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HOT SHOTS – AUGUST 18TH, 2015

Dear Ones,

As many of you know or have heard, we’ve moved and honestly, we’re super legit.  We have more than one dock, we have a warehouse that people can move around in, and we have an office with windows.  Big ass windows.  We all knew that the move would be good, but we didn’t know how good.  There seems to be a major ripple effect through departments that is a change in atmosphere such that if it had a shape it would be heart shaped.  I see most things as some kind of heart shaped, but this heart shaped feeling is one that even REGULAR people can see and feel.

Inaba Watermelon from Washington, definitely on the rounder spectrum of heart shaped, and not really heart shaped at all, but heart shaped in flavour for sure.

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Market Report , Aug. 14th 2015

First big schwack of BC garlic

The apple news is that the first picks of BC Gala are now coming off the trees.  Expect to see those tray packed and in the market in 10 days.  Unlike many varieties, Galas have to be picked several times from each tree so there is certainly more work involved as harvesters look for the right colour.  We have major storms moving through all harvest areas today, with localized hail and high winds forecast, so we once again have our fingers crossed that this outbreak won’t bring much damage.

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MARKET REPORT AUG. 12TH, 2015

Lordy Lordy – it’s a peach bonanza!

Local apples are dominating, and we are running out of some varieties of imports intentionally with so many B.C. varieties coming on quickly.  Apparently BC blueberries are done like donuts.  That was a very fast season now, wasn’t it?   Same story with cherries – say goodbye for another year!  But hello to BC grapes – it used to be there was one producer growing organic grapes but that has changed, with a growing number of folks planting out quite a few subsets of the original Concorde grape – that’s the one that tastes like grape juice.  Newer varieties (with far fewer seeds) like Venus and Coronation have taken hold and the first are about to arrive – expect a healthy 4 – 6 week season.  Apparently it’s a fabulous year for grape growers across the Interior – the wine industry is all excited about an early crop being able to stay on the vine for a long time and age very well.  I guess we’ll find out next year when it’s in bottles!

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PRODUCE GRADING

POKING A BIT OF FUN!

Grades and standards for produce are at best mildly understandable, but mostly confusing, remembering that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  If you find it hard to understand, welcome to the produce world.  We will be issuing specific info sheets on grades (both official and unofficial) for a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in the future.  This introduction is really intended to add a little amusement to the very confusing set of adjectives that you have to stumble through.

First, you have to understand that there are specific grading specifications for EXPORT.  A BC apple grower can send only export XFCY and FCY grade fruit, while other grades (Domestic, Commercial, Juice, Hail etc.) can only be sold within Canada. (Hail grade, BTW, are otherwise nice apples that have dents in the skin from hail– and yes, it’s an official CFIA grade!)

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FAIR TRADE = DIRECT TRADE

Understanding supply chains and how they affect pricing

Many people are confused by the difference between Fair Trade and Direct Trade, but in most cases they are one and the same.  Understanding the ‘normal’ supply chain for imported commodities may help you understand the difference, and also see why Fair Trade produce is often sold at market pricing, despite the price guarantees, social programs and high standards that are set in stone in Fair Trade trading relationships.

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