<h1>Organic Week&#160;</h1> <p>Organic Alberta in partnership with The Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) and the Canadian Organic Growers (COG) are proud to announce the second annual Organic Week, October 15-22. The week is celebrated at national, regional and local levels, with many unique opportunities to highlight organics. There are many wonderful regional events going on. Check out this week&#8217;s newsletter, or organicweek.ca<font face=&quot;Calibri&quot;>.</font></p> <h1>Join us in Celebration of Organic Week with Local Wine &amp; Beer</h1> <p>Edmonton&#8217;s own craft brewery, Alley Kay and Alberta&#8217;s exquisite Birds and Bees winery are graciously offering free tastings throughout Organic Week&#160;<br />From Alley Kat, try their Amber Ale, Charlie&#8217;s Flint Lager, Apricot Wheat Ale, or their special seasonal brew Octoberfest.<br /><br />For wine at this time of season, we suggest trying the Birds and Bees Campfire wine. A strong wine made from several varieties of wild cherries grown on site. The stronger flavor makes it an excellent dinner wine and it goes well with red meats, pork and pasta.</p> <h1>A Note about Sulfites</h1> <p>Many people look for sulfite free wines. There is some confusion around this, no wine is totally sulfite free, and sulfites are a natural part of the fermentation process. Organic wines however have far fewer sulfites; the average red has about 40 parts per million (ppm), while whites range higher to 70ppm. Conventional wines have much higher percentages, often in the 400-600ppm range. Labeling practices for wine and beer with less to 10ppm do not require to put &#8216;contains sulfites&#8217; on the label. However, this does not mean the wine is sulfite free. All wines naturally contain a small amount. </p> <h1>New this Week</h1> <p><font face=&quot;Calibri&quot;><strong>Prairie Mill Cookies: </strong>The soft, chewy, chocolate masterpieces are a great treat. <br /><strong>Alley Kat: Apricot Beer, </strong>fruity wheat ale. As well as their the seasonal brew, and <strong>Ein Prosit! Oktoberfest </strong>in the style of a German lager. It is a toasy and bready malt, with moderate hop. </font></p> <h1>Ready, Set, Office Box Talk!</h1> <p>Start the buzz around the Office. The Organic Box is revamping our Office Box. The new box will have everything that you need to get you through the week. Fabulous coffee (strong is always an option), Alberta creamers, fruits, and snacks. Your office can build just as they like it. &#160;</p> <p>&#160;&#160;<font face=&quot;Calibri&quot;>&#160;</font>&#160;&#160;&#160;</p> <table cellspacing=&quot;15&quot; cellpadding=&quot;0&quot; bgcolor=&quot;#edf0e9&quot;> <tbody> <tr> <td><p align=&quot;center&quot;>&#160;&#160;</p> <p align=&quot;center&quot;><img title=&quot;Alley Kat Brewery&quot; alt=&quot;Alley Kat Brewery&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Alley Kat.jpg&quot; width=&quot;270&quot; height=&quot;191&quot; />&#160;&#160;&#160;</p> <p align=&quot;center&quot;>&#160;&#160;&#160;</p> <p align=&quot;center&quot;>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;</p> <p align=&quot;center&quot;>&#160;</p> <p align=&quot;center&quot;>&#160;</p> </td> <td><p>&#160;</p> <h1>&#160;Alley Kat Craft Brewery<br />Edmonton AB<br /><br /><em>&quot; The longest running microbrewery in Edmonton and believe it or not, the fourth oldest brewery in Alberta. Using the best quality local ingredients Alley Kat beers are brewed with the utmost care and attention to detail&quot;. <br /></em><br />Alley Kat is a local craft brewery that produces outstandingly flavorful, fresh-tasting beer of exceptional quality.</h1> <p>Alley Kat Brewing Company began its humble roots when co-owner Neil Herbst decided that it was time to try to sell his &quot;more then just homebrew&quot; commercially. Today Alley Kat Brewing Company is owned by Neil and his partner Lavonne. After nearly 15 years, Alley Kat continues to earn its reputation as one of the most successful microbreweries in Alberta. In addition to producing outstanding craft brews, Alley Kat continues to expand its product line with exciting additions like Alberta&apos;s first fruit beer made with Okanogan apricot concentrate - Aprikat.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;<img style=&quot;WIDTH: 268px; HEIGHT: 216px&quot; title=&quot;Birds and Beew&quot; alt=&quot;Birds and Beew&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Birds and bees.jpg&quot; width=&quot;268&quot; height=&quot;216&quot; />&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &#160;</p> </td> <td><h1>Birds and Bees Organic Winery<br /><span>Alberta<br /><br /></span><span>&quot;Birds and Bees Organic Winery is Alberta&apos;s first and only organic-fruit cottage winery&quot;<br /></span></h1> <p><span><span>Alberta&apos;s first and only organic-fruit cottage winery where the Chrapko family have been producing organic fruits and wines for over a decade. You are joining a long, proud tradition of honest, hand-crafted, environmentally friendly food production&#8221;.&#160;<br /><br /></span><span>Their wines are the result of a a multi-year experimentation process to find just the right mix of ingredients, and the perfectly-timed process, for a smooth, high-quality organic fruit wine. Their wines are made with the following organic fruits as it&apos;s base: saskatoon berry, raspberry, apple, rhubarb, wild cherry and honey (mead).&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;</span></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <font size=&quot;2&quot; face=&quot;Calibri, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif&quot;></font><p><span class=&quot;titleText&quot;></span></p>