<h2>Holiday Planning</h2> <p align=&quot;left&quot;>December is here! That means Christmas lights, sundown before 5pm and lots of wonderful seasonal food options to choose from. We are working up our holiday catalogue now and you will see a *Holiday Favourites* category appear over the next few days in our Organic Market. </p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;>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><strong>Its time for Winter Delivery Instructions</strong></h2> <div><img title=&quot;Snowy Van&quot; alt=&quot;Snowy Van&quot; align=&quot;top&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/snowyvan.jpg&quot; width=&quot;600&quot; height=&quot;335&quot; /></div><p>Snow is coming again this weekend and by Tuesday next week we should be back in the deep freeze again. We run our regular delivery schedule every day regardless of weather conditions and during extreme snow events your box will come earlier or later than usual as we reorganize our routes to accommodate extra vans or to stay ahead of storm activity, so please take the time to update your instructions for us. Remember that our normal delivery hours are noon to 10pm, so if you are expecting your box and it is getting dark,<strong>please turn on your porch light for our drivers to see</strong>. If we can&apos;t see your house number or if your front steps aren&apos;t safe, we will have trouble getting your box of food to you this winter.</p> <p><strong>Your box won&apos;t survive in -10C weather for more than 30 minutes outside</strong>, so please take the time to thinking about how you want your box delivered in the event you aren&apos;t home. Some options include:</p> <ol> <li>We can put it in your garage if you have a keypad entry system.</li> <li>We can leave it with a specified neighbour if you aren&apos;t home.</li> <li>If you aren&apos;t home, we can bring it back to the warehouse and you can pick it up from our warehouse on Wednesday to Fridays during business hours and 9-1pm on Saturdays.</li> <li>Something else creative that you can devise!</li> </ol> <p><span>Boxes without winter delivery instructions will be</span><strong>left on your front step if your driver is unable to get in touch with you</strong><span>, so please take the time to update your instructions and let us know what you would like us to do for you - this can include leaving it out even if you aren&apos;t home. Delivery instructions can be updated by clicking the &apos;My Account&apos; button on the right hand side of the Choose Your Box page.</span></p> <p>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!</p> <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;holidaybread&quot; alt=&quot;holidaybread&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/holidaybread.jpg&quot; /></td> <td><h2>Holiday Baked Goods</h2> <p>With the holidays coming up quick we&apos;ve created a <strong>*Holiday Favourites*</strong> category inThe Organic Market. Check it out and find lots of products that wethink are especially great in for this time of year. As well, there will be special themed products that are only available for the holiday season. Such as eggnog, specialty chocolate, andbaked goods such as the <strong>Cranberry WhiteChocolate Loaf </strong>from Prairie Mill Bread Co. and their <strong>dinnerbuns </strong>too. </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> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><img title=&quot;krackers&quot; alt=&quot;krackers&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/krackers.jpg&quot; /></td> <td><h2>Kootenay Co-op Bakery</h2> <p>We have a new product from the Kootenay Co-op Bakery, <strong>Kootenay Krackers</strong>! These super tasty organic crackers are made from sourdough and spelt flours, and are a great dip cracker. Perfect for your next wine and cheese party, Kootenay Krackers have a satisfying crunch and subtle sourdough flavour that provides perfect compliments to hummus or antipasto. </p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>