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MARKET REPORT – SEPT. 30TH, 2015

 Dramatic changes on the avocado and pear fronts

A little burst of summer this week looks like it will extend to the middle of next week before more normal October weather hits everywhere – which includes a little burst of snow in the long range for Alberta early next week – which is great – cold, snowy, rainy weather always helps keep people indoors and planning a bigger Thanksgiving feast.  That means sales of yams, Russets, Brussels sprouts, cranberries all take a leap – you all know that.  It’s fun to watch how people’s eating habits change, not just on holiday weekends, but seasonally, and annually, and watching how those trends change how we all buy fresh fruit and veg to meet those changing customer tastes.

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MARKET REPORT – SEPT 25TH 2015

We always buy local first.  Period.

The apple selection continues to multiply, and with harvests pushed up from normal because of the long hot summer, you should expect to see every possible variety listed by mid-October, including the highest pressure late apples – Fuji, Granny, Braeburn and possibly even Pink Lady.  Just a few nights of light frost will sweeten these up, and ground frost is in the forecast for most of next week across most Interior growing regions.  The first early BC Fuji’s are already listed.

We’re keeping bananas on special for another week – great supply from both our South American coops and such a great reaction last week, we will offer through to Oct 3 at this great low price.

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MARKET REPORT SEPT 22TH 2015

Stunning grapefruits and large avocados

A few more apple varieties listed this week – it nearly becomes overwhelming at times, especially this time of year when harvest is full-on, and some varieties have a short sales window because the volumes are small.  New this week is the Sansa, which was trialed for over 20 years before its release to growers – and it’s a great idea – take the high pressure snappy red round Akane and cross-pollinate it with the softer but sweeter Gala, and what we end up with is a spectacularly good apple –a bright red striped blush over a green background, nice and crisp, but exceptionally sweet and juicy.  Avocado sales continue to grow as we move into the Fall – never really understood why sales are slowest during the summer when we should all be living on guacamole, but it is what it is.  There is an expectation that there will be another 25% increase in avocado sales across Canada and the US this year over last, as the fastest growing fruit category year after year.  This year’s harvest is huge – not just the tree cover, but the weight – average sizing is peaking at 14’s on current harvests, and Pragor is having a hard time just finding anything small to ship.  They only harvest and pack for us on any given day, and we get what they harvest, and this year, what they are getting is mountains of 12 and 14’s.  That’s why they are priced cheaper than the scarce 20/22/24’s.  With so much enthusiasm for avocados we’re hoping we will all just list, buy and eat bigger ones.  The same story for some reason on grapefruit – sizing on the current Michoacan grapefruit crop is also tending large, with lots of 36 and 40 counts – once again we’ve flipped and priced the larger ones cheaper – and these are stunning fruit by the way!

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El Nino – Winter 2015

“El Niño occurs when the normal systems of wind and ocean currents in the Pacific collapse – resulting in massive warming and drought throughout much of the tropics and subtropics. Major floods occur in some coastal locations as nearby oceans get warmer. Countries throughout much of Central and South America, Africa, South and South-East Asia and the South Pacific get hotter and dryer. Countries in the temperate regions of North America, Europe and Northern Asia get the reverse, experiencing mostly cooler and wetter conditions.”

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HOTSHOTS – SEPT. 21ST, 2015

Dear Ones,

Today is Sandwich Monday.  On Sandwich Monday, everyone who works at Discovery gets a yummy yummy sandwich of mortadella and salami in a crusty on the outside, soft on the inside Portuguese bun, with a mountain of salad and tomatoes and salt and pepper.  This morning when I went to Bosa, pretty much an institution in East Van, for the sandwich buns and fixins, one of the older women behind the counter squinted her eyes at me and barked at me without smiling, “You’re Rita’s girl!”

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MARKET REPORT SEPT 18TH 2015

On Topsoil, Organic Week and Fairtrade Campus Week!

First – to make your Organic Week Promotions (remember?) check out a great array of specials!

Over 100,000 km. an hour – that’s how fast the earth flies through space.  We are a giant molten ball of liquid metals, with a cool enough outer crust to walk on.  And that crust is nothing more than solidified rock, with sand, gravel and boulders covering it – oh, and a varying amount of topsoil.  Think about what our world would look like if you vacuumed off the top 15 cm, (yes, imagine a giant Hoover!) which would remove all the growing soil, and the plants, trees and your front lawn with it.  What is left is a barren life-less ‘moon-scape.’  Most people don’t consider the importance of that thin layer of soil which has slowly built up over millennia.  That soil, and the plants and trees growing in it sequester billions of tons of carbon, which is then released as a gas (carbon dioxide.)  The more carbon, the less carbon dioxide is released.  But, through modern conventional agriculture, in major production areas, we have lost up to 75% of that topsoil.

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