This will be short and sweet
I got back from Mexico very late last night and then stupidly didn’t listen to the traffic report on the radio, because, why would you do that if it was after midnight? So, also stupidly, spent a very long, long, very long time sitting on a bridge with 1000 pairs of red tail lights ahead of me, behind an accident, so operating at 80% or less after a very short night.
As discussed on Wednesday, dire issues in California with un-fightable fires continuing to grow in size.
We haven’t heard from any growers, including Churchill Orchards who did let us know they were evacuating, but what we do know is that entire community of Ojai is circled by fire and everyone is gone.
Current forecasts have weather across most of W. Canada as dry and unseasonably warm for some areas for 2 weeks in some long range predictions. A huge blocking ridge is protecting all of Western North America, well down into Mexico from any Pacific storm systems. (A relief after 29 days of rain on the Wet Coast.)
Much to talk about today.
First, of course, my favourite subject – weather! There isn’t much in the way of weather issues in play at this moment. A mini-cold wave did in all but the most resistant of local crops, but expect to still see local dandelion, kale and a few others until harvesting is just plain not fun. Superb fall weather has blessed the coastal California growing areas like Salinas, Watsonville etc. where green veg and berry harvests have all but wrapped up, but perfect conditions are blessing winter fields in Oxnard. (That’s the small production area right on the coast, just north of Los Angeles.)
A few things of note as we move past Thanksgiving and solidly into the autumn season.
The Mexican mango season has come to a close with the last shipment arriving this weekend. There will still be some Keitts from California over the next couple weeks but pricing will remain high with all other players out of the game for a bit.
A few changes you are probably noticing.
We have some zucchini / cukes etc. starting to roll in from California. As much as we would like to have local well into the fall, the reality is that colder nights everywhere, and light frosts in the Interior are impacting production. As well, yes, that’s California lettuce, cilantro and a few other things on today’s list. Do not Fear! Our local season ain’t over, there’s just a bit of a gap on those things. Colder nights and a few days of rain recently slowed production down just enough on greens to create up to a week-long gap from more than one grower. But this is short-lived we think. With record-breaking heat about to hit again for the next few days, we’re pretty sure things will catch up.
FIRST, This first report is from Bloomberg News 6 months ago, just for reference and some interesting factoids. The meat of the story follows below this first one.
That bowl of guacamole on Cinco de Mayo will be more expensive this year, as avocado prices rise to a record on surging demand and a smaller crop in Mexico and California.
A 10-kilogram (22-pound) box of Hass avocados from the state of Michoacan, Mexico’s biggest producer, cost 530 pesos ($27.89) Thursday, according to the government. The price, which is subject to seasonal swings, is more than double what it was a year earlier and the highest in data going back 19 years.
As many of you saw last week, we issued a plea for help for our drowning banana producers in Peru. If you missed the email about this let us know. We are trying to raise as much money as possible in this matching fund relief program to get into our banana growers hands by Easter, which means we will be transferring money next Thursday morning. If you need more information, let us know and we will send you the details. Every bit of help counts.