What’s In The Box? May 28 – June 3

MAY 28-JUNE 3

Spring Color
This week’s lineup is truly color-rich, from ruby-red rhubarb and green asparagus to purple Huckleberry Gold potatoes, rainbow Swiss chard and a plethora of spring greens and pungent herbs. Accompanying this bright roster are all the ingredients you need to finish off a spring feast: Spring ramps, locally-foraged Morel mushrooms, Grana-style cheese and Arborio rice for risotto, plus Italian Rustica bread, farm-fresh eggs and a ripe and fruity French Rosé.

Here’s what you’ll find in your box:

Morel Mushrooms

These seasonal mushrooms are only available in the wild, and have developed a cult following of local ‘mushroom hunters’ who roam our local forests looking for this treat of nature. Woodsy and earthy, yet delicate and rich, they are lovely simply sautéed in butter or olive oil, or enjoyed in this week’s suggested risotto recipe along with spring ramps and bright lemon.

Ramps

These spring onions (also known as wild leeks) have a unique garlic-like aroma and add a wonderful punch to risotto!

Arborio Rice

This round-grain rice comes from the Po River Valley region of Italy and is named for the town of Arborio located in the heart of the region. When cooked with chicken stock and a splash of wine, it becomes creamy and starchy and is a great accompaniment to just about any flavor combination.

Italian Rustica Bread

Baked just for us at a small bakery in Snohomish, this airy, rustic loaf makes for great oven-crisp crostini—just brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and rub with a fresh-cut clove of garlic before toasting in the oven.

Commanderie de la Bargemone Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Rose 2018

With its high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon, this rich, structured French Rosé is both ripe and fruity, with plenty of orange peel and red-berry freshness, plus a warm, full aftertaste.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Spending their time dodging raindrops on wet spring days, or strutting around their enclosure on sunny ones, our heritage breed laying hens are now also enjoying the tasty green popweed we pull from the garden, in turn supplying us with eggs in beautiful shades of brown, beige and cream.

Grana-Style Cheese

This hard Grana-style cheese is crafted from part-skim cow’s milk to allow for longer aging of 24 months or more. Wonderful grated over risotto, the drum-shaped cheese is turned and rubbed with olive oil during aging to create a smooth, golden rind.

Housemade Chicken Stock

Made from roasted Bella Luna chickens, our housemade stock is simmered with carrots, onions, parsley and celery and seasoned with just a dash of sea salt.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Peppery arugula, Little Gem lettuce and rainbow Swiss chard.

Seasonal Organic Fruits & Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes Hakurei turnips, French Breakfast radishes, asparagus, zucchini, red beets, Huckleberry Gold potatoes, broccoli and purple kohlrabi, plus Pink Lady apples, lemons and rhubarb.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Green garlic, parsley, thyme, chives and mint from the walled garden and greenhouse at Bella Luna Farms.

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