Here’s a couple of pictures from two sources speculating on this winter’s outlook for the US. This is based on projections including a fairly strong El Nino developing off the coast of Peru in Jan/Feb. for the growers in the southern deserts and Yuma, we will keep our fingers crossed. There hasn’t been a hard freeze in those areas since the winter of 2015-2016. Time will tell.
So………we will start out with this:
Isn’t this what we’ve been telling our customers for decades? You spray food with chemicals our body doesn’t know what to do with, so it stores them up for a rainy day, and something bad will happen. Unfortunately it takes years /decades to turn that hypothesis (and common sense) into provable science.
A fast cruise through the categories shows this:
Avocado: Production is way up this week as all producing areas in Mexico are open for business. Growers are planting avocados by the tens of thousands of acres every year to try to keep up demand, and in non-traditional growing areas. Pricing should stay stable for a month or two, before harvest estimates are established for the 2nd flowering which can produce an abundance for Feb – June harvests. Slowly our selection of “non-Fancy” which we sell in 11kg lugs will increase – those are fruits with some surface marking (from rubbing against branches) or sun-burning (crimson patches) that sell a discount. The later into the season we get, and the longer the fruit remains on the trees, the more selection there will be of Cat 2 fruit. We’ve just received the first of these this week, but only 84 count.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.