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HOT SHOTS – JAN. 4TH, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN

Dear Ones,

Happy New Year!  I know it’s important for us to do things like live inside of measurements like a day, a month, a year, because beginnings and ends are good for us.  Beginnings and endings offer the consoling illusion of the spending of time in a world that is largely out of our control and time that will march on with or without us.  That being said these bench marks like Christmas and New Year’s pass and the feelings they leave in their wake are often complicated, but hopefully for most of us there is a sense of relief having made it through Christmas, and the very good things inside of the possibility of a New Year.   On NYE I was in bed by 11pm, like the very young and fun loving woman I’ve become, but the following day I ran into the ocean with a handful of friends I’ve known forever.  The water was icecold and it burned and it took our breath away and the ocean spit our pale like raw chicken bodies back onto the beach where we became all of a sudden, warm and calm.  I don’t know about you, but I rarely feel calm, and so I did what anyone would do, I enjoyed the calm, and then I turned around and jumped back in.  It was a perfect start to a perfect day, month, and year.  I’m perhaps not in love, but love is everywhere.  It’s in a thermos of hot tea on a cold beach, it’s in the cold waves of the ocean that rush you finally quite clean, it’s in the sparkle of the laughter of those you truly love and truly hope the best for in this wild world, and it’s around every corner of great uncertainty, with all of the other BIG FEELINGS, too.

Romanesco

 

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Market Report – Jan 1ST, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We’re hoping 2016 will be THE YEAR – for whatever your hopes and dreams are for the upcoming year.  We have our wish list for sure!  We’re hoping for no port strikes and continuous good supply of Fairtrade bananas.  We’re hoping all our mango containers arrive on schedule; that the fruit is as lovely as always and we will have a great season, and a great return back to our growers in Peru.  We’re hoping for the continued success of all the programs we are running with small producers will continue to flourish and we will continue the slow process of building more relationships in Latin America with small producers, allowing them access to the commercial marketplace and much better incomes.  We’re also hoping that BC growers have another successful year, and that climate change impacts are few and far between.  We’re hoping we can continue to do a better and better job on the strengths we offer you as our customers – good sales support, good quality produce, on-time delivery and as few shorts as possible.

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HOT SHOTS – Dec. 20th, 2015

Dear Ones,
 
Do you know why sometimes we refer to Kristy McDonald, our sales team Dream Team fearless leader, as our Little Loo Who?  It is because her love of Christmas is actually contagious.  And I really didn’t think it would be, but damn if I didn’t catch it from her her first year here.  And remember Cindy Loo Who, the Who who caught the Grinch in the act of stealing Christmas and warmed his heart and reminded him what Christmas was all about?   I’m the grinch, Kristy’s the little Who.  I don’t get on with my family and so Christmas, as it is for so many people, is actually a kind of strange time of year that for me has been sort of lonely and sad….until Kristy.  When I told her that we would NOT listen to Christmas carols in the office, she looked like she was going to cry. I thought to myself, “Self, you are being a jerk,” and so we listened to some Christmas carols and it made Kristy so happy, that really, it was hard to turn them off.  She was THAT happy. 
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MARKET REPORT – DEC. 11TH, 2015

40% of Climate Change is directly related to conventional farming!  40%!  What an interesting oxymoron

Please read this – it’s not only great information for you and your staff, it is very important for your customers to understand, and something not talked about in the media – and yet another opportunity to promote organics in your store.

As the Climate Change negotiations wind down in Paris we can only hope that there is some tangible progress made towards real caps on carbon emissions.    Why is this so very important to you, and food and agriculture you ask?  Weather patterns and temperatures have been changing significantly, especially over the past decade.

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MARKET REPORT – DEC. 9TH 2015

No major shortages – all is good

I guess we will talk about the weather, because it is going to impact you one way or another next week.  This onslaught of winter storms that have been pounding coastal BC and bringing spring-like temperatures on the Prairies will continue for some time, but the direction is going to change, bringing storms in from farther north, and mixing with cold interior air.  Temperatures next week are expected to drop by about 8C throughout the West Coast from here south to southern California.  That is going to reduce the growing degree days by 60% – which means there will be about 1/3 the normal heat units to promote growth.

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