How-To: Prep Fava Beans

Our quick guide to peeling and prepping fresh fava beans!

Ingredients:
1 pound fava beans

Method:
1. Peel: Pull off the top and “unzip” the seam of the bean pod. Open the pod and remove the beans. (There are usually 4 to 5 beans per pod.) The beans have a waxy outer coating, which you’ll need to remove.

2. Prep: Blanch them in boiling water for 30 seconds, and then transfer to an ice bath to stop the cooking process. The waxy coating will slip then right off.

3. Cook: From here, steam the beans until tender in a steamer basket or covered in the microwave, 3-5 minutes.

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Sunday Supper Recipes

In the tradition of our own Nonna Pat’s long-standing Sunday suppers, this week’s box includes all the fixings for a vibrant Italian-inspired meal to share with your nearest and dearest—from fresh semolina pasta shells and Skagit River Ranch Italian sausage to garden-grown salad greens and pillowy-soft focaccia bread. Side dish-worthy produce such as fresh fava beans, jumbo asparagus and Cremini mushrooms, plus eggs from our heritage-breed laying hens, edible nasturtium flowers and living Genovese basil, all help to round out this robust meal.

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How-To: Prep Fava Beans
Our quick guide to peeling and prepping fresh fava beans.

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Sun-Ripened Recipes

No matter how you pronounce it, the word ‘tomato’ practically sings of summer, as well it should as the vine-ripened beauties are now ready to be plucked from the vine—and headed straight for your box. Thus, this week’s delivery pays homage to the ripe, juicy tomato with the first of the heirloom varieties and a bevy of complementary ingredients like Pain au Levain bread, farm-fresh eggs, Tomme-style sheep’s cheese and summery basil, plus other seasonal produce like cucumbers, fennel, fava beans and ripe apricots. So, uncork a bottle of wine, peruse a few recipes and enjoy these bright and beautiful summer favorites to their fullest.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

How-To: Prep Fava Beans
Our quick guide to peeling and prepping fresh fava beans.

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

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Fava beans to fennel, cucumbers to cauliflower, red radishes to zucchini, this week’s box is packed with a bounty of midsummer produce. Enjoy these all-stars alongside another farmhouse favorite: a summery risotto crafted with Arborio rice, roasted chicken stock and Cremini mushrooms and topped with a beautiful medley of grilled vegetables (see recipes for details). Also included in this lively lineup: Italian Rustica bread, sheep’s milk feta cheese, a dry Portuguese white wine, edible flowers, mini bouquets, and gorgeous ripe apricots. Enjoy!

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How-To: Fava Beans
Our quick guide for peeling and prepping fresh fava beans!

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