<h2>We LOVE Chocolate</h2> <p>I look at the world of chocolate with the same lens I use to look at the produce world - where is the product coming from, who makes it, and what practices do they value in their production. We have assembled a list of chocolate producers, all based in Canada, that we feel are bringing a healthy, sustainable chocolate product to our community.</p> <p>Enter Valentine&apos;s Day! This year - try one of our chocolate products for yourValentine&apos;s treats. We have bars, powders, spreads, barks and gift boxes. Look in the featured items section and read below to see what Brody has put together for us this week.</p> <p>Where and how you buy your chocolate is just as important as where and how you buy any other foods. Our products are free from preservatives, additives and fillers, handmade in many cases, and use only fair trade and organic ingredients. This year focus your giving on quality and share some chocolate with your loved ones that will change your entire perspective on the traditional &apos;Hershey&apos; bar or &apos;Potof Gold&apos; boxes. We know youwon&apos;t bedisappointed.</p> <p><strong>IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT BOX SIZE CHANGES</strong></p> <p>As we move into our fourth growing season, we have taken a close look at our <span class=&quot;il&quot;>box</span> prices and the quantity of food in the suggested boxes. We have not adjusted our <span class=&quot;il&quot;>box</span> prices since Fall of 2010. Since then, food prices have increased by as much as 18% in some produce categories. This means there is now less food in the family and singles boxes, and we are hearing from members that it is not enough to last a week.<br /><br />Therefore, we have decided to increase the price of our boxes, which will allow us to put more food inside. Effective<strong>LAST WEEK</strong>, January 28 2013,the family-sized <span class=&quot;il&quot;>box</span> will increase from $50.00 to <strong>$55.00</strong>, and the singles <span class=&quot;il&quot;>box</span> will increase from $35.00 to <strong>$38.00</strong>. The new prices are now outlined on our website, and you should have received an email from us with some frequently-asked questions. In 2012, we put almost a million dollars of your money into the pockets of local, independent and organic food producers. Your support means a great deal to us and to the local organic food community.</p> <p><strong>OUR WAITLIST IS GROWING</strong></p> <p>Miranada and I feel very strongly about ensuring that everyone gets a quality product from us every time they order. We call this our &apos;Fair Deal&apos; - fair for the growers, fair for us and fair for the member. Since the new year we have been experiencing substantial growth and so we must balance serving our existing members against bringing on new families. The best way to ensure this is to manage our rate of growth using a waitlist. Many of you who have been with us since 2011 will remember we had a similar challenge in the spring of that year too. Currently we have over 100 families on our waitlist.We have broken the weeks intosegments and if you look at our signup page you will see what week we are projecting your first delivery if you signup today. Our mission is to bring our food to everyone and anyone who wants it and we pledge to bring as many people on as possible.</p> <p>We have also been getting many, many requests from other, smaller communities around Edmonton to introduce service. These requests are also being treated as a waitlist. Once a community has reached enough people on the waitlist we will start the process of introducing service. At a minimum we must make our minimum delivery charge and volumes on each delivery route to cover our expenses and we know you will understand if there is a bit of a wait.</p> <p>At The Organic Box we are always growing, always looking for ways to get better, and always trying to find ways to get more of your shopping basket filled by Alberta and BC food producers. We can do it! You are helping!</p> <p>Havea Great Week!</p> <p>Danny.<br />Founder, The Organic Box.</p> <h2>FeaturedProducts</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;vdayfood&quot; alt=&quot;vdayfood&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/valentinesfood.jpg&quot; /></p> <p><img title=&quot;chocoheart&quot; alt=&quot;chocoheart&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/chocolateheart.jpg&quot; /></p> </td> <td><h2>ValentinesDay is coming!</h2> <p>We love here at The Organic Box. It really gives us a moment to reflect on and appreciate our loved ones and consider how lucky we are to have such a great food community here in Edmonton. However, it is mostly a wonderful time to indulge in some of the tastiest (and healthiest) chocolate that we can find. So please join us in the joys of chocolateering! From our local chocolate makers (The Chocolate Doctors), to the hidden gems of Prairie Cherry Chocolates from Over The Hill Orchards in Saskatchewan... all of our chocolate is 100% organic, fair trade, and championed by Canadian companies. </p> <p><strong>The Chocolate Doctors </strong>- right here in Edmonton! This is premier, raw chocolate. Try their truffles or their amazing syrup. </p> <p><strong>Camino</strong> - this organic/fair trade coop from Ottawaredefined the way we look at chocolate in Canada. They have been the pioneers of Fair Trade chocolate and produce amazing quality chocolate bars too! </p> <p><strong>Organic Fair </strong>- based on the West Coast this small family company makes some specialty chocolate bars with really great combinations. Try salt, rosehip, espresso, blueberries, lemon, or hazelnuts in your chocolate bars... it makes a surprisingly wonderful difference! </p> <p><strong>Over The Hill</strong> - from the prairies of Saskatchewan Dean Kreutzer has produces some of the finest cherries outside of the BC Fruit Valleys. Tart and sweet, they mix beautifully with the organic, fair trade chocolate that he has sourced for amazing, melt in mouth cherry goodness. Try it as bark or get a nice gift box of chocolates. </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><img title=&quot;pinto&quot; alt=&quot;pinto&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/pintos.1.jpg&quot; /></td> <td><h2>Beans, beans, beans!! </h2> <p>We have been packaging bulk orders for some time... and now it&apos;s time to expand our catalogue. For those of you that have been waiting to make some chili, bean dips, stews, or bean salads... the wait is over! Starting next week and continuing over the next couple of weeks we will see an expanded catalogue of <strong>dry and canned beans </strong>available to our members. Pinto, soy, navy, red kidney, canneloni, black, garbanzo... all the big players will be showing up just in time for the game! (A little Super Bowl joke there!) </p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>