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Honeycrisp apples just arrived!
Honeycrisp is the next mid-season apple to run over the lines this week and arrive tomorrow. Other than Fuji, our import program is over, and local Fujis are still a month away. Local pears, plums, peaches and grapes are the shining light – with a few treats, including the very first D’Anjous of the season, in fact a great variety of the first picks from Brooks Grove, and Venus grapes – another Concord variety. A very short season for a few things – Bartlett will be finished soon, and Sunrise apples are disappearing quickly. So many of you are hoarding Bartletts we have had to shop in Washington already for later in the week. Blueberries from eastern Washington are also enjoying this late summer, with supply expected for at least another 10 days – even a few local left as well. The mango deal is about to enter it’s 2 month gap, with just enough California to get us through the week. We just looked at a massive Peruvian crop on the trees earlier this week, with earlier than normal ship dates. Loads of beautiful melons – personal watermelons, cantaloupe and more – let’s keep this category rocking while the weather holds, and promote local! Plums are flying, and with so many varieties we’ve dropped prices hoping for some big displays. Citrus is an ugly category, with high prices on limes, virtually no grapefruit in the market, and Valencia winding down. Crappy weather has delayed our Mexican grapefruit program. .
On to Veg – you all know the big hits for next week – onions, squash, etc. But this year – Darrel Cliffe nailed it and we have a huge harvest of gorgeous celery for you – don’t be shy, you won’t be sorry – especially with California prices through the roof! The prolonged nice weather is likely to collapse next week, with much cooler temperatures forecast for the Interior right through into the Prairies. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that we miss hard frosts, as ground-croppers enjoy this extended season. The squash selection is complete, with beautiful quality from multiple growers. Local tomatoes selection continues to increase as more and more specialties pop up in the Interior. Don’t know if you remember those sugar bomb Paradise Packs from Beryle’s from last year – they’re back, and just as perfect! You may want to list hot peppers – for some reason everyone and his dog from Frisco to Kamloops decided that this was the year! This is the biggest week for Jumbo Yam and Sweets – great pricing and perfect for big family dinners! An absolute abundance of so many B.C. items this week – a great week to celebrate our local growers, who continue to expand their volumes and varieties – 300 different B.C. line items on this weeks list – that’s a record!