Stefan Misse - September 17, 2014
Stefan: Today there is rain in the forecast in Vancouver for the first time in weeks. In California they are counting months between rain forecasts. The drought there persists and the Governor of California has just passed legislation now to control ground water supplies. This is to stop the free-for-all attempts by Californians to sink more and more wells to tap the last irrigation sources available. Industry and farmers alike are looking for any option to help access more water to help out their respective enterprises. Very interesting times ahead for those trying to grow food in California, the state that feeds most of our North American appetites over the wintertime. Farms here in the NW are seeing a considerable slow down in ground crop production. Cooler nights, a touch of frost here and there and shorter daylight hours are leading us to the equinox where things such as BC field grown eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, beans will have to be bought from warmer farms in the USA. Stone fruit is pretty much wrapped up in BC now for harvests so grab those plums, peaches and nectarines while they are still around. Bosc and Asian pears are coming off the trees this week which should help fill the gaps where displays used to have cherries and nectarines. The mid-season apple harvest will begin soon too (just waiting for the brix level to jump up a bit more). We should have a good chunk of winter squash arrive this weekend or early next week. Corn from Covert is still being harvested as well as grape cherry tomatoes which are grown in hoop houses to extend the season.