<p><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;><h2><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;></span></h2> <h2><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;>Happy Holidays from The Organic Box team</span></h2> <h2><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;></span></h2> <span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;></span></span></p> <p><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;>We wish you all the best over this special time and into the New Year. What a year it has been! As we move into 2012, this is the time when people think about new commitments to health and wellness. As a member, we trust that you are on the right track in that department! We encourage you to think of loved ones that could use a little health and wellness in their lives. The Organic Box trial membership is a great gift.&#160;<br /><br />Wishing you all good food, health and blessings this holiday! We have many people to thank: our members, our farmers and producers, our staff. Thank you every one for an incredible year! We look forward to making your 2012 bright.&#160;<p><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;>Last year local Kale&#160;was available well into&#160;the New Year and many of you took advantage. Wonder greens are so good for us. You will continue to see great local greens in your box over the winter, we promise.</span></p> <p>We will be making our regular deliveries between Christmas and New Year&apos;s Day so if you don&apos;t want a box please update your holiday schedule using the &apos;Holiday Stops&apos; button on the Choose Your Box page.&#160;</p> <p><strong>HOLIDAY WEEK PRODUCT AVAILABILITY</strong></p> <p>Between Christmas and New Years Day, most of the North America transport network shuts down.&#160; We have received a large delivery of food today in preparation for next week, but it is likely that many of our regular perishable items may not be available next week.&#160; We&apos;ll do our best over the weekend to keep an eye on the inventory and update as we can, but everything is subject to availability during the break.&#160; However, if we can&apos;t get exactly what you ordered, we&apos;ll still build you a wonder box and as always our 100% satisfaction guarantee means if something doesn&apos;t work for you, just let know and we&apos;ll make it right.</p> <p><strong>SAYING GOODBYE</strong></p> <p>With the change to 2012, we are also experiencing change here at The Organic Box.&#160; <strong>Lisa</strong>, our wonderful product manager and someone who many of you have gotten to know over the past year is moving on in January.&#160; She started as a delivery driver and grew into one of our key management roles and will be missed.&#160; <strong>Shannon </strong>has been an awesome driver this year, meeting many of you with her constant smile and bright spirit.&#160; She is moving on in January to return to her Environmental Studies work in BC.&#160; Both of these fabulous team members will be missed and we say goodbye with a heavy heart.</p> </span></p> <h2>Looking for More? </h2> <p>If you would like to get more produce than is in your standard box, you can click &apos;Weekly Produce Listing&apos; in the categories and add extra items to your order. We all tend to overindulge during the holiday season, so make sure you are feeding your loved ones food that is healthy, sustainable and brought to you with the love and devotion of our team and the producers in our food family. <br /><br />You can also add on many grocery items by clicking on the categories to the left of your screen as you are choosing your box. We would love it if you did not have to make any rush trips to the grocery store. We are working towards having everything that you need. Including chocolate, snacks for lunches, flours, and grains. </p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <h2>Logistics Logistics Logistics. <br /><br /></h2> <p>We are very proud of the supply chain we have built to bring the goodness to you in the Capital Region. By using overnight express truck freight service and dealing with growers directly, we are able to circumvent the layers of produce warehouses and fleets of reefer trucks parked for weeks at a time. Fresher food, less preservatives and more money back to the growers. However! This also means our supply chain can be very sensitive to weather events and other hiccups. Often, produce coming up from the USA will be delayed en route and will miss our daily truck leaving Vancouver. Or, items will arrive with blemishes or other problems and we don`t have enough time to react. Our commitment to you is that when we have a hiccup, we will always make it right, either by substituting something in your box that has equivalent value, back-ordering the item for your next box, or giving you a credit on your account. It is so encouraging to have so many families in Edmonton supporting our attempts to change the way we grow, source, buy, transport, pack and deliver food to your kitchen. It can often be a matter of hours! Today Danny took a van over to the freight depot to collect our late arriving order just to save two hours so we could fill everyone`s Friday orders.&#160;</p> <p>&#160;&#160;</p> <h2>Gift Cards<br /><br /></h2> <p><img title=&quot;Gift Card&quot; border=&quot;3&quot; hspace=&quot;20&quot; alt=&quot;Gift Card&quot; vspace=&quot;20&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Gift%20Card.jpg&quot; />Wondering what to get your friends, family, or employees this holiday season? We have the solution! The Organic Box has holiday gift cards. This is a great way to share health with your loved ones, and support the local economy. The Organic Box is a wonderful family&#160;experience.&#160; When the box comes to your door, kids rush to greet our drivers and unpack the box. It is incredible to see families and members excited about receiving the gift of healthy, delicious organic food. We know that a gift of good food will be well received.</p> <p>We have three standard box choices of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables put together to meet the needs of virtually any household or office. Need something different? Get in touch. We are super-flexible.</p> <p><b>The Organic Box:</b> Our original box filled with enough produce for an average-sized family for a full week.&#160; <br /><b>The Organic Singles Box:</b> A smaller version of the standard box of organic produce suited for singles or couple.&#160;</p> <p>Gift cards are available for a Trial Gift membership. This includes three deliveries of any one of our standard boxes. We will bring a box of organic food to the doorstep of anyone on your gift list in our delivery area. Just give us a call or order a card to be included in your next box!</p> <p>&#160;&#160;&#160;</p> <h2></h2> <h2>Featured Producers</h2> <p>&#160;</p> <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>&#160;&#160;<br /><br /><img title=&quot;Cliffe&quot; alt=&quot;Cliffe&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Clife.png&quot; width=&quot;175&quot; height=&quot;144&quot; />&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </p> </td> <td><h2><b><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;></span></b></h2> <h2><b><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;>Cliffe Farm<br />Armstrong, BC&#160;</span></b></h2> <h2><b><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;></span></b></h2> <p>&#160;</p> <p><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;>Cliffe Farm grows wonderful garlic and celery. They also have three kinds of organic melons, and lots of squash. In this week&#8217;s standard box you can look forward to Buttercup squash from Cliffe Farm.&#160;</span>&#160;One of our favorites is squash with some melted butter and cinnamon. Yum. </p> <p><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;>Darrell &amp; Audrey Cliffe are also known for their community work which includes supplying local food banks, helping with elder care, and working with challenged adults in their area. </span></p> <p>&#160;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><p>&#160;</p> <p><img title=&quot;Honey&quot; alt=&quot;Honey&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Honey.jpg&quot; width=&quot;146&quot; height=&quot;121&quot; /><br /><br /><img title=&quot;BBQ&quot; alt=&quot;BBQ&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/BBQ.png&quot; width=&quot;143&quot; height=&quot;184&quot; /></p> </td> <td>&#160;&#160; <h2>Honey Bunny<br />Guy, Alberta</h2> <h2><br /></h2> <p><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;>With all the great food happening at this time of year, this BBQ sauce is a sure way to make any meat dish a hit. </span><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;><br /><br /></span><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;>Amazing Dad&apos;s BBQ Sauce adds pure inspiration to your barbequed meals. Just the right amount of spices and succulent sweetness makes Amazing Dad&apos;s Original the perfect &apos;secret recipe&apos; for the chef. <span>&#160;</span>The producers take great pride in the fact that their BBQ sauce is naturally sweetened with organic honey. The producers are right here in Guy, Alberta. They are the Honey Bunny Company. The sauces and ketchups that have emerged were born out of the owners love for organic prairie honey. </span><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;></span></p> <p><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;>Gilbert Wolfe started Beekeeping at 14 years of age; this was his job of choice as a kid growing up in the local area.<span>&#160; </span>Wolfe Honey Company Inc. is now the largest Organic Apiary in Canada and has been in operation for over 25 years.<span>&#160; </span>Our production facility in the Peace River country features state of the art honey processing and packaging technology.<span>&#160; </span>We modeled and engineered our plant to the standards of a German facility that has impressed us for many years.<span>&#160; </span>We take great pride in developing honey products that stand out in the marketplace &#8211; because there is no substitute for high quality.</span></p> <p>&#160;&#160;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><p align=&quot;center&quot;>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;<br /><br /><br /><img style=&quot;WIDTH: 160px; HEIGHT: 119px&quot; title=&quot;Frozen Berries&quot; alt=&quot;Frozen Berries&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Frozen Berries.jpg&quot; width=&quot;160&quot; height=&quot;119&quot; />&#160;&#160;&#160;</p> </td> <td><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;</p> <h2><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;>Roy&#8217;s Raspberries<br />Edmonton, AB</span></h2> <p><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;><br /><br /><br />That&#8217;s right! Local raspberries are still here. Frozen of course, but that doesn&#8217;t make them any less delicious. Roy and his wife Lorraine dropped off an entire freezer full of raspberries the other week (including the freezer!). They are such a nice treat.&#160;</span></p> <p><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;>Roy&#8217;s is a family business and with 20 acres from which to pick, they invite everyone to visit their fields for the very finest Alberta raspberries. They grow ten varieties of red raspberries as well as two golden varieties. You can even pick your own, U-pick berries in the summer months. </span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>