Signs of Spring Recipes

It’s officially spring—and though our days continue to be drippy, the gardens are beginning to show new life as the first of the spring onions, rhubarb and new greens are now gracing us with their presence. Thus, spring fare takes center stage in this week’s box, too, with roasted garlic fougasse bread, cherry-almond fruit crisp topping and our housemade strawberry preserves all helping to accent a bevy of produce that includes snow peas, baby bok choy and fennel. Crack open a bottle of Pinot Noir, pop a fresh rhubarb crisp in the oven and enjoy the first taste of the season!

Here are a few recipes ideas for the week:

Stir-Fried Spring Vegetables with Chile, Garlic & Ginger
Serve this colorful stir-fry alongside potstickers and steamed rice for an easy weeknight dinner.

Scrambled Eggs with Red Spring Onions
Punched up with bright spring onions, these scrambled eggs are divine.

Grilled Spring Onions with Lemon & Thyme
This recipe elevates spring onions to a stunning side dish.

Roasted Oyster Mushrooms
Roasting these mushrooms in the oven lends rich, concentrated flavor—delicious!

Sautéed Jerusalem Artichokes
This simple method from Saveur allows these artichokes’ natural sweet flavor to shine.

Garden Greens with Chopped Eggs
This fresh salad is a lovely use for beautiful baby spinach greens.

Golden Beet Salad with Chevre & Shaved Fennel
Tossed with a Cara Cara orange vinaigrette, this showpiece salad boasts beautiful color.

Rhubarb Crisp
A quick and easy dessert using spring rhubarb—simply toss with the following ingredients, then sprinkle with our signature crisp topping.

Dig Into Spring

Although winter continues to make its presence felt on its way out the door, the transition to spring has indeed begun here at Bella Luna Farms: The witch hazel trees are in bloom, the animals are starting to venture out into their outdoor paddocks and the sweet little crocuses and daffodils are peeping up out of the soil. After months of squirreling away seeds in anticipation of the last thaw, these signs encourage us that it’s finally time to roll up our sleeves and get our hands back into the soil.

Thus, the pace has picked up in the gardens as the plots begin to awaken from their winter slumber: Those aforementioned seeds are going in the ground and the new lettuce and kale starts have already taken root, as have the onion sets and leeks. Later into the spring the spring peas will be planted and we will begin harvesting our second crops of flavorful spring greens from the hoop house. Soon, if it is warm enough for new growth, we should also see the first signs of watercress and perhaps even begin scouting for young rhubarb!

Here at the farm, we often enjoy an extra early crop of those bright pink beauties as we grow our rhubarb starts under forcing jars. This technique, in which the rhubarb is grown in darkness under the warm cover of a bell-shaped pot, produces pale, smooth stalks that are less bitter than their later-season counterparts; these are excellent in jams, jellies, breads, cakes and more. We’re already salivating over utilizing our first harvest in such as favorite recipes as red-wine poached or roasted rhubarb—and really, nothing will mark the true beginning of spring quite like the smell of our first rhubarb crisp baking away in the farmhouse kitchen.

Glorious May Recipes

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The arrival of May means spring truly is in full swing as we are daily reminded thanks to recent warm days and the various crops ripening in the garden. This week, enjoy spring in all its glory with a wonderful assortment of produce ranging from hothouse cherry tomatoes and Walla Walla salad onions to fresh rhubarb and herbs like mint, lovage and chive blossoms. Also included: Fresh rhubarb and almond crisp topping, plus all the fixins’ for a satisfying PB&J sandwich on Challah bread. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipes ideas for the week:

Mint Lemonade
This fizzy concoction is pure bliss when enjoyed on a warm spring afternoon.

Roasted Green Garlic
Roasting these garlic bulbs brings out its lovely springtime sweetness.

Fresh Herb Rub
This versatile rub is delicious on steak, chicken, fish, even veggies!

Cherry Tomato Salsa with Fresh Herbs
A pico de gallo-style salsa bright in flavor and combined with Walla Walla salad onions and herbs.

Buttered Radishes with Poached Eggs
Tender radishes and shallots are topped with a silky poached egg for the perfect finish.

Grilled Turnips with Mint & Lime
The combination of mint and lime adds summery appeal to these tender-crisp grilled turnips.

Rhubarb Crisp
A quick and easy dessert using spring rhubarb—simply toss with the following ingredients, then sprinkle with our signature crisp topping.

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