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MARKET REPORT – SEPT 29TH, 2017

A few things…………..

Transition:  A few local growers, producing with protection in hoop houses and/or greenhouses will continue to provide cucumbers and even zucchini for several weeks – either until hard frosts kill off plants, or they burn-out and quit flowering.  Same deal with tomatoes, with local field beef and cherry crops expected to continue well into October, but volumes are going to be limited on all the above so expect to see a blend of California / Mexico and B.C. in the mix going forward.

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MARKET REPORT – SEPT 27TH, 2017

A few changes you are probably noticing. 

We have some zucchini / cukes etc. starting to roll in from California.  As much as we would like to have local well into the fall, the reality is that colder nights everywhere, and light frosts in the Interior are impacting production.  As well, yes, that’s California lettuce, cilantro and a few other things on today’s list.  Do not Fear!  Our local season ain’t over, there’s just a bit of a gap on those things.  Colder nights and a few days of rain recently slowed production down just enough on greens to create up to a week-long gap from more than one grower.  But this is short-lived we think.  With record-breaking heat about to hit again for the next few days, we’re pretty sure things will catch up.

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MARKET REPORT – SEPT. 13TH, 2017

Avocados…

FIRST, This first report is from Bloomberg News 6 months ago, just for reference and some interesting factoids.  The meat of the story follows below this first one.

That bowl of guacamole on Cinco de Mayo will be more expensive this year, as avocado prices rise to a record on surging demand and a smaller crop in Mexico and California.

A 10-kilogram (22-pound) box of Hass avocados from the state of Michoacan, Mexico’s biggest producer, cost 530 pesos ($27.89) Thursday, according to the government. The price, which is subject to seasonal swings, is more than double what it was a year earlier and the highest in data going back 19 years.

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MARKET REPORT – SEPTEMBER 08TH, 2017

We’re back!

Right off the bat here, if you thought we had quit publishing a market report because you haven’t seen one for a long time, I don’t blame you, but we’re back!  To be honest, other than a weekly announcement about what’s new from local growers, there has been very little to talk about without it just sounding like a sales pitch!  I’m not going to hit every commodity today, but touch on some primaries.  As you know, the biggest impacts on production, volume, and pricing are drought, heat, rain and storms, and with so many weather impacts over the last and next couple of weeks, that’s the focus of today’s chit chat.  You may want to open up Google Earth so you can follow along.

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MARKET REPORT – AUGUST 4TH, 2017

Now, of course the big news is the weather. 

Sorry for scant news from this desk, but anyone growing garlic commercially was AWOL from their normal routines for the last couple of weeks, including me – the only time that anything to do with garlic is time-sensitive and the work days crowded – very crowded.  The process is interesting because you finally get to see your crop – hidden from view for 10 months since you planted it.  Now is when you find how new varieties worked, which areas of your field need more compost for next year etc.  And it pretty well all has to come off within a few days.  But we’re done.

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MARKET REPORT – JULY 21ST, 2017

FIRST – A Big Thank You!

We have wrapped up our Peru Relief efforts after what stretched to several months of fund-raising.  We have doubled (matched) the nearly $11,000 raised and sent our banana growers the last of the money.   Over 600 families are members of BOS (Asociación Bananeros Orgánicos Solidarios.)  $22,000 is not a huge amount of money spread over 600 growers, but dollars go a lot farther in that small depressed economy – and everything helps these small families repair water systems and replace flooded plants.  Thanks again for helping out, and engaging your customers as well.   We will get you some information and pictures showing how the money is being spent, and we will see that first hand when we visit them in a few months as well.

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MARKET REPORT – JULY 7, 2017

Thanks for supporting us back then, eh!

When Annie and I started Discovery back in the last millennium we only sold local (BC) organic fruit and veg – for many years.  You can imagine that in the spring months, we really had very little to sell, and if it wasn’t for many retailers (maybe even you) who would struggle to meet our shipping minimums with a very short price list, we wouldn’t be around.  It wasn’t embarrassing because we were doing our best, but a price list in April might have only had 2 varieties of apples, a few potatoes and a straggle of other root crops, plus mushrooms and sprouts.

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JUNE 30, 2017 MARKET REPORT

It was HOT!

We now have a pretty firm update on how the heat wave last week has affected things.

It was HOT.  54C is really hot.  I’ve been at 54C in the Sonora Desert twice – one south of Mexicali, and once near Hermosillo in Sonora.  It is hard to describe, and people actually live in those temperatures, even without AC.  The picture below is apparently a garbage can that melted in Arizona? Temperatures on dashboards were over 200F, allowing people to bake cookies in their cars.

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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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