Fall Favorites

With crunchy leaves underfoot and a distinct nip in the air, the wonderful season of autumn is one of our favorites, especially thanks to the beautiful bounty of produce that is now coming in from the Bella Luna gardens and orchards.

Crisp-crunchy apples. Mellow-sweet pears. Vibrant squash, foraged mushrooms and hearty kale. These colorful fall staples are re-inspiring us to get back in the kitchen, as we have been spending more and more of our hours at the stove experimenting with new recipes and rediscovering old favorites. We’re busy taking notes, too, as we plan ahead for a new series of classes and workshops here at the farm (more info soon!), but in the meantime, we invite you to cozy up, put on an apron and also get cookin’ with this round-up of beloved seasonal recipes. To fall!

Starters, Snacks & Salads
Beet, Cheddar & Apple Tarts
Thinly-sliced beets add beautiful color to these appetizer-sized tarts from Martha Stewart.

Kale Salad with Root Vegetables & Apple
Packed with crisp carrots, rutabagas and kale, this super-healthy salad from Food & Wine is incredibly refreshing.

Blue Cheese-Stuffed Roasted Pears with Arugula
Roasted and topped with cranberries, hazelnuts and blue cheese, these pears from the Barefoot Contessa are incredibly flavorful.

Veg Out!
Brown Butter Kale
This Tom Douglas recipe combines quality ingredients to bring out the inherently nutty flavor of this protein-rich green.

Savory Roasted Squash, Two Ways
After roasting, this side is topped with either fresh thyme, honey and walnuts, or hazelnuts and blue cheese, for a spectacular finish.

Stars of the Show
Butternut Squash Bisque
Creamy and supremely satisfying, this butternut squash-based soup is spiced with cinnamon, cayenne and thyme.

Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto
Creamy and delicious, this recipe is a favorite here at the farm—just remember to stir!

Sweet Dreams
Honey-Poached Pears with Crème Fraîche
This lovely, light dessert from Bon Appetit uses honey to draw out the mellow sweetness of fall pears.

Maple-Spiced Apples
These fragrant apples are wonderful served on top of pancakes or waffles.

Rich Fall Color Recipes

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Much like the autumn leaves bursting in brilliant shades of orange, scarlet and yellow, our gardens continue to grace us with colorful produce, from purple carrots and red beets to orange pie pumpkins and spicy, peppery greens. Celebrate this beautiful bounty with a rich, warm risotto made with our own mushroom-herb chicken stock and hand-crafted roasted mushroom butter, plus Gruyère cheese bread and an oaky Washington Chardonnay to serve alongside.

Here are a few recipes ideas for the week:

Roasted Beet Salad with Pumpkin Seeds
Topped with a light vinaigrette and salted, roasted pumpkin seeds, this salad is both colorful and satisfying.

Roasted Beets
Our favorite way to cook beets, this method creates tender, delicious beets that are easy to peel and serve in a salad.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Wonderful tossed in salads, or just for snacking, these seeds are both salty and a little sweet!

Tomato-Cilantro Chop Salad
Tossed with chopped tomatoes, cilantro and peppers, this zippy salad is light and fresh.

Pumpkin Soup with Herb Crème Fraîche
This soup is the epitome of fall comfort food.

Wild Mushroom Risotto
This creamy and delicious recipe is a favorite here at the farm on crisp evenings—just remember to stir!

Summer into Fall Recipes

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Though sunshine continues to reign during the day, a new season is beginning to take hold, with crisp, clear mornings, chilly evenings and a wealth of new produce options—from lovely ripe pears and bright carrots to golden Chanterelle mushrooms. Thus, this week’s box embraces the crisp, soulful flavors of fall as they converge with late summer favorites like corn and tomatoes, mixing these seasonal ingredients with rustic semolina pasta, Gruyère cheese bread and a light, fresh Austrian white wine.

Here are few recipe ideas for the week:

Pasta with Sautéed Chanterelle Mushrooms & Herb-Roasted Cauliflower
Rich with locally-foraged mushrooms and herbs, this pasta beautifully captures the flavors of fall.

Herb-Roasted Cauliflower
Seasoned with parsley, garlic and lemon, this flavorful, incredibly-easy cauliflower recipe is a keeper.

Sweet Corn Chowder with Red Pepper & Onion
Fresh sage and a hint of chile pepper give this sweet chowder just a subtle hint of spice.

Homemade Corn Stock
This sweet, golden broth can be used to add flavor to soups, risotto, or any recipe calling for vegetable stock.

Honey-Balsamic Roasted Carrots
This slam-dunk recipe from Domenica Marchetti’s The Glorious Vegetables of Italy makes the best of crisp carrots.

Lemon Sprouting Broccoli
This light and fresh side is accented by tart lemon juice and fresh-cracked pepper.

Honey-Poached Pears with Crème Fraîche
This lovely, light dessert from Bon Appetit uses honey to draw out the mellow sweetness of fall pears.

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