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MARKET REPORT – FEB. 17TH, 2017

Talk about ending the drought! 

Let’s start off with this message this morning from Coke Farms in San Juan Batista (2 hours south of San Francisco and ½ an hour away from the Salinas Valley.)

“Have a quick moment of electricity to write this email.  We are experiencing INSANE wind and weather here today.  Like we have never seen!   Expect that you may not receive your orders until Monday at best.  Trees are down everywhere, roads and highways are closed and power is out in many places.  Some employees not able to get here and working conditions outside are dangerous.  Even if we get orders built hard to say if trucks will be able to get to us on time etc.  Please be patient as we sort this out.”

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MARKET REPORT – FEB. 10TH, 2017

Even in a tragically over-supplied market…

It’s just another conversation today – will update you next week with any looming market changes. (Kind of boring writing market reports when there isn’t much news, other than a little rain down south.

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MARKET REPORT – FEB 8TH, 2017

Grower perspective on the winter season so far

Going to step back and take a look at the last 3 months to give you an idea of grower perspective on the winter season so far.

As you know, revenues are way down on vegetable sales across the entire produce industry for the last 3 months.  Volume, however is up substantially.  Porque?

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MARKET (REPORT) RANT – JAN 27TH, 2017

Interesting times ahead! 

I had to take a market report break for 10 days as I tried to wrap my head around a new US administration that seems hell bent on taking an entire society backwards to uglier times.  So much comes into play for us with this change.  We, yes we, will lose a vast amount of knowledge and wisdom as important departments are, in what used to call witch-hunting, decimated in the USDA and Environment departments.

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MARKET REPORT – Jan. 13th, 2017 – So great news about the drought!

So great news about the drought – of course, but none of our California imports come from Northern California, and those recent huge volumes of rain and snow did little for southern California, hence the bottom ½ of the state is still bright red in the map above.  Winter isn’t over.  There’s hope for more rain for soCal where it’s really needed.

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MARKET REPORT – JAN. 11th, 2017

Doing our best!

As advertised, California certainly got rain! Although the hardest hit areas were north of San Francisco, where total rainfall amounts over the weekend ranged up to 400 cm, there was copious rain in areas we buy from as well.  The Monterey and Salinas area ranged from 100 cm to 300 cm, and even 100 cm in the fruit growing regions in the Central Valley.  There has been substantial flooding and over 150 highway closures, mud slides and washouts, but our main corridor north, the I5 has not been affected so far.  We’re more troubled about the current storm, which is still very large, which is dropping a lot of snow in Northern California including the only highway north through Oregon.

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MARKET REPORT – January 6th, 2017 – What a dramatic difference!

We normally expect some issues this time of year with trucking, either avalanches in the Rockies, or road closures in Oregon.  The route from L.A. to here crosses a 1,700 meter high pass at the Oregon/California border and that’s always interesting – we just went through a 6 hour delay on Thursday on that one.  The big issue at this time is totally different.  As part of this weird winter, at least here on the coast, California is expecting two major weather systems this weekend and Tuesday that could play havoc.

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MARKET REPORT – DEC. 30TH, 2016

Three things today:

1/ Happy New Year. As always we know 2 things are going to happen for 2017.  It will be better.  It always has to be better.  It’s going to be better. In whatever way that it is NOT currently better.   AND, sales will kick up substantially next week as all those New Year’s Resolutions to clean things up internally kick in.  AND maybe this year it won’t just be all about Kale!

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MARKET REPORT – DEC. 23RD, 2016

Have a great holiday – make Brussels Sprouts great again.

Here’s hoping, for those of you in the retail trade, that you are raced off your feet!  The Holiday season turns on strongly held traditions, and although we have commercialized the heck out of it, it really comes down to sharing, smiling and celebrating friends and family with great food.  Everything isn’t the same as when I was a kid.  Stores used to close at 3:00 on Christmas Eve and not open again until the 27th or 28th.  Boxing Days were illegal, at least in Vancouver, until the mid-80’s.  People didn’t shop for Christmas presents on the 26th and delay the family get-together until Boxing Day night so they could buy presents cheaper.  All presents came with batteries.  People went to church on Christmas morning before racing home to stuff the turkey.  But that’s about it – I think the rest is about the same, and for most families, it is getting together to celebrate a holiday, whether it’s Christmas or the holiday of any other religion, and eat, drink and not answer work emails, at least for the day.

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MARKET REPORT – DEC. 16TH, 2016

Do we really need pink pineapple? Whatever.

As we wind up to Christmas week, here’s a fast discussion about what to look forward to, and not.

Apples – little has changed, with a wide selection and fair pricing.  Expect to see a few varieties move south of the border over January, and CA rooms breaking here, with CA Gala already packing.

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