Breakfast Favorites Recipes

Whether you favor a breakfast-for-dinner feast on Halloween night, or a leisurely brunch after enjoying that extra hour of sleep from Daylight Savings, this week’s bright lineup is sure to satisfy with favorite fixins’ like whole grain hotcake mix, organic sausages from Skagit River Ranch and fresh-baked cinnamon-raisin bread. Also included: Crisp apple cider, our housemade crème fraîche and beautiful fall produce like Melrose apples, Delicata squash and Chioggia beets. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Whole Grain Hotcakes
Crafted with hearty whole grains and nuts, this mix produces one satisfying flapjack!

Sautéed Apples
Kissed with fragrant cinnamon and brown sugar, these apples are sublime on hotcakes.

Cider-Braised Beets
These delightful beets from Rick Rodgers’ The Big Book of Sides are sure to be a new fall favorite.

Potato Salad with Apples & Walnuts
This crisp potato salad will be especially beautiful with this week’s Magic Myrna fingerling potatoes.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pears
This unique flavor combination is accented by salty pistachios.

Whole-Roasted Cauliflower
This dish can’t be beat for presentation, served whole and topped with olive oil and sea salt.

Fall Comforts Recipes

Stave off the chill this week with a lineup of warm-and-wonderful fall pairings—rich, flavorful vegetable minestrone soup with toasted Pomodoro bread, plus Italian red wine. Complemented by our housemade plum jam and seasonal produce including sweet corn, leeks and red-fleshed Amarosa potatoes, this cozy meal begs to be eaten fireside, tucked in your favorite chair, with a glass of wine in hand.

Here are some recipe ideas for the week:

Red Potato Mash with Leek Confit
This easy, casserole-style dish is rich with buttery leeks and red Amarosa potatoes.

Grilled Corn Salad with Sweet Peppers
This warm salad is crisp and crunchy, boasting a wonderful smoky flavor from the perfectly-charred corn and peppers.

Carrot & Apple Sauté with Rosemary
This beautiful side dish sings of fresh autumn flavors!

Herb-Roasted Cauliflower
Seasoned with parsley, garlic and lemon, this incredibly-easy cauliflower recipe is a keeper.

Cider-Braised Beets
These delightful beets from Rick Rodgers’ The Big Book of Sides are sure to be a new fall favorite.

Arugula Pesto
This bright, flavorful pesto is a wonderful drizzled over this week’s soup!

Apple Season


It is Washington’s most renowned export: the crisp, juicy apple. Here at Bella Luna, we grow over 30 delicious varieties of the state fruit, which means autumn is an especially busy and fulfilling season for us, as we harvest the annual yield from our trees.

Each morning we head out to the garden, often taste-testing a few apples to determine ripeness. And there are quite a few to check on, too: From Macintosh and Macoun to Lady and Liberty, a wide variety ripens all season long and range across the flavor spectrum. For snacking, we grow the popular Jonagold, which inherits its deep flavor from parent varieties Jonathan and Yellow Delicious, the latter of which we also grow. The sweet, late-season Golden Russet is also wonderful eaten fresh; other favorites also include the good-keeping Gala and the Akane variety, which is an excellent cooking apple.

Once harvested, the hand-picked fruit is destined for the farmhouse, where some go into stores for the winter, and others are put to use in the kitchen in fresh-made apple sauces and butters. A special reserve is set aside for one of our favorite traditions: the first apple pressing for our homemade cider. Washed then quartered, apples are set in our Jaffrey fruit press, which is then cranked by hand to grind the fruit. The ground pieces then drop into a mesh-lined drum, at which point we once again get our hands working, hand-turning the wheel at the top of the press. This motion screws a wooden disc down through the drum onto the bag, pressing the apple pulp into juice, which is then collected in a bucket at the bottom of the press. The finished product is incredibly crisp and fresh, capturing the wonderful flavors of fall in a single sip.

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