<h2>How (and Why) We are Different.</h2> <p align=&quot;left&quot;>Over the past 3 months, as we have brought over 1000 new families into ours, our team has stretched itself beyond what we ever imagined. We have grown too, adding another five new jobs to our Edmonton team. With all these new people both on our team and as members, Miranda and I have been responding to lots of feedback on our products and our service. Since we first opened four years ago,we find ourselves sometimes having to remind each other, and our members, about who we are and how we are different.</p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;><strong>How We are Different.</strong></p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;>The Organic Box is not a grocery delivery service in the traditional sense. We are an alternative food distribution system. Though we aim to provide order customisation as much as possible, we deliver what our growers have available. Our objective is to bring local, fresh, certified organic products to families in the Capital Region. We work hard to find the producers, set up a plan for the season and execute it. Our food, especially produce, is vastly different from what is available even in the organic grocery stores in Edmonton. We buy direct from producers in Alberta and BC. Many of these producers are &apos;micro-growers&apos; on less than 100 acres of land, and don&apos;t have the extensive infrastructure of hydro-coolers and walk-in coolers, chilllers, refrigerated trucks, and advanced packaging and sorting machines. We are passionate about organics, sustainable business and families. You won&apos;t find industrial farm products at The Organic Box. You will find products made by people who care about their food and their land. </p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;>This Means:</p> <ul> <li>Sometimes your food will come with minimal or no packaging</li> <li>Sometimes your food will have to be cared for as soon as it arrives - no different than fresh cut flowers (for example, organic greens are also living food that need water or will go limp)</li> <li>Sometimes you might find a mouldy strawberry or soft onion (there are no chemical preservatives, refrigeration is key) </li> <li>Sometimes we won&apos;t have everything you ordered, due to transportation, quality or weather issues (for example, thunderstorms ruin an expected crop, trucks are delayed, pallets arrive spoiled) and we will substitute for another item or replace the item in the next order </li> <li>Sometimes we won&apos;t have items because they are out of season in our hemisphere (apples, potatoes, berries for example)</li> </ul> <p></p> <p>We are partners. We call this our &apos;Fair Deal&apos; - fair for the producers, fair for us and fair for our members. If you receive something you can&apos;t use or isn&apos;t what you wanted, let us know and we will fix it. Don&apos;t be angry or upset. We will fix it. Its our promise and we will always make sure you get a fair deal. We are a family and you are part of it.</p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;><strong>Why We are Different.</strong></p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;>Do you feel like your food system is unsustainable? Like you don&apos;t really know what you are eating? Like you don&apos;t know where the profits from food sales are going? We firmly believe that the current distribution model for food is unsustainable, endangering our economy and our health.</p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;>Our Core Values:</p> <ul> <li>Conventional Agriculture and Agribusiness is poisoning our environment and our economy</li> <li>The destruction of the family farm is irreversible and must be stopped while still possible</li> <li>People should know the real price of their food and fair prices for food should be a source of living wages for farmers and workers</li> <li>Businesses can be operated in a sustainable way that limits the impact on our planet</li> </ul> <p></p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;>We want to be different - we want to sell different products that are presented in a different way and offer a different value to people. We want anyone and everyone in the Capital Region to be able to take advantage of what we offer and we want them to embrace a new way of eating. But - please don&apos;t embrace us and then expect everything to be exactly the same as the grocery store. If we are to be exactly like the grocery store it is either because we have succeeded in revolutionizing our food system (a major grocery store carrying locally grown organic onions!), or have failed at our mission (a major grocery store still can&apos;t get, fairly pay for, or accept without a large amount of culling, locally grown organic onions because of how the food system is organized). </p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;><strong>How (and why) You Fit Into this Picture.</strong></p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;>As a member of our service, you are making a commitment to us and our growers that you are trying to change the way you buy your food, that you want more of your food dollars to stay in the growers pocket, that you reject agribusiness control of our food system, and that you want to do things differently. The Organic Box is a food family of people working together and you are part of our team. Thank you for your support. It means the world to us and to our growers. </p> <div><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</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;FTpassionfruit&quot; alt=&quot;FTpassionfruit&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/passionfruit(1).jpg&quot; /></td> <td><h2>Fair Trade Passion Fruit Party! </h2> <p>Next week is the last shipment of Fair Trade Passion Fruit from La Grama! So we are going to try to get everyone to try one before it&apos;s too late. When ripe and perfect for eating, passion fruit can look pretty unappetizing... they&apos;re wrinkly, spotted, and a little squishy. However, they smell amazing, and taste even better once you cut them open. The flavour is very very strong, and a great mix of sweet and sour. It can be pretty intense! While some enjoy them on their own, they are best enjoyed when added to smoothies, topped onto ice cream, mixed into a salad dressing, or anything else that you can think of/research. Have fun! Enjoy! </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><img title=&quot;abeegosnack&quot; alt=&quot;abeegosnack&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/abeegosnack.jpg&quot; /></td> <td><h2>Abeego - Reusable Food Storage</h2> <p>At The Organic Box we are passionate about recycling! It&apos;s a huge part of what we do everyday, and we definitely encourage all of our members to do the same. That&apos;s why we ask that you return any packaging from your box that you&apos;re not too sure how to dispose of yourself (especially the insulated bubble wrap for frozen items), so that we can reuse/dispose of it properly. </p> <p>A fantastic product that helps cut down on plastic waste is the <strong>Abeego</strong> Food Storage System. They come in a variety of sizes to help pack away cheese, cut veggies, sandwiches, salads, etc. Abeego is an amazing alternative to plastic wrap and waxed paper... and is 100% washable and reusable. Try them out and see how easy it is to <strong>reduce, reuse, and recycle</strong>! </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><img title=&quot;ABar&quot; alt=&quot;ABar&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/ABAR.jpg&quot; /></td> <td><h2>The Chocolate Doctors! </h2> <p>We cannot rave enough about the quality of chocolate from The Chocolate Doctors. It is absolutely amazing chocolate, and is locally made right here in Edmonton. It is also:</p> <p>Raw<br />Vegan<br />Dairy-free<br />Gluten-free<br />Low-glycemic<br />Refined sugar free<br />and made with Fair Trade and certified Organic ingredients! </p> <p>Wow... that&apos;s pretty awesome. And tasty. And awesome. For the next couple of weeks we&apos;ll have all of their products ON SALE to intice you all into trying it. Once you do, you&apos;ll be hooked! </p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div>