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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 – DEC. 16TH, 2016

Do we really need pink pineapple? Whatever.

As we wind up to Christmas week, here’s a fast discussion about what to look forward to, and not.

Apples – little has changed, with a wide selection and fair pricing.  Expect to see a few varieties move south of the border over January, and CA rooms breaking here, with CA Gala already packing.

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MARKET REPORT – DEC. 10TH, 2016

A fast update interspersed with fun stuff. 

Other than a current cool-down across California (temperatures a couple of degrees below normal) there isn’t much of a weather story affecting pricing, unlike prior years at this time.  Only change is that the continued flow of small volumes of local kale, chard and dandelion has come to a quick halt with all fields frozen across the Fraser Valley and south Vancouver Island.  These cold temps will end spinach and bunch carrots from Ralph’s in Mt. Vernon, and will temporarily impact leek harvest – this weather just makes them better, but they would need to be chiseled from the ground, so we’ll wait until this cold snap ends and the frozen slush has melted from his Skagit River land.  We have full listings of his product that was harvested just before this messy weather started.

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MARKET REPORT – JULY 29TH, 2016

First, have a great long weekend if you are in a province that has one at the beginning of August.

Apples:  Apparently you can expect BC Gala starting in 7 – 10 days.  In the meantime splurge on two great tasting BC varieties currently listed – Gravenstein and Sunrise.  Sunrise Bags on special for the week as well.  California Gala’s are fetching a substantial premium – their harvest, normally a small one-shot deal has been compressed, with smaller sizing because of the on-going heat wave with temps stable in the mid-40’s which have also sunburnt a lot of fruit on the top and south sides of trees.

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MARKET REPORT – JULY 22ND, 2016

Our California shopping list gets shorter every day!

Just a fast update on a few things:

That huge heat wave has hit most of the continent and is affecting some items.

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MARKET REPORT – JULY 20TH 2016

One of the largest high pressure ridges meteorologists have ever seen – a huge dome extending from northern Mexico across the entire continental US and in a curve from Vancouver to Toronto north through the Prairies – is just arriving.  Temperatures are forecast to hit record values or potentially exceed them across all areas of California, but the vast scale of this hot air will affect all growers in all growing areas and speed up growth on many crops while demanding a surge of irrigation water. Citrus growing areas in the desert and the southern Central valley between Fresno and Bakersfield are expected to range from 42 to 46C.  There hasn’t been much conversation recently about the California drought because good spring rains raised all the reservoirs to at least 80% of capacity, but the Sierra Snowpack is lower than normal, and what none of these reports cover is the amount of recharge over the winter and spring to the huge aquifers that supply most of the irrigation water.  Maybe the notice on the field portable in this picture that Brody took while on a farm tour last week in California says it all – nothing has changed, and if is not getting better.

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MARKET REPORT – JULY 8TH, 2016

Well, it is blueberry madness out there

A rapidly changing climate continues to play havoc on expected harvest dates.  One thing we rarely consider is the changing gas make-up in our atmosphere.  For decades greenhouse growers have been supplementing the atmosphere in their greenhouses by pumping in extra CO2.  Plants need Carbon Dioxide like we need Oxygen.

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MARKET REPORT – JULY 1ST 2016

From the top (on what is mostly a fruit report).

First picks of BC Dessert Apples start this weekend.  The first few varieties don’t have much volume behind them – those would include Vista Bella, Sumac, Discovery, Tydemann, Transparent and a few more.  These are called dessert apples because they make great pies – lots of flesh with lower juice content.  They also have a very short shelf life – usually just a couple of weeks.  But always nice to have local apples, especially this early in the year.  Early season eating apples (Earligold and Sunrise are still a long way off.)  We should see some California Gala in the next 10 days as well.

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MARKET REPORT – JUNE 24TH, 2016

Many things to discuss today, some pleasant, some not.

First, a picture to share:

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Yes, that is a bin of freshly harvested BC Apricots, which you can expect to see early in the week.  That’s very pleasant news!

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MARKET REPORT – JAN. 16TH, 2016

Not much has changed on the supply trail

Of course at the head of the news is that not much has changed on the supply trail, with continuing high prices in many categories – and of course the bloody loonie dropped another 1.5% this week.  You will note some subtle price changes on “things” that usually are stable – those are a little freight adjustment we had to make this week after getting all our freight rates lined up for the next few months.  We’ve also had to adjust salad and a few other items because currency just keeps eating away at already slim margins.

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