<h2>Our Fragile Food System</h2> <p align=&quot;left&quot;>This has been a challenging week for all Albertans, especially those living in southern Alberta. On Wednesday night I was driving our 5-ton truck back from our farm in BC and as I came through Banff and Canmore I knew something was wrong - It had been raining heavily all night and day and as I drove through the parks the intensity and violence of the rain made me very worried about the safety of the truck on the highway. However, my instincts told me not to stop and to drive through the storm. As it turns out, if I had stopped I would have been trapped like so many other trucks coming into Alberta.</p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;>We all recognize these photos from the television and newspapers this week:</p> <p style=&quot;TEXT-ALIGN: center&quot; align=&quot;left&quot;><img title=&quot;trucks on highway&quot; alt=&quot;trucks on highway&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/roadclosure.jpg&quot; /></p> <p style=&quot;TEXT-ALIGN: center&quot; align=&quot;left&quot;><img title=&quot;more trucks on highway&quot; alt=&quot;more trucks on highway&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/roadclosure01.jpg&quot; /></p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;>The vast majority of non-local food we eat comes on refrigerated vans and trucks from the coast. Even items that come from California and Mexico still come up the I-5 Interstate (you will remember the <a title=&quot;bridge collapse&quot; href=&quot;http://www.theprovince.com/travel/bridge+collapse+will+cause+headaches+tourism+trucking+industry/8432883/story.html&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>bridge collapse</a> last month) and through Vancouver en route to us on the TransCanada Highway. Disruptions like this can cause havoc in the food system of Alberta and once again, just like in winter when avalanches close the <a title=&quot;Rogers Pass&quot; href=&quot;http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/mtn/securiteenmontagne-mountainsafety/avalanche/routes-highways.aspx&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Rogers Pass</a> near Golden, we are expecting a difficult week.</p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;>None of the commercial carriers are working this weekend because of the multiple highway closures - their equipment is either stranded in Calgary, on the highway or unable to get back through to Vancouver. This isn&apos;t going to stop us - we have booked a private carrier and an entire trailer just for us and a few other organic stores in Edmonton and we are bringing the food anyway. It is going to take the much longer northern route via Valemount and Jasper and our warehouse staff will be meeting the driver at around 2am on Monday when he arrives at our warehouse to unload. We love our members, we love our producers and we love to make sure that you get the food you need.</p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;>This said, we might have some inventory hiccups this week as transportation gets back to normal hopefully by Wednesday or Thursday. Quite a bit of Alberta organic food is produced near Coaldale, in the Lethbridge region. There are several road closures and flood warnings still in effect so we expect some challenges. But know that we are dedicated to our food family and we won&apos;t let this catastrophe stop us from bringing our food to you.</p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;>Our thoughts are with our compatriots in Calgary and other places that have seen flooding. We are also holding vigil with our producers who have already or are at risk of experiencing flooding. Miranda, myself and our two boys are en route tonight to our own farm in Creston to survey the damage there - the same rains that hit Alberta also caused multiple road washouts and heavy water pooling in our area and we are hoping that the food we are growing for all of you hasn&apos;t been destroyed by this week of extreme weather.</p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;>Keep an eye on your email this week for any late breaking news from our production team as we see how the week is shaping up and how our inventory is coming together. We will do our very best to fill your orders and we are so grateful for your support.</p> <div><p>Havea Great Week!</p> <p>Danny.<br />Founder, The Organic Box.</p> <h2>FeaturedProducts and 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;><img title=&quot;RockMilk&quot; alt=&quot;RockMilk&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/rockmilk.jpg&quot; /></td> <td><h2>Alberta Milk!</h2> <p>Why buy milk from anywhere else? <strong>Rock Ridge </strong>milk is on special for the next couple of weeks... so if you have not tried our local, organic milk yet... now is the time! This 4 Litre deal is a steal, so load up on homegrown goodness. Great with cereal, in coffee/tea, in baking, on it&apos;s own. This is one of the products that is great to add to your regular order so that it shows up every week. </p> <p>Love Alberta Milk! </p> <p>Also available in a 1L jug from Rock Ridge, and a 2L jug from Vital Green Farm. </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><img style=&quot;WIDTH: 220px; HEIGHT: 220px&quot; title=&quot;Jenny&quot; alt=&quot;Jenny&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/jenny.jpg&quot; width=&quot;220&quot; height=&quot;220&quot; /></td> <td><h2>Sundog Organics</h2> <p>Situated just outside of Gibbons, Alberta, Sundog Organics is a quaint and inviting farm. James and Jenny have worked very hard to make it so. Theytill the landand grow their organic produce there, and are in their last year of transition to becoming a certified farm. It is 10 acres of bliss, and with their three boys running around (doing their best to help out and keep a smile on your face) it is an easy place to love. So is their food! The quality that Sundog produces is absolutely premium, and a joy to see come in every week. Next week will be a great one with their first harvest of arugula, and Jenny&apos;s herb garden coming into full swing. <br /><br />Try out Sundog Organics:<br /><br />Mint<br />Oregano<br />Rhubarb<br />Arugula</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><a href=&quot;#&quot; onclick=&quot;try{window.open(&apos;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/fairwinds.jpg&apos;, &apos;MyImage&apos;, &apos;resizable=yes, scrollbars=yes, width=790, height=580&apos;)}catch(e){};return false;&quot; onkeypress=&quot;this.onclick();&quot; title=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/fairwinds.jpg&quot;><img src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/thumb_fairwinds.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/fairwinds.jpg&quot; title=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/fairwinds.jpg&quot; /></a></td> <td><h2>Fairwinds Farm</h2> <p>The Alberta organic dairy industy is amazing. There is such fantastic high quality product out there, and not all of it is based on cow&apos;s milk! Fairwinds Farm is a little farm in Southern Alberta that produces amazing goat milk products. The creamiest of chevre, rich and healthy goat milk, buttery gouda cheese, and perfectly salted feta cheese! Not to mention their yogurt!! <br /><br />If you haven&apos;t tried their stuff yet, now is the time. Their soft goat cheese (chevre) is an O Box favourite at lunch time. </p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div>