<h2>Happy Birthday to Us and Local Yum.</h2> <p>Week two of our new warehouse and all reports are that it was a pretty smooth week. I expect there to be a few bumps still to come - the city isn&apos;t picking up our garbage yet so things are piling up - but we will work out the kinks. Abbie, Brody and Steven are leading our team, and they and the whole teamare making it happen for all of us. I spent the week at our fruit farm in BC with our farmers Margaret and Brent, cleaning up prunings, planting peas for green manure and putting up our new sign! Its nice to get out of the office and back into the dirt even if only for a few days, it is rejuvenating and energizing to be around so much activity and excitement. </p> <p>Its the second week of May and Eric and Ruby at Peas on Earth have pulled off a feat, having lettuce mix and green onions ready for everyone. This is a new record for us - in the past we haven&apos;t seen this until late May/early June. Your support of our program has allowed these growers to expand production, plant more earlier and make investments in their farms that are allowing us to extend the growing season in Edmonton. Thank you.</p> <p>This week also marks our 2nd anniversary at The Organic Box. Our first deliveries were done May 10, 2010 by Miranda and I. We drove togetherin our rusty van and used paper maps to find everyone. We were out until after dark and discovered for the first time that Edmonton had a &apos;Southwest&apos;. Today, we have five vans, twenty-one staff and we deliver thousand of pounds of produce each week. We set out to be a transformational influence on the local organic food industry in Alberta and I feel strongly that we are achieving that goal and increasing significantly the demand for local organic food in Northern Alberta. For those of you who have been with us since that first week and remember the van with the squeaky brakes comingdown your street at 10pm, pat yourselves on the back and feel proud of what you have helped us to achieve. All our members are important to us and we are so grateful for your support.</p> <p>Havea Great Week!</p> <p>Danny.<br />Founder, The Organic Box.</p> <h2>Featured Producers</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;><p><img title=&quot;favafennelsalad&quot; alt=&quot;favafennelsalad&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/fava-bean-fennel-salad.jpg&quot; /></p> <p><img title=&quot;cookedfiddleheads&quot; alt=&quot;cookedfiddleheads&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/cookedfiddleheads.jpg&quot; /></p> </td> <td><h2>Fennel,Fava Beans, and Fiddleheads!</h2> <p>A true sign that spring has sprung in the North West is when shipments of Fennel, Fava Beans, and Fiddleheads start showing up, and it is super exciting!! These classic spring veggies harold the coming onslaught of local fruits and veggies that will be bountiful throughout the coming summer and fall and definitely give us some extra bounce in our step at The Organic Box. These specialty produce items are very unique and not extremely well known to a lot of customers, so we arevery excited to share and expand your palettes. We hope that you will all enjoy trying some new recipes and experimenting with this spring forage. Let us know about new your favourite recipes via email, <a title=&quot;Facebook&quot; href=&quot;https://www.facebook.com/theorganicboxedmonton&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Facebook</a>, and <a title=&quot;Twitter&quot; href=&quot;http://twitter.com/organicbox&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Twitter</a>. We&apos;d sure love to hear from you. </p> <p><strong>Fiddleheads</strong> - wildcrafted fiddleheads grow prominently in the North West and are only able to be harvested for a very short period. Upon maturity these lettle guys stretch out into new fern fronds! In their infancy though, they are delicious and very nutritious! Try them sauteed with garlic, butter, and herbs. </p> <p><strong>Fava Beans</strong>- planted over winter to reinject organic soil with nutrients Fava Beans are a special spring crop and while foreign to a lot people they are amazingly yummy when prepared correctly. These come in the pods and need to be shelled... not only the beans from the pod, but the individual beans need to be shelled from their wax coating. </p> <p><strong>Fennel</strong> - is a crunchy and slightly sweet contribution to a lot of Mediterranean meals. Add to a salad, or saute as a side dish... or combine with fava beans in this amazing dish found here:</p> <p><a title=&quot;http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/spring_fava_bean_fennel_salad/&quot; href=&quot;http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/spring_fava_bean_fennel_salad/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/spring_fava_bean_fennel_salad/</a></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><img title=&quot;OrganicFair01&quot; alt=&quot;OrganicFair01&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Organic Fair.jpg&quot; /></td> <td><h2>New Organic Chocolates:</h2> <p>Organic Fair is an amazing company from Vancouver that is making unreal organic, and fair trade chocolate bars that come in many varieties. Dark chocolate paired with such delectable choices such as maple syrup, espresso, lemon, vanilla bean, sundried apples, etc. Try some of our classic favourites or our three new arrivals:</p> <p><strong>Forte</strong> - 80% cacao... for the true chocolate lover</p> <p><strong>Little Italy</strong> - amazing combination of lemon and espresso that will put a real kick start to your day</p> <p><strong>Corazon</strong> - rosehip and vanilla bean are added for a subtle after taste that will get you hooked</p> <p>If you&apos;re going camping for May long weekend or are craving some extra chocolate after Mothers Day treat yourself to a little bar of joy! </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><p><img title=&quot;KaleChips&quot; alt=&quot;KaleChips&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/OLKaleChips - C.png&quot; width=&quot;185&quot; height=&quot;191&quot; /></p> </td> <td><h2>Snacks!!</h2> <p>Our partners at Organic Lives in Vancouver have put together some new branding and products that we are soooo pumped to share with you. These are super healthy, super yummy treats that will make you feel good about satisfying your snacky cravings. Lots of new items to choose from:</p> <p><strong>Kale Chips</strong> </p> <p><strong>Sprouted Almonds</strong></p> <p><strong>Sprouted Almond Croutons</strong> - great gluten free additions to salads!!! </p> <p><strong>Kelp Noodles</strong> - gluten free stir fry noodles that are amazing and a best seller!! </p> <p><strong>Sprouted Chick Pea Miso</strong> - perfect for dips, spreads, salad dressings, sauces, and soups.</p> <p><strong>Hunza Valley Trail Mix and Granola</strong> - two new products featuring an amazing mix ofnuts and berries. Perfect for mountain treks, picnic snacks, or morning breakfast. </p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>