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Hotshots-31 May 2015

Dear Ones,

There are special moments that cannot be relived, simply lived.  I have a terrible affliction which is wanting more when things are perfect, and avoiding all that isn’t.  I think we’re all a bit like that.  But I notice a bit of learning happening wherein I feel like I’m finally able to sit in good moments and instead of wanting more, noticing more.
That’s the only avenue of ‘more’ that can truly be achieved because perfection is just not quantifieable.

asparagus

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Produce Update-May 29 2015

Fair Trade Month was a flying success – thank you all for all the special promotions you did and supporting producers and suppliers who are looking after their employees, their social and environmental sustainability, and certifying with 3rd party auditors to prove their commitment.

Consumers world-wide continue to give traction to this multi-decade movement, with continued growing sales.READ MORE

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SAVE THE DATE! June 5th

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Discovery Organics is organizing a panel discussion about Farm Working conditions this coming June 5th at 6pm downtown Vancouver and hope you can join! It should be a great learning opportunity for our customers, staff and partners, offering a different angle from ours.

“Arrests as Mexico farming wage strike turns violent” Aljazeera – May 12th                                                            

… “Farmworkers in Baja California protest low pay, poor conditions”

… “Many laborers stayed away from the fields Tuesday and hundreds spilled onto the highway, where they barricaded the road and burned tires.” LA Times – March 18th                      

…”Labour exploitation, slave-like conditions found on farms supplying biggest supermarkets” – ABC News Australia – May 7th

Here are just a few examples of the headlines we’ve seen in the media in the past few months.

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Produce Update-May 27 2015

Stefan: Even though we have an early start to local production with various farms we still cannot keep up with the demand. It looks like timing on your buys will be most important for now as it seems that as soon as we get product in… it goes right back out the door. Thanks for the support! Origino will be transitioning on Long English cukes this week so don’t promo these for the next couple weeks. TOVs though are a different story.READ MORE

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Hotshots-26 May 2015

Dear Ones,

I became a frustrated person Sunday morning doing the hot shots because I am getting old.  I know that I am getting old because I do not get butterflies in my stomach for anaemic looking young men in coffee shops who are studying Russian literature, I actually use my bicycle helmet and reflective clothing appeals to me, and I get frustrated taking photos with my phone.  The reason this newsletter is late is because I am getting old.  Stefan took pity on me and bought me a camera, but then I had to learn how to use it.  A big day.

Plums

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Produce Update-May 22 2015

Here’s your Friday update:  Blazing heat for this time of year continues to hasten all crops across BC and Washington.  Weird weather patterns have brought record-breaking temperatures to all BC growing areas, with highs up to 10C above average.  Many growers are moving up their projected start dates, and the most major ones are Washington cherries (2 weeks ahead), BC Cherries (10 days ahead) and BC Blueberries (2-3 weeks ahead – potentially mid-June).  This of course means those seasons will end sooner than normal.READ MORE

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