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Rain, rain, go away!
Once again, the word of the day is weather. We’re keeping a close watch on the rainstorm about to hit the Similkameen, Okanagan and Shuswap valley’s over the next couple of days, as well 4 days of rain and thunderstorms for all fruit growing areas of Washington. We’re just going to keep our fingers crossed, especially for cherry growers.
Local flooding has only hit one of our growers so far – Glen Valley in Abbotsford is on a hill, and everyday they are losing a few more rows as the Fraser covers more and more land, but dozens of other farmers in the Fraser Valley are affected, with some evacuation orders. More rain this weekend is not going to help!
Just like last week – we aren’t going to talk about apples except to say that you’re going to have to be ripping open bagged fruit for awhile!
These big Fuerte Fair Trade avocado’s are a treat – nice even ripening, lots of flavour, and on special this week.
With limited citrus out there, we’re seeing prices on Valencia, grapefruit and lemons continue to climb.
On the bright side, selection is great on grapes and all stonefruit, and we continue to have good solid arrivals on pears, with lots more on the way.
Berries are a main feature this week, with the arrival of the first Washington blues as California is done.
Smokin’ deal on Nectarines – which sort of look like apples from a distance?
The Mexican pineapple deal is winding down. Costa Rica is in full swing, except there’s a port strike there as well – that’s four port strikes currently between this one, Balboa, Tumbes and Paita. These strikes have been a nightmare for us as well, with bananas arriving on bizarre schedules – some fast, some slow.
Bananas are currently on special this week! Costa Rican growers will lose $2 Million this week alone as fruit rots in containers.
Broccoli prices were testing very high early in the week and are even higher today, with costs in California at $30+, and continuing cool weather continuing to tighten supply. Cool weather also affecting cauliflower, heading up early and small. Of course, peas love cool weather, so jump in on the English Pea special this week.
All else is good!