<h2>Our New Home!</h2> <p>If anyone has been wondering where Danny has been lately, he&apos;s been working very hard with everyone to get our new warehouse and offices ready for us to move as soon as possible. We outgrew our current home about two months ago and so it has been a massive push to get the new place ready in record time. We&apos;re nearly there and have set a move date. We will close at our current location on Saturday April 28 and reopen at the new shop on Tuesday May 1. This is a month ahead of the original schedule!</p> <p><strong>What does this mean for our members?</strong></p> <p><u>For those of you on our delivery routes</u> - there will be no impact to your delivery schedule, times or routes. Our new location is only 10 blocks north from our current warehouse and so we expect no changes will be needed to accomodate any modifications in the schedule or routes.</p> <p><u>For those who pickup boxes at our shop</u> -you will need to start coming to our new location on May 1. Pickups will not be available between 1pm on April 28 and 9am on May 1. Our new shop will also have a small retail front so if you regularly pickup your box you will also be able to buy extra items and groceries from our warehouse at the same time. </p> <p><strong>What does this mean for our producers?</strong></p> <p>Our new location is three times the size of the current warehouse and has over one thousand square feet of cooler space. Many of our local producers will be able to deliver larger quantities of items to useach week, which means we will have better inventory and fewer shorts during the week. We will also be able to store more items over the winter for you in the expanded cooler space without having to resort to outdoor climate controlled 53-foot reefer trailers. Our new officeshave improved facilities for our partners and we expect to be able to offer better services and planning capabilities to help with the seasonal cycle and crop schedules.</p> <p><strong>What does this mean for our team members?</strong></p> <p>The new facility has a block of windows in the warehouse which will offer natural, full spectrum light during working hours. We have also invested heavily in lighting, paint and space planning to give more room to work and a better work environment. The entire facility is climate controlled which means warmer winter shifts and cooler summer shifts for our staff. The new warehouse also has an indoor loading area for our vans. This means no more loading your boxes into the vans in the blizzard, freezing cold, pouring rain or scorching heat. The delivery vans will be driving into the loading area and loaded straight from the cooler.</p> <p>The new location also has larger, more spacious offices for our front-office and customer service teams. It has a full kitchen and a large, bright staff area for people to use during breaks. It ishard and physically demanding to work in our warehouse and drive our delivery vans,and we strongly believe that our team should have breaks away from work in a comfortable space.</p> <p><strong>What does this mean for food quality and selection?</strong></p> <p>When we first opened The Organic Box two years ago, our cooler was only 100 square feet. Soon, we expanded it to 200 square feet. Today, it is packed to the ceiling with food each week and we move a significant amount of fresh produce through a very confined space. Our new facility has a five times the cooler space. This will allow us to increase our inventory and will relieve some of the pressure on the existing infrastructure. This will mean better selection of fresh items, better freshness and better temperature controls. We also have a walk-in freezer and new cold room built intothe space. This will allow us to take advantage of the significant amount of frozen items available from independant producers in Edmonton and Alberta and enable us to expand our grocery category as well.</p> <p><strong>The Countdown is underway...</strong></p> <p>Moving day is almost here and everyone including our producers, our team and even our customers are getting excited about the move. We are so grateful for the support we have received from our members and the commitment that everyone has made to expanding the Local Organic food economy in Edmonton. We are making a material difference to our local economy and changing the way people eat each week. This new and expanded warehouse is proof that our food family is making it work and we are excited to bring you good food every day.</p> <p>We plan to have a Grand Opening and Open House in June and hope to see as many of you there as possible. You can learn about how we work, meet our team and producers, and understand even more about where your food comes from!</p> <p>Havea Great Week!</p> <p>Danny.<br />Founder, The Organic Box.</p> <h2>Featured Producers</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;FTGF&quot; alt=&quot;FTGF&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/FTgrapefuit.jpg&quot; /></p> <p><img title=&quot;FTMango&quot; alt=&quot;FTMango&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/FTmango.jpg&quot; /></p> </td> <td><h2>Fair Trade Fortnight:</h2> <p>Fair Trade Fortnight is a promotion run by Fair Trade Canada to help increase the awareness of the Fair Trade market throughout the country. This year their goal is to get consumers to<em> <strong>Take A Step for Fair Trade </strong></em>and make an effor to switch something in their life to support Fair Trade products... whether it be changing the type of coffee you buy, or telling friends about Fair Trade foods. It&apos;s fun, it&apos;s easy, and it helps gaurantee thousands of workers in foreign countries earn the living wages they deserve. The Organic Box is a proud Fair Trade supporter, and during Fair Trade Fortnight we will be featuring many of our representative products, such as these delicious fruits from <strong>Planeta Verde in Mexico</strong>:</p> <p>Ruby Red Grapefruits</p> <p>Hass Avocados</p> <p>Tommy Atkins Mangos</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>