What’s In The Box? April 24-30

The apple trees are in bloom, the wild strawberry buds are flowering and the garden is brimming with color: The farm is literally springing to life! As a result, look for a wonderful new assortment of produce in this week’s box, from crisp, juicy rhubarb to rich King Trumpet mushrooms. Paired with a savory three-cheese polenta, these wonderful produce items celebrate the best of spring.

Here’s what you’ll find in your box:

Three-Cheese Italian White Polenta

Imported from Italy, this warm, quick-cooking polenta is finished with a decadent mixture of sheep and cow milk cheeses, making it an excellent pairing for a variety of produce. Try it this week topped with roasted ramps and asparagus!

Housemade Chicken Stock

Made from roasted Bella Luna chickens, this flavorful stock is simmered slowly for hours with carrots, onions and celery and seasoned with a dash of sea salt. (Use within the week or freeze for later!)

Italian Rustica Bread

Baked just for us at a small bakery in Snohomish, this rustic loaf is great freshly warmed from the oven—the trick to a great crispy crust is to brush a little water on top before reheating!

Angeline California 2012 Pinot Noir

Crafted in the heart of Sonoma Valley by Martin Ray Winery, this wine benefitted from an extraordinary crop in 2012. Perfumed with aromas of rose petal, cranberry, raspberry and spices, it is extremely juicy and bright to the taste.

Reserve Vecchio Cheese

With a full, rich flavor similar to Grana, our handcrafted mixed goat and cow milk cheese is aged for over two years and is ideal for grating over polenta, pasta or vegetables.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Our small flock of heritage breed laying hens gives us fresh eggs in beautiful shades of brown and green. With the arrival of longer and warmer days, the “girls” have more time to sunbathe and enjoy all of the tasty dandelions and popweed we pull from the garden. As a result, you’ll enjoy brighter egg yolks this week!

Fresh Ramps

These spring onions (also known as wild leeks) have a unique garlic-like aroma and add a wonderful punch to soups, pastas and more.

King Trumpet Mushrooms

Part of the Oyster mushroom species, the meaty King Trumpet is native to the Mediterranean. Crunchy and firm, they hold up well in pastas or stir fries, and would be delicious roasted or sautéed in butter with this week’s polenta.

Pickled Fiddleheads

Enjoy this early spring delicacy from the Lady fern for weeks to come! This housemade, spicy-sweet batch of fiddleheads is mixed with shallots, garlic, myrtle leaf and white wine vinegar for extra flavor.

Seasonal Organic Fruits & Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes asparagus, leeks, radishes, red potatoes, baby Chioggia beets and fresh rhubarb.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Fresh-picked arugula and spring baby lettuce from Washington’s own Willie Greens.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Fresh garlic, shallots, sage, thyme and Italian parsley from the Walled Garden at Bella Luna Farms.

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