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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 – AUG. 5TH 2016

Here is a quick rundown for you

Apples:  We were being warned of a potential early harvest of Gala for this weekend but the weather cooled off quite a bit over the last week, and there is cool rainy weather forecast for the Interior for the next 5 days.  Galas have to be picked several times and the first picks are fairly small, so we will presume there is no rush to get them off and all resources are closing off the peach harvests instead.

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MARKET REPORT – JULY 15TH, 2016

Well there you go – up to date with mostly great news!

Here’s a few notes of interest this week.

Apricots are winding down quickly after a short selling window and lower yield over-all this year – we may squeak out another 2 weeks, but that’s all.

Bananas – all these damn inspections have left us with a gap on FT bananas looming for early next week with our next container expected to be released mid-week and ripened fruit by Friday.  We will have bananas and will be subbing with GROW bananas for those few days.

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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 – JUNE 15TH, 2016

Cherry growers are watching nervously how much rain is going to affect their crops

Going back 5 or 6 years, we eagerly awaited cherry season –which historically started at the end of June or the first couple of days of July.  For the growers, they hated June – what used to be called ‘hail month’.

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HOT SHOTS – MAY 29TH, 2016

Dear Ones,

I was talking to my Auntie Mom this week, she’s moved to Ottawa and it’s very far away than just Burnaby so now we have conversations on the phone that last for hours.  We talk about books, mostly.  It might seem strange to talk to another person about books for hours, but that’s what we do.  We also talk about family and there’s a person in our family who’s become someone absolutely unrecognizable due probably to their choice in partner.  It has struck me in this undoing that one must be very careful who they love, because it can change anything.

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MARKET REPORT – MAY 6TH, 2016

We are reminded, once again, of our changing climate

With this week’s on-going disaster in Fort McMurray we are reminded, once again, of our changing climate.  Earlier this week it was announced that April was not only the warmest April ever on record, from San Francisco north to Alaska, it was also warmer than the warmest ever May – so basically spring was not only record-busting, it was a month ahead of schedule – which may explain a brutally early start to the forest fire season in the Boreal forests.

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