<p class="bodycopy"><span lang="EN-US">One of the things we pride ourselves on is how much of an impact our Food Family is having on the overall success of Organic producers in Alberta.&#160; Together, with your support and enthusiasm, we are making a market for family farms to thrive.</span></p> <p class="bodycopy"><span lang="EN-US">Some of you may remember three years ago when a prominent Edmonton-based dairy shut its doors and we mourned the loss of a local business doing good work.&#160; But instead of lamenting, we vowed to find and support local milk with a renewed vigour to ensure the future of Organic dairy in Alberta would thrive.&#160; </span></p> <p class="bodycopy"><span lang="EN-US">We added the Vital Green Farms dairy line and the very first week it became available to us, a mis-communication in shipping meant that our milk only got as far as Calgary.&#160; Instead of giving up, Abbie drove to Calgary and back overnight to ensure that the milk would be here in time for our own deliveries.</span></p> <p class="bodycopy"><span lang="EN-US">We still proudly carry Vital Green Farms milk and have happily added their cream and yogurt products as they have become available.&#160; The milk they produce is non-homogenized and slow-pasteurized and they are the only dairy in Alberta producing milk this way.&#160; If that isn&#8217;t enough of an incentive, this week we have added an exciting new product &#160;</span>made from Vital Green Farms milk, brie cheese. Leslie from Smoky Valley Cheese has teamed up with the Mans&#8217; to bring you an Alberta-grown, Alberta-made specialty cheese and we could not be more excited!&#160; This brie has arrived young and perfect and will age to a creamy, flavourful cheese that will please the locavores.</p> <p class="bodycopy"><span lang="EN-US">While we are discussing dairy, we can&#8217;t forget about our friends at Rock Ridge Dairy.&#160; The Bos family stepped into the Organic milk production world in early 2013 and we have been working with them since their first dairy run.&#160; In the beginning, we couldn&#8217;t order enough milk to warrant trucking, so every Wednesday morning, one of our hard-working delivery drivers would get up bright and early and make the drive to their farm to pick up the milk we needed for the week.</span></p> <p class="bodycopy"><span lang="EN-US">Since then, they have grown their line to include cream and butter, which is extremely exciting.&#160; We look forward to many great things from our local dairies, from launching new products to collaborating with other producers to bring you the best that Alberta dairy has to offer.</span></p> <p class="bodycopy"><span lang="EN-US">Join us in supporting these great Alberta producers and add your favourite dairy products to your standing order.&#160; When we know that you want milk earlier in the ordering cycle, we can make better orders and we all win!</span></p>