Taco Time Recipes

Spice things up with this week’s taco-themed box, which comes complete with locally-made, hand-pressed tortillas, organic beef chorizo sausage from Skiyou Ranch and a bounty of late summer produce to serve on those tasty tacos or alongside, from heirloom tomatoes, fennel and sweet corn to smoky peppers and white Chanterelle mushrooms. Also included: Freshly-baked multigrain bread, a crisp Rosé wine and organic raw peanuts from Alvarez Farms. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

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

Spicy Heirloom Tomatoes
Topped with sweet corn and a pinch of cayenne pepper, these juicy tomatoes make a wonderful side salad.

Marinated Cucumber Salad
Super simple and healthy, this salad is perfect for lunch or dinner.

Baked Fennel
This classic Italian finocchi gratinati is simply sublime.

Slow-Roasted Sungold Cherry Tomatoes
These roasted beauties are incredibly sweet and juicy.

Pepper, Fennel & Onion Relish
Red Bullhorn peppers lends themselves well to this classic trio—an excellent condiment-style topping for sandwiches, scrambled eggs or even tacos!

Marinated Cucumber Salad

Super simple and healthy, this salad is perfect for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:
2 cucumbers
1 red onion
¼ cup white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Peel the cucumbers and then half lengthwise before thinly slicing. Then, peel and thinly slice the onion and place in a bowl with the cucumber.

2. Combine the vinegar, lemon juice, honey, and oil in a bowl and whisk together. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

3. Pour the vinaigrette over the cucumber and onion mixture and toss well to coat. Allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 1-2 hours before serving cold or at room temperature.

Summery September Recipes

Though the calendar may say September, the recent sunny weather has the gardens thinking it’s still high summer as they continue to produce favorites for this week’s box like heirloom tomatoes, Jimmy Nardello peppers, English cucumbers and ripe melons, as well as give us an autumn preview with the first of the local Chanterelle mushrooms. Also included: Smoky bacon and our buttery housemade dough to craft a stunning crostata—so pop that in the oven, uncork a bottle of California red wine and toast to the best of both summer and fall.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Smoky Bacon, Sweet Onion & Chanterelle Mushroom Crostata
The show-stopping crostata makes for a delicious entrée; just serve with a side salad of summer greens.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Corn & Roasted Sweet Onions
Roasted sweet onion adds a wonderful depth of flavor to this refreshing salad.

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

Sautéed Summer Squash
So simple, so flavorful: These summer beauties are excellent served over grilled crostini, tossed into pastas, or scattered over pizza.

Pan-Fried Peppers with Lemon & Garlic
Seasoned with slivered garlic, this Bon Appetit recipe is a favorite for enjoying fresh peppers.

Greek Village Salad

This classic salad makes the best of summer heirloom tomatoes and cucumbers.

Ingredients:
2 heirloom tomatoes, cut into bite sized chunks
1 pint heirloom cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
2 English cucumbers, peeled and cut into bite sized chunks
½ cup pepperoncini
1 cup Kalamata olives
¾ cup sheep’s milk feta cheese, crumbled
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh herbs of your choice, such as basil, oregano and parsley, stripped of stems and chopped
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Place the tomatoes, cucumbers and pepperoncini in a bowl. Mix in the olives.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, herbs, and salt and pepper, and pour over the salad to coat. Toss well, then sprinkle with the feta cheese and season with additional salt and pepper, as needed.

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