<h2></h2> <h2>A Fully Local Box</h2> Its that time of year where the fall gala, macintosh and jonagold apples are starting to come, the local veg is in full harvest, and we know that its time to dig into the local food revolution. For about six weeks a year we offer a fully local box and this is one of those weeks. Everything in the suggested box (except bananas!) is coming from Alberta and BC producers. This week is the peak of our production and we are proud to have so many options coming from families and growers so close to home. That said, we have a few imported options if you just have to have that lemon, jalapeno pepper or broccoli this week. In our part of the world, it is vital that we take the opportunity to find local organic food and buy it when its available. Farms, even thosewhich are run entirely byfamilies,are businesses.If no one buys their product then they won't survive and agribusiness will step in to fill the gap. <strong>Are You Buying What We Are Selling?</strong> The Organic Box is about more than just getting the exact food on your label. Our produce varies week to week and often quality is directly related to the weather, season and climate right here in Edmonton. The Organic Box is about giving people in Edmonton access to food grown by family and independent producers, and it is about creating a market for these growers (including myself and my family) so they have a larger venue to sell their produce besides farmers' markets alone. The average 10-acre fruit and vegetable farmer may only make $5,000 to $8,000 a year at a farmers' market in Alberta after paying farming expenses and that is hardly enough to support a family and survive. We are not a grocery delivery service. We are a marketing outlet for independent organic growers who are committed to expanding their production, improving their quality and reaching more people in the Edmonton region. Things do not always go smoothly for us and we are constantly looking for improvement. We do not have the volume or the capital to easily absorb mistakes. We do not act like a grocery store and claim any item that has even the slightest blemish for full credit. Quite often I rescue pallets of food that have been rejected by the major grocery stores to help our community of growers. Oranges that aren't orange enough. Blueberries that have 1% mold. Apples packaged with the wrong PLU code on the bags. When I call The Organic Box a 'food family',I really mean it. When you sign up for our service, you are making a commitment to us and our growers, that you will help them and help us develop this alternative food economy. We are truly a family, and we count on your feedback to help us improve. We want criticism, but we want it in a constructive and positive way that will help us be better, help our growers be better and continue to expand an industry that in 2009 was worth $3M to the Alberta Economy and by 2015 will be worth $20M. We are changing the world one apple or carrot at a time. As always, we and our growers stand behind our products 100% and if you are unsatisfied or unhappy, please let us know. But be gentle. This food we are talking about is the product of months of hard work and we want everyone in our food family to be positive. Have a Great Week! Danny. Founder, The Organic Box. <h2>Featured Local Producers</h2> <table cellspacing="&quot;15&quot;" cellpadding="&quot;0&quot;" bgcolor="&quot;#edf0e9&quot;"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="&quot;center&quot;" valign="&quot;top&quot;"><img title="&quot;GFGFlour&quot;" src="&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/GFGflour.jpg&quot;" alt="&quot;GFGFlour&quot;" /></td> <td> <h2>HarvestTime!</h2> Our local organic grain producers are super super busy right now. It is harvest time on the fields so all the crops of wheat and grains are being combined! We are very thankful for all of their hard work, year round, and especially right now. Harvest season is a great reminder of all the fantastic quality flours and grains that we have available here at The Organic Box. Gold Forest Grains has a wonderful assortment of ready-milled flours as well as whole wheat berries that can be milled at home, or cooked just like rice! New Life Organics wheat and oat stock is amazing as well. Stock up the pantry and get ready for the comforting food season of fall/winter!</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="&quot;center&quot;" valign="&quot;top&quot;"><img title="&quot;Chicadeetea&quot;" src="&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/chickadeetea.jpg&quot;" alt="&quot;Chicadeetea&quot;" /></td> <td> <h2>Colder weather = a time for tea (and coffee... and hot chocolate):</h2> We have a wonderful selection of local bulk herb teas brought to us through Earth Tea and Chickadee Farms. Try out Raspberry Leaf, Mint, or a Herbal Blend. We also have just partnered up with VitatlyTeas to bring us organic bagged teas (many of the herbal ingredients come from Chickadee Farms as well). We also have delicious Fair Trade coffees from <strong>Earth Coffee, Paradise Mountain, and Fernwood Coffee</strong>. All are roasted to perfection in small batches from Fair Trade and organic farms. There is nothing like a cup of hot chocolate to warm you up on a chilly day. <strong>Camino</strong> brings us super high quality hot chocolate mixes sourced from Fair Trade and organic cocoa.</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="&quot;center&quot;" valign="&quot;top&quot;"><img title="&quot;OTHtopping&quot;" src="&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/OTHtopping.jpg&quot;" alt="&quot;OTHtopping&quot;" /></td> <td> <h2>Good Morning!</h2> What better way to start your day than with a tasty fruit spread on your toast, or coat your pancakes with a juicy fruit topping. <strong>Over The Hill Orchards </strong>in Saskatchewan have been supplying us with organic, prairie grown fruit spread and toppings for a while now. With the chillier weather we're thinking about warming up with breakfast and getting a great start to the day. With cherry, saskatoon, wildberry, and raspberry as the varieties of jams to choose from you'll have a hard time deciding which to spread on your toast.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>