<h2>The Canada Organic Regime (COR) and You</h2> <p>Lately we have been getting questions about the certified organic produce we bring to Edmonton from California and Mexico. With the farmers&apos; markets coming into full swing and people seeing tomatoes and peppers at the market, we wonder why more of our food in May and June isn&apos;t from local farms. As well, people often worry about imported organic food being irradiated or fumigated for pest control at the border.</p> <p>At The Organic Box, our first priority is environmental stewardship and sustainable food. We are a member of the Alberta Organic Producers Association (AOPA) and are Certified Organic by AOPA. We firmly believe that organic food production methods are the only sustainable way to grow and process food, and that eliminating chemical additives and controls in our food should be done from the dirt up. In Canada, we have limited growing seasons and must therefore rely on growers further south to feed us in winter and spring months.</p> <p>The Canada Organic Regime (COR), is the set of standards and regulations that growers and processors in Canada must follow to be certified as organic. It prohibits the use of chemical fertilizers, pest controls or other conventional methods used in 95% of food production today. Canada has negotiated an equivalency agreement with the United States and Mexico that recognizes the National Organic Program (NOP) in the United States as being an equivalent set of standards to the COR. This means that any food imported into Canada from Mexico and the United States must first comply with NOP and then with COR. NOP also prohibits the use ofirradiation and fumigation during the processing and transport of organic food. <strong>REST ASSURED, NO FOOD SOURCED BY THE ORGANIC BOX HAS EVER BEEN EXPOSED TO RADIATION OR FUMIGATION.</strong> We work hard to maintain our certification as an organic food distributor and have extensive records that can trace every case of produce imported into Canada back to the original grower.</p> <p>However, the organic foodproduction system in Alberta is still very small. Our mission is to invest and grow the food production capacity in Alberta and we have been hugely successful in stimulating demand for organic food in northern Alberta, and the growers have responded. New greenhouses are being built by Noble Spuds that will allow us to bring you locally grown hothouse cucumbers and tomatoes out of season. Your direct support of our program and your commitment to choosing organic is driving the expansion of our food system in Alberta and next year you will see local, certifiedorganic hothouse crops in your box in May and June. Thank you from all our growers and our entire food family.</p> <p>Havea Great Week!</p> <p>Danny.<br />Founder, The Organic Box.</p> <h2>Featured LocalProducers</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;><p><img title=&quot;JWF&quot; alt=&quot;JWF&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/JW Farm feature.jpg&quot; /></p> </td> <td><h2>JW Farms</h2> <p>Esteban Martinez and his nine brothers and sisters pack and ship their produce near Fresno, California. It isthissmall family run farm that has provided us with Fennel and Fava Beans over the past few weeks, which are cover crops to rejuvenate the soil for the Martinez&apos; main crop... <strong>Strawberries!</strong></p> <p>Esteban grew up as a farm hand and has always felt a strong connection to nature, food, and the way we eat. With the support of Discovery Organics and The Organic Box, Esteban has built a small holding family farming business that is independently owned and operated. We love his strawberries and feel very lucky to be able to enjoy them... next time you bite into one of those delicious, juicy, red berries, think about the small family farm that you are helping to be successful, and thrive. </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><img title=&quot;DTMarket&quot; alt=&quot;DTMarket&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/farmersmarket.jpg&quot; /><img title=&quot;124Market&quot; alt=&quot;124Market&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/124stmarket.gif&quot; /></td> <td><h2>Market Season has begun!</h2> <p>The Organic Box is very very happy to be opening up our market booths for the 2012 outdoor market season. We are doing our best to bring our wonderful organic produce to Edmonton streets, and will be focusing on the fruit from our own farm (<strong>Just-A-Mere Farm</strong>) in BC. </p> <p>If you find you need an extra kick of fruits and/or veggies or just want to come say hi, we will be at these markets:</p> <p><strong>City Market Downtown </strong>(104th Street Promenade) - this is a major market for us and we feel very lucky to be involved in one of the cities oldest and most successful farmers markets. This is our main fruit station where we will be showcasing the produce of Just-A-Mere Farms... enjoy cherries, apples, and other yummy BC fruit. Join us on <strong>Saturdays</strong>!! </p> <p><strong>124 Street Grand Market </strong>(108 Ave and 124 St) - a brand new street market to the Edmonton area that focuses on unique vendors, food trucks, live music, and of course our delicious organic produce!! <strong>Thursday </strong>nights are a blast and allows you to stock up on food for the weekend (and those camping trips).</p> <p><strong>Southwest Edmonton Farmers&apos; Market </strong>(2051 Leger Road) -the SWEFM is becoming busier and busier every week. Come out and enjoy the sunshine on <strong>Wednesday</strong> evenings with us on the Southside. </p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>