<p><span><span><span><span><h2>Important Changes to Some Delivery Days and Times<br /><br /></h2> <p>Thank you so much for your support of The Organic Box.<span>&#160; </span>As we enter our second winter, we are implementing some changes to our delivery dates and times.<span>&#160; </span>One of our goals is to make the delivery of The Organic Box a family event, where parents and children unpack the box together and discover what new and exciting foods have arrived each week.<span>&#160; </span>As our routes become increasingly congested, we find that our delivery times are becoming later each week.<span>&#160; </span>Often we arrive after 8pm and families miss this opportunity to open the box together.<span>&#160; </span>The onset of winter driving conditions also results in delays and<strong> we are delivering until 10pm in some instances</strong>.&#160;</p> <p>Therefore, effective this week we are moving <strong>some Wednesday and Thursday evening delivery routes to Saturday afternoon</strong>.<span>&#160; </span>We will add a Saturday warehouse and delivery shift to our weekly schedule and your box will be packed on Saturday morning and delivered in the afternoon.<span>&#160; </span>This change will also allow us to offer service to the Edmonton Garrison, a long-time goal for both our team and many military families living on the base.&#160;&#160; If this change affects you, we have already been in touch.&#160; You should see on your Choose Your Box page an updated delivery date reflecting a Saturday drop.</p> <p><strong>Frequently-Asked Questions about this change: &#160;</strong></p> <p>Q: Will my food be two days older as a result of this change?&#160;<br />A: We receive food deliveries several times a week, including a trailer from Vancouver every day.<span>&#160; </span>Food delivered on Wednesday is received on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.<span>&#160; </span>Food delivered on Saturday will be received on Thursday and Friday.<span>&#160; </span>Our local producers provide two orders per week to ensure that no one receives week-old food in their Box.<span>&#160; </span>Baked goods are delivered fresh every day.&#160;</p> <p>Q: Will my &#8216;Choose Your Box&#8217; window of time be affected?&#160;<br />A: The order window for Saturday deliveries will begin on Sunday morning and close on Wednesday night.&#160;</p> <p>Q: What if I absolutely cannot make a Saturday delivery work for my household?&#160;<br />A: If this change is absolutely unworkable for your household, please contact our office.<span>&#160; </span>We are highly flexible and will see what options are available to you.&#160;</p> </span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span></span></span></span></span></h2> <h2><span><span><span><span>Tis the Season</span></span></span></span></h2> <p>The Holidays are fast approaching. There will be lots of great food and great company in the coming weeks. We would like you and your loved ones to share in real food during your special gatherings. We will do our best to bring in holiday favorites and provide you some unexpected treats along the way. One special item now available is Mandarin Oranges. Last year we were challenged finding those signature 4 lb boxes we all had growing up, but this year our friends at Discovery Organics in Vancouver have organized farm direct mandarin oranges from a USDA certified organic farm in China. These are shipped here in bulk, inspected and packed in Vancouver and sent direct to us. Please take advantage.&#160;&#160; We also have fantastic frozen raspberries from Roys Raspberries in Stony Plain, and about thirty 1/2 pound bags of walnuts in the shell from Danny and Miranda&apos;s farm in BC.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <h2>No Frozen Boxes Please&#160;&#160;</h2> <p><span>If you haven&apos;t yet done so, please update your delivery instructions for winter. Remember that your box will freeze if left outside for longer than 30 minutes below minus 15.<span>&#160; </span>Our drivers are empowered to bring boxes back to the warehouse for pickup if there are no explicit delivery instructions. They may also leave them outside even if no one is home. Please let us know what works for you so that we can make sure your food stays safe in the cold.<span>&#160; </span>You can update your instructions by clicking &apos;My Account&apos; on the Choose Your Box page, or send us an email. </span></p> <p>&#160;</p> <h1>Featured Producers</h1> <table cellspacing=&quot;15&quot; cellpadding=&quot;0&quot; bgcolor=&quot;#edf0e9&quot;> <tbody> <tr> <td><p align=&quot;center&quot;><img title=&quot;Vital Greens&quot; alt=&quot;Vital Greens&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Cows.jpg&quot; width=&quot;208&quot; height=&quot;167&quot; /></p> </td> <td><p>&#160;</p> <h2><span>Vital Greens<br />Southern Alberta </span></h2> <p><span></span></p> <p><span>Here in Alberta, Local, Organic dairy is one of the toughest items to check off on your grocery list. The Organic Box is dedicated to working to increase the accessibility, production, and distribution of organic dairy. </span></p> <p><span></span></p> <p><span>Vital Greens is our key featured producer this week. We are very fortunate to have Vital Greens close by. They are located in Southern Alberta. Compared to conventional dairy, organic dairy is free from hormones, and the feed is chemical free. Generally, Vital Greens stock at the Organic Box has been low, and subject to availability. Although we would like to order more, it is important that the demand is there! We would like to invite you to let us know if you would like Vital Greens Yogurt. Please email </span><a href=&quot;mailto:Lisa@theorganicbox.ca&quot;><span>Lisa@theorganicbox.ca</span></a><span>. Vital Greens also has non homogenized milk that we could order if our members are interested. </span></p> <p><span></span></p> <p><span>Joe Mans is the producer of Vital Greens dairy products. In a Community Natural Foods interview earlier this year, Joe spoke about his family business. (see</span><span><a href=&quot;http://www.communitynaturalfoods.com/blog/2011/05/26/&quot;>http://www.communitynaturalfoods.com/blog/2011/05/26/</a>). Joe keeps a small herd of Holstein cows. While other farms operate concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO), with hundreds of tightly contained cows, Joe chooses to keeps his herd small. He grows his own hay, and mixes it with organic minerals, flaxmeal, and molasses. He bought the land and the first cattle nine years ago. Then two years ago, he built a processing facility just beside his family&apos;s milking facility. This was an environmental choice, intended to lower the carbon footprint of their dairy production. <br /><br />The Organic Box currently carries Vital Greens Vanilla and Plain Yogurt.&#160;</span></p> <p>&#160;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><br />&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; <img title=&quot;Harkers&quot; alt=&quot;Harkers&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Harkers.jpg&quot; width=&quot;165&quot; height=&quot;147&quot; /><br /><br /><br />&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; <img title=&quot;Apple Cider&quot; alt=&quot;Apple Cider&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Apple Cider.jpg&quot; width=&quot;162&quot; height=&quot;149&quot; /><br />&#160;&#160;<br /></td> <td><br /><h2><span>Harker&apos;s Fruit Ranch<br />Similkameen Valley, BC</span></h2> <h2><span></span></h2> <p><span>There are still lots of apples and pears coming in from BC. We hope that you are enjoying them! Apples freeze well, and they can be used to make an incredible holiday cider (see recipe below). One of our BC local apple producers is Harker&apos;s Fruit Ranch. Bruce and Kathy Harker were some of the first in the Similkameen Valley to turn to organics. The area is now the Organic Capital of Canada, with about 80 certified organic orchardists, ground-croppers and vineyards. Both the Harkers and their neighbors the Nugterens are conservation partners with The Land Conservancy, getting involved in restoring native vegetation and protecting their part of the incredible valley.<p><br />Ingredients<br />12 apples (Granny smith, gala, Red delicious), insides only+<br />1 orange, cut into quarters<br />1/2 cup brown sugar<br />2 cinnamon sticks (more for garnishing)<br />1/2 nutmeg|<br />1/2 Tbsp cloves<br />1/2 Tsp whole allspice</p> <p><br /><span>Set aside the &apos;apple cups&apos;. You can sprinkle lemon juice over the apples to prevent browning.&#160;</span><span>Bring the apple pulp, water, orange quarters, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves, and whole allspice to a boil.&#160;</span><span>Stir occasionally and allow to simmer for 2 hours. </span><span>Using a potato masher or a fork, mash the apples and oranges until soft.&#160;</span><span>Allow the cider to come to room temperature before straining.</span></p> </span></p> <p>&#160;Recipie from <span><a href=&quot;http://www.atasteofkoko.com/2011/11/apple-cider-cups.html&quot;>http://www.atasteofkoko.com/2011/11/apple-cider-cups.html</a></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>&#160;&#160;&#160; <img style=&quot;WIDTH: 197px; HEIGHT: 191px&quot; title=&quot;koots 2&quot; alt=&quot;koots 2&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Kootenay(1).jpg&quot; width=&quot;197&quot; height=&quot;191&quot; />&#160;&#160;&#160; <br /><br />&#160;&#160;&#160; <img style=&quot;WIDTH: 98px; HEIGHT: 105px&quot; title=&quot;Sesame Cookies&quot; alt=&quot;Sesame Cookies&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Sesame Cookies.jpg&quot; width=&quot;98&quot; height=&quot;105&quot; /><img style=&quot;WIDTH: 91px; HEIGHT: 103px&quot; title=&quot;Date&quot; alt=&quot;Date&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Date Granola.jpg&quot; width=&quot;91&quot; height=&quot;103&quot; /></td> <td><h2>Kootenany Bakery <br />Kootenay Lake, BC<br /><br /><br /></h2> <p><strong>This week only save 25-30% on Gluten Free Sesame Cookies, and Date Crunch Granola! The cookies are wonderful kids snack, and the granola starts your day with total nourishment. These tasty treats are on super sale because the &#160;best before date is approaching.<br /><br /><br /></strong>On a recent visit to BC, Danny and Miranda stopped in at this bustling little bakery in the heart of the Kootenay mountains. The bakery is located on the shores of pristine Kootenay Lake, it is cooperative cafe that has been offering hadcrafted foods to a growing circle of people since 1991. As a cooperative, their values guide their business practice. They take pride in transforming organic grains, fruits and vegetables into delectable, delicious delicacies that delight and nourish. Specializing in dietary needs such as wheat,egg,dairy, sugar and gluten free baked goods.</p> <p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;</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>