Spring into Summer Recipes

This week’s box pays homage to the best spring ingredients—rainbow Swiss chard, ruby-red rhubarb and bright green garlic—all while looking forward to summer with colorful sweet pea blossoms and the first locally-grown strawberries of the season to enjoy with freshly-baked shortcakes and silky crème fraîche. In addition to this sweet sampling, other provisions in this bright lineup include: Jewish rye bread, fresh eggs from the henhouse and soft, spreadable sheep’s milk cheese from Harmony Fields, plus Meyer lemons and tender Little Gem lettuce greens.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Rainbow Swiss Chard with Meyer Lemon Citronette
A light, lemony dressing adds bright appeal to tender Swiss chard.

Green Garlic Salad Dressing
Flavor-packed ground mustard, vinegar and green garlic stalks mix beautifully in this easy vinaigrette; try drizzling it over this week’s Little Gem lettuce greens.

Rye Bread Toasts
This week’s loaf makes for excellent crostini to pair with creamy sheep’s milk cheese and some Meyer lemon relish.

Meyer Lemon Relish
This fresh-and-tart spread from Food & Wine is wonderful served alongside chicken, halibut or freshly-toasted rye bread.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Coffee Cake
We love this moist coffee cake morning, noon or night!

Strawberry Shortcakes with Crème Fraîche
Topped with our housemade crème fraîche and ripe strawberries, these shortcakes are moist, crumbly and just a touch sweet.

Rye Bread Toasts

This week’s loaf makes for excellent crostini to pair with creamy sheep’s milk cheese and some Meyer lemon relish.

Ingredients:
Jewish rye bread
Olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Thinly slice the rye loaf into ¼-inch-thick pieces with a serrated knife and place slices on a baking sheet.

2. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, then slip pan into a 375º oven and bake crostini for 10-15 minutes, until bread is golden brown and slightly crisp. Remove from oven, and serve warm or at room temperature. (Can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container.)

Rhubarb-Thyme Jam

This sweet-and-savory spread would be delicious on toasted crostini with chevre cheese; or, add it to your morning oatmeal for an unexpected touch!

Ingredients:
3 cups chopped rhubarb
3-inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, leaves roughly chopped
2 tablespoons diced shallots
⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Pinch cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon each of sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine all the ingredients.

2. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer, stirring often, for about 30 minutes, until the mixture has thickened to a jam-like consistency. Cool to room temperature and remove the cinnamon stick. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Apple of Our Eye Recipes

From dried fruit and pie-spiced pecan-almond butter to crisp-pressed cider and Jonagolds from the orchard, this week’s lineup is filled with apple-themed delights, as well as other fresh provisions to keep you cozy during these chilly days, like Skagit River Ranch bacon, egg grattini pasta, and stollen fruit loaf. Also in your box: Farm-fresh eggs, a Columbia Valley Chardonnay and winter all-stars such as Chantenay carrots, Badger Flame beets and Delicata squash. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Raisin Bread Crostini
With plump, juicy raisins throughout, this week’s loaf makes excellent crostini to pair with our apple butter, plus maybe even a few bacon bits on top!

Celery & Fennel Salad with Herbs
This side salad from Martha Stewart is incredibly crisp and refreshing.

Cara Cara Orange & Pea Shoot Salad
This crisp, citrus-kissed salad is both bold in flavor and beautiful in presentation.

Carrot & Apple Sauté with Rosemary
This fun combination sings with fresh flavor!

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

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