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Brussels Sprouts Tag

MARKET REPORT – DEC. 23RD, 2016

Have a great holiday – make Brussels Sprouts great again.

Here’s hoping, for those of you in the retail trade, that you are raced off your feet!  The Holiday season turns on strongly held traditions, and although we have commercialized the heck out of it, it really comes down to sharing, smiling and celebrating friends and family with great food.  Everything isn’t the same as when I was a kid.  Stores used to close at 3:00 on Christmas Eve and not open again until the 27th or 28th.  Boxing Days were illegal, at least in Vancouver, until the mid-80’s.  People didn’t shop for Christmas presents on the 26th and delay the family get-together until Boxing Day night so they could buy presents cheaper.  All presents came with batteries.  People went to church on Christmas morning before racing home to stuff the turkey.  But that’s about it – I think the rest is about the same, and for most families, it is getting together to celebrate a holiday, whether it’s Christmas or the holiday of any other religion, and eat, drink and not answer work emails, at least for the day.

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MARKET REPORT – FEB. 19TH, 2016

Yes, your eyes don’t deceive.  BC Brussels Sprouts!

We’ll start off talking about Mangos.  This new load we just got in are stunning – and being fruit harvested later in the season it is higher in colour and higher in sugar.   This year was tough for our Peruvian growers because of El Nino, and the reason why is different than you might expect.  When winters are warmer (and their winter was 6 months ago and very warm), a lot more flowers bloom and stay in bloom longer – those are flowering plants that dot the countryside, on the ground.  Mango trees in that area are huge – 20M high, and with so many flowers on the ground, bees don’t bother going all the way up to the mango flowers at the top of the trees (and mangos are less appealing as a pollen source as well).  Bottom line is there is less fruit, especially higher up in the trees.  But with the extra moisture from El Nino over the last six months (their spring and summer), there is more water for developing mangos.  More water and less fruit = bigger sizing, which means that we have once again ended up with a large percentage of this shipment that arrived mid-week in the 7 and 8 count range.  They had lots of bigger fruit than that, but the demand for the biggest fruit is very high, and fetches a much higher price in Japan, so the 5’s and 6’s have gone overseas for a bigger buck for the growers.  You will see a substantial price correction today on the larger counts.

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HOT SHOTS – JAN. 24th, 2016

Dear Ones,

I had the experience this week of becoming hoppin’ mad with the readings I had for one of my classes, a history class.  I have become distressed often, in school, learning about the horrible ways that human beings have treated each other and the earth, mostly because looking around, old ways of thinking don’t seem to be unravelling fast enough.  I asked a teacher I had last semester how she remains objective, and she said she doesn’t.  But she said that she sometimes takes a break to cuddle her cat, or her kid, and that she tries to remember that the reason we study is so that we interfere with making the mistakes over and over and over again, as a people, as a species on a planet.  She said to focus on proof of change and to throw yourself headlong into commitment to change.

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