What’s In The Box? October 14-20

Season to Season
Swinging from cloudy and drippy to sunny and (super) crisp, the weather has us—and the gardens—toeing the line between summer and fall. Luckily, that also means that we are enjoying produce from both seasons as summery favorites like peppers, cucumbers and corn continue to delight alongside new offerings like the buttery Chanterelle mushrooms that pair beautifully with this week’s cozy pappardelle pasta. Also included: Italian Rustica bread, farm-fresh eggs and a beautiful French Rosé so you can toast to whatever season is at hand today.

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

Chanterelle Mushrooms

With a firm texture and light, delicate flavor, locally foraged golden Chanterelle mushrooms lend earthy appeal to a variety of fall dishes like pasta, soup or scrambled eggs.

Semolina Pappardelle Pasta

Perhaps enjoyed with sautéed Chanterelles this week, these fresh, broad semolina noodles should rightly earn their name, which is derived from the Italian verb ‘to gobble up’.

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 and a delightfully-crisp crust. This bread is wonderfully sliced and toasted for crostini—rub each lightly-charred piece with a cut clove of garlic for extra flavor and then enjoy with the last-of-the-season heirloom tomatoes!

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

Our small flock of heritage breed laying hens gives us fresh eggs in beautiful shades of brown and green. With shorter days that signal the coming of fall, the girls are up with the sun to roam the outdoors where they still enjoy the warm afternoons. Bedtime is coming much earlier now, as we see them heading into their house to roost as the sun is going down.

Lily Pops Truffle & Salt Baked Snacks

Made by popping wild water lily seeds, this light and crunchy snack is sure to satisfy your cravings, made with a perfect blend of Italian black truffle and sea salt seasoning.

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.

Fresh Organic Greens

Spring mix from Mama Bird Farm, purple radish microgreens and bright pea shoots.

Seasonal Organic Fruit & Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes Piracicaba sprouting broccoli, Walla Walla sweet onions, Persian cucumber, Italian sweet peppers, heirloom tomatoes and Honey Select sweet corn, plus Asian Pears.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Parsley, cilantro, thyme, Oaxacan oregano and mint from the walled garden and greenhouse at Bella Luna Farms, plus papalo, an aromatic herb native to Mexico with a flavor reminiscent of cilantro and arugula.

What’s In The Box? October 7-13

Fall Color
As 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 colorful fall offerings—like beautiful Italian plums, petite and sweet kiwi berries and gorgeous greens like rainbow Swiss chard, plus Gruyère cheese bread, Italian white wine and a vibrant produce selection that also includes Honey Select corn, fingerling eggplant and a trio of summer peppers. Also complemented by farm-fresh eggs and pumpkin-spiced eggnog, this box is a lovely snapshot of the season at its best.

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

Fresh Kiwi Berries

A cousin of the well-known kiwi, these smooth, grape-sized Anna Hardy kiwi berries boast a delightfully sweet flavor!

Summer Pepper Trio

A vibrant assortment of the last summer peppers: Jimmy Nardello, Basque peppers and red Pimento.

Bert’s Crunchy Maple Snacks

This deliciously addictive snack blend from this woman-owned business is crafted from organic corn flakes, organic corn puffs, organic maple syrup, dried cranberries, organic whole grain oats, canola oil, organic egg whites, cinnamon, salt, and spices. Yum!

Gruyère Cheese Bread

Made in nearby Snohomish by our favorite bakery, this freshly-baked loaf balances rich 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.

Ercole Bianco Monferrato DOC

With notes of peach, pear and sweet nectarine with delicate flowers, this white wine blend is crafted from Cortese, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Fun fact: The Ercole, which means “Hercules” in Italian, is made by a generations-old co-op of local growers in the Monferrato region of Italy.

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 that signal the coming of fall, the girls are up with the sun to roam the outdoors where they still enjoy the warm afternoons. Bedtime is coming much earlier now, as we see them heading into their house to roost as the sun is going down.

Grace Harbor Farms Pumpkin Spice Eggnog

Tastes like pumpkin pie in a bottle! This eggnog is crafted sans artificial flavors and thickeners from cow’s milk, farm-fresh eggs, organic cane sugar, pure vanilla extract and a custom pumpkin spice mix.

Grace Harbor Farms Pumpkin Spice Eggnog

Tastes like pumpkin pie in a bottle: This eggnog is crafted sans artificial flavors and thickeners from cow’s milk, farm-fresh eggs, organic cane sugar, pure vanilla extract and a custom pumpkin spice mix.

Fresh Fall Greens

This week’s beautiful bounty of greens includes frisée and colorful rainbow Swiss chard from the garden.

Seasonal Organic Fruit & Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes Piracicaba sprouting broccoli, fingerling eggplant, Honey Select corn, heirloom tomatoes and giant Italian plums.

Fresh Garden Herbs

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

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

While we are still experiencing pleasant, sunny days as we start the month of October, the cooler nights and increasing rain sessions tell us it truly is now fall.

Here at Bella Luna, the leaves are just beginning to turn color—brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange, and the local wildlife are beginning to stash provisions like crazy. Squirrels are busy darting to and fro, carrying off acorns, walnuts and chestnuts—some as big as their heads—to bury for food during the winter months. The blue jays are also busy squabbling with one another, battling the squirrels and each other for hazelnuts.

With the last of the grapes behind us, the apple and pear harvest has officially begun—the sweet, aromatic Macoun and crunchy, mildly-tart Liberty are the first apples to ripen in our orchard, with the Asian and European pears right behind them. We admit to snatching a few, fragrant and crunchy, right off the tree while walking past to do chores in the barn or garden, with the donkey enjoying an apple here and there as well! Soon, we will press and enjoy our first batch of fresh cider, and start cooking up homemade batches of applesauce and apple butter in the farm kitchen.

In addition to the time spent tending our clients’ gardens for our landscape design firm Parterre, we are also hosting a few fall weddings and other small gatherings; we are especially excited to welcome weaving expert Lisa Liedgren for a workshop event held through The Field Trip Society on the 17th. (This particular event is sold out, but be sure to keep an eye out for future collaborations!) In between times, here at home we are pulling the last of the heirloom tomatoes out of the hoophouse, which are destined for more batches of our Nonna Pat’s tomato sauce. As the tomatoes end their season, they make way for fall plantings of kale, cabbage and Swiss chard to overwinter for early spring harvest. These hardy crops always renew our excitement for fall—foraging for mushrooms in the woods, or enjoying the distinct flavors of autumn over a cozy supper.

We hope you are well and also enjoying the month of October!

What’s In The Box? September 30 – October 6

Fall Provisions
After months of avoiding turning on a hot oven, the return of some cooler, drippy days have us hankering to get back in the kitchen once again. Thus, this week’s lineup is full of fall provisions to help you stock your shelves—from bread flour, yeast and focaccia bread to Grana-style cheese and cultured butter with sea salt—and an array of culinary delights to cook up however you please. Have fun experimenting with silky duck eggs, vibrantly-hued French peppers, heirloom tomatoes and other seasonal produce, plus we’ve included our cobbler crust mix and the last of the peaches so that you can pop one last summery cobbler into that oven.

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

French Yellow Peppers

These vibrant, heirloom variety peppers originally from the South of France lend beautiful color and sweet undertones to the likes of pastas, scrambles, sautés and more—see this week’s recipes for ideas.

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 olive oil.

Cairnspring Mills Whole Grain Expresso Bread Flour & Yeast

Baking essentials to stock up your pantry.

Cherry Valley Dairy Cultured Butter with Gray Sea Salt

This silky-smooth butter from Duvall-based Cherry Valley Dairy combines sweet, grassy butter with artisan gray sea salt for a flavor profile that wows.

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 and is rubbed with olive oil during aging to create a smooth, golden rind.

Two Birds One Stone 2019 Rouge Carignan

The juicy black-fruit tones of this French wine carry to the palate and turn to tart black plum on the finish, while an earthy oak accent and a dusting of tannins frame it all.

Orange Star Farm 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.

Grace Harbor Farms Pumpkin Spice Eggnog

Tastes like pumpkin pie in a bottle: This eggnog is crafted sans artificial flavors and thickeners from cow’s milk, farm-fresh eggs, organic cane sugar, pure vanilla extract and a custom pumpkin spice mix.

Yellow Freestone Peaches

The last peaches of the season; be sure to enjoy each and every one!

F&L Cobbler Crust Mix

Our signature cobbler crust mix contains organic flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter; when combined with a splash of milk, the resulting mixture produces a light and fluffy cobbler topping.

Fresh Organic Greens

Fresh pea shoots.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes Anaheim peppers, Jimmy Nardello peppers, heirloom tomatoes, green beans, cauliflower, purple carrots, fennel, fingerling potatoes and onions.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Thyme, rosemary, and Italian parsley from the walled garden and greenhouse at Bella Luna Farms.

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