<h2>Spring in the Central Valley</h2> <p>Our local produce cycle is finishing up here in Edmonton - the stored greens like Kale arenearly goneand we are into the last of the potatoes, beets and carrots. Still enough to last us about a month so take advantage! Onions, shallots and garlic should be available until later in the spring. Non-produce items are available year round so take the time to look in our catalogue to see what we have. Last week some organic pasta sauces from Prairie Harvest were added to the list. Most pastasauce is made in NewJersey. This stuffis 100% Canadian from right here in Edmonton.</p> <p>Thinkingof spring, it is springtime in the central valley of California. Most western Canadians don&apos;t realize how much we depend on the growers in California to feed us during the winter months. At The Organic Box, our core values focus on local organic food, but it is a fact of life that we must import most of ourproduce duringthe four coldest months of the year. We work to find the balance between local food and food produced locally. To us, food trucked a long distance can still be local - if the land is owned by an independant farmer and the money we pay to purchase the produce goes into the local economy and not to the shareholders of thelarge industrial food corporations in New Yorkand Toronto. For those producers, they act locally in their community, creating jobs, supporting other local businesses and building the local economies, wherever that may be.</p> <p>In practice, this means fair trade produce, independant growers in California, and an independantly owned and operated distribution channel between there and here. Your contribution to the sustainability fund also ensures that the emissions attributed to the food we importare offset by our reduction strategies and purchased carbon credits. </p> <p>It is cauliflower and broccoli season. Prices don&apos;t get any lower than this, so pull out your recipes and strap on the feedbags.Its also the high time for citrus, and we have navels, grapefruits and tangelos. These awesome little oranges have a zippy flavour that you will either love or hate. We love them and hope you will too. They are thin-skinnedso don&apos;t wait to eat them,get peeling as soon as they land in your house. You won&apos;t regret it. </p> <p>Finally, bell peppers. It is bell pepper season so prices are good, but like Forrest Gump says &apos;you never know what you&apos;re going to get.&apos; We&apos;ve tried to predict what bell peppers are going to show up andkeep getting it wrong, sowe&apos;re giving up. Its the bell pepper lottery this week. We&apos;ll send you what shows up here. Eduardo Martinez in California just wants to send his best stuff, and big or small, we&apos;ll take it.</p> <p>Have a great week!</p> <p>Danny.</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;Fruit Box 01&quot; alt=&quot;Fruit Box 01&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/fruit box(1).jpg&quot; /></p> <p></p> <p><br /></p> </td> <td><h2>Small Fruit Box</h2> <p>Are you a fruit lover? Can&apos;t get enough of our yummy organic apples, oranges, and berries? Now you can add the <strong>Small Fruit Box </strong>to your regular order and enjoy a double helping of our organic fruits. From your membership page on the website, click on the <em>Add Extra Boxes </em>link on the sidebar, then you can click on the Small Fruit Box icon and receive $20 worth of extra fruits to your order. </p> <p>Here is what is in the Small Fruit Box this week:</p> <p>1 bag Spartan Apples - BC Local<br />2 BOSC Pears - BC Local<br />3 Navel Oranges<br />5 Tangelo Oranges<br />1 Ruby Red Grapefruit<br />1 Edward Honeyblush Mango<br />1 pint of Strawberries</p> <p>This is the perfect solution for those customers that desire more fruit that what arrives in their regular order. For the serious fruit lovers we also offer the <strong>Family Fruit Box</strong>. Fill up your Organic Box with $40 worth of mouthwatering seasonal organic produce! </p> <h2></h2> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><p></p> <p><img title=&quot;Beets 01&quot; alt=&quot;Beets 01&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Beets(1).jpg&quot; /></p> <p align=&quot;center&quot;></p> <p></p> <p></p> </td> <td><h2>Beets! Beets! Beets!</h2> <p>Are you finding yourself with a fridge full of beets? Or are you a beet aficianado? We are stocking up on a wonderful variety of beets from our local growers and want to share the knowledge of the &apos;power of beets&apos; with our customers. Beets are best known for being rich in antioxidants, but are also known to provide anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. However, a lot of people don&apos;t know what to do with beets! There is more to beets than just borscht though, and hereis asimple and delicious recipe for getting those beets out your fridge and into your tummy:</p> <p><strong>Roasted Beets and Sauteed Beet Greens</strong></p> <p>The root is the most commonly consumed part of the beet, but the greens are also wonderful to eat and easy to add to your everyday meals. </p> <p>Ingredients:<br />1 bunch of beets with greens<br />1/4 cup of olive oil<br />2 cloves of garlic, minced<br />2 tablespoons of onion, chopped<br />1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar (optional)<br />salt and pepper to taste</p> <p>Directions:<br />1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Wash beets thoroughly, leave skins on, and remove the greens. Rinse greens and remove any large stems, set aside. Place beets in small baking dish or roasting pan, toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. <br />2) Cover and bake for 45-60 minutes.Slice into cubes. <br />3) When roasted beets are almost done, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet of medium-low heat. Add garlic and onion, cook for 1 minute. Tear beet greens into bite sized pieces, and add to skillet. Cook greens until they&apos;re wilted and tender. Season with salt and pepper. Toss greens with the roasted sliced beets and red wine vinegar, butter, or salt and pepper. </p> <p>This is a wonderful side dish to any meal. To really make this dish a winner you can add some chunks of soft goat cheese. Delightful! </p> <p>Recipe from: <a title=&quot;http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Roasted-Beets-and-Sauteed-Beet-Greens/Detail.aspx&quot; href=&quot;http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Roasted-Beets-and-Sauteed-Beet-Greens/Detail.aspx&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Roasted-Beets-and-Sauteed-Beet-Greens/Detail.aspx</a></p> <p>Beets are also fantastic when grated and added to garnish pretty much any salad. They are also surprisingly refreshing additions to your favourite burger (veggie or meat). </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><p></p> <p></p> </td> <td><h2></h2> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>