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.
A fast cruise through the categories shows this:
Avocado: Production is way up this week as all producing areas in Mexico are open for business. Growers are planting avocados by the tens of thousands of acres every year to try to keep up demand, and in non-traditional growing areas. Pricing should stay stable for a month or two, before harvest estimates are established for the 2nd flowering which can produce an abundance for Feb – June harvests. Slowly our selection of “non-Fancy” which we sell in 11kg lugs will increase – those are fruits with some surface marking (from rubbing against branches) or sun-burning (crimson patches) that sell a discount. The later into the season we get, and the longer the fruit remains on the trees, the more selection there will be of Cat 2 fruit. We’ve just received the first of these this week, but only 84 count.
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.)
Just a quick word to thank everyone so much for supporting an amazing year on our Agrofresco greens program for this 7 month season. This operation is now our biggest vegetable vendor, and we’re planning on a few things to add to the program for next year. One will be the final switchover to the “Ecocampos” labels for all products, and there will be other good news, to be announced in the future.
Pictures from our recent visit to Agrofresco:
Here’s why we’re running a huge program with Agrofresco this year! We have about 20 primary vegetable vendors in California, who we draw from, as does everyone else across Canada, from November, when our local producers are winding down, until early June as our growers get going. About ½ of those California growers operate along the coast of California – generally speaking in the Salinas valley, and some farther south in Oxnard. You would recognize Coke Farms, Deardorff, PureVeg labels. Being close to the Pacific, temperatures are similar to our summer-time Fraser Valley conditions from in the early spring, and the fall.