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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 – SEPT. 13TH, 2017

Avocados…

FIRST, This first report is from Bloomberg News 6 months ago, just for reference and some interesting factoids.  The meat of the story follows below this first one.

That bowl of guacamole on Cinco de Mayo will be more expensive this year, as avocado prices rise to a record on surging demand and a smaller crop in Mexico and California.

A 10-kilogram (22-pound) box of Hass avocados from the state of Michoacan, Mexico’s biggest producer, cost 530 pesos ($27.89) Thursday, according to the government. The price, which is subject to seasonal swings, is more than double what it was a year earlier and the highest in data going back 19 years.

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JUNE 30, 2017 MARKET REPORT

It was HOT!

We now have a pretty firm update on how the heat wave last week has affected things.

It was HOT.  54C is really hot.  I’ve been at 54C in the Sonora Desert twice – one south of Mexicali, and once near Hermosillo in Sonora.  It is hard to describe, and people actually live in those temperatures, even without AC.  The picture below is apparently a garbage can that melted in Arizona? Temperatures on dashboards were over 200F, allowing people to bake cookies in their cars.

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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 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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MAY IS FAIRTRADE MONTH IN CANADA, GET READY!

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While every day should be a celebration of Fairtrade products, May is the opportunity to come together to celebrate and demand fair deals for the producers of the Global South.

Fairtrade Month is the biggest time of year where everyone celebrates everything Fairtrade.

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MARKET REPORT – APR. 07, 2017 – Every bit of help counts for Peruvians

As many of you saw last week, we issued a plea for help for our drowning banana producers in Peru.  If you missed the email about this let us know.  We are trying to raise as much money as possible in this matching fund relief program to get into our banana growers hands by Easter, which means we will be transferring money next Thursday morning.  If you need more information, let us know and we will send you the details.  Every bit of help counts.

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MARKET REPORT – MARCH 3RD, 2017

This has been the most boring and uneventful winter to talk about that I can remember. 

Weather challenges, compared to any other year have been minimal.  So far.  Oh, it did rain in California. A lot.  Enough that Emergency water restrictions will likely be lifted for southern California, and for all intents and purposes the multi-year drought is pretty well done.

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MARKET REPORT – JAN. 11th, 2017

Doing our best!

As advertised, California certainly got rain! Although the hardest hit areas were north of San Francisco, where total rainfall amounts over the weekend ranged up to 400 cm, there was copious rain in areas we buy from as well.  The Monterey and Salinas area ranged from 100 cm to 300 cm, and even 100 cm in the fruit growing regions in the Central Valley.  There has been substantial flooding and over 150 highway closures, mud slides and washouts, but our main corridor north, the I5 has not been affected so far.  We’re more troubled about the current storm, which is still very large, which is dropping a lot of snow in Northern California including the only highway north through Oregon.

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MARKET REPORT – OCT. 28TH, 2016

 A little short one today

The transition south from BC has begun, as has the transition from coastal to desert California.  We have no indication of any major hiccup, just choppiness predicted on the conventional side.  Weather is always the determining factor.  Mexican operations are opening up their entire selection this week and next, with a full array of tomatoes, cukes, melons, zucchini etc.  Prices are seasonal and stable.

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