<h2>Take Action Today!</h2> <p>Thank you so much for your support of The Organic Box. Your membership and your purchase of our products provides direct support to the Organic food industry in Alberta and keeps more of your food dollar right here in your community. In 2011 that translated into $350,000 returned tolocal Organic vegetable growers in Alberta, and so far in 2012 we are at$100,000 already!</p> <p>We know that the food economy faces significant challenges. For us in Organics,oftenraw food production in Alberta is undermined by structuralbarriers inour value chain.For example, Organic grain produced in Alberta is often exported to the United Statesasraw product and then re-imported back to Alberta asfinished cereals and grain products. Dairy is another example of a product that is produced raw in Alberta, exported to BC for processing and then reimported back to Alberta as finished goods. This adds unwanted costs to our food andadds additionalcarbon emissions and fuel use to thefood value chain. It is also a lost opportunity forAlberta in terms of economic diversification away from oil and gas, reduced manufacturingcapacity, and job creation.</p> <p>Ibelieve that the wider industry has embraced this challenge and 2012-2015 will be a period of investmentand growth in the processing and distribution segments of the Organic food value chain. In Alberta we already have examples ofmore integrated food production - Prairie Harvest pastas and Honey Bunny products are processed here in Northern Alberta using raw inputs from Alberta Organic growers. A consumer who is committed to supporting local food should be asking where his or her processed food comes from as well as his or her potatoes. At The Organic Box, we are working on an updated product catalogue that will give you specific and precise information about the processing origins of our grocery items so you can make informed buying choices for more than justtraditional market products.</p> <p>However, the mega-processing corporations have a massive head start on us and a huge market position. <a title=&quot;Organic Alberta&quot; href=&quot;http://www.organicalberta.org&quot;>Organic Alberta</a>, the council that represents Organic food producers in Alberta, has several key programs under development to advance and build the processing segment of Organic Food production in Alberta starting this year. As a member of the executive committee and the treasurer of the Council, I help to steer the organization both fiscally and programatically. But we need your help. Much of the grant money that we hope to access to fund these programs requires our own fund matching dollars and we rely on donations and memberships to support this.</p> <p>You can help usbuild our warchest by buying an Organic Alberta cookbook from The Organic Box, joining the council as a &apos;Friend of Organic&apos; or making a donation. </p> <p>Learn about ways you can support Organic Alberta here: <a title=&quot;http://www.organicalberta.org/join-us/&quot; href=&quot;http://www.organicalberta.org/join-us/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>http://www.organicalberta.org/join-us/</a> </p> <p>Find out more ways to buy local organic food by using the Organic Alberta Roadmap: <a title=&quot;http://www.organicalberta.org/organic-road-map&quot; href=&quot;http://www.organicalberta.org/organic-road-map&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>http://www.organicalberta.org/organic-road-map</a></p> <p>Ultimately, by purchasing more of your food items from local organizations such as The Organic Box or at local markets, you are injecting your dollars into the local Organic food economy and giving us much needed financial support that we can use to expand our industry. My vision is Organic food that is grown, processed, distributed and sold right here in Alberta, by Albertans. Help us to realise that vision in any way you can. Your support makes a huge difference.</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;eastereggs&quot; alt=&quot;eastereggs&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/eastereggs.jpg&quot; /></p> <p><img title=&quot;TCDcups&quot; alt=&quot;TCDcups&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/TCDcups.jpg&quot; /></p> </td> <td><h2>Easter is coming! Yay! </h2> <p>Spring is such a fanstastic time of year. Symbolizing rebirth and the imminent summer that we in Edmonton revere so much. The snow melts, the sun shines, and we can finally sit outside and enjoy the fresh air in our shirtsleeves... depending on the day. With the coming of Spring many of us come together to celebrate Easter with friends and family. It is such a fun, lighthearted time of year with kids playing games and good healthy food being passed around the dinner table. And of course, we love it because of the chocolate!! If you love chocolate as much as we do then try some our Organic, Fair Trade chocolates. </p> <p><strong>The Chocolate Doctors</strong> - made right here in Edmonton, this raw, organic, fair trade chocolate is amazing. It is sold in a variety of sized boxes that are full of little chocolate cups that the Easter Bunny would probably love to hide for the kids Easter hunt! </p> <p><strong>Camino</strong> - organic and fair trade and Canadian. Camino is a fantastic company that makes some truly tasty chocolate treats. We carry their chocolate chips which would be perfect for fresh baked cookies. </p> <p><strong>Organic Fair</strong> - made in Vancouver with organic, and fair trade ingredients... these little chocolate bars come ina wide variety of flavours that tickle the taste buds and have unusual and delicious pairings. </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><img title=&quot;Pancakes&quot; alt=&quot;Pancakes&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/pancakes.jpg&quot; /></td> <td><h2>Easter Sunday Pancakes:</h2> <p>Apart from the chocolate one of the best parts about Easter weekend is Sunday morning breakfast! Sitting around the table with the family, wiping our eyes, guzzling coffee, and sharing stories over wonderful fluffy pancakes with eggs and fresh fruit. I&apos;m drooling just thinking about it! Try one of our three local pancake mixes (or try all three and let us know which is your favourite), and enjoy your long weekend:</p> <p><strong>Gold Forest Grains</strong> - grown, milled, and mixed in Morinville, AB. An absolutely delicious mix! </p> <p><strong>Rough and Tumble</strong> - made using many grains from Gold Forest Grains, this special pancake mix has some secret addictive ingredient that I can&apos;t seem to figure out. I don&apos;t know what it is... but this is amazing stuff. </p> <p><strong>New Life</strong> - grown, milled, and mixed in Denzil, SK. New Life Organics is a wonderful family farm/business that we love. They&apos;ve created a great pancake mix that you&apos;re sure to love. </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><img title=&quot;herbs&quot; alt=&quot;herbs&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/herb01.jpg&quot; /></td> <td><h2>Springtime Herbs:</h2> <p>We&apos;re finally getting some more herbs in! In the spirit of spring we&apos;ll have fresh cilantro, dill, and parsley available. These are wonderful herbs that will pair very well with many dishes associated with Easter, such as buttered carrots with dill, tortilla soup with cilantro, or fresh fruit and parsley. </p> <p>Let&apos;s get herby. </p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>