What’s In The Box? November 10-16

Sunday Supper
In the tradition of our own Nonna Pat’s long-standing Sunday suppers, this week’s box includes all the fixings for a cozy, Italian-inspired meal to share with your nearest and dearest—from fresh bucatini to Skagit River Ranch Italian sausage and crusty Italian Rustica bread. Side dish-worthy produce such as carrots, cauliflower and Bietola Swiss chard, plus orchard apples, herbs, farm-fresh eggs, and a crisp Rosé, all help to round out this robust fall meal.

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

Fresh Bellingham Pasta Co. Bucatini

Hand-crafted in nearby Bellingham, this spaghetti-like semolina pasta has a hole running through the center—hence the name bucatini, which comes from the Italian buco, meaning “hole”, while bucato means “pierced”.

Skagit River Ranch Italian Sausage

The pampered pigs raised on the Skagit River Ranch in Sedro-Woolley roam outdoors in certified-organic pasture land 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 flavorful, savory note to a hearty bowl of pasta this week.

Italian Rustica Bread

This freshly-baked loaf is made in Snohomish using a wild yeast starter, which creates an airy, chewy bread and a delightfully-crisp crust. Perfect paired with this week’s bucatini and Nonna’s sauce—just brush the top with a little water and warm in the oven for a perfect crispy, chewy crust!

Ercole Piemonte Doc Rosato 2021

This crisp and dry Rosé features strawberry and peach on the nose, which leads to a pleasant second phase. Dry, but slightly sweet, it also boasts a smooth finish. Fun fact: The wines by Ercole, which means “Hercules” in Italian, are 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 the shorter, darker days, the girls are up early to roam the outdoors. Bedtime is coming much earlier now, as we see them heading back into their house to roost as the sun is going down.

Seasonal Organic Greens

This week’s greens include Cegolaine lettuces, Bietola Swiss chard and Treviso chicory.

Fall Apples

A selection of beautiful Golden Russet and Newtown Pippin apples.

Seasonal Organic Produce

This week’s produce selection also includes onions, white cauliflower, orange carrots, celery and Jimmy Nardello peppers.

Fresh Garden Herbs

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

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As we turn the corner into late fall with the arrival of November, the farm is awash in color—from the beautiful fall leaves fluttering to the ground in bright scarlet and yellow hues from our collection of Gingko, chestnut, oak and maple trees to the crisp and colorful apples and pears we are still harvesting in the orchard. The birds are busy feasting on the dark purple Evergreen huckleberries, bright orange rose hips and windfall apples both in the garden and orchard. Squirrels are busy seemingly everywhere, burying walnuts, chestnuts and acorns for their winter food.

We are still cleaning up branches and limbs from the wind storm that occurred over this past weekend in Snohomish County, and with the return to this more normal blustery and drippy weather, we are also catching up on some chores in and around the barn to prepare for the upcoming winter. On crisp fall mornings, you’ll find our very tame and social goats hanging out in their barn, and now that they have all day to dream up trouble, they seem to be up to even more mischief than usual. They are a curious bunch, keeping their eyes on both what we are up to and all the goings on at the farm, hoping for treats every time we pass by.

We are also taking advantage of the days by finishing putting up the last of the harvested tomatoes—this fall, we have preserved over 900 pounds of juicy, ripe tomatoes in big batches of our Nonna Pat’s marinara sauce. The orchard apples will be making their way into apple sauces and apple butters, and we are also setting aside spiced pears and beets, and making preserved lemons with the remaining fruit from the Meyer lemon trees that are now pulled close to the barn for shelter from the cold.

One special note: There will be no F&L box the day of Thanksgiving (November 24th), but we will get you all set for the feast in the preceding week’s delivery which, per tradition, will be full of all our favorite holiday provisions. Your weekly delivery will pick back up again on Thursday, December 1st—have a happy turkey day with your loved ones and know that we are grateful for you!

What’s In The Box? November 3-9

A Taste of Bavaria
In keeping with the warm, soulful flavors of classic Oktoberfest, this week’s lineup takes a trip to Bavaria with such favorites as smoky bratwurst links, fresh pumpernickel bread and tangy sauerkraut. Complemented by an array of fall all-stars like Autumn Frost winter squash, red carrots and cabbage, Spitzenberg apples and baby potatoes to incorporate into comforting side dishes, this box also includes farm-fresh eggs, kiwi berries and a bevy of salad greens, plus Sauk Farm apple cider and a vibrant, crimson-red Cabernet Sauvignon—prost!

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

Skagit River Ranch Bratwurst

The pampered pigs raised on this farm in Sedro-Woolley roam outdoors in certified organic pastureland to root, dig, and cavort, thriving on a diet of flaxseed, corn and wheat. This week, enjoy the all-natural pork in the ranch’s perfectly-spiced bratwurst.

Britt’s Riesling Sauerkraut

Crafted from green cabbage, sweet onion, sea salt and yes, Riesling wine, this zippy sauerkraut from Langley, Washington’s Britt’s Fermented Foods is wonderful served with this week’s Bavarian fare. (Fun fact: The first sauerkraut was actually from China and used rice wine! Sauerkraut was introduced to Europe by the Huns when they came on horseback and became a staple in German cuisine when they combined salt and water with their cabbage.)

Pumpernickel Bread

Baked fresh just for us by a small bakery in nearby Snohomish, this slightly-sweet rye bread loaf is wonderful served alongside this week’s German-inspired fare.

Wakefield Promised Land Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

This vibrant, crimson red Cab from Southern Australia features aromas of red currant, plum and a touch of spice, as well as notes of black currant and subtle savory coffee and cedar flavors, plus a smooth and gentle finish on the palate.

Sauk Farm Honeycrisp Apple Cider

Crafted from cold-pressed Honeycrisp apples grown on Sauk Farm in Concrete, Washington, this refreshing cider is delicious served crisp and cold all on its own, or is mixed into your next fall cocktail.

Farm Fresh Eggs

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

Seasonal Organic Greens

This week’s greens include Little Gem lettuce, mixed mini lettuces, red cabbage and Treviso radicchio.

Fresh Kiwi Berries

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

Seasonal Organic Fruit & Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes red beets, Peter Wilcox potatoes, Autumn Frost winter squash, red carrots, leeks, fennel and yellow onions, plus Spitzenberg apples.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Thyme, parsley, sage, garlic and rosemary from the walled garden at Bella Luna Farms.

Dried Mini Bouquets

A sweet sampling of everlasting, dried seasonal blooms.

What’s In The Box? October 27 – November 2

Classic & Colorful
As we greet the month of November this week, it seems as if more classic autumn weather has also arrived in the Puget Sound region. As we cozy up to the (delightful) sounds of rain outside, this week’s box fittingly celebrates the new month’s cozy and color-rich flavors. With the likes of fresh kiwi berries, Puntarelle chicory, broccolini, carrots and fennel, as well as cinnamon-raisin bread, farm-fresh chicken and duck eggs, fragrant herbs and edible flowers, this lineup is sure to bring comfort to your soul; enjoy!

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!

Edible Flowers

A mixture of bright and cheery blooms to add color and spice to your salads this week!

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.

Clos des Lumières L’éclat Côtes du Rhône 2018

With notes of oak, dark cherry and a hint of vanilla, this easy-drinking yet bold red from the southern Rhône region of France also features medium tannins and a dry finish after a push of fruit up front.

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.

Farm Fresh Eggs

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

Seasonal Organic Greens

This week’s greens include Mizuna greens, fall salad mix, mixed mini lettuces and Chioggia radicchio, as well as Puntarelle. Widely used in Central and Southern Italian cuisine, especially in Roman fare, and very popular for its fresh and slightly bitter taste, this chicory variant is characterized by an elongated shape, light green stems and dandelion shaped leaves.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes bunching green onions, broccolini, Huckleberry Gold potatoes, carrots, fennel and tomatoes.

Fresh Garden Herbs

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

Mini Bouquets

A sweet sampling of seasonal blooms.

Cacao Crudo 80% Dark Raw Cacao Bar

Hailing from Italy, Cacao Crudo is the creation of producer Daniele dell’Orco, who mixes classic Italian ingredients with high-quality, raw cacao beans to highlight the natural floral and fruity flavors of Criollo cacao. Amazingly creamy, this bar is made of just two ingredients—cacao paste and coconut flower sap.

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