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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 – MARCH 4TH, 2016

The real punch of El Nino starts to hone in, albeit a few months later than forecast

A Brief touch on the weather will likely guide you on the upcoming markets.  Temperature anomalies have continued across southern California into Arizona, and coastal Mexico all week with highs and lows hitting April-like values.  That will change this week, with temperatures dropping closer to normal as the real punch of El Nino starts to hone in, albeit a few months later than forecast.  Coastal California is expecting copious rains, which will slow down the small amount of harvesting going on with greens, but will definitely impact all strawberry production, although it has been well below average for several weeks and just hit stride the last few days.

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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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MARKET REPORT – OCT. 28TH, 2015

“The plants will grow back”

Driving an hour north of Tecoman, the heart of Mexico’s export organic production, you are awe-struck by the mighty Colima Volcano, which is very active with frequent eruptions.  Equally amazing is how high the Sierra Madre Mountains are from Colima north for 100 miles – soaring up to 12,000 feet high.  With a bizarre twist of fate, Hurricane Patricia took a sharp right turn as it made landfall, missing Manzanillo, and then a nearly immediate left, missing Puerto Vallarta, and right smack dab into this high mountain range.  Those mountains shredded Patricia quickly, and the storm shrunk as quickly as it grew – the largest storm ever measured in history, went from a tropical storm to a monster Category 5 in 36 hours, and was back to tropical storm status just as quickly.  This is not to say that it was not a significant storm, and had devastating impact, but there have been only a handful of storm-related deaths.

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