<h2>Apples Apples Apples</h2> <p>Some of you will remember back in June and July when we had no apples and you felt like there was a hole in your life! Well. I&apos;ve just come back from BC with the last of our apple harvest and we have over 5 tonnes of apples in our warehouse now to ship over the next few months. On Just A Mere Organic Farm in Creston, BC, we grow Jonagold, Spartan, Macintosh and Pink Lady. They&apos;ve all been picked and packed and I&apos;ve driven our 5-ton truck back through the mountainsfor the last time this year, full to the brim with apple goodness.</p> <p>This is the time to buy apples from us. They are plentiful, fresh and inexpensive. Because we grow some of our own fruit, we can offer them for much less than grocery stores. The quality is top notch and the tastes are excellent. We are also selling 18lb boxes straight out of our warehouse for $16.00. Spread the word and please come down and see us.Take advantage now!</p> <p>My son Alek was bagging up his &apos;Little October&apos; pumpkins this weekend for sale. These are perfect for halloween - they are ornamental sized but still edible, so you can paint, draw or carve little jack-o-lanterns and then still enjoypumpkin soup afterwards. These are his crop and he is excited for everyone to try a bag of three mini-pumpkins this year. Look in the Featured Items section on the Choose Your Box page to add these to your box.</p> <p><strong>Its time for Winter Delivery Instructions</strong> </p> <p>On my last trip back from BC, I ran into some pretty snowy highways coming through the Rockies andit reminded me that winter is upon us. Please remember that our normal delivery hours are noon to 10pm, so if you are expecting your box and it is getting dark, <strong>please turn on your porch light for our drivers to see</strong>. If we can&apos;t see your house number or if your front steps aren&apos;t safe, we will have trouble getting your box of food to you this winter.</p> <p>Its also time to start thinking about <strong>winter delivery instructions</strong>. Your box won&apos;t survive in -10C weather for more than 30 minutes outside, so please start thinking about winter conditions and how you want your box delivered. Some options include:</p> <ol> <li>We can put it in your garage if you have a keypad entry system.</li> <li>We can leave it with a specified neighbour if you aren&apos;t home.</li> <li>If you aren&apos;t home, we can bring it back to the warehouse and you can pick it up from our warehouse on Wednesday to Fridays during business hours and 9-1pm on Saturdays.</li> <li>Something else creative that you can devise!</li> </ol> <p>Boxes without winter delivery instructions will be<strong> left on the front step if you aren&apos;t home</strong>, so please take the time to update your instructions and let us know what you would like us to do for you. Delivery instructions can be updated by clicking the &apos;My Account&apos; button on the right hand side of the Choose Your Box page.</p> <p>At The Organic Box we are always growing, always looking for ways to get better, and always trying to find ways to get more of your shopping basket filled by Alberta and BC food producers. We can do it! You are helping!</p> <p>Havea Great Week!</p> <p>Danny.<br />Founder, The Organic Box.</p> <h2>Featured LocalProducers</h2> <table cellspacing=&quot;15&quot; cellpadding=&quot;0&quot; bgcolor=&quot;#edf0e9&quot;> <tbody> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><img title=&quot;chililime&quot; alt=&quot;chililime&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/chililime.jpg&quot; /></td> <td><h2>Organic Fair Salts and Spices:</h2> <p>We&apos;re incredibly happy to be working with Organic Fair. A Canadian company based on a farm out of the West Coast. They are dedicated to using organic and fair-trade products to create their wonderful chocolate bars and other confections. Starting next week our members will be able to get their hands on amazing spice rubs (perfect for flavouring meats and vegetables), and flavoured salts from Organic Fair. </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><img title=&quot;softgoatcheese&quot; alt=&quot;softgoatcheese&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/softgoatcheese.jpg&quot; /></td> <td><h2>Goat Cheeses!</h2> <p>Our local Albertan goat milk and cheese producers, Ben and Anita, at Fairwinds Farm are just the greatest. We really have been enjoying all the fantastic products that they&apos;ve been providing to us, and with the changing weather it seemed like an appropriate time to remind us all of the cozy comfort of sitting around the living room with a plate of high quality cheese and crackers. Those moments are just so warm... even better is some crumbled up goat cheese on top of a <strong>beet and arugula salad</strong>! <br /><br /><strong>Ingredients</strong> <br />*1/4 cup balsamic vinegar <br />*3 tablespoons shallots, thinly sliced <br />*1 tablespoon honey <br />*1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil <br />*Salt and freshly ground black pepper <br />*6 medium beets, cooked and quartered <br />*6 cups fresh arugula <br />*1/2 cup walnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped <br />*1/4 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries <br />*1/2 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cubed <br />*3 ounces soft fresh goat cheese, coarsely crumbled <br /><br /><strong>Directions <br /></strong>Line a baking sheet with foil. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. <br /><br />Whisk the vinegar, shallots, and honey in a medium bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in the oil. Season the vinaigrette, to taste, with salt and pepper. Toss the beets in a small bowl with enough dressing to coat. Place the beets on the prepared baking sheet and roast until the beets are slightly caramelized, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes. Set aside and cool. <br /><br />Toss the arugula, walnuts, and cranberries in a large bowl with enough vinaigrette to coat. Season the salad, to taste, with salt and pepper. Mound the salad atop 4 plates. Arrange the beets around the salad. Sprinkle with the avocado and goat cheese, and serve.<br /><br />* All ingredients available The Organic Box<br />Recipe found at <a href=&quot;http://www.foodnetwork.com&quot;>http://www.foodnetwork.com</a></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>