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Broccoli Tag

MARKET REPORT – NOV. 24TH 2017

First, Chilean Blueberries have started in earnest and we’re off the block with the larger 12 X 6.6 clams. 

We love the fact that one of this small group of growers we’re working closely with visited us in 2009 (his bro’ in law worked in Vancouver at the time), and we’ve been buying his berries every year since the spring of 2010.  It was with him that we coordinated our fund raising campaign after the devastating Chilean Earthquake of 2010, which hopefully a few of you will remember, raising nearly $40,000 – ½ of that coming from our customers.  (At that time, the money was used to pay for dozens and dozens of pre-fab wooden houses for their workers who had lost everything.)

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MARKET REPORT – NOV. 22ND 2017

Ya’ know…, you don’t get a bad book review if you don’t write a book. 

Old saying.  True.  Sometimes I write market reports, relying on really solid information from growers, blended with the wisdom that comes with 30 years of involvement in this industry,  and then a couple of days later I find that everything has changed, and what I said was just plain wrong.  This creates a conundrum.  I could fill a page with bland, nuanced lines highlighted with “could” “maybe” and “speculation has it”, but instead I choose to just throw it out there as it comes in.  And it usually sticks.

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MARKET REPORT – JUNE 6TH, 2017

Just a quick word to thank everyone so much for supporting an amazing year on our Agrofresco greens program for this 7 month season.  This operation is now our biggest vegetable vendor, and we’re planning on a few things to add to the program for next year.  One will be the final switchover to the “Ecocampos” labels for all products, and there will be other good news, to be announced in the future.

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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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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 – NOV. 1ST, 2016

Oh YEAH!

Pictures from our recent visit to Agrofresco:

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Here’s why we’re running a huge program with Agrofresco this year!  We have about 20 primary vegetable vendors in California, who we draw from, as does everyone else across Canada, from November, when our local producers are winding down, until early June as our growers get going.   About ½ of those California growers operate along the coast of California – generally speaking in the Salinas valley, and some farther south in Oxnard. You would recognize Coke Farms, Deardorff, PureVeg labels.  Being close to the Pacific, temperatures are similar to our summer-time Fraser Valley conditions from in the early spring, and the fall.

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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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MARKET REPORT – FEB. 12TH, 2016

Farming ain’t easy! 

The glut of greens continues out of the deserts and Mexico with large producers selling broccoli and lettuce well below production cost.  Hot weather has broken out, with record highs over the last few days at many locations, including Yuma.  The desert growing areas speckled along both sides of the Mexican border aren’t the easiest places to grow in the first place, with drastic temperatures swings between night and day.  Fields are planted in succession – so they will ‘come on’ in a predictable fashion for constant harvest.  That’s the goal.  Plans have to include slower growth in December and January, so planting every week in September and October doesn’t equate to a new patch ready to harvest every week.  Planting every 2 or 3 days in the fall will create ready crops every 7 days in January because of the much cooler soil temperatures slowing things down at that time.  On top of that, growers switch varieties, because some have better growth in cooler soil, while others can survive baking heat later in the winter and spring.

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