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Produce Updates

Produce Update: June 24th 2015

This is our last price list header that will be part of our price list.  Several of you have asked that we take all this hopefully fascinating information and publish it as a separate document.  Well, we will go one step further.  Starting Friday you will get a separate market report, (same deal on Wednesdays) as a word document, plus an info-article on Fridays that we hope will become a library of important information. Getting the word out is hard, and only buyers see the list, often the rest of the staff don’t get to read it.  Well, when we want to spread the news here at Discovery, we print it and post it about 4 feet off the floor in the bathroom – where everyone sees it.READ MORE

Produce update: June 19th 2015

We are getting close to the end of Washington apples and the selection will shrink to the scarce range produced in NZ and S. America.  Growers there tend to stay with apples with the longest possible storage ability, and those are mostly the five highest pressure, snappiest ones:  granny, Cripps pink, Fuji, red delicious and Braeburn, and the highest pressure varieties of gala.  We always aim for the royal or Tenroy varieties of gala, the top apple in NZ.   A surprisingly early start to BC stone fruit season with cherries and now cots available – we can hardly keep these in stock with fairly limited early harvests – same story with local berries with early harvests on the earliest variety.


Produce updates: June 17th 2015

So Harper has finally figured out that there is climate change and says we’re going to quit burning carbon fuel by 2100. Well, Stephen, it’s here and happening big time and glad you finally got on board.  Vancouver has received 7 mm of rain in the last 6 weeks, instead of 130mm like average, and boy what a change it has made to local farming!  After decades of learning tricks to speed up growth, now people are asking how to slow things down – BC blues and raspberries are in house – another record!


Produce update: June 12th 2015

Let’s take a run through today’s list.  Our next container of NZ apples is unloaded with a full size range of Fuji and Braeburn.   Avocado – no problem – quality continues to be excellent.  avocado prices will now start slumping as Mexico sets up to finish harvesting the current crop with new crop just a few weeks away– that coupled with massive supply now entering the global market from neighbouring Jalisco state.

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Produce Update: June 5 2015

Wow!  It’s summertime coast to coast with heat warnings out for most of southern BC and balmy temperatures for most of Western Canada.  New long range predictions from 6 government agencies in the US and Canada are calling for the hottest driest summer ever for all of the West Coast, from Baja to Alaska and east to the RockiesREAD MORE

Produce Update: June 3 2015

Stefan: Well the “local” season jumped in with a bang this week with Washington cherries and apricots arriving today. Myers Farm in Aldergrove gave us a small sampling of radishes last week which was great and then yesterday Marlene called and said we are ready to roll. They are looking at solid supply on lettuces, kale (black and green), mustards, cilantro and baby bok choy.READ MORE

Produce Update-May 29 2015

Fair Trade Month was a flying success – thank you all for all the special promotions you did and supporting producers and suppliers who are looking after their employees, their social and environmental sustainability, and certifying with 3rd party auditors to prove their commitment.

Consumers world-wide continue to give traction to this multi-decade movement, with continued growing sales.READ MORE

Produce Update-May 27 2015

Stefan: Even though we have an early start to local production with various farms we still cannot keep up with the demand. It looks like timing on your buys will be most important for now as it seems that as soon as we get product in… it goes right back out the door. Thanks for the support! Origino will be transitioning on Long English cukes this week so don’t promo these for the next couple weeks. TOVs though are a different story.READ MORE

Produce Update-May 22 2015

Here’s your Friday update:  Blazing heat for this time of year continues to hasten all crops across BC and Washington.  Weird weather patterns have brought record-breaking temperatures to all BC growing areas, with highs up to 10C above average.  Many growers are moving up their projected start dates, and the most major ones are Washington cherries (2 weeks ahead), BC Cherries (10 days ahead) and BC Blueberries (2-3 weeks ahead – potentially mid-June).  This of course means those seasons will end sooner than normal.READ MORE

Produce Update-May 20 2015

Randy: Several news items this week that warm the soul and prove that change is happening.

The USDA, in a move that is totally unexpected, has developed a government certification and labelling program for food products that are GMO free. Apparently, at the request of a “major” food provider in the US, the program will be voluntary, and companies will have to pay for audits.