<h2>Looking for Local Organic Veg? We&apos;ve got it.</h2> <p>Get out your salad spinner this week. We&apos;ve got loads and loads of local greens and they are loving the mix of sun and rain we&apos;ve had this month. Eric has been busy busy busy out at Peas on Earth and we are looking forward to lots of good things from them. This week you have a choice ofmixed greens, spinach, radish, rhubarb, green onion, arugula, rapini, carrotsand bok choy from Peas on Earth. Sundog Organic Farm has the first crop of spinach coming this week, with lots of other good stuff in the ground too. Dawn from Sunrise Gardens has her ready-to-eat salad mixes too, plus wheatgrass and sprouts. Next week, we&apos;ll add spanish onions, kale, and dill. All locally grown, all organic, and all direct from the farmer to you. I&apos;ll be heading out to see James and Jenny at Sundog Organic Farm on Monday afternoon to pickup the spinach and take a look at the crop. </p> <p>This is our third June since we opened The Organic Box and each year we are seeing more options available earlier in the year. This is exciting! It means we are moving the goalposts, increasing the production of our local organic farms and making a different to Edmonton&apos;s food economy. </p> <p>Greens are good for you. Eat lots. This is the time of year to be a salad-aholic. </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;><p><img title=&quot;rhubarb01&quot; alt=&quot;rhubarb01&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/rhubarb bowl.jpg&quot; /></p> <p><img title=&quot;rhubarb02&quot; alt=&quot;rhubarb02&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/rhubarbpie.jpg&quot; /></p> </td> <td><h2>Rhubarb!!!!!!!!</h2> <p>Originally cultivated in China for medicinal purposes, rhubarb is most know in North America for it&apos;s culinary use (espcially in deserts). It has only been since the late 1700s that rhubarb has been used in cooking and first made it to North America in the 1800s. They spread in popularity rapidly and have been a staple at farmers markets ever since. Only the stalks of the rhubarb plant are eaten and most prized for use in pies, tarts, and sauces. </p> <p>Nutritionally, rhubarb is about 95% water and is fairly high in potassium, vitamin C (which adds to its tart flavour), fibre, and calcium. </p> <p>We are going to be seeing a lot of rhubarb in the coming weeks from two of our local organic farms and we couldn&apos;t be more excited! It&apos;s time for rhubarb crisps, tarts, pies, muffins, jams... and to combat the sourness mix in some strawberries, blueberries or try it with mango! </p> <p>Here isa great Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Recipe:</p> <p><a href=&quot;http://allrecipes.com/recipe/rhubarb-and-strawberry-pie/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>http://allrecipes.com/recipe/rhubarb-and-strawberry-pie/</a></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><p></p> <p><img title=&quot;Almonds&quot; alt=&quot;Almonds&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/almonds.jpg&quot; /></p> </td> <td><h2>Almonds!! </h2> <p>Most often thought of as a nut, almonds are technically the seed of the fruit of the almond tree. It is cousins with the peach, cherry, and apricot trees. Almonds are also considered an incredibly healthy &apos;brain and heart food&apos; due to it&apos;s high content of Vitamin E, manganese, and healthy monosaturated fats. We love almonds at The Organic Box. They are a great snack to get you through until lunch, and keep you alert when feeling fatigued. We have so many varieties of almonds now... and we are pumped!! Try them out:</p> <p>-Raw Almonds from Left Coast</p> <p>-Teriyaki and Chili Sprouted Almonds from Organic Lives</p> <p>-Sprouted Almond Croutons from Organic Lives</p> <p>-Maple Almonds from Prana</p> <p>-Almonds and Dark Chocolate from Camino</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>