If ever there was a time for silver linings, that time is now. And for us, the silver lining is in the season. Staying home has meant, for all of its challenges, more time to watch spring unfold: Tulips fade and lilacs bloom, cherry petals snow down and dogwood trees explode into blossom.
Our shelves, too, have been graced by spring’s beauties. A warm April has provided beautiful, flavorful early organic strawberries from Riverland Family Farms (formerly Denison) in the same week we picked up our first big delivery of green and sweet purple asparagus from Middleton Six Sons Farm. We’ve gotten our hands on a few of the first sugar snap peas from Groundworks Organics, too, and will get more this weekend.
As we look at a world full of uncertainty, we feel so lucky to be here in Oregon, experiencing the spring bounty and leadership that has kept us all relatively healthy and safe. We are doing our part to keep you safe, too: Our team at Providore now asks that all customers wear face masks or coverings before entering the store. Of course, you can buy everything you need without coming in. We offer next-day contactless delivery with our partners at Providore and curbside pickup for both our boxes and custom orders.
The beauty and bounty of spring is just one of this season’s silver linings. The changing wholesale landscape has allowed us to grow our community of local and sustainable farm suppliers. We have more assistance for your home cooking, too. Cook With What You Have, a local resource for recipes, cooking advice and tips on pantry cooking, is offering Rubinette customers a discounted membership so you, too, can find this season’s silver linings.
Have you tried our Discovery Box? Our boxes are put together with variety in mind: Greens for salads and for cooking. Vegetables for fast cooking and slow. Seasonal onion and garlic varieties, for making things delicious. And, of course, some fruit! We even take requests. Whether you are feeding 2 or 6, we have a box for you.
Porcini are here! These adorable “fairy hut” mushrooms pack a huge, savory flavor. Just one or two sautéd with the onions in a simple risotto will make the whole pot indescribably rich and complex. Or simply shave slices into a simmering pot of good chicken stock for a light but rich soup-pile on torn croutons and tangled pea shoots for a spectacular (but easy) main dish.
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