Cucumber & Melon Salad with Basil

Juicy and incredibly crisp, this salad always receives rave reviews.

Ingredients:
½ very ripe Galia, cantaloupe or other summer melon, cut into ½-inch chunks
2 cucumbers, cut into ½-inch chunks
6 basil leaves, cut into chiffonade
¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Shelled sunflower seeds
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Toss melon, cucumber, basil, and feta in a medium bowl.

2. Mix equal parts olive oil and balsamic together in a small bowl, then drizzle over the salad, tossing to coat if desired. Finish with a sprinkling each of sunflower seeds, salt, and freshly ground pepper.

Celery & Fennel Salad with Herbs

This side salad from Martha Stewart is incredibly crisp and refreshing.

Ingredients:
6 celery stalks, thinly sliced crosswise
2 fennel bulbs, cored and thinly sliced
1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh mint
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Toss together celery, fennel, parsley, mint, and oil in a bowl. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Summer Harvest Recipes

As July transitions into August, we have started to reach the pinnacle of summer as a bounty of crops seemingly ripen at once—sweet corn, crisp lettuce greens, summer squash (and their blossoms!) and more. Thus, this week’s box pays tribute to the summer harvest with a beautiful assortment of local produce, plus Fairhaven Mill’s organic buckwheat flour, farm-fresh eggs, fragrant herbs and a wonderful assortment of antipasti-ready provisions, from rosemary-olive oil crackers and stone-ground mustard to briny green olives and alpine-style filomena cheese. Bon appetit!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Fried Squash Blossoms
The ultimate summer starter, incredibly beautiful and flavorful.

Fresh Corn Salsa
This crisp salsa is brightened with smoky Poblano chiles and fresh lime juice.

Summer Melon & Cucumber Salad with Basil
Juicy and incredibly crisp, this salad always receives rave reviews.

Roasted Potato Salad with Sweet Corn, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Fresh Basil
This room temperature salad will be a hit at your next barbecue. (Plus, it’s a snap to prep ahead!)

Buckwheat Crêpes
Once you perfect the technique here, start adding in and playing with your favorite fillings. (This week we suggest using some of that delicious filomena cheese!

Paella Party Recipes

Cucumbers! Zucchini! Fava Beans! Yes, summer—and some of its most treasured crops—truly has arrived here in the Northwest, especially after this past week’s (intense!) heat. This week, put these gorgeous offerings to delicious use in a traditional Spanish-style paella crafted with traditional Valenciano rice and spicy chorizo sausage. Also featuring cinnamon-raisin bread, Fairhaven Mills cornmeal, Marcona almonds and farm-fresh eggs, this summery lineup is fit for a 4th of July crowd—gather ‘round the paella pan, uncork a bottle of wine and enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Summer Vegetable Paella
This recipe is so versatile: Try it with different vegetables, add in protein like this week’s chorizo sausage, or even cook it on the grill!

How-To: Prep Fava Beans
Our quick guide to peeling and prepping fresh fava beans for this week’s risotto and dip recipes.

Fava Bean Dip
This simple, fresh dip enhances the inherent nutty flavor of fresh fava beans.

Marinated Cucumber Salad
Super simple and healthy, this salad is perfect for casual summer feasting.

Grilled Lemon-Garlic Zucchini
Brushed with a herb-kissed butter mixture, these zucchini slices pair well with grilled chicken, fish or steak.

Red Cabbage-Fennel Slaw with Cilantro
This light, fresh dish is fantastic on tacos, pulled pork sandwiches or simply served as a summery side.

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