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We have the BC blues!
Despite all the gloom and doom predictions and reports that flowed in last week, many producers are reporting much less damage to late variety cherries which weren’t developed enough to have much splitting. We will continue to have a good supply of quality cherries for several weeks. Hail damage has reduced apricot volumes – but, like cherries, some orchards got hit, others didn’t. Good supply of summer apple varieties now starting, and the arrival of some very expensive California Galas is imminent. All other main varieties will continue to be south hemisphere fruit for another few weeks. Blueberry supply is excellent, with huge volumes in last night. Growers are just ending earlier varieties, with mid-season harvest starting in a few days. The grape deal continues to be better than normal, with excellent quality coming out of all regions. A beautiful thing awaits you – the first of the Baja California mangos! Baja mangos don’t need to be hot-water dipped being free of Med fruit flies – this is the last area to come on, and cooler nights on the peninsula mean the sweetest fruit you can imagine. A virtual flood of cantaloupes in the market at great pricing, and a new flush of mini watermelons and bins arriving as summer seems to be slowly arriving. California nectarines are tight, with early B.C. varieties just starting. Our California peach supply vanished in the last couple of days, with good B.C. volume in house. We have a bit of a roller coaster going on in broccoli land, with no stable pricing. Celery market has tightened very quickly, with Pureveg shutting down their organic ground crop division in the last couple of weeks.
Heavy rains and a lack of any real heat throughout the interior continue to slow ground-crop production. Don’t expect to see a major flip to local tomatoes, cherry toms or peppers for another week at least. Origino continues to pump out solid volumes on slicer and vine tomatoes, cukes and beautiful red peppers.