July 2011 Newsletter

July 20th, 2011

What is the value in a good food box? Local and/or sustainably produced food has significantly higher nutritional integrity. For example, you would have to eat ap- proximately 6 times as much conventionally grown produce shipped in from other countries to match the nutritional value in one serving of the same produce grown locally and sustainably. The high pesticide and fertilizer usage, forced picking before ripeness, and the long travel times from China, Mexico, or California dramatically deplete nutritional content. You would need to buy 6 times more of the shipped in conventionally grown cheap produce most often found in grocery stores to equal the nutritional value in one serving local sustainably grown produce. That is a lot of extra money and extra calories. Unsprayed local and organic produce is simply cheaper and healthier. Being a non-profit and working directly with farmers and speciality purveyors of local and sustainably grown produce, the good food box is able to pro- vide high quality produce cheaper than grocery stores but with incredible nutritional value in proportion to calories. This month we feature 99.9% BC produce in our fruit and veggie boxes with 70% being local and unsprayed. Our fruit and snacking boxes feature 70% local and unsprayed produce with 30% certified organic from outside the region. Recipes included this month:

  • Grilled Caesar Salad
  • Banana Ice Cream
  • Roasted Zucchini, Potatoes & Tomatoes
  • Cherry Sherbet
  • Cabbage, Green Apple & Carrot Salad
  • Potato Bundles with Paprika
  • Tzatziki
  • Cucumber & Radish Salad