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MARKET REPORT – APR 8TH, 2016

Here’s a bit of bad news

So here I was talking about our new Ecuadorian Fairtrade banana coop ASOGUABO a few days ago.  Unfortunately, in their wisdom, Canadian Border Services, seeing a new exporter in the system decided to do a port exam, and then once that passed, they have now decided to do a full de-stuff exam – which means that they actually unload the container and look for the stash.  Well, being Friday that means early next week.  So the bad news is that we are going to be in a total banana crunch for next week – and then of course we will have extra bananas – so look for some specials 10 days out.  Sorry again!

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MARKET REPORT – FEB. 5TH, 2016

Well, it’s about time to catch you up across the whole spectrum.

Apples:  As we slowly wean ourselves from BC storage apples and list more Washington product, prices will jump 20-40%, but get used to that pricing because there is some harmonization when the first S. American fruit arrives, as Argentinians try to achieve the Washington market, and vice versa, so any increases you are seeing now are going to be the norm for 6 months.  Just have to get used to it.  It was not a glut year for BC or Washington growers, so there will be very few deals out there.

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HOTSHOTS – OCT. 18TH 2015

Dear Ones,

Last Monday, I took my brother to vote for the first time in his life.  I had to go with him because I was his proof of address and while we were in line a young man of about 20 standing in front of us said, “are you here to vote?”  We were drenched head to toe from the Thanksgiving monsoon outdoors, looking like wet rats with rough day jobs and terrible taste in clothes and we were standing in a line at a polling station run by elections Canada, and so we said, “yes, we are here to vote.”

The kid was stoked!  He said it was his first time voting and it was Jasper’s first time voting and both of them were there, on a holiday, had come in through the rain to vote early, and to have their say counted.  What a beautiful thing.

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MARKET REPORT – OCTOBER 16TH, 2015

Local roots are strong!

Well, we didn’t expect a late truck this week because of mudslides and road closures on the ONLY highway north out of Los Angeles!  There’s some great video’s out there of cars being washed down the “Grapevine” as that section of the highway is called as it passes through the Coast range.  El Nino predictions are that southern California can expect much higher rainfall than normal for the next 6 months.  This is going to help the drought situation because reservoirs will fill up and the groundwater aquifers will also re-charge well.  But if it is also warm while it’s wet, there won’t be a big snowpack in the Sierra’s, and that is the water that most farmers rely on.  We will just keep our fingers crossed.

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Here’s your update for the week:

A complete plethora of apples, and the first pack of Pink Lady is on its way.  Thanks for putting up with our continuing shortage of smaller sized avocados the last 2 months.  Good news – the next order arriving at the end of next week has a much more even sizing array with good volume on 18/20/22’s.  We will also expect a slight price decrease with a slightly stronger Canadian dollar, and prices dropping off a bit in Michoacan.  BC Grapes are done, and although there are a few listings, there is no volume behind those lines – expect they will not be around this time next week.  California will be good for another 5-6 weeks, although expecting to end 2 weeks earlier than normal – and if there is substantial rain in the southern Central Valley, that could also shorten the season and they will be left on the vine to slowly shrivel to raisins.

Lemon pricing is coming off quickly with the new crop coming off the trees, and projections of an actual increase in production over last year from several growers.  Lemons just wait and wait for cooler weather to turn colour, and if picked green and gassed to turn yellow, they go back to green fairly quickly – besides who wants fruit that isn’t really ready.  California mango season is finishing off, and we will be out early in the week.  Now we will wait for Ecuador, and that will be a long wait with harvest delayed two weeks – take your mango signs down for at least 6 week.  We could fill in with Brazilian fruit in the meantime, but the distance between production areas and sea container terminals, and a long time on the ocean make this nearly impossible – especially with so little organic available.

Yes, melon season is over with local and California finished.  Now we wait for coastal Sonora – the first brands will likely be Llano – one of only 7 or 8 organic growers in Mexico who are licensed to sell cantaloupe into the US or Canada.  Then the market will open up with production from the Sonora desert – Heaven’s Best and Rico, and then Del Cabo in Baja.  Why the restriction on cantaloupe you ask? Well, it’s ancient history and goes back 15 years or so to a salmonella issue.  Only the larger growers who have full time testing labs on site grow melons for export, and it’s not chicken poop that creates the problem with melons – it’s salmonella on the actual seed, before it’s planted – which is why the seeds are tested before they go into start trays – there you just learned something!

Navel pricing is still high, with most of our suppliers looking at green fruit and waiting for colour instead of gassing them orange – which is common at the beginning of the season.  Homegrown, our traditional primary supplier has sent us a crop forecast that shows they will have 20% more oranges across the board than last year – partially due to more growers joining the company (which is a grower-owned marketing body.)  Expect a much different story on Navels in 2-3 weeks when the main crops start to come on.   California Valencia are virtually non-existent – most growers have stopped shipping.  The big change will be in early November when the first Mexican Valencia’s start – the first variety being Desert Sweets from the Citricos Coop in Hermosillo.  A couple of specials on pears for you as we transition from BC to Washington.  Most of our growers are done with all but specialty varieties.  Washington has a much bigger crop and enough volume to have CA storage on storage varieties like D’Anjou and Bosc.

Switching to veg – no major changes – BC is winding down ever so slowly, and production is still strong on many items.  On hot weather crops like beans, zukes, cukes, tomato etc. there is some availability, but also not a lot of strength behind some of those numbers – we know you’d rather go local, but that isn’t going to happen some of the time with lean volume coming in.

Our lazy dog days of summer continue for Fraser Valley farms, with highs this week in the low 20’s, production just keeps on going and is allowing us to miss the ugly transition on California crops – where production will be moving from Salinas to the desert, and there will be gaps in-between because of late wet dates (industry code for first time seeds get watered in the field or in starter trays) in the Imperial and Yuma areas.

Local roots are strong – probably our biggest selection ever on all roots from a multitude of farms.

 

 

MARKET REPORT – OCTOBER 7TH, 2015

Welcome back to summer!

After a cool and wet September, the long range El Nino forecasts for much above temperatures starting in October have kicked in.  Forecasts for the next 7 days have very warm temperatures – what are our normal highs will be the lows – with balmy conditions across BC and the Western Prairies.  Calgary Friday, normal low 0C normal high 14C, forecast low 14C, high 23C.  It hit 26C in the Fraser Valley on Monday – not quite October temperatures!  This translates to a continuing great run for producers of green veg with perfect warm and wet conditions.  Another north Pacific hurricane, (for the 3rd time in the last 2 months) has not dissolved as they nearly always do, and is aiming at our coast over the next few days, dragging with it these very warm temps and lots of warm rain.  We dedicated last Friday’s market report to the current story about ginger, and didn’t give you any other updates – so here they are:

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MARKET REPORT – SEPT. 30TH, 2015

 Dramatic changes on the avocado and pear fronts

A little burst of summer this week looks like it will extend to the middle of next week before more normal October weather hits everywhere – which includes a little burst of snow in the long range for Alberta early next week – which is great – cold, snowy, rainy weather always helps keep people indoors and planning a bigger Thanksgiving feast.  That means sales of yams, Russets, Brussels sprouts, cranberries all take a leap – you all know that.  It’s fun to watch how people’s eating habits change, not just on holiday weekends, but seasonally, and annually, and watching how those trends change how we all buy fresh fruit and veg to meet those changing customer tastes.

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MARKET REPORT SEPT 22TH 2015

Stunning grapefruits and large avocados

A few more apple varieties listed this week – it nearly becomes overwhelming at times, especially this time of year when harvest is full-on, and some varieties have a short sales window because the volumes are small.  New this week is the Sansa, which was trialed for over 20 years before its release to growers – and it’s a great idea – take the high pressure snappy red round Akane and cross-pollinate it with the softer but sweeter Gala, and what we end up with is a spectacularly good apple –a bright red striped blush over a green background, nice and crisp, but exceptionally sweet and juicy.  Avocado sales continue to grow as we move into the Fall – never really understood why sales are slowest during the summer when we should all be living on guacamole, but it is what it is.  There is an expectation that there will be another 25% increase in avocado sales across Canada and the US this year over last, as the fastest growing fruit category year after year.  This year’s harvest is huge – not just the tree cover, but the weight – average sizing is peaking at 14’s on current harvests, and Pragor is having a hard time just finding anything small to ship.  They only harvest and pack for us on any given day, and we get what they harvest, and this year, what they are getting is mountains of 12 and 14’s.  That’s why they are priced cheaper than the scarce 20/22/24’s.  With so much enthusiasm for avocados we’re hoping we will all just list, buy and eat bigger ones.  The same story for some reason on grapefruit – sizing on the current Michoacan grapefruit crop is also tending large, with lots of 36 and 40 counts – once again we’ve flipped and priced the larger ones cheaper – and these are stunning fruit by the way!

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