Back in September, we mentioned Namu's nascent CSA-esque arrangement with County Line and their plan to eventually roll out ready-to-cook proteins for sale. Well the day arrives this weekend, as Namu introduces a more fleshed out "produce box" program, designed to avoid the common pitfalls of CSAs. Dennis Lee is now hand selecting smaller quantities of a relatively wide variety of vegetables from several different farms, so the box won't overload you with too much of any one thing. And as far as those proteins go, a bespoke retail market will be set up at Namu's bar where you can ask for pre-marinated chicken wings, Korean-style short ribs, miso-marinated fish and jars of Namu hot sauce, kimchee and pickles.
The boxes are available for pick-up each Sunday during brunch service (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) to those who pre-ordered the Friday before. This weekend's assortment will include fingerling potatoes, "spring" onions, wild arugula, mustard greens, brussels sprouts, artichokes, sunchokes, green cabbage, radishes/turnips, fennel and pickled shallots from last spring. How's that for variety, eh? All boxes include recipes and Chef Dennis Lee's email address, so you can bug him with kitchen questions. Prices: $15 for the "light" box and $25 for the "bountiful" box. A few boxes will be put aside for walk-ins at $3 extra. This month all produce boxes come with a free Namu speciality item. Email Dennis with the number of produce boxes you want to pick up by midnight this Friday for Sunday pickup.
Dennis Lee @ Namu. [Photo: ISSF/Lance Iversen]