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MARKET REPORT – SEPT. 11, 2015

Lots to talk about this week

Many new apple listings including the first pick of Ambrosia and Spartan expected on Tuesday morning – they are listed, but not available until early in the week.  The local fruit sector continues to look fantastic, with good supply of peaches, plums, grapes, melons – summer has returned!  We should have about 10 days worth of peaches available comparing sales, inventory at packers and last fruit on trees.  Plums will go for longer with the latest varieties like Presidents just starting harvest.  California mangos are also a hit – quality is superb as usual.  6 pear listings plus the first release of “apple pears” – Asian pears, with 20th century the first variety being harvested.  It’s up to the weather at this point to decide how big the crop will be because the fruit is still growing.  Berry supply is good – blacks, blues and straws all plentiful, despite Watsonville winding down.  Most conventional producers there have started to pull plants to get ready for transplanting next year’s crop.  It wasn’t a great year for packer/shippers in that area, organic or conventional, with ever-growing labour shortages plaguing most growers (along with water issues.)

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HOTSHOTS – SEPT. 15TH, 2015

Dear Ones,

I started school this week and discovered that I shall have no interests beyond reading for the next several years.  I’ll be lucky if I have enough time to brush my teeth twice a day with the amount of reading I have to do.  There is one class that I realize at this point, is going to own me.

It’s a four and a half hour class and we have one book: The Faerie Queen by Edmund Spencer.  It is the longest poem ever written, coming it at more than one thousand pages of Old English Verse, which is sort of like another language.  I was going to commence crying when I got the text and headed to my class, but then there was the professor: a petite woman with short blue hair, bright pink lipstick, glasses that have one round lens and one square lens, Adidas high tops that have a sort of shield attached to them that runs around the whole shoe except for the toe, with spikes, and she had seven giant rings on (I counted).

She loves this stupid poem so much that I left feeling like I might, too.  Or at a least, I have high hopes, but I barely understand what I’m reading.  I said a prayer to Spencer when I opened the book for the first time, a book that is so heavy, it must sit in my lap because holding it up gets actually, no word of a lie, tiring.  I looked for love deep in my heart, and enthusiasm, and I said under my breath, “Dearest, most Beloved Spencer, you a**hole, please make this make sense to me.”   I kissed the spine of the book with my eyes closed and squeezed it to my chest.

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HOTSHOTS – Sept. 7th, 2015

Dear Ones,

There are two little girls who live in the apartment above me.  One is seven and one is three and if my front door is not open, they poke their little faces into the open window and holler at me.  It bothered me at first, when I moved in there, to discover that my kitchen and living room windows were seven year old height and that the three year old is strong enough to drag a chair and stand on it making my windows also three year old height.  Yesterday, because my windows were locked and open just an inch or so, the three year old squeezed as much of her face as she could into my house which was her nose and her mouth and she yelled at me, “Hi Ursula!  Why are you still sleeping?  We’ve been awake for so long and you’re still sleeping!”

I know that I can’t put other people’s children up for adoption but I considered suggesting to their parents that I for one, would not judge them if they did.  But then I realized, while I was being summoned from the land of delicious morning sleep, that time of day when your pillows feel the softest and your sheets smell delicious and your mattress perfectly compliments the shape of your body, that they were yelling at me because they love me.  All of a sudden, I jumped out of bed and in my humiliating housecoat threw open the door and said, “I love you too!”  The girls looked at me blankly.  The seven year old squished up her face and the three year old said, “we just wanted to know what you were doing, Ursula.”

Even though they won’t admit that they’re crazy about me, I know what’s up.  I’ve got their numbers dialed.  I no longer want to put them up for adoption.  I want to squeeze them and notice their every growth, new tooth and ponytail.

The seven year old and I will be going back to school on Tuesday.  She asked me yesterday if I need her to help me wake up in the morning.  “No,” I said, “no I don’t.”

“But I probably will anyway,” she said.

To which I said, “I love you, too.”

She and I will both have apples in our lunch bags on Tuesday.  And now that I think of it, I think I will treat myself to a week of honeycrisps in my lunch because the’re not around for so long.

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MARKET REPORT – SEPT. 9, 2015

Summer is back!

Friday’s report talked about a repeat performance from the week earlier, with another remnant Pacific Hurricane (Ignacio) headed towards BC.  Unlike a week earlier, Ignacio floundered and hit somewhere up the Central Coast, in a diminished fashion.  But it was strong enough to pull the year long high pressure ridge back into place, so we will now go back into drought mode and above normal temperatures from the Coast through to Alberta. Hopefully that will speed up some leafy greens back to normal production, and kick interior tomatoes and cukes back into gear as well.

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MARKET REPORT – SEPT. 4TH, 2015

Blueberries and kiwi-berries from Oregon, bins of BC fruit and more!

Well, the kiddies will all be in school by Tuesday, taking, we hope, fresh organic goodness in their lunches!  It’s hard to know when to shift to a “fall” theme, because fall weather is hit and miss.  It has been well below normal, if not downright cold the last week, and with heavy rains in some areas there has been surprisingly few production challenges for all BC vegetable growers.  And there is no consensus amongst forecasters about the long term look at the next couple of weeks, except that there is a clearing and warming trend for all areas.  (The only interloper is Hurricane Ignacio, which will, like Typhoon Loke, move across the North Pacific now that it has said goodbye to Hawaii, and hit the West Coast sometime next week as an “extra tropical” storm.  These storms are very small in size, but pack a huge punch, which we certainly witnessed last Saturday here in the Lower Mainland and well into Washington.  Where Ignacio’s remnants will hit is unknown, although most forecasts having it landing farther north, but leaving the door open for changes.  Fun to watch if you’re a weather nerd!

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Time to talk about GMO’s

With recent news that Germany has joined Scotland and a smattering of other countries in banning or trying to ban GMO seeds, time for a fast review.

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First, although there have been many research studies into the impact of GMO’s and our bodies, the main impact is the class of GMO plants that are called “Roundup Ready”.  That means the plants are naturally resistant to the chemicals in Roundup, (glyphosate herbicide) so fields can be sprayed, and everything will die except, for instance, the corn crop.

Second, not that many food crops are genetically modified – but the ones that are, specifically corn and soy, find their way into virtually every processed food, from tortilla chips to soft drinks – some estimates are that up to 80% of grocery foods contain GMO’s – except those specifically marked as non GMO, or that are certified organic. Canola, Corn, Potato, Rice, Soybeans, Sugar Beets, Squash and Tomatoes are all approved for GMO production, and for some of these crops, 90% of what is grown in Canada and the US, especially canola in Canada and corn in the US is genetically modified.  Well, try to figure out, with that list, how many items in the grocery department are not ‘tainted’ with GMO’s – most estimates are over 80%, from corn flakes to baby formula.

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The science will rage on for years, because for every study that tries to link GMO to human disease, the biotech companies like Monsanto, Dow, Bayer etc. will have a study that shows there is no problem with GMO’s, or glyphosate herbicide.

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