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MARKET REPORT – JUNE 23RD, 2017

Think hot! Not just here – but all across the country and the U.S.  The pink on the west and southwest of today’s map is severe weather warnings for excessive heat – ranging from the mid-30’s for Seattle to the high 40’s (and low 50’s) across the deserts all the way to Texas.  (The reds and greens in the East are tornados and floods in case you were wondering.)  At the same time we have forecast highs in the high 20’s to mid 30’s for pretty much all of our service areas in B.C. through to the mid-Prairies.

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MARKET REPORT – JUNE 16TH, 2017

As if money was edible

Along with many changes I had intended on talking about today, I’ll hang on until mid- week for the produce news, and instead talk about the biggest shake-up in our industry, like forever.   Most of the news across the media today is all about the money – Billions and Billions of dollars – as if money was edible, but the most concise story that is a little on the alt-left, talks more about choice, supply and an increasingly narrowing profile of corporate control of our entire food chain.

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MARKET REPORT – JUNE 6TH, 2017

Just a quick word to thank everyone so much for supporting an amazing year on our Agrofresco greens program for this 7 month season.  This operation is now our biggest vegetable vendor, and we’re planning on a few things to add to the program for next year.  One will be the final switchover to the “Ecocampos” labels for all products, and there will be other good news, to be announced in the future.

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MARKET REPORT – MAY 26TH, 2017

Here’s an A to Z rundown for the week

We’re just closing out the first ½ decent week of vegetable growing weather this spring here in coastal BC.  Despite just a handful of days over 20C in all of April and May, local crops are going to start making their way to center stage over the next couple of weeks.  What and when?  Read below.

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MARKET REPORT – MAY 19TH, 2017

Sometimes Sanity does not prevail! 

After a 6 year hiatus of deporting undocumented immigrants in the U.S., the three-ring donkey rodeo that is the current US Administration began, immediately after being sworn in, to implement a very substantial deportation program, focused on ‘bad hombre’s’ – immigrants with criminal records.  That’s what they said.  The campaigning Trump promised this, and he has certainly delivered, with tens of thousands of people pushed across the southern Frontier into Mexico, including many non-Mexicans from Central America, in 90 days.  But, of those only 25% had criminal records which wasn’t what the president implied pre-coronation.  But now the Republicans are proposing legislation that will immediately criminalize anyone living in the U.S. who is undocumented – meaning that any of them can be deported at any time, with over 10 million people automatically criminalized with the stroke of a pen, including 25% of the population of L.A.

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MARKET REPORT – MAY 17TH, 2017 – SOME YEARS ARE JUST COLD

In 1964 on this date there was a string of frosty mornings with some snow falling in the Fraser Valley.  In 1986, around this time it was sleeting in Vancouver.  This morning there is fresh snow on all the local ski areas (although most are closed) and snow warnings out for the mountain passes.  Some years are just cold – including a few years in Vancouver over the last 100 years when there was actually no summer, just cool and rainy.  And in those years, as with this one, local crops are going to come slowly.  Last year was the opposite – we had BC Cherries on our price list last May long weekend and blueberries in very early June.  Not this year.  Even with hot weather on the way, it will take weeks and weeks for early plantings to catch up.

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MARKET REPORT – APR. 12TH, 2017 – JUST A QUICK UPDATE HERE

On our Peru Relief Fund.  We’re hoping to send as much $ to Peru as possible on Thursday, so they have the money right after Easter.  If you have made a pledge, can you do your best to make that happen today or tomorrow morning please?   Thanks!

Very few changes after Friday’s market report.  With most veg production moving to the general Salinas area, growers would dearly love to have a spring!  Over the last 6 weeks the daytime highs have averaged 17C – with only 4 days over 25C.  They are, to the one, crying the blues, especially after a 3 day rain event ending last night – but not much rain in the forecast for the next week, nor any heat to speak of.

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MARKET REPORT – APR. 07, 2017 – Every bit of help counts for Peruvians

As many of you saw last week, we issued a plea for help for our drowning banana producers in Peru.  If you missed the email about this let us know.  We are trying to raise as much money as possible in this matching fund relief program to get into our banana growers hands by Easter, which means we will be transferring money next Thursday morning.  If you need more information, let us know and we will send you the details.  Every bit of help counts.

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MARKET REPORT – MARCH 3RD, 2017

This has been the most boring and uneventful winter to talk about that I can remember. 

Weather challenges, compared to any other year have been minimal.  So far.  Oh, it did rain in California. A lot.  Enough that Emergency water restrictions will likely be lifted for southern California, and for all intents and purposes the multi-year drought is pretty well done.

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