What’s In The Box? October 15-21

Oktoberfest
In keeping with the warm, soulful flavors of classic Oktoberfest, this week’s lineup takes a trip to Europe with such Bavarian favorites as smoky bratwurst links, wholegrain mustard and our housemade tangy sauerkraut. Complemented by an array of fall all-stars like orange winter squash, Tropea onions, Badger Flame golden beets and orchard apples to incorporate into comforting side dishes, this box also includes bacon and roasted pork belly, crisp apple cider, melty fontina-style cheese and fresh pumpernickel bread—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.

Roasted Pork Belly & Neuske’s Bacon

Add even more flavor to this week’s menu with roasted pork belly (add it to a platter of bratwurst!) and smoky bacon from Neuske’s—the perfect finishing touch to a classic German potato salad; see recipes for details!

Wholegrain Mustard

Wonderful slathered over a hearty bratwurst, our signature mustard is bold and slightly spicy, made with both ground and pickled mustard seeds, fresh parsley and apple cider vinegar.

Housemade Sauerkraut

Made from finely-shredded cabbage fermented with sea salt, this traditional German condiment packs a wonderful, tangy kick.

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.

Michel Gassier Nostre Païs Costières de Nîmes 2014

Crafted from a combination of Grenache, Carginan, Syrha, Mourvèdre and Cinsault grapes, this lush red wine brims with layers of fruit flavor. A deep red-violet in the glass, the nose shows intriguing aromas of black fruit, cherry, and hot stones followed up by rich flavors on the palate.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Our small flock of heritage breed laying hens gives us fresh eggs in beautiful shades of brown, beige and cream. The “girls” are enjoying the crisp mornings and pleasant afternoons of the fall season, chasing bugs and eating tasty green weeds we pull from the garden.

Fontina-Style Cheese

Fresh from our farmstead creamery, this nutty, buttery Fontina-style cheese is crafted from sweet cow’s milk.

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 cocktail.

Orchard Fruit

Honeycrisp apples, Gratitude grapes and Comice pears.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Sweet pea shoots, escarole rainbow Swiss chard and red streak Mizuna greens.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes sweet Italian peppers, Tropea onions, yellow onions, Bolero carrots, Badger Flame golden beets, orange winter squash, Pinto potatoes, celery and the last of the season’s heirloom tomatoes and sweet corn.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Garlic, thyme, sage, chives and parsley from the walled garden and hoophouse at Bella Luna Farms.

Decorative Gourds

Colorful, locally-grown gourds for your seasonal decor!

What’s In The Box? October 8-14

Fall Comforts Recipes
As leaves start to flutter to the ground and dusk descends earlier in the day, now is the time to cozy up with this week’s lineup of warm-and-wonderful fall offerings—like smoky Skagit River Ranch bacon and fragrant fresh sage to accent a beautiful bowl of piping-hot Jacob’s Cattle beans, plus Pain au Levain bread, lively Tuscan red wine and a vibrant produce selection that includes zucchini, Tropea onions, broccolini and Supersweet corn. Also complemented by farm-fresh eggs and Chanterelle mushrooms, this box is a lovely snapshot of the season at its best.

Here’s what you’ll find in your box:

Dried Jacob’s Cattle Beans

Also sometimes called the Trout or Appaloosa bean, the beautiful legume most classically known as Jacob’s Bean is a plump, white and red speckled, kidney-shaped bean with vivid maroon splashes. It is full-flavored, holds its shape under long cooking, and stands up well to plenty of seasoning—craft a comforting, cozy bowl of these locally-grown ones this week along with some crispy Skagit River Ranch bacon.

Skagit River Ranch Bacon

The perfect compliment to this week’s beans, this smoky, locally-sourced bacon is also nitrate-free. The pampered pigs raised on the Skagit River Ranch in Sedro Woolley roam outdoors in certified-organic pastures to root, dig, and cavort as only happy pigs can, thriving on a diet of flax seed, corn and wheat.

Pain au Levain Bread

This slightly-nutty, slightly-sweet sourdough loaf embodies country-style French baking with a chewy crust and light, airy interior. Baked just for us at a small bakery in Snohomish, this traditional Pain au Levain is crafted using the bakery’s own sourdough starter.

Dei Rosso di Montepulciano 2017

Made from 90 percent Sangiovese grapes, plus 5 percent each of Merlot and Canaiolo Nero, this Rosso di Montepulciano is a youthful wine with a lively ruby-red colour. Full of fruity fragrances, it is dry to the taste, fresh and pleasantly tannic.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Our small flock of heritage breed laying hens gives us fresh eggs in beautiful shades of brown, beige and cream. The “girls” are enjoying the crisp mornings and pleasant afternoons of the fall season, chasing bugs and eating tasty green weeds we pull from the garden.

Chanterelle Mushrooms

With a firm texture and light, delicate flavor, locally foraged Chanterelle mushrooms lendy earthy appeal to a variety of dishes.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Swiss chard, spicy Mesclun mix and Little Gem lettuce.

Fresh Kiwi Berries

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

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes zucchini, heirloom tomatoes, Chanterelle mushrooms, red beets, Tropea onions, broccolini, Jimmy Nardello peppers, carrots and Supersweet corn from Caruso Farms in Snohomish.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Italian parsley, garlic, thyme, sage and basil from the walled garden and hoophouse at Bella Luna Farms.

What’s In The Box? October 1-7

Season to Season
With the swing from cloudy and drippy to amazingly-sunny and crisp, the weather has us—and the gardens—towing the line between summer and fall. Luckily, that also means that we are enjoying produce from both seasons as summery favorites like tomatoes, corn, late season blueberries and unique purple Islander peppers continue to delight alongside new offerings like Delicata squash and beautiful Shipova pears. Also included: Gruyère cheese bread, eggs and one of two of our favorite red wines to toast to whatever season is at hand today.

Here’s what you’ll find in your box:

Islander Purple Bell Pepper

Similar in taste to a green Bell with a sweet and mild flavor, the Islander pepper is not only a beautiful violet hue straight off the plant, but it then continues to ripen into deep, dark red as well. That means when it arrives to you, it can be fully purple or streaked with yellow or orange—nature’s very own tie-dye effect!

Gruyère Cheese Bread

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

Shannon Ridge Wrangler Red 2017

This bright California wine is a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah,
Merlot, Mourvédre and Cabernet Franc, creating a multi-layered wine of great depth and silky smooth finish.

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Contini Cannonau Tonaghe

This deep ruby-red Sicilian wine features. pure, precise aromas of red cherry and dark berries show a delicate smoky quality and a violet topnote. Sweet and straightforward on the palate, offering ripe blackberry and red cherry flavors.

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 brown, beige and cream.

Housemade Apple Butter

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

Seasonal Organic Greens

Peppery arugula greens and Cegolaine mini butter crunch lettuce.

Seasonal Fruit

Late season blueberries, Ginger Gold apples, Venus grapes and Shipova pears, a round yellow-orange cross between the European and Whitebeam varieties.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes corn, mixed summer squash, fennel, sweet Italian peppers, Watermelon radish, broccolini, Delicata squash, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and orange carrots.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Basil, parsley and garlic from the walled garden and hoophouse at Bella Luna Farms.

What’s In The Box? September 24-30

Feels Like Fall
Crisp apples, sweet-and-mellow pears, vibrant peppers and more: Fall is officially here! As the weather starts to cool, the farmhouse kitchen is heating up as we incorporate this bounty of produce into dishes indicative of this culinary-friendly season. Tie on an apron and get started in your own kitchen this week with ingredients for a cozy autumn brunch: Certified-organic buckwheat flour for incredible crêpes, both Snohomish Bakery granola and cinnamon-raisin bread, smoky bacon and farm-fresh eggs, plus Italian prosecco and a quartet of locally-crafted cocktail shrubs—cheers to fall!

Here’s what you’ll find in your box:

Fairhaven Mill Organic Buckwheat Flour

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. This particular buckwheat flour makes exceptional crêpes—see recipes for details!

Skagit River Ranch Bacon

Smoky, salty and savory, this locally-sourced bacon is also nitrate-free. The pampered pigs raised on the Skagit River Ranch in Sedro Woolley roam outdoors in certified-organic pastures to root, dig, and cavort as only happy pigs can, thriving on a diet of flax seed, corn and wheat.

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.

Snohomish Bakery Granola

This nut-free, hand-crafted granola is made with warming spices like cinnamon and cloves, plus oats, toasted seeds and local honey. It is fantastic served with fall fruit and Greek yogurt, splashed with cold milk or sprinkled on top of this week’s crêpes for a delightful crunch.

Mille Prosecco Millesimato Extra-Dry DOC

Fabulously lively and light at every glass, this extra-dry Italian Prosecco is wonderful mixed into a cocktail with a bouquet of apple and pear notes, as well as hints of light citrus.

Girl Meets Dirt Mini Shrub Set

This wonderful four-pack of cocktail mixers from Orcas Island-based Girl Meets Girl includes the brand’s signature lemon-lavender, Island pear, Island plum and ruby-spiced apple flavors. Pick your fave and add a splash to a glass of this week’s Prosecco for a fun brunch cocktail!

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 brown, beige and cream.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Indigo and Lusia radicchio, arugula and pea shoots.

Seasonal Fruit

Reliance grapes, melon and a beautiful mix of fall orchard fruit—Asian pears, plums, quince and apples.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes sweet corn, heirloom tomatoes, celery, Austrian Crescent fingerling potatoes, broccoli, purple scallions, Jimmy Nardello peppers, sweet fennel, Tropea onions, Badger Flame beets, cherry tomatoes and carrots.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Garlic, parsley, thyme and basil from the walled garden and hoophouse at Bella Luna Farms.

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