Hoping you have an enjoyable holiday season!
First of all, best of the season to all of you hard-working people in the produce world – hopefully you can walk away from the stress now. Did I order enough broccoli? Will we run out of Brussels sprouts? What will I do with those 2 cases of cranberries I didn’t need, or the extra Poultry Spice clams? Well, it’s pretty well too late now for many of you, so just let it go if you can. (We’ve let go of the fact that we a few dozen extra packs of poultry blend ourselves.)
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.
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.
On our Peru Relief Fund. We’re hoping to send as much $ to Peru as possible on Thursday, so they have the money right after Easter. If you have made a pledge, can you do your best to make that happen today or tomorrow morning please? Thanks!
Very few changes after Friday’s market report. With most veg production moving to the general Salinas area, growers would dearly love to have a spring! Over the last 6 weeks the daytime highs have averaged 17C – with only 4 days over 25C. They are, to the one, crying the blues, especially after a 3 day rain event ending last night – but not much rain in the forecast for the next week, nor any heat to speak of.
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.
There is a reason that arts students are not physicists. I handed in a lab this week in which I cleverly calculated that one of Jupiter’s moons has an orbit of six thousand years. I presented my findings to the TA who brought his hands to his face. “SIX THOUSAND YEARS?!?!!” he almost shouted. “It only takes sixteen days!” I did some quick math in my head to sort out how long it would take me to figure out the right answer and along the way though my inner equations I discovered: I don’t care how long it takes for one of Jupiter’s moons to get aorund Jupiter, and even though I don’t care, I know now. Sixteen days. I handed in my “work” knowing I failed the lab, and I trotted out of the Physics department towards a nice cup of tea. I commenced chuckling every time I thought of the TA’s exasperation with me and every time I recalled him saying with alarm, “SIX THOUSAND YEARS?!?!?!!?!?” I just couldn’t help it, downright effervescent giggles overflowed from my little heart. So even though I’ll probably fail every lab if I keep up the “good work” I love my astronomy class.