Stefan Misse - October 22, 2014
Stefan: I don’t have much to comment on the local options this week as myself and a few other Discovery folks are just back from the PMA (Produce Marketing Association) convention in Anaheim. This is a yearly gathering of people directly or indirectly related to the world of produce. We had a chance to sit down with a few of our suppliers from California and chat about how the last year went and what to look for in the upcoming year. After the PMA meetings I travelled to Mexico with Julie Sage (who manages our Fair Trade department here at Discovery) to visit two of our Fair Trade growers there. I had a chance to see how the hurricane had damaged some parts of both farms due to the intense rain and then subsequent flooding. Most of the growing areas have recovered and are on track to supply us with Fair Trade certified zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, melons through the winter months. These items should start in volume over the next few weeks so please keep an eye on our price list for more Fair Trade listings.
Jodi: I was one of those folks that had the pleasure of travelling down to Anaheim - can’t complain too much about 25+ degree weather in late October! We heard optimistic news from our citrus vendors about the state of their ranches. A lot of smart farming, water conservation and luck are allowing crops to be better than anticipated after last year’s unfortunate list of problems. We should be in for an awesome citrus season! Navels will be rolling in next week already, followed shortly after by satsumas, mandarins and all kinds of other beauties. Get ready taste buds!