Mans Organics is a certified organic farm owned and operated by Henk and Rita Mans, their son Andrew and his wife Denise. The farm is located in beautiful southern Alberta, near Coaldale, where the family has grown organic crops for more than five years. Their focus: to grow quality, organic red and yellow onions, shallots, and garlic, with alfalfa and barley for rotation. In 2012, they built an organic greenhouse that spans approximately half an acre, where they produce tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. The Mans decided to begin farming organically to eliminate the risks that chemically treated produce. Using only organic methods for weed and insect control, their goal is to make healthy, safely grown organic vegetables available to a wider population. The Organic Box is happy to partner with Mans Organic, and support local organic farmers.
Bell Peppers were first discovered by Christopher Columbus who mistakenly named them a pepper expecting a spicy or hot flavour. These are sweet peppers.</br> </br> Green peppers are younger colored bell peppers. They have a mild, but unique flavor that enhances sauces, soups and stir frys.
Beautiful local tomatoes are back! These beefsteaks are indeed beefy, so be ready for a treat. </br></br>Tomatoes are rich in vitamins A and C and are full of fibre. Tomatoes are noted for containing the antioxidant compound lycopene, which may help protect against prostate cancer and heart disease. Lycopene is found in higher concentration after cooking.
Onions are high in flavenoids and have strong anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and cancer fighting properties. Don't worry about onion breath, you're doing your body good!
A bag of red onions that'll sweeten up any dish and add some spice to your sandwiches and/or salads. </br></br>Red onions have a high polyphenol content, including a rich concentration of flavonoid polyphenols. Among the flavonoids, they also provide a particularly large amount of quercetin, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory benefits.
1 lb of local shallots from Coaldale, AB. Ambition, a French red shallot this year. Shallots are favoured for their mild onion flavour, and can be used in the same manner as onions. </br> </br> Very similar to onions in nutritional value. Expect high levels of flavenoids and polyphenols from these shallots. Rather than degrade when cooked, many of these nutrients seep into the water, or oils, that the onions are cooking in.
Russian garlic has a strong garlic flavour and a warm sweet aftertaste. Not only is Garlic widely used in many dishes but it is also reported that with regular use garlic helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels as well as blood pressure. An interesting tip for all gardeners is that, like other members of the onion family, garlic is reputed to keep insects and fungal diseases at bay. By growing clumps of garlic throughout your garden you may be able to ward off some common problems like aphids.
People have dug up Zingiber officinale, a.k.a. the root more commonly known as ginger, for its health benefits and spicy flavor since the beginning of time (Fun fact: It's actually in the same family as turmeric, another powerful good-for-you ingredient).<BR>The health benefits of ginger root are endless. from supporting your immune system to soothing a sore stomach by aiding in digestion, ginger is not only tasty, it is a great ingredient to add to your daily diet.
Usually counted in the list of top 10 superfoods, turmeric is an excellent spice for your kitchen and your health. </br></br>Turmeric root has both culinary and medicinal benefits that can be attributed to curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric. It is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound that is used throughout Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic.</br></br> Best stored in your freezer, and shaved off fresh when added to food.
Considered one of the sweeter squashes, Delicata is very tasty and lends itself well to baking, roasting, and steaming. </br></br> Delicata squash is not as rich in beta-carotene as other winter squashes, but is a good source of dietary fiber and potassium, as well as smaller amounts of vitamins C and B, magnesium, and manganese.
A personal size spaghetti squash. A great size for everyone to get their own "bowl". </br> </br>The flesh of the spaghetti squash is bright yellow or orange. When raw, the flesh is solid and similar to other raw squash; when cooked, the flesh falls away from the fruit in ribbons or strands like spaghetti.