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HOTSHOTS – OCT. 12TH 2015

Dear Ones,

Some of you are looking forward to, presently preparing or maybe even digesting Thanksgiving dinner.   This week my landlord asked as he walked by my open front door, “What are you doing for Thanksgiving, Ursula,” and I told him that I was probably going to read all weekend and not do anything particulalry special at all, “which I’m quite happy to do,” I added.  And I was, but on Tuesday evening, my wayward seafaring brother arrived at my door and while we’ve had difficulties along the way, I probably love him the most of all the people in the world.  So lo and behold, we are having a Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow and Jasper’s going to cook it, because I’m going to be reading, but we came to an agreement last night, that I could do my very special job I’ve always done in my family since either of us can remember: when our mom would slave away all day on Thanksgiving day and Christmas day to make the most amazing feast, I had one terribly special job that was my job and my job alone, and last night when we decided that Jasper would make Thanksgiving dinner pretty much on his own, he said to me, “Ush?”

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Market Report – OCT 9TH 2015

THANKSGIVING MESSAGE

Thanksgiving Day bears a different meaning from family to family.  For some, it’s a long weekend and a social event with family travelling to the grandparent’s house or kids coming home from university.  For others, the focus is a shopping mall spree.  But for most, it is a tradition with roots going back many, many generations, centuries actually, when we celebrated the end of the harvest.

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MARKET REPORT – OCTOBER 7TH, 2015

Welcome back to summer!

After a cool and wet September, the long range El Nino forecasts for much above temperatures starting in October have kicked in.  Forecasts for the next 7 days have very warm temperatures – what are our normal highs will be the lows – with balmy conditions across BC and the Western Prairies.  Calgary Friday, normal low 0C normal high 14C, forecast low 14C, high 23C.  It hit 26C in the Fraser Valley on Monday – not quite October temperatures!  This translates to a continuing great run for producers of green veg with perfect warm and wet conditions.  Another north Pacific hurricane, (for the 3rd time in the last 2 months) has not dissolved as they nearly always do, and is aiming at our coast over the next few days, dragging with it these very warm temps and lots of warm rain.  We dedicated last Friday’s market report to the current story about ginger, and didn’t give you any other updates – so here they are:

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HOTSHOTS – OCT 4TH 2017

Dear Ones,

There were no Hot Shots last week because Chloe—DO YOU REMEMBER CHLOE????!?!?!?!—and I were rustling through bins of backdated lit magazines outside of the downtown Library at a lit festival called Word, because we are giant nerds.   Almost every time I’ve introduced Chloe to anyone since I met her several years ago I’ve introduced her as a librarian, which has usually gotten me a smart elbow in the ribs.  She wasn’t really a librarian I guess, even though she worked in a library while she was working here, which is what Librarians do, but the nuances of her other job were lost on me.  I’ve always thought of Chloe as a librarian because she knows everything about things in libraries.  I’m saying any of this because Chloe is not here anymore (at Disco) because she is studying to be a Librarian.  If you say something enough times, it will probably come true, and I’ve been saying that Chloe’s a librarian for at least six years, so……..

CarnivalSquash

 

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MARKET REPORT – OCTOBER 2TH, 2015

Ginger!  That’s today’s conversation.

10 years ago, most organic ginger came from Hawaii, and only for part of the year.  The only option for consumers was conventional Chinese or Peruvian ginger for most of the year.

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