Marching Towards Spring
From the valiant and vivid purple crocuses peeping out of the soil to the first of the spring crops, the month of March is giving us some most welcome glimpses of the changing seasons. Thus, this week’s box is full of such winter favorites as beets, Kakai hulless squash and parsnips, while including the tender pea shoots, baby carrots, green onions and leeks that nod to the approaching spring. Rounding out this bright lineup, you’ll also find farm-fresh eggs, Pain au Levain bread, a silky, smooth Washington red wine, graham crackers in fun animal shapes and a beautiful hunk of farmstead cheddar cheese from Duvall’s own Cherry Valley Dairy. Enjoy!
Here’s what you’ll find in your box this week:
Cherry Valley Dairy Farmstead Cheddar Cheese
Cherry Valley Dairy has been an agricultural all-star in Duvall, Washington for more than 80 years, and today the refurbished, 122-acre dairy and creamery continues to produce beautiful artisan-style cheeses like this week’s farmstead cheddar. The 6-month-old, raw milk bandage-wrapped cheese is nutty with dried apricot notes, plus some extra creaminess courtesy of that rich, Jersey cow’s milk.
Pain au Levain Bread
This slightly-nutty, slightly-sweet sourdough loaf embodies country-style French baking with a chewy crust and light, airy interior. Baked just for us at a small bakery in Snohomish, this traditional Pain au Levain is crafted using the bakery’s own sourdough starter.
Saviah Cellars ‘The Jack’ Red Wine 2020
Crafted from a combination of fruit grown in the Walla Walla Valley and Columbia Valley AVAs, “The Jack” opens with enticing aromas of black cherries, plum, blackberries, sweet herb, vanilla and spice. The flavors showcase bright, perfectly ripe red and black fruit that lead to a long silky, smooth finish.
Farm Fresh Eggs
Our small flock of heritage breed laying hens are on not-quite-so-early-to-bed schedule with the lengthening daylight hours. As they spend a bit more time outdoors in their run, the “girls” are now also enjoying succulent popweed pulled from the gardens along with an extra helping of grain to supplement their diet, continuing to give us fresh eggs in beautiful shades of brown, beige and cream.
Persephone Wild West Animal Graham Crackers
These adorable animal crackers in the shapes of Western wildlife from the Persephone Bakery located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming are made with the bakery’s cult favorite grahams, which contain white and whole wheat flours, butter, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, salt and a kiss of honey.
Fresh Organic Greens
Mixed salad greens and tender pea shoots.
Seasonal Organic Fruit & Vegetables
This week’s produce selection includes baby gold beets, red beets, leeks, baby carrots, parsnips and green onions, plus Cara Cara oranges. Also included: Kakai winter squash, an endearing Japanese pumpkin with orange and green stripes and hulless seeds fit for snacking!
Fresh Garden Herbs
Rosemary, thyme and Romanian red garlic from the walled garden and hoophouse at Bella Luna Farms.