<p><span class=&quot;titleText&quot;>Nearly all Local now.</span></p> <p>August is upon us and so is the harvest. Lots of good things coming for our local producers. This week, 80% of the items in your box are from local producers. The balance are from independant farms and producers and brought to edmonton specifically for our members. In two to three weeks we will be completely local from Alberta produce growers and BC organic fruit farms. Fall is ourfavourite time of year at The Organic Box because we are ensuring that every food dollar spent with us stays in our local economy and gives our local growers the opportunity to get top dollar for their hard work through the spring and summer. Organic food production in Alberta is stilllessthan 1% of all agricultural output, but since this time last year we have tripled the amountof local, organic food that is being grown and consumed in our city through our box program. Many thanks to everyone who is supporting us and our growers. We are making a real difference to the family farm in Alberta. </p> <p>Danny is writing these notes from the backseat one of our delivery vans. He and Miranda have been on a week long road trip in the interior of BC visiting producers, checking the fruit production and planning for future years (also having a bit of a break!). The organic BC fruit is ripe now, about 4 weeks behind &apos;normal&apos;, and it is on our way.They have also visited the Kootenay Bakery in Nelson and are bringing back some new organic baked treats. Lisa is hard at working finding an organic bakery in Edmonton to supply the box, but in the meantime please enjoy these wonderful creations available in the &apos;Snacks and Treats&apos; category. </p> <p><strong>Summer Fruit Box</strong></p> <p>With the BC Fruit harvest finally underway (4 weeks late!) we will be re-introducing the Summer Fruit Box in full this year. At $40, it will include an excellent variety of cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, melons, blueberries, apples, pears and raspberries from our local and Okanagan organic fruit growers. The fruit box is an great way to provide your family with an excellent selection of BC fruit through the season and as different fruits start and finish you&apos;ll see them appear in your box. Last year we ran the box every 2 weeks, but this year we are expecting enough volume to be able to offer it every week. If you would like it added to your regular delivery, please contact our office.</p> <p>Our total list of items allows you to mix and match to make your perfect box of Organic produce. When we can&apos;t get it locally, I find sustainably-produced food from non-local farms and bring it here. Good, real food, available year-round and bought from small farms and producers at a fair price.</p> <table cellspacing=&quot;15&quot; cellpadding=&quot;0&quot; bgcolor=&quot;#edf0e9&quot;> <tbody> <tr> <td><p><br /><img title=&quot;koots 2&quot; alt=&quot;koots 2&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Kootenay(1).jpg&quot; width=&quot;258&quot; height=&quot;224&quot; /></p> </td> <td><h1>Kootenay Bakery Cafe </h1> <p><span id=&quot;ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_Collection2&quot;><span id=&quot;ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_Collection2&quot;><span id=&quot;ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_Collection2&quot;><span id=&quot;ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_Collection2&quot;>Danny and Miranda just revisited this little bakery in the heart of the Kootenay mountains. They picked up some new treats to try! <span id=&quot;ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_Collection2&quot;><span id=&quot;ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_Collection2&quot;><span id=&quot;ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_Collection2&quot;><span id=&quot;ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_Collection2&quot;>Scotch Oat Cookies, Sesame Rice Cookies. and Ginger Snaps!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The bakery is located on the shores of pristine Kootenay Lake, it is co-operative cafe that has been offering handcrafted foods to a growing circle of people since 1991. As a co-operative, their values guide their business practice. They take pride in transforming organic grains, fruits and vegetables into delectable, delicious delicacies that delight and nourish. Specializing in dietary needs such as wheat, egg, dairy, sugar and gluten-free baked goods.<br /><br />They are committed to:<br /><br />