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MARKET REPORT – SEPT 27TH, 2017

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.

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MARKET REPORT – SEPT. 13TH, 2017

Avocados…

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.

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MARKET REPORT – APR. 07, 2017 – Every bit of help counts for Peruvians

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.

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MARKET REPORT – Jan. 13th, 2017 – So great news about the drought!

So great news about the drought – of course, but none of our California imports come from Northern California, and those recent huge volumes of rain and snow did little for southern California, hence the bottom ½ of the state is still bright red in the map above.  Winter isn’t over.  There’s hope for more rain for soCal where it’s really needed.

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MARKET REPORT – JAN. 11th, 2017

Doing our best!

As advertised, California certainly got rain! Although the hardest hit areas were north of San Francisco, where total rainfall amounts over the weekend ranged up to 400 cm, there was copious rain in areas we buy from as well.  The Monterey and Salinas area ranged from 100 cm to 300 cm, and even 100 cm in the fruit growing regions in the Central Valley.  There has been substantial flooding and over 150 highway closures, mud slides and washouts, but our main corridor north, the I5 has not been affected so far.  We’re more troubled about the current storm, which is still very large, which is dropping a lot of snow in Northern California including the only highway north through Oregon.

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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 – APR. 6TH, 2016

Here’s a fast rundown on where things are at in fruit land!

You may not know it, but every sea container on international waters is very visible and tracked.  I could tell you, in an hour, if you cared, and I had the time, how many cases of apples or bananas or kilos of marble tiles are on the water, when they will arrive, and where, whether Houston or Vladivostok, who shipped them and who is receiving them.  The global fruit and vegetable trade is very, very visible – everyone knows what everyone else is importing and exporting, to the pound.  Last week, for instance I know that there were 82 containers of organic apples shipped from Peru.  Which is nothing compared to the 66,000 containers of bananas that were shipped from Ecuador, if it was an average week.  So when I say that Washington apple packers are ‘juggling’ pricing based on sales vs. inventory, they are also wary of what is arriving from South America, how many, when and to whom.  And that is what is happening right now – dwindling supplies of Washington fruit are being measured against arrivals of Southern Hemisphere fruit – especially Gala which ships at least a month earlier than others.

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MARKET REPORT – FEB. 26TH, 2016

We are getting some of the nicest artichokes!

Apple market seems to be stable, although high, with all fruit Washington XF or Juice.  Avocado continues to be a strong market with mid-season fruit very high in oil, giving richer flesh and more flavour.

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