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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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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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