<h2></h2> <h2></h2> <h2>Winter Winter Everywhere</h2> This week you've probably heard lots of news about blizzards in the BC Interior, Alberta, Saskachewan, Manitoba and the Maritimes. All the highways from Vancouver eastbound were closed at one point, making it impossible for us to get our trucks here on time. We did our best to weather this weather and it happens every year so we're pretty good at anticipating the issue and getting the food through. However, something unexpected is happening this weekend and it is going to impact us for the next two or threeweeks. This morning, it is only 1 degree C in Salinas, California. Last night they had their second hard frost, and will have another tonight. In the Mexicali region where our organic farming co-ops are located they are expecting an overnight low of minus 5 degrees C. This means the fresh produce we had planned for the next few weeks is freezing and will be lost. Never fear! We have lots of roots in storage and the fresh fruit is still coming in so we will still be able to get you a 'roots and fruits' box. Plus the strong relationships we have with our producers means we'll be at the front of the line when the next crop comes in. There are also some heartier greens like chard and collards that will survive the freeze and we will be sure to get those in for you. We already have the lettuce for next week enroute too. The combination of heavy winter conditions in Western Canada and freezing in California and Northern Mexico really highlights the fragility of our food system and how important our work at The Organic Box is to our community. It is generally accepted that a four day interruption in food supply to Edmonton during the winter months is all it would take for the fresh product in our city to be depleted. We work very hard to extend the growing season in Alberta and to find ways to store or save fresh product over the winter to reduce the amount of food we need to import from down south. Every year we improve our variety, quantity and quality of food and as I wrote last week, our friends at Noble Spuds in Coaldale are readying the start of their certified organic greenhouse to bring us a strong variety of fresh produce year round. 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! Havea Great Week! Danny. Founder, The Organic Box. <h2>FeaturedProducts</h2> <table cellspacing="&quot;15&quot;" cellpadding="&quot;0&quot;" bgcolor="&quot;#edf0e9&quot;"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="&quot;center&quot;" valign="&quot;top&quot;"><img title="&quot;Chicken&quot;" src="&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/chickenwings.jpg&quot;" alt="&quot;Chicken&quot;" /></td> <td> <h2>The Chicken Special!</h2> Ron and Sheila at Sunworks Farm have put together an amazing deal for The Organic Box members! It's available for only a very limited time... Buy one box of certified organic chicken breasts and receive one box (3 lbs) of chicken wings for <strong>FREE</strong>! That's one box of <strong>FREE</strong> chicken wings whenever you order a box of chicken breasts. Hut dang!</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="&quot;center&quot;" valign="&quot;top&quot;"><img title="&quot;MangoSalsa&quot;" src="&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/mangosalsa.jpg&quot;" alt="&quot;MangoSalsa&quot;" /></td> <td> <h2>Homemade Salsa Time</h2> We have some very special produce in the box this week. All of it is very delicious on its own, or you could mix it all together to make a wonderful <strong>Avocado and Mango Salsa</strong>! Check out this wonderful recipe that includes many products available through us this week: Avocado Mango Salsa: 1 mango - peeled, seeded, diced 1 avocado - peeled, pitted, diced 4 (~1lb) roma tomatoes - diced 1 jalapeno pepper - for hot salsa keep the seeds, for mild salsa use a bell pepper 1/2 cup cilantro - chopped 3 garlic cloves- minced 1 tps salt 2 tbps lime juice - fresh 1/4 cup red onion - chopped 3 tbps olive oil In a medium bowl, combine the mango, avocado, tomatoes, jalapeno/bell pepper, cilantro, and garlic. Stir in salt, lime juice, red onion, and olive oil. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Recipe from <a href="&quot;http://www.allrecipes.com&quot;">www.allrecipes.com</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="&quot;center&quot;" valign="&quot;top&quot;"><img title="&quot;Chips&quot;" src="&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/chipsies.jpg&quot;" alt="&quot;Chips&quot;" /></td> <td> <h2>Chips!</h2> You can't have an amazing salsa without some amazing chips! Hippie Chips are made in Vancouver and are all gluten-free. Try the 3 bean, multiseed, tuscan tomato, or ancient grain style tortilla chip. All have amazing crunch and flavour and are perfect for dipping with this fantastic salsa that you just made.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>