The family farms involved in Direct Organics Plus are some of the original organic farmers of the Similkameen Valley. As strong champions of growing without pesticides, the efforts of these farmers helped develop organic agriculture across the valley. Direct Organics Plus is a packing house and distribution centre for organic growers in Cawston BC. Structured as a co-operative, Direct Organics Plus helps small scale organic farmers in the Okanagan pack and market their crops, an essential service in this hard-working agricultural community.
Often steamed, boiled, stir-fried, or baked in casseroles... green beans are as versatile as vegetables get. </br> </br> Found to have high levels of vitamins C and A, green beans are also full of beta-carotene and other healthy carotenoids which help out cardiovascular system.
Local shelling peas are here! English peas have a large bright green pod which encases plump, round peas or berries. The pods grow on vines and unlike snow and sugar snap peas are too fibrous to be edible. Pods must be shelled first by snapping off the end and pulling the fibrous string along the length of the pod. Each pod contains five to eight emerald hued peas. Peas have a tender yet slightly crunchy texture and a sweet pea flavor.
A bulk bag of English Peas for you real pea lovers out there. The pods grown on vines and are not palatable, but the peas inside may be eaten fresh, cooked or dried. </br></br>Peas are second only to lima beans for high protein content in vegetables. For those in need of a high protein, low fat foodstuff... peas are the ones!
A lotto between white, yellow and purple cauliflower. These local heirloom variety cauliflower are amazing treats and lots of fun to eat! </br></br>Often steamed or boiled, try sauteeing cauliflower for a change. Adding cauliflower to a skillet helps retain the vegetables crispness, and holds in the flavour. _x000D_ _x000D_ Cauliflower is high in both fiber and vitamin C, with a half cup of florets providing nearly half of ones daily requirement for vitamin C. It also contains a fair amount of vitamin A, folate, calcium and potassium as well as selenium, which works with Vitamin C to boost the immune system.
Fresh local cabbage. Green and crisp. Definitely delicious. </br></br>Cabbage, particularly short cooked or raw cabbage, contains sinigrin. Sinigrin has been shown to have unique cancer preventative properties, specifically for bladder, prostate, and colon cancer. A great source of vitamins K, C, and A.
Crunchy. Red. So good. Adds wonderful colour and texture to many dishes. Essential in homemade coleslaw! </br></br> Fat-free and cholesterol-free, red cabbage is rich in vitamin C, plus offers carbohydrates, calcium, iron, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, potassium and fibre. One cup of shredded cabbage contains about 25 calories.
First taste of the new crop of Canadian apples. Vista Bella is a medium-sized apple, with a light yellow-green skin, flushed deep red where exposed to the sun. </br></br>Fresh apples do not keep as well as storage apples. It is best to keep these in the fridge, not the fruit bowl, to preserve some crunch and flavour.
Apricots are so good!! How cool! How unique! How tasty!! </br></br>Apricots are those beautifully orange colored fruits full of beta-carotene and fiber that are one of the first signs of summer. Great sources of vitamin A and C.