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HOT SHOTS – AUGUST 31ST, 2015

Dear Ones,

Well, Mother Nature sure tore through South Western BC yesterday, resulting in fallen trees and power outages and damage to propertY.  And we all stayed home.  Or not.  I did a dumb thing which was decide to ride my bicycle from my East Van home to my dentist appointment in Burnaby.  Thinking it wise as the monsoons touched down and the gale force winds ripped through the city—to perhaps take the bus or ask a friend for a ride in a car to my appointment—I instead asked myself, ARE YOU MADE OF SUGAR?  (Yes) my soul voice said, however, “No!” is what Ursula who is frontin’ hard bellowed.  I “rode” my delicate road bike into the wind and rain and realized that to protect my corneas from flying debris, it was safer to ride with eyes mostly closed.  I “rode” through puddles that were deep enough to reach my peddles.  I “rode” around fallen trees and branches and I leaned like crazy into the wind and rain.

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MARKET REPORT – AUG. 26TH, 2015

GAY-lee-ah, or GAH-lia, or Ga-LEE-ah – we will know what you mean.

Honeycrisp – what you should know.  Honeycrisps are not round – well, they’re round, but not smooth round – more like an old discotheque mirror ball over the dance floor – 1000 sides.  But they will get smoother on the shelf.  That’s the only flaw with this sweet crispy apple – it goes weird on the packing line.  Just in case you were wondering why they’re like that.  Should be a good crop, although usually not for long – production isn’t that high and they are not a ‘keeper’ – just a great summertime treat for 5-8 weeks.  Supply of mid-season Sunrise is just about done – a very short 3-4 week run, but that’s OK now that we have Gala, Macs and others.

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HOT SHOTS – AUGUST 25th 2015

Dear Ones,

For the first time since I moved back to East Vancouver in May, I feel like I belong here.  I’ve felt the greatest sense of belonging at Discovery, and while that is a wonderful and powerful thing, it’s not necessarily healthy to feel more at home at your job than at your….home.  I had a month and a half of living on my Auntie’s couch while combing this city for an affordable place to live (depressing), moved into one that needed a LOT of Tender Loving Care (and elbow grease, and pure vision, and pure faith, and a wee bit of stupidity), and immediately sustained a terrible injury to my right hand (also depressing).  There have been moments of fear and trepidation in my part, and the transition has been hard.

I say all of this at all because I want to share with you my most comforting thought in times of duress.  When I am afraid of what’s to come, of not being in control, of surrender, I look around at all the people I don’t know doing their thing and carrying on, I say to myself,

“Ush, if all these other idiots can do it, so can you.”  This attitude has resulted in my being able to learn to swim as an adult, to learn to drive a car as an adult, and being able to fall in love, for short periods of time.  I don’t know what your most encouraging phrase is, but if you don’t have one, try mine out.  It might seems bleak, but it’s not.  It’s kinda funny.  And it will fill you with courage.

If courage had a colour it would be the colour of these, yellow grape tomatoes from Secrest.  I don’t know if you know this but all tomato plants have little hairs all over them, but yellow tomato plants have little golden hairs all over them, that twinkle in the sunlight.  The whole PLANT is more magical than other tomato plants.

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Market Report – Aug. 21st, 2015

Keitt mangos are in from California – stunning as always.

Here’s your weekly news update: With Gala’s and Gravensteins coming off, expect to see Gold Delicious and a few more varieties over the next couple of weeks.  We’ve added Macintosh and Honeycrisps to this week’s list already  We still have a couple of hundred Braeburns in stock more than we would like to.  They are beautiful apples, so we’re enticing you with even lower pricing.  Thanks for helping!    We’ve got Macs listed as orchard run – what the heck is that?  Typically in orchard run you will get about 75% fancy, mixed sizing, and 25% domestic or commercial grade – (Cee).  They don’t actually run through the orchard, they are run over the line, just not size or quality graded – except you won’t find really ugly ones with bird peck holes or anything like that – they usually don’t get harvested anyhow – but it’s a great price advantage – ½ the cost of producing apples is in grading, tray-packing, cardboard, inserts etc. – that adds up to $15 a case – that’s why bins are way cheaper!  Never take what I say as gospel truth – after announcing the end of the blueberry crop, Formosa is still picking small volumes of very late fruit so blues are back on the list for at least another week.  The biggest fruit news of the week is the first major picks of BC Grapes – Green Himrods and Black Coronations – and this run should go well into September on both these specialty varieties – weather has been awful for fires, but sensational for grapes!  California is peaking on grapes as well, on traditional Thompsons and Flames.  Sloppy markets are bringing California pricing down, down and down.  Lemons continue tight – even the tiny amount grown in Mexico are fetching hefty dollars.  Expect to see a lot more yellow lemon production coming out of Mexico, which can only be grown in a few places with a climate that mirrors California – dry, hot, but very cool nights.

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Market Report – Aug. 19th 2015

Time for a GRAPEATHON!

Well here’s some good news to start your read – BC Gala arrive tomorrow morning.  With the desert apples done, and most varieties of early apples also sold through in this very active season, it’s nice to see the first of the crunchy mid-season varieties coming off the trees.  And popular Gravensteins arrive this week as well but usually sell through quickly so don’t delay.  People are pretty familiar with this one – it’s been around for a long time, discovered as a ‘chance’ seedling in northern Europe in the 1600’s.

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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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