<p><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;><h2><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;></span></h2> <h2><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;>HappyNew Yearsfrom The Organic Box team</span></h2> <h2><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;></span></h2> <span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;></span></span></p> <p><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;>We wish you all the best over this special time and into the New Year. What a year it has been! Wishing you all good food, health and blessingsin the New Year.We have many people to thank: our members, our farmers and producers, our staff. Thank you every one for an incredible year! We look forward to making your 2012 bright.We will be making our regular deliveries on New Year&apos;s Eve. </span></p> <p><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;></span></p> <span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;><h2><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;>Back to School</span></h2> <h2><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;></span></h2> <p>The holiday and Christmas season is notorious for filling our tummies full of sweets, simple sugars and lots of fat. Its time to detox! There is nothing better to wean yourself off that holiday sugar high than wholesome fruits and vegetables - local carrots, potatoes and greens will make you feel healthier and restore the natural energies you need to fight our winter months (they are coming, any day now!) Browse the weekly produce listings on the Choose Your Box pages to see all the different options we have for you to order next week. Our supply chain should be restored and the trucks are running again so we expect to have everything you order available to ship.</p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>SAYING GOODBYE</strong></p> <p>With the change to 2012, we are also experiencing change here at The Organic Box. <strong>Lisa</strong>, our wonderful product manager and someone who many of you have gotten to know over the past year is moving on in January. She started as a delivery driver and grew into one of our key management roles and will be missed. <strong>Shannon </strong>has been an awesome driver this year, meeting many of you with her constant smile and bright spirit. She is moving on in January to return to her Environmental Studies work in BC. Both of these fabulous team members will be missed and we say goodbye with a heavy heart.</p> </span><h2>Looking for More?<br /><br /></h2> <p><br />If you would like to get more produce than is in your standard box, you can click &apos;Weekly Produce Listing&apos; in the categories and add extra items to your order. We all tend to overindulge during the holiday season, so make sure you are feeding your loved ones food that is healthy, sustainable and brought to you with the love and devotion of our team and the producers in our food family. <br /><br />You can also add on many grocery items by clicking on the categories to the left of your screen as you are choosing your box. We would love it if you did not have to make any rush trips to the grocery store. We are working towards having everything that you need. Including chocolate, snacks for lunches, flours, and grains. </p> <p></p> <h2>Logistics Logistics Logistics. <br /><br /></h2> <p></p> <p>We are very proud of the supply chain we have built to bring the goodness to you in the Capital Region. By using overnight express truck freight service and dealing with growers directly, we are able to circumvent the layers of produce warehouses and fleets of reefer trucks parked for weeks at a time. Fresher food, less preservatives and more money back to the growers. However! This also means our supply chain can be very sensitive to weather events and other hiccups. Often, produce coming up from the USA will be delayed en route and will miss our daily truck leaving Vancouver. Or, items will arrive with blemishes or other problems and we don`t have enough time to react. Our commitment to you is that when we have a hiccup, we will always make it right, either by substituting something in your box that has equivalent value, back-ordering the item for your next box, or giving you a credit on your account. It is so encouraging to have so many families in Edmonton supporting our attempts to change the way we grow, source, buy, transport, pack and deliver food to your kitchen. It can often be a matter of hours! Today Danny took a van over to the freight depot to collect our late arriving order just to save two hours so we could fill everyone`s Friday orders.</p> <p></p> <h2>Featured Producers</h2> <p></p> <table cellspacing=&quot;15&quot; cellpadding=&quot;0&quot; bgcolor=&quot;#edf0e9&quot;> <tbody> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><img style=&quot;WIDTH: 229px; HEIGHT: 153px&quot; title=&quot;Coconut Water&quot; alt=&quot;Coconut Water&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Coconut Water.jpg&quot; width=&quot;229&quot; height=&quot;153&quot; /> </p> </td> <td><h2><b><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;>Organic Lives<br />Vancouver BC<img style=&quot;BORDER-RIGHT-WIDTH: 0px; WIDTH: 142px; FLOAT: right; BORDER-TOP-WIDTH: 0px; BORDER-BOTTOM-WIDTH: 0px; HEIGHT: 231px; BORDER-LEFT-WIDTH: 0px&quot; class=&quot;design_selected_field&quot; src=&quot;http://organiclives.org/Blog%20Photos/2011/thailand%20copy.jpg&quot; width=&quot;142&quot; height=&quot;231&quot; /><br /><br /><br /></span></b></h2> <p class=&quot;p1&quot;>Coconut water sales have boomed all over the globe. At Organic Lives, they arebringing you the most sustainable, organic, unpasteurized, and socially responsible coconut water solution available on the market. The coconut water featured comes from a small community project a in Thailand. The purpose isto create a new economy for the locals. Grown in the most fertile and pristine valleys, these beautiful and abundant young coconuts that would otherwise not be consumed are chemical free, hand harvested, and minimally processed ensuring amazing taste and purity with incredible nutritional benefits.</p> <p class=&quot;p1&quot;>Organics Lives calls ita love story, here&apos;s why:<strong></strong></p> <ul> <li><p class=&quot;p1&quot;>Theirliving coconut water is the only organic and unpasteurized coconut water available.</p> </li> <li><p>It containsfive essential electrolytes and 15 times more potassium than average sports drinks - perfect for optimizing performance by preventing muscle cramps and fatigue.</p> </li> <li><p>It isa good source of Calcium &amp; Vitamin C</p> </li> <li><p>It is a significant source of Magnesium &amp; Manganese</p> </li> <li><p>There are no additives or preservatives</p> </li> <li><p>It is cholesterol and fat free</p> </li> </ul> <p>The Organic Box is carrying two sizes of Organic LivesCoconut water. A small bottle and large bottle. </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><br /><br /><br /><img style=&quot;WIDTH: 225px; HEIGHT: 157px&quot; title=&quot;Might Trio&quot; alt=&quot;Might Trio&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Might Trio.png&quot; width=&quot;225&quot; height=&quot;157&quot; /> </td> <td><p id=&quot;fpProducerName&quot;></p> <h2><p id=&quot;fpProducerName&quot;>Mighty Trio Organics<br />Redwater, AB</p> <br /></h2> <div id=&quot;fpdLarge&quot;>Mighty Trio Organics is a family owned and operated business located on a beautiful acreage just outside of Redwater Alberta. They are both a manufacturer and distributer of highly nutritious, fresh foods such as hemp, flax, and canola oils. This allows them the opportunity to interact directly with customers and seed producers. By bringing people closer to the farms where their food is grown they are able to provide the freshest, most nutrient rich foods available.</div></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><p align=&quot;center&quot;><br /><br /><br /><img style=&quot;WIDTH: 197px; HEIGHT: 154px&quot; title=&quot;Shady Lane&quot; alt=&quot;Shady Lane&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Shady Lane.jpg&quot; width=&quot;197&quot; height=&quot;154&quot; /></p> </td> <td><p></p> <h2><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;>Shady Lanes<br /></span>Lac La Biche, Alberta<br /><br /></h2> <div id=&quot;fpdLarge&quot;><br />That&apos;s right folks! We have local strawberries. They are frozenhere in our warehouse. Theyarefrom Shady Lanes Farm in Alberta. Shady Lanes isa member of the Alberta Farm Fresh Association, dedicated to sustainable direct marketing. The Shady Lane Family farm works hardto contribute to the health and economic well being of Albertans.Thefarm has Junebearing Strawberries, Day Neutral Strawberries, Raspberries, Saskatoon Berries, Red Currants, Evans Cherries, Haskap, Sour Cherries, and Seabuckthorn.<br /><br /></div><p></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>