<p class="bodycopy"><span lang="EN-US">April. In Northern Alberta could there be a month that is more confusing? At any given time it could be 20 above or 20 below.  One must dress for the possibility of sunburn or a blizzard and everything in between.</span></p> <p class="bodycopy"><span lang="EN-US">April is what is known as a shoulder season for food production.  The last of last year’s crops are waning and we are still weeks away from being able to harvest this year’s bounty.  A time-honoured tradition of the shoulder season is to enjoy items that you have preserved either by pickling or canning.</span></p> <p class="bodycopy"><span lang="EN-US">Pickles are seeing a huge resurgence and the charge is being led by Edmonton’s own pickle maven, Johwanna, the force behind Mojo Jojo pickles.</span></p> <p class="bodycopy">Not your average pickle, Mojo Jojo’s creations are a modern take on this classic winter staple.</p> <p class="bodycopy">This year, Johwanna took beets and carrots from Peas on Earth and came up with some special local Organic pickles for our Food Family.</p> <p class="bodycopy"><a href="http://blog.theorganicbox.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Pickles.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-5102" src="/media/original_images/Pickles-300x225.jpg" alt="Pickles" width="300" height="225" /></a></p> <p class="bodycopy">If pickled beets are your thing, then you must try the fresh fennel beet pickles.  The inherent sweetness from the beets pairs with the licorice flavour from the fennel.  If carrots are more up your alley, then there are a couple to choose from.  The sweet honey dill pickled carrots are a hit for their crunch and sweetness and the smoky chipotle pickled carrots are a staff favourite.  Which one will you choose?</p>