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

It’s July and summer is in full swing at the farm! We are honored that you keep up with all the goings on here at Bella Luna, and are grateful for your support throughout the year—thank you! Here’s what this beautiful, sunny season has in store for us:

The bold and beautiful tiger lilies that grow near the house have just begun to bloom, and during the lazy afternoons, the goats are often spotted resting and ruminating in the shady pasture to get a break from the sun on warmer days. (They keep this up until the cooler evening hours when things start to look a little livelier out there.)

Summer morning 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. We are eagerly anticipating the first crop of fresh, juicy 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. (Learn more about our signature recipe here!)

Afternoons are often spent working away from the farm in clients’ gardens for our landscape design and gardening firm, Parterre; or prepping for upcoming weddings and special events to be held here at the farm this summer. (Don’t forget: We are hosting the second installment of our Scampagnata dinner on Sunday, August 4th; get your tickets before it sells out!) 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.

One more note: As this year’s 4th of July holiday falls on a Thursday, there will be no F&L box delivery next week. We will pick back up again with the July 11th delivery. Enjoy your Independence Day—and this most lovely month of July!

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