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MARKET REPORT – NOV. 2ND, 2018

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.

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MARKET REPORT – OCT 12, 2018

Time to start looking at the bigger picture …

…with the local production season winding down quickly now that we’re aiming into the middle of October and for me to start sending out reports much more regularly.

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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 – 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 – 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 – 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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