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MARKET REPORT – AUG 3RD 2018

Well, it’s a sad and scary day for so many growers out there with huge forest fires raging near major production areas.

Here’s a couple of pictures from Grown Here Organics in the Chopaka area, a few km. south of Cawston in the Similkameen taken exactly 3 months ago.  Under water.  Field bins floating away.

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MARKET REPORT -JULY 27TH, 2018

Whew – hot out down here on the coast, and long range forecasts have another handful of days of near-record temps before cooling to more seasonal.  Not just us – this is a global event with shocking temps across Europe, Russia, the Orient and the W. ½ of North America.  Although we always have and have had heat “waves” like this, this one is unprecedented because of the temps in the Arctic, Scandinavia and Siberia which are substantially higher than a normal Arctic summer, which has led to the worst forest fire season ever north of 60.

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MARKET REPORT – JULY 20TH, 2018

So, everyone, my apologies.  Market reports have been scant if not completely missing for some time.  I decided, for the 3rd time since 1988, to once again be a small scale organic farmer, which has accounted for about ½ my adult life.  There is no spare time, and I’ve been racing home as fast as I can every work day to switch irrigation, weed, harvest, plant etc., and currently am simultaneously harvesting a fairly large planting of garlic and transplanting winter veg.  Anyhow, that’s my excuse.

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MARKET REPORT – DEC. 22ND, 2017

Hoping you have an enjoyable holiday season! 

First of all, best of the season to all of you hard-working people in the produce world – hopefully you can walk away from the stress now.  Did I order enough broccoli?  Will we run out of Brussels sprouts?  What will I do with those 2 cases of cranberries I didn’t need, or the extra Poultry Spice clams?  Well, it’s pretty well too late now for many of you, so just let it go if you can. (We’ve let go of the fact that we a few dozen extra packs of poultry blend ourselves.)

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MARKET REPORT – DEC 8TH, 2017

As discussed on Wednesday, dire issues in California with un-fightable fires continuing to grow in size.

We haven’t heard from any growers, including Churchill Orchards who did let us know they were evacuating, but what we do know is that entire community of Ojai is circled by fire and everyone is gone.

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MARKET REPORT – DEC 6TH, 2017

Current forecasts have weather across most of W. Canada as dry and unseasonably warm for some areas for 2 weeks in some long range predictions.  A huge blocking ridge is protecting all of Western North America, well down into Mexico from any Pacific storm systems.  (A relief after 29 days of rain on the Wet Coast.)

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MARKET REPORT – DEC. 1ST, 2017

Always a fun month – planning holiday ads, trying to figure out receiving schedules based on what days of the week work around holidays, thrown in some snowstorms and avalanches here and there, and very volatile pricing on imported product.  Just makes August seem so easy!

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MARKET REPORT – NOV. 24TH 2017

First, Chilean Blueberries have started in earnest and we’re off the block with the larger 12 X 6.6 clams. 

We love the fact that one of this small group of growers we’re working closely with visited us in 2009 (his bro’ in law worked in Vancouver at the time), and we’ve been buying his berries every year since the spring of 2010.  It was with him that we coordinated our fund raising campaign after the devastating Chilean Earthquake of 2010, which hopefully a few of you will remember, raising nearly $40,000 – ½ of that coming from our customers.  (At that time, the money was used to pay for dozens and dozens of pre-fab wooden houses for their workers who had lost everything.)

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MARKET REPORT – NOV. 22ND 2017

Ya’ know…, you don’t get a bad book review if you don’t write a book. 

Old saying.  True.  Sometimes I write market reports, relying on really solid information from growers, blended with the wisdom that comes with 30 years of involvement in this industry,  and then a couple of days later I find that everything has changed, and what I said was just plain wrong.  This creates a conundrum.  I could fill a page with bland, nuanced lines highlighted with “could” “maybe” and “speculation has it”, but instead I choose to just throw it out there as it comes in.  And it usually sticks.

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MARKET REPORT – NOV. 10TH, 2017

Much to talk about today.

First, of course, my favourite subject – weather!  There isn’t much in the way of weather issues in play at this moment.  A mini-cold wave did in all but the most resistant of local crops, but expect to still see local dandelion, kale and a few others until harvesting is just plain not fun.  Superb fall weather has blessed the coastal California growing areas like Salinas, Watsonville etc. where green veg and berry harvests have all but wrapped up, but perfect conditions are blessing winter fields in Oxnard.  (That’s the small production area right on the coast, just north of Los Angeles.)

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