olives and protein-rich tuna. Thus, your box this week includes both Northwest and Provençal provisions to create your own version of the famous salad, plus a Pain au Levain baguette, farm-fresh eggs, a stunning summer bouquet, and beautiful seasonal stone fruit like cherries and apricots. Cheers!

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

Salade Niçoise Kit with Black Niçoise Olives
& Canned Albacore Tuna

This week, we’ve included all the ingredients to craft your own version of Julia Child’s favorite salad (see recipes for details!). Protein-rich and perfect for patio dining, this Provençal staple balances the best in summer produce with the classic pairing of plump, briny Niçoise olives and flavorful canned Albacore tuna from local company Lummi Island Wild.

Pain au Levain Baguette

This slightly-nutty, slightly-sweet sourdough baguette 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; serve it alongside this week’s centerpiece salad to complete the meal.

Moutarde de Meaux Pommery Mustard

Crafted from mustard seeds, water, vinegar, salt and spices, this immensely-flavorful wholegrain mustard from France has been made with the same time-honored recipe since 1632.

Ravoire et Fils 2020 Domaine des Bellugues Rosé Mediterranée

Made by a small family estate named for the fireflies that live around the vineyard (bellegues means “spark”), this French rosé bursts with fresh fruit flavors and a crisp, bright acidity.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Busy scratching through the straw mulch in their spacious outdoor run looking for tasty bugs and worms, our heritage breed laying hens supply us with fresh eggs in beautiful shades of cream, beige and brown.

French Grey Lentils

A fantastic pantry provision to add to soups, salads and sides!

Seasonal Organic Greens

A selection escarole and Cegolaine lettuce.

Summer Fruit

Local organic Sweetheart cherries and Robada apricots.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes green beans, cherry tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, Walla Walla sweet onions, zucchini, broccolini, cucumber and red beets.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Basil and parsley from the walled garden and greenhouse at Bella Luna Farms.

Floral Bouquet

A beautiful bunch of summer blooms for you to enjoy!

What’s In The Box? July 8-14

JULY 8-14

Flavors of the Mediterranean
The light and bright flavors of Greece lend themselves beautifully to this week’s box as favorites like cucumbers, snap peas and summer squash all begin their summer ripening. Take advantage of this bounty with a menu starring freshly-baked focaccia bread and imported extra virgin olive for dipping, plus briny Kalamata olives, gorgeous sheep’s milk feta cheese and fragrant oregano, all to incorporate into a Greek village salad along with your choice of produce. Tunawerth Greek-style yogurt, farm-fresh eggs and ripe apricots complete this lineup of Mediterranean-inspired delights.

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

Colli Etruschi 100% Caninese Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This bold, rustic olive oil is made from 100% Caninese olives from the Colli Etruschi Cooperative in the Etruscan town of Blera, just north of Rome. An intense fruity olive oil with a peppery finish and a tannin-like mouth sensation, it is impressive in its versatility, adding rustic green olive flavor to the likes of antipasti, pasta and vegetable dishes, as well as Mediterranean-style salad dressings.

Focaccia Bread

This soft, chewy Italian-style loaf is baked just for us by our favorite local bakery. Kissed with fragrant fresh herbs, it is delicious served warm and dipped in this week’s olive oil.

Kalamata Olives

These briny Mediterranean favorites are sure to add flavor and bite to your salads and more this week.

Mercouri Estate Kallisto 2018

Located in the western Peloponnese on the plateau of the Ichthis peninsula, the Mercouri Estate has over 150 years of history of wine production and is still owned by the Mercouri family. This Kallisto is a blend of 80-percent Assyrtiko and 20-percent Robola. It pours bright and light yellow in color, gives forth perfumes of citrus fruits and has a balance of pear and citrus in the long and refreshing finish.

Harmony Fields Sheep’s Milk Feta

This sirene-style white brine cheese from Harmony Fields situated in the Skagit Valley is made from 100-percent sheep’s milk. Similar to Greek feta with a tart, lemony finish, it has a creamier texture than most feta, with a touch of saltiness that pairs perfectly with salads.

Tunawerth Creamery Greek Yogurt

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

Farm Fresh Eggs

Busy scratching through the straw mulch in their spacious outdoor run looking for tasty bugs and worms, our heritage breed laying hens supply us with fresh eggs in beautiful shades of cream, beige and brown.

Cairnspring Mills Organic Edison All-Purpose 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. Ground from a hard white spring wheat, this rich, nutty and buttery flour is perfect for your baking needs and beyond.

Sliced Almonds

Add a little crunch to your salads or to a sweet dessert featuring grilled apricots (see recipes!) with these sliced California almonds.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Frisée, sunflower shoots and Lusia radicchio.

Fresh Apricots

It’s stone fruit season! This week, enjoy gorgeous, ripe apricots.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes cucumbers, snap peas, summer squash, carrots, beets and cucumbers.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Oregano, basil, mint, garlic and rosemary from the walled garden and greenhouse at Bella Luna Farms.

Edible Flowers

Bright, cheery edible flowers to add color and spice to your salads.

Hi, July! The Latest News and Notes from Farm & Larder and Bella Luna Farms

Whew: Those last few days of record-breaking heat to end June have (thankfully!) transitioned into more normal summer temperatures this week as we gladly welcome the month of July. Everything seems to be in full summer bloom here at the farm, bursting to life in vibrant color, and keeping us busy watering, weeding, and harvesting from dawn to dusk.

The bold and beautiful tiger lilies that grow near the house have just begun to bloom, and during the warm afternoons, the goats are often spotted resting and ruminating in the sunshine. (They keep this up until the evening hours when things start to look a little livelier out there when fresh hay for dinner arrives in the barn.)

Summer chores continue in the gardens, where we marvel at the growth of the beans, peas and cucumbers that climb their trellises by inches each day. Apples, plums and pears are developing on the trees and the Montmorency pie cherries will be harvested this week! We also are eagerly anticipating the first crop of fresh, juicy Tulameen raspberries that are just now starting to ripen. Some of these tart-sweet berries will be destined for a summer fruit crisp or for snacking, but a good portion are always set aside to use in our favorite fresh raspberry jam.

The honey bees are also loving the pleasant afternoons and buzz busily amongst the many varieties of blossoms, working hard collecting pollen and nectar; the blackberry flowers are a special favorite for them, being one of the honeybee’s main food sources here in the Pacific Northwest.

As life inches more towards normalcy, weddings are again taking place and we have also begun to plan to host classes and workshops here at the farm once again. To help with this, we are looking to add a few special staffers to help us rejuvenate our lineup of classes and to help maintain the two-acre cut flower garden next to our hoophouse we planted last year. Here, we grow many of our favorite flowers such as dahlias, phlox, cosmos, sunflowers and more. (If you or someone you know would be a great fit to join our team, please reach out to us! Full details will be posted soon on our websites as well.)

We hope you enjoyed a safe and happy 4th of July, and that we see you here (in person!) again soon in the coming months!

What’s In The Box? July 1-7

Paella Party
Cucumbers! Zucchini! Fava Beans! Yes, summer—and some of its most treasured crops—truly has arrived here in the Northwest, especially after this past week’s (intense!) heat. This week, put these gorgeous offerings to delicious use in a traditional Spanish-style paella crafted with traditional Valenciano rice and spicy chorizo sausage. Also featuring cinnamon-raisin bread, Fairhaven Mills cornmeal, grilled olives and peppers, plus Marcona almonds and farm-fresh eggs, this summery lineup is fit for a 4th of July crowd—gather ‘round the paella pan, uncork a bottle of wine and enjoy!

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

Paella Rice

Traditional short-grain Valenciano rice from Spain to help craft this week’s simple, summery paella—just toss in your favorite veggies!

Smoking Goose Chorizo Sausage

Spiced with cumin, oregano, Ancho chili and sherry vinegar, this zippy pork sausage from the renowned Smoking Goose Meatery is sure to add flavor and heat to any dish.

Pimentón

Add a dash of this Spanish paprika to your paella this week!

Grilled Olives & Peppers

A wonderful complement to this week’s paella, this awesome combination of grilled olives and sweet peppers would be delicious atop slices of grilled Pain au Levain bread.

Fresh Cinnamon-Raisin Bread

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

Borsao Macabeo-Chardonnay 2015

Lightly candied white-fruit aromas and a medium-bodied palate help jump-start with Spanish white. Made from a blend of Macabeo and Chardonnay grapes, it features flavors of green banana and pithy lime and ends with tropical overtones.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Busy scratching through the straw mulch in their spacious outdoor run looking for tasty bugs and worms, our heritage breed laying hens supply us with fresh eggs in beautiful shades of cream, beige and brown.

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 more.

Marcona Almonds

These imported Spanish almonds are great for snacking, tossing into salads, or even serving atop on your paella for a little added crunch.

Fresh Fava Beans

These verdant, seasonal beans do require a bit of prep work (see our how-to guide enclosed with this week’s recipes), but it’s worth the effort—enjoy their inherent sweet, nutty flavor with everything from pastas to proteins.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Gorgeous frisée to enjoy in your salads this week.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes mini red cabbage, broccolini, cauliflower, zucchini, English cucumbers, baby bok choy and red beets.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Cilantro, rosemary, thyme and sage from the walled garden and greenhouse at Bella Luna Farms.

Edible Flowers

Bright, cheery edible flowers to add color and spice to your salads.

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