The Organic Box

What is your company all about?

The Organic Box provides a convenient way to shop for local grocery products you’ll love... and feel good about buying.  We offer a full range of grocery items, and support local, independent producers whenever we can.  Many of our products are organic or transitional, and we also offer alternatives from local, family farms that are making an effort to have less of an impact on the land. Best of all, we deliver everything right to your door! 

Why should I consider a subscription service?

A subscription service makes shopping easy, and saves you money.

A new box will be sent to you automatically every week, or as often as you would like.

Each new box will be filled with items specially chosen by our experts. You'll get the best of what's new or in season. 

But don't worry if surprises aren't your thing. Our website will show you a list of what's going to be in your box before it's delivered, allowing you to customize your order as you like.  Add items, remove items, or change quantities; you're in control. 

Does The Organic Box only sell Certified Organic Produce?

Your Organic Box contains both locally-sourced produce and certified organic produce. Anything brought in from outside Alberta and BC is certified organic. We also find local producers who are in 'transition' to becoming organic. This means they are taking the steps to becoming fully certified  organic. As well, we work with local, non-organic, family farms that make a concerted effort to have ethical work practices and as small an ecological footprint as possible.

This link provides information from Canadian Organic Growers on certification bodies and their standards. Individual produce will often bear on its label the name of its certifying agency.

What if I’m not familiar with some of the produce in my box?

In addition to familiar foods such as broccoli, apples and carrots, we find and support less common fruits and vegetables in order to accommodate a variety of preferences and diets.

In our newsletter, we include information about more uncommon produce, including a weekly recipe. Our website and Facebook group (The Organic Box Edmonton) also post new recipe ideas and tips. However, please feel free to update your preferences and to customize your box to suit your routine and diet.

How do I store my produce?

Locally grown food is truly living food! Without chemical preservatives, keeping your produce cold is key to extending its shelf life. A cold refrigerator set to no warmer than four degrees will help all your fruits and veggies last longer. With the exception of bananas, do not store your produce on the counter, as it will spoil more quickly than chemically preserved produce. This is especially true of organic fruit and berries.

Greens (chard, lettuce, celery) may need hydration and will perk right up if given a cold water bath in the fridge. For more information, check out our Food Storage Tips for tips on keeping your fruit and vegetables fresh. Please also feel free to send us your tips for inclusion in the newsletter.

I ordered something and it wasn’t in my box. What should I do?

Your invoice is updated when your order is packed to reflect any last-minute changes. A receipt is printed and included in your box to confirm these changes.

What do I do if I didn’t receive the correct food in my Box?

We occasionally have to make minor substitutions at the last minute because the availability of a product has changed. Your receipt will notify you of these substitutions.

If you have any questions about your receipt, please contact us in the office.

What happens if my box has not been delivered by 9 pm on my delivery day?

Check outside. It could be hidden somewhere in your front or back yard, lobby or with a neighbour.

If you cannot locate your box, please call the office in the morning or leave a message that night. You can also email info@theorganicbox.ca. The sooner you let us know the better we can react.

What if I’m not happy with something in my Organic Box?

The best way to let us know how you feel about your Organic Box, good or bad is to Rate Your Box.

Our team of loving service staff will address any concerns you may have and also love to pass on any love you have for your newfound favourite products.

What is in my Organic Box this week? What about next week?

The Organic Box weekly contents are posted online and are updated Friday mornings with the following week’s Box. The catalogue is updated with all of the weekly available products and deals.


When is my deadline for substitutions and changes?

Your ordering information can be found in the top right hand corner of your ordering page.

We post the weekly Organic Box contents on Friday for the following week. The deadlines to finalize any substitutions or changes to your order:

  • Tuesday delivery members have until Monday at 9:00 am.
  • Wednesday delivery members have until Tuesday at 9:00 am.
  • Thursday delivery members have until Wednesday at 9:00 am.
  • Friday delivery members have until Thursday at 9:00 am.

About Our Produce Selections

What is organic food?

Organic food is grown and processed the way nature intended—without synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or antibiotics. This provides healthier, better tasting food that is good for you, and our earth.

Producing organic food benefits the environment through the promotion of biodiversity and the reduction of water, air and land pollution. Eating organic food reduces the amount of toxins ingested, contributing to greater health. This includes farmers who work in fields where chemical fertilizers and pesticides are used.

The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people.

Do you include any Fair Trade products?

Whenever possible, we purchase and support Fair Trade products, provided they are certified organic.

Some examples of Fair Trade products we carry are bananas, as well as a variety of chocolate and spices.

What is ‘transitional’ organic produce and why is it included in my Organic Box?

Transitional organic produce comes from farms that are in the process of switching from conventional to organic farming methods. A certified organic apple, for example, is one that comes from an orchard where organic farming methods have been used for three or more years.

Occasionally, we will call your attention to a transitional product in your Organic Box. We include such produce because we believe that farmers should be encouraged and supported in their decision to switch to organic methods of agriculture.

Where can I find out more about organic food and related issues?

The Organic Box is a member the Alberta Organic Producers Association (AOPA) and our warehouse is a certified organic food processing facility. The following links are useful places to learn more about organic food:

  • Canadian Organic Growers is a national membership-based education and networking organization representing farmers, gardeners and consumers across Canada.
  • The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is a membership-based business association that focuses on the organic business community in North America. Their mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy.
  • Pro-Cert Organic Systems Ltd is Canada’s foremost national certifier of organic food products, with approximately 1,700 producers, processors and traders from across Canada. The Organic Box is inspected and certified by Pro-Cert.
  • Bioagricert International is an Italian certification agency committed to supporting organic production throughout the world.
  • Quality Assurance International is a world-wide certification service that certifies every step of the organic food production train.
  • AOPA and the Organic Crop Improvement Association is a non-profit, member-owned, agricultural organization dedicated to providing the highest quality organic certification services and access to global organic markets.

Where does the non-local organic produce come from?

Depending on the season, your Organic Box will contain organic produce from farms in Alberta, British Columbia and California, and occasionally from further afield. 

The closer to home our food is grown, the shorter distance it has to reach our plates. Eating locally reduces the impact of food production on the environment. The Organic Box works hard to support Northern and Southern Alberta  farmers by including as much locally-grown produce as possible in each box.

About Our Delivery Service

Can I pick up my Organic Box?

Absolutely! We offer 'Click and Collect ' service from our distribution centre located at 5712-59 Street in Edmonton. Orders are available for pick-up Monday & Tuesday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Friday from 9;00 am to 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

We offer click and collect locations all across the province, so please take a look at our Where We Deliver page for details.

Do I have to be home for a delivery?

No. We will leave your Organic Box wherever you indicate in your delivery instructions (e.g. garage, porch, front step, shed, balcony, with a neighbour, lobby, etc). In the colder winter months, your box should not sit outside for longer than 20 minutes, so please update accordingly. 

You may elect to pick up your box at our warehouse if you do not have a suitable location for winter delivery. In the summer months, please select a location out of direct sunlight and rain. Remember to leave out your empty box for collection.

How is my Organic Box delivered?

Your Organic Box may be delivered in 1 of 3 box types:

  1. A reusable, sturdy, sealed cardboard box - Your account will be issued a $5 refundable deposit, billed on your first invoice.
  2. A single-use cardboard box
  3. A reusable, plastic Green Tote. (2017 sustainability pilot) - Your account will keep track of the number of Totes in your care. You will be charged a $15 deposit if they are not returned after 4 weeks.

What if I forget to leave last week’s empty box at my front door?

This is not a problem. We will still leave your full Organic Box for you and can collect the two empty boxes at your next delivery date. If you receive your order in a Green Tote, your account will reflect the number of Totes in your care and notify you if they have not been returned after four weeks.

What if I live in an apartment building?

We will do our best to deliver your box to an apartment, but require delivery instructions on what to do if you are not home. Apartment deliveries, without delivery instructions or access inside the building, will be brought back to our warehouse for customer pick up.

Boxes left in vestibules at the customers request, will not be replaced if stolen. If you would like to discuss your specific delivery circumstances please call our office to make arrangements at 780-469-1900 or email us at info@theorganicbox.ca

What should I put in my delivery instructions?

Tell us what would assist the driver and keep your food the freshest. Examples include if you have dogs; instructions for seasonal weather (if you have a garage code for winter or a shady spot during summer hot days); or if your residence is hard to find.

You can update your delivery instructions here.

When will I know my delivery is at its Pick-up Location?

We send an email to your given email address(es) when the box has been delivered to the chosen pick-up location. If you wish to be called or texted as well, you can add either option to your delivery instructions.

When will my Organic Box be delivered?

The boxes are packed throughout the day and delivered between the hours of 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Your delivery day depends on your address, and is determined by the first three letters of your postal code. Take a look on our Where We Deliver page to see when we will be in your area.

If you provide your postal code, we can give an approximate window of delivery time before you sign up. We manage the delivery routes as efficiently as possible, in order to use the least amount of fuel to make the maximum number of deliveries.

Why did my delivery not come?

There are several reasons why a delivery order may not arrive. Examples include weather conditions that made your delivery driver concerned about your box's contents getting damaged (e.g. spoiled or frozen); produce spoiling, payment was still required on your account; your delivery instructions directed the driver to return the box under specific circumstance; or we could not gain entrance into your apartment or condominium building.

If a box returned to our warehouse, we will keep it in our cooler for pick-up during office hours. Otherwise, we schedule it for a re-delivery on following week’s delivery schedule.

If we have not heard from you after your second re-delivery, we will unpack the box to prevent food wastage, refund the amount of that box on your account and suspend your account until you get in touch with us to prevent further unnecessary charges and deliveries.

About Payment and Membership

How do I pay for my Organic Box?

You can pay by either automatic withdrawal or by credit card. 

Orders are invoiced and payments are processed when your order is packed and sent out for delivery.

What if I’m on vacation or need to cancel a delivery for a week?

Let us know when you will be on holidays using the Holiday Stops page. Mark down the dates you will be away and your orders will be suspended for the duration of your holiday.

We require 48 hours notice for holiday stops because the food has been ordered from the farmers & suppliers for the week. For less than 48 hours notice, we would be happy to donate the food to a local charity or a friend, however, you will still be charged for this order & delivery.

Please contact us at info@theorganicbox.ca if you have any questions about cancelling a delivery.

May I cancel my Organic Box once I’ve started?

We understand circumstances change that may cause you to want to cancel your membership. Memberships may be cancelled with two weeks notice to our office (one more delivery, plus an extra week for us to collect your last empty box) either through our web contact form, phoning us at 780-469-1900 or via email.

If you are having a problem with the quality of the produce or the service, we encourage you to let us know so we can make it right through refund or replacement, where appropriate. We want everyone to be completely satisfied with The Organic Box experience.


What is the Beyond The Box fund and what does it cover?

In September 2017, we implemented a 'Beyond The Box' Fund. It was created to parse out the portion of each order that we earmark for sustainability and community-strengthening initiatives. We had previously built those costs into our food prices, but recognize that these attributes set us apart from other food retailers and we want to be transparent about the costs associated with each Organic Box Order. You can see all of the ways we make an impact in our community here.

$2.99 is added to every order for the Beyond The Box Fund.

If you would like to learn more about what sets us apart from other food retailers, contact us at info@theorganicbox.ca

I received a code. How do I apply it to my order?

When you receive a referral code from a friend, input the code into the voucher field before signing up. The discount will apply on your first order and send your friend a $20 discount on their next order!

Referral discounts are only applicable on the first order.

Only a single code may be applied to a given order. Referral codes may not be used in conjuction with any other promotion.



Contacting The Organic Box

How can I get in touch with The Organic Box?

You are welcome to Contact Us here.

You can email us at info@theorganicbox.ca.