<h2>BC Organic Fruit - still on its way.</h2> Local Organic Vegetables are in full swing now. Snap peas are arriving this week from Peas on Earth, plus Spinach and Basil from Sundog Organic Farm. We've also got our first crop of cherries - these aren't available inthe box yet - thank theCanada Food Inspection Agency for that, but you can pick them up at our farmers' market. Next week, we'll have graded cherries for everyone.We expect to harvest over 60,000 lbs this year so we will have more than enough awesome organic BC cherries for everyone. If you are a farmers' market regular, you'll have noticed that the BC fruit has started to appear at the conventional fruit vendor stands. Don't worry! Ours is coming too. Organic fruit can take 2-3 weeks longer to ripen than conventional grown, so we have to wait a little longer. But it will be worth the wait so hold on tight. In the meantime, we have some organic summer fruit from California to tide us over. Here are the projected harvest dates for <strong>some </strong>of the BC fruits we will be bringing you this summer: Cherries: July 8 Apricots: July 14 Peaches: July 15 Blueberries: July 12 Sunrise Apples: August 15 As soon as this fruit comes off the farms we will be bringing it you. <strong>The Summer Fruit Box</strong> Every year, we offer a $40 summer fruit box that is filled with BC orchard-direct fruit as an add-on to your regular order. This year is no different and we have put together a fabulous mix of items, both Alberta and BC grown. Cherries, Apricots, Blueberries, Melons, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Apples, Pears, Strawberries and Saskatoons. You can add the box yourself using the "Choose Your Box" page, or pop us an email and we will add it to your regular order over the summer months. <a title="&quot;Please" href="&quot;mailto:info@theorganicbox.ca?subject=Please">Click Here to send us an email if you like.</a> If you have a fullvegetablegardens and are looking for just the fruit, you can switch your box to the Fruit Box for the summer months (Remember that we have a minimum order value of $50 for free delivery, otherwise its $5). Miranda and Danny are orchardists and Danny grew up in the fruit valleys of BC so we know how one of the perks of living in Western Canada is getting that awesome fruit bountyeach year, so let us bring it to you every week or other week automatically. By adding it to your regular delivery,we can also plan our harvests and orders with our growing partners and make sure we have enough for everyone. <strong>A Note About Shorts and Substitutions</strong> I know how frustrating it is to order something from us and then not get it, or to have something substituted. At The Organic Box, we prioritize freshness over inventory and so everything we offer is delivered to us the same week we ship it, even the non-produce items, and often there are only hours between receiving from producers and packing into boxes. We also book and order produce months in advance based on our projections of order volume. We absolutely hate not having what you ordered in stock, and try our very best to ensure that it doesn't happen, andwhen it doesthat you are given the appropriate credit. This summer we will be working on someenhacements to our systems - including notifying members in advance when we know therewon't be something in stock, andcommunicating betterbetween everyone in the food family from producer tocustomer when we do have an issue. However, there are things you can do to ensure you get theitems you want more reliably: <ol> <li>If there is something you order on a regularbasis, add it to your standard box by ticking the'Every Week' checkbox beside the item on the order pages. This will put it into our regular inventory projections and when we are making advance orders (especially dairy and bakery) we will know to order what you need. If you don't want it in a given week, you can always remove it from your box for that week only.</li> <li>Order earlier in the week, pleasedon't leave it to the last minute. If you make your order early in the weekend, then we have more notice and can react quicker to get things that we need. Often Friday and Saturday customers are shorted items because they are ordered mid-week after we have received the majority of the food from our local partners and don't have enough time to react to late orders.</li> <li>Use the 'Rate Your Box' page to tell us about your issues. Miranda and I built The Organic Box based on a hands-on approach to creating relationships between our food team and our members and we need your feedback to learn and improve. We have a continuous improvement culture and every week we adjust to improve over the last. Being unhappy with something we've done and not letting us know doesn't give us the opportunity to improve and get better. Please give us that chance. We try very hard to make it right for every box and want your feedback.</li> </ol> Havea Great Week! Danny. Founder, The Organic Box. <h2>Featured LocalProducers</h2> <table cellspacing="&quot;15&quot;" cellpadding="&quot;0&quot;" bgcolor="&quot;#edf0e9&quot;"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="&quot;center&quot;" valign="&quot;top&quot;"><img title="&quot;Tomatillo&quot;" src="&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/tomatillo.jpg&quot;" alt="&quot;Tomatillo&quot;" /> <img title="&quot;Figs&quot;" src="&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/missionfigs.jpg&quot;" alt="&quot;Figs&quot;" /></td> <td> <h2>Tomatillos and Figs:</h2> <strong>Tomatillos </strong>are also called 'tomate verde' in Mexico (meaning 'green tomato') and are considered a staple of Mexican cooking. They are a member of the nightshade family and are distantly related to tomatoes. The fruit of the tomatillo is green and about the size of a large cherry tomato. The inside is white and meatier than a tomato, and they grow to maturity inside of a husk. When preparing tomatillos you should remove the husk first, and then you may cook them in a variety of ways: Raw - popular is sauces and salsa Blanching - mellows the flavour of the tomatillo. Boil for 5 minutes until soft and then crush or puree Fire Roasting - grill over a very hot open flame, charring of the skin will enrich a sauce with a smoky flavour There are lots of great recipes for tomatillos, experiment and have fun while these are still available. <strong>Figs</strong>... considered one of the highest quality fruits grown in North America! Mission figs are an absolute delicacy. They are extremely sweet and like candy when eaten alone, or can be a great pairing with yoghurt or tangy fresh cheese (such as marscapone, or farmers cheese) for dessert. They have a blackish-purple skin and a dark pink flesh. These will not be around for very long so get them while you can!</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="&quot;center&quot;" valign="&quot;top&quot;"><a title="&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/PonEFarm.png&quot;" href="&quot;#&quot;"><img title="&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/PonEFarm.png&quot;" src="&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/thumb_PonEFarm.png&quot;" alt="&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/PonEFarm.png&quot;" border="&quot;0&quot;" /></a></td> <td>Local Organics: The local organic season is really taking off now! We are super excited and the high majority of the produce in your Organic Box is now full of local flora. Take advantage of this delicious, nutritious, 'in-our-backyard' produce. It's amazing and grown by our dear friends. Here is a breakdown of what is available: Peas on Earth - fresh dill, spanish onions, beets w/ tops, kale, swiss chard, radish, spinach, sugar snap peas, lettuce, and rhubarb. Sundog Organics - fresh spinach, and fresh basil. Sunrise Organics - seasonal salad mix, pea shoots, microgreens, petgrass, and a mesclun salad mix. Shady Lane - fresh strawberries. Roy's Raspberries - frozen raspberries.</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="&quot;center&quot;" valign="&quot;top&quot;"><img title="&quot;LateJuly&quot;" src="&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/latejulyorganic.jpg&quot;" alt="&quot;LateJuly&quot;" width="&quot;204&quot;" height="&quot;146&quot;" /></td> <td> <h2>Late July Crackers and Chips:</h2> Late July was founded by a young mom who realized that there were no organic varieties of crackers available when shopping at the grocery store for her two sons. It created the spark of the idea that became Late July Classic Rich, Saltine, and Cheesy Crackers. We have brought in all of those varieties of the original line as well as the gluten-free multigrain chips: Sweet Potato, and Dude Ranch flavours. If you've been looking foran organic source for your favourite soup crackers, or for a healthy cracker option to put on a deli/veggie platter... then look no further than these beauties!</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>