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Marvelous Macs and Gorgeous Galas!
The first Galas are now in. Volume will be tight. Unlike most other apples, Gala don’t ripen evenly, so each tree needs to be spot-picked 2 or 3 times – so this is just the first shot. Growers are trying to recover their various losses, and with a shortage of fruit, expect prices to be very high for some time. The first Macs are also in – the story is similar, with limited volume and high demand. Lots of GROW bananas to be had for the next couple of days. Our next BOS container, which ‘missed the boat’ arrives today, so we should have good supply by the weekend. Our Fair Trade Kiwi program from San Roque in Chile is just about finished. Sales on these were excellent this year – thank you! A plethora of local melons are arriving simultaneously with great weather. It’s so nice when we nail that – it isn’t often the case. Holy peach, Batman! What an incredible crop this year – and strong movement, reasonable prices and fast turns are keeping your customers happy. Early plums are winding down, with not only a good selection of later varieties, but all the specialties that Sproule’s planted that should go for another 3 weeks or so. It’s pomegranate season, and sales in this category continue to climb every year, maybe thanks to POM and others promoting the health benefits! We’re even offering a 5# box for the first time. All this great late weather is keeping us in great shape on a wide variety of “stuff”. Biodynamic green and yellow beans are excellent! Finally, beet prices are coming off after months of tight supply, as local growers start to bulk up. Destin Lydiatt’s Destiny Lane carrots are on the list – so welcome back! Joe Siri’s beautiful cauliflower now available. Joe has always done a sensational job on his fall cauli program. Now, you know we’ve been working with Darrel and Audrey Cliffe up in Armstrong for a long time. Darrel told us years ago that Armstrong was the Celery capital, and they used to fill up boxcars of celery and ship it as far east as Toronto – this is like 50 years ago. Despite flooded fields that took out some early plantings, at our urging he has produced a mountain of dark green shiny celery – the first arrives on the weekend – watch for it! And of course – it’s B.C. Garlic season, and once again we will remind you that this is the best damn garlic in the world, and worth every penny! A lot of new crop roots are popping up with Siri Parsnips and Rutabaga now gracing the list!