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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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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 – 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 – 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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MARKET REPORT – January 6th, 2017 – What a dramatic difference!

We normally expect some issues this time of year with trucking, either avalanches in the Rockies, or road closures in Oregon.  The route from L.A. to here crosses a 1,700 meter high pass at the Oregon/California border and that’s always interesting – we just went through a 6 hour delay on Thursday on that one.  The big issue at this time is totally different.  As part of this weird winter, at least here on the coast, California is expecting two major weather systems this weekend and Tuesday that could play havoc.

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MARKET REPORT – NOV. 4TH, 2016

Why is red kale so much more expensive?

A couple of reasons.  As a hybrid plant it was bred for colour, not for volume and it doesn’t produce as heavily.  Then there are the aphids, which seem to be much happier on red and black than on green.  But the primary reason is a shortage of seed – demand from producers for Redbor seed was far higher than available supply – and you have to pre-order up to 12 months in advance just to get it if you are buying volume.  That’s why!

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MARKET REPORT – SEPT. 9TH, 2016

SEPT 9, 2016 MARKET REPORT

Unfortunately we need to talk about weather this time around.  As infrequent as they are, Pacific Hurricanes do rear their ugly head in a way that affects the produce world.  Spinning up usually to the west of Southern Mexico, they usually either go to sea, or occasionally bring wind and rain to coastal Mexico from Acapulco to Puerto Vallarta.  Every couple of years a storm will hit Cabo San Lucas, but if they go inland they are usually ripped apart by the 2500M high Sierra Laguna mountain range of southern Baja.

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EARTH DAY MARKET REPORT – APR. 22ND 2016

It’s all about green-washing, just sayin’

Apples:  Market continues to shift with Washington done on Granny, Pink Lady winding down, Fuji about to end – leaving Washington Red Delicious the only one left in a few weeks.  Import Gala are in, but Fuji and Braeburn arrivals from the S. Hemisphere won’t start for a month.  This is a very tight transition so expect some potential gaps on all but Gala. Ouch!

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