<h2>Happy Holidays!</h2> <p>With only a week of school left in the year things are winding down at school for many of the little ones, but at home, things are just getting started as excitement builds for Christmas morning! We&apos;ve made some changes to our holiday delivery schedule, please see below for details.</p> <p><strong>Let us help you fill your fridge this holiday season!</strong></p> <p>Every year during the holidays we see many of our members take a break from deliveries as they leave town or visit friends and family for meals. This gives us lots of extra time to focus on making some really excellent boxes up for those of you who will be asking us to help feed your family this Christmas. We&apos;ve set up an excellent catalogue of special holiday treats for you to explore and enjoy.</p> <p><img style=&quot;BORDER-BOTTOM: white 15px solid; BORDER-LEFT: white 15px solid; BORDER-TOP: white 15px solid; BORDER-RIGHT: white 15px solid&quot; title=&quot;2013_HolidayMarket&quot; alt=&quot;2013_HolidayMarket&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/HolidayOrganicMarket.JPG&quot; /><strong>Weekly Produce Listing</strong></p> <p>This week we have 126 different organic fruits and vegetable items for you to choose from - over a third of them are from right here in Alberta. Even if your base produce box is full, you can switch over to the produce listing by clicking &apos;Weekly Produce Listing&apos; in the Organic Market listing. Feel free to fill your order as big as your like and order as much produce as you will need for the holidays. We&apos;ve got it for you and hope you will take advantage.</p> <p><strong>*Holiday Favourites*</strong></p> <p>Check out the &quot;Holiday Favourites&quot; category in the Organic Market for some items our team has chosen as our own holiday favourites for the year. Not just your usual Christmas foods, these are special items that we know are really excellent and will bring an extra boost to your order and your pantry this season.</p> <p><strong>*Specials*</strong></p> <p>Looking for a little extra value? We have some great deals this week - including our whole line of bagels (also a new product for us starting this week) on sale for you. When we put items on sale, we agree with the producer that together we will offer a lower price to try and either move some inventory and give a producer a boost, or to encourage people to try something new. Take a look at the list this week and see if there is something there you would like to receive in your box this week.</p> <p>We love to bring new local and organic foods to your table, items produced by independent, ethical, and organic people and organizations. When you buy these products from us you are making a real difference to our producers and our whole food family and you have our gratitude. Happy Christmas!</p> <h2>Holiday Delivery Adjustments</h2> <p>This year Christmas Day and New Years&apos; Day are both on Wednesday. Wednesday is one of our biggest delivery days of the week so we are reorganizing our schedule so our team doesn&apos;t need to work these days and you don&apos;t have to worry about getting a delivery on these two special days. </p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;><strong>Office Boxes and Commercial Deliveries:</strong> All Office Boxes and Commercial Deliveries are being cancelled for the weeks of December 23 and December 30. This will be done automatically and you will receive and email from us. If you are an office box member and would like to still receive an order over the holiday period please contact our office to make arrangements.</p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;><strong>Regular Wednesday Orders:</strong> Our regular delivery schedule for Wednesday December 25 is being moved forward to Tuesday December 24. Deliveries scheduled for January 1 are being moved forward to December 31. <strong>PLEASE NOTE OUR ONLINE SYSTEM WILL NOT REFLECT THIS DATE CHANGE.</strong> We anticipate having a quick and speedy day and will finish everything by 4pm on Christmas and New Years&apos; Eve. If you are looking forward to having our goodness at your holiday table then take advantage of this opportunity to get your box a day early. <strong>ALL OTHER THURSDAY, FRIDAY and SATURDAY ORDERS WILL RUN PER OUR NORMAL SCHEDULE.</strong></p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;><strong>Pick Up Your Box!</strong> If you are normally a Thursday to Saturday member and want your food on Christmas Eve or New Years&apos; Eve, let us know and we will pack it early for you to pickup. <strong>Please make sure we know at least a week in advance</strong> so we can make sure we have enough to go around. Commercial shipping, trucking and farm delivery schedules are being heavily modified to accommodate the holidays and if we don&apos;t have enough notice we may not be able to make it happen for you.</p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;><strong>Holiday Stops:</strong> If you are planning time away or want to stop your orders over the holidays no problem! Please make sure you use our &quot;Holiday Stops&quot; function on the Choose Your Box page to mark your holidays off. Last year we had too many last minute cancellations and ended up losing a significant amount of food over the holiday weeks. This year we must be strict about our cancellation policy - boxes must be cancelled prior to the order cutoff or they will be donated to a local charity and you will be charged. </p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;>Our program is premised on your support and advanced planning, and by working together we can make this holiday season smooth and rewarding for everyone in our food family.</p> <h2><span style=&quot;LINE-HEIGHT: 18px; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; FONT-SIZE: 12px; FONT-WEIGHT: normal&quot;>At The Organic Box we are always growing, always looking for ways to get better, and always trying to find ways to fill more of your shopping basket with Alberta and BC food producers. We can do it! You are helping!</span></h2> <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;GFbread&quot; alt=&quot;GFbread&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/GFbread.jpg&quot; /></td> <td><h2>Silver Hills Gluten Free Bread</h2> <p>We&apos;ve searched far and wide for a gluten free bread product that fit in with our values and we finally found it. This bread from Silver Hills is baked in BC, with 100% organic ingredients, and with ingredients as locally sourced as possible. And it actually <strong>tastes great</strong>! They have two varieties available: Chia Chia, and Omega Flax. Both are wholesome and nutrient rich. </p> <p>Silver Hills makes amazingly tasty bagels... and we have those too. So try out the Rappleberry, Mack&apos;s Flax, or Garlic Herb bagels and tell us which one is your favourite. </p> <p>* All Silver Hills baked goods are shipped frozen to maintain freshness. </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><img title=&quot;December&quot; alt=&quot;December&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/decemberproducts.jpg&quot; /></td> <td><h2>Winter Goodies! </h2> <p>We&apos;ve just had our final push of new products for 2013 and they are all cozy treats to keep you warm during the holidays. Try out the Happy Planet organic soups, Anita&apos;s instant oatmeals, or the amazing hot sauce from Organic Harvest. </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><img title=&quot;looseleaf&quot; alt=&quot;looseleaf&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/looseleaftea.jpg&quot; /></td> <td><h2>Loose Leaf Tea Products</h2> <p>We&apos;ve been carrying loose leaf tea products for a while. Often considered a preferred and premium way to enjoy steeped tea, it can be difficult for people who don&apos;t have a strainer or tea filters. Well... we did some homework and found these great quality products for you so you can finally try out loose leaf tea yourself! </p> <p><strong>TeaBrew Tea Filters</strong> are Made in Canada, and use unbleached paper from sustainable forests. </p> <p><strong>Orbit Tea Balls</strong> is a high quality reuseable tea strainer that is great for single cups or big pots of tea. </p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>