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MARKET REPORT – DEC. 4TH, 2015

Here’s a very brief run down on what’s happening for next week.

Firstly, though – if you aren’t getting our ad planners please ask – we have options on a substantial list of great deals we can bring for you, booked in advance, three weeks out – so take advantage!

Apple list is still lengthy, but you are probably watching sizers and varieties slip from the list to be replaced with US Fruit.  You would be SHOCKED at pricing out of Washington on some varieties of apples.  We are currently SELLING Gala for less than Washington growers are selling for in US dollars if that gives you any indication.  Despite a slightly smaller crop, although way bigger than the year before, organic apples are selling far faster than ever before.

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MARKET REPORT – DEC. 2ND 2015

Squash is either good, or going bad, right?  Wrong!

Below normal temperatures across Northern Mexico and Southern California have slowed growth across the board and tightened markets on several commodities.  Supply hasn’t rebounded after the US holiday, and by all counts it was a stunning Thanksgiving for organic produce sales in the States.  Many, many shippers are only listing 15 – 20% of their usual programs, having been decimated last week, and now not having fields to harvest for a few days.  Can’t blame them!  When demand is strong and prices high, you would be cutting everything in sight as well, wouldn’t you?  So just warning you to watch your retails on some greens.  We are seeing the same market conditions on conventional pricing as well, so we’re not alone.

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HOTSHOTS – NOV. 30TH, 2015

Dear Ones,

I have little to share but that the semester is almost through.  My friend came over yesterday with a carrot cake because she knew I wouldn’t go to her or even towards the outdoors, shackled as one can become to schoolwork.  I showed her some of my drawings and we tried on my shoes and then we laughed also…a lot.  It was so nice of her to drop by out of the blue and give me the gift of cake and positive human cintact.  I wonder if campuses have a kind of unbridled craze of freedom after exams are out, followed by complete calm and silence.   Students have been trapped, and compressed and the pressure only mounts and mounts until it suddenly just isn’t there.  I am so tired.  I have bags under my eyes and all I eat is toast and tahini over the sink (and sometimes cake ;).  I bought some bright red high heeled clogs on the internet from Sweden (aka The North Pole) and they should be turning up right when Burnaby Moutnain kicks me out and I just don’t know if it’s gonna be a good combo: a very short duration of pure and unbridled academic freedom after a period of intense study, plus incredibly awesome shoes.  Sounds good.  And also bad.  But mostly good.

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MARKET REPORT – NOV 29TH, 2015

NOVEMBRRRRR and its Arctic Blast!

When I was a kid, many decades ago, it would be a little cold and frosty and we called that winter.  When it was really bloody cold, for the Coast, it was a cold snap.  We used to look forward to those because it meant that it would end with a good dump of snow.  Those days seem to be over.

But the language changed and it became an Arctic Blast.  Same temperatures, but sounds better on the news!  It doesn’t make sense for Canada to call cold an Arctic Blast – it’s just winter – but when those cold temperatures dip south, it is really is worth talking about.  It nearly froze in San Francisco last night and there are frost warnings out for a huge area of western coastal California.  Even if it doesn’t get cold enough to get “ice on the windows” it certainly slows down production.

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MARKET REPORT – NOV. 25TH 2015

It’s time to be a REBEL!

We are very slowly launching a whole new program of non-retail grade root crops, which will extend to a wide variety of produce that would otherwise never grace your racks or your customer’s tables.

We’ve taken a rather political and humorous stance – expect to see more and more REBEL products listed soon

Buy some Rebellious potatoes TODAY!REBELFOODDESIGN

 

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HOT SHOTS, Nov. 23rd, 2015

Dear Ones,

Last night I came home and said to Tess, “I’m going to write a very long paper about ecocriticism and Clayoquot Sound and then we’re going to learn to dance the Irish jig.”

She said, “I already know how to do that, don’t you?” and then she did dance a jig, I guess, by kicking quite a lot with pointed toes and lots of pony skips.  But I said, “not like that.  It’s got more rules.  It’s got sidekicks and front kicks and it’s all very organized.”

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