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El Nino Tag

MARKET REPORT – NOV. 2ND, 2018

Here’s a couple of pictures from two sources speculating on this winter’s outlook for the US.  This is based on projections including a fairly strong El Nino developing off the coast of Peru in Jan/Feb. for the growers in the southern deserts and Yuma, we will keep our fingers crossed.  There hasn’t been a hard freeze in those areas since the winter of 2015-2016.  Time will tell.

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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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MARKET REPORT – MAR. 25TH, 2016

We just don’t do that to small producers

I guess it’s time, now that the most impressive El Nino event is winding down, to see what impact it had on California.  And in case you’ve forgotten, it’s the warming of the ocean at the equator off the coast of Peru and Ecuador that is strong enough to change ocean currents and weather patterns globally.  This was the strongest El Nino recorded, with ocean temps at the peak back a few weeks ago of 3.4C above normal across a vast swath of the central Pacific.  One thing we know for sure is that it amplified global warming during January and February.

When people discuss climate change, they have, for the last 25 years, said that if the global temperature goes up 2C, that is the tipping point at which bad stuff really starts to happen.  Well, we hit that in February for the first time at 2.1C above normal, with El Nino’s help.

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MARKET REPORT – MAR. 11TH, 2016 – MANY THINGS TO TALK ABOUT!

Many things to talk about!

But first, I wanted to pass this along because I think it’s important – then we’ll talk about bizarre weather and how it’s affecting some crops.

A couple of weeks ago 450 of us, attending the Certified Organic Association Annual Conference in Vernon, BC, had the pleasure to spend some time with Dr. Vandana Shiva, one of the most outspoken and foremost advocates of organic agriculture on the planet.  If you haven’t heard of her – do the google thing – she’s been taking on Monsanto, GMO, and conventional agriculture on our behalf for a very long time.

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MARKET REPORT – MARCH 4TH, 2016

The real punch of El Nino starts to hone in, albeit a few months later than forecast

A Brief touch on the weather will likely guide you on the upcoming markets.  Temperature anomalies have continued across southern California into Arizona, and coastal Mexico all week with highs and lows hitting April-like values.  That will change this week, with temperatures dropping closer to normal as the real punch of El Nino starts to hone in, albeit a few months later than forecast.  Coastal California is expecting copious rains, which will slow down the small amount of harvesting going on with greens, but will definitely impact all strawberry production, although it has been well below average for several weeks and just hit stride the last few days.

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MARKET REPORT – FEB. 24TH, 2016

Long range forecasts for our El Nino spring are bearing up to the test

Thursday Forecast for the Fraser Valley:  Low 8C / High 16C // Average Low 0C / High 8C

Thursday Forecast for Yuma Arizona:  Low 13C / High 30C // Average Low 11C / High 24C

Thursday Forecast for Imperial Valley:  Low 12C / High 32C // Average Low 9C / High 24C

Thursday Forecast for Salinas:  Low 10C / High 24C // Average Low 7C // High 17C

So, that should tell you that the long range forecasts for our El Nino spring are bearing up to the test.

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MARKET REPORT – FEB. 19TH, 2016

Yes, your eyes don’t deceive.  BC Brussels Sprouts!

We’ll start off talking about Mangos.  This new load we just got in are stunning – and being fruit harvested later in the season it is higher in colour and higher in sugar.   This year was tough for our Peruvian growers because of El Nino, and the reason why is different than you might expect.  When winters are warmer (and their winter was 6 months ago and very warm), a lot more flowers bloom and stay in bloom longer – those are flowering plants that dot the countryside, on the ground.  Mango trees in that area are huge – 20M high, and with so many flowers on the ground, bees don’t bother going all the way up to the mango flowers at the top of the trees (and mangos are less appealing as a pollen source as well).  Bottom line is there is less fruit, especially higher up in the trees.  But with the extra moisture from El Nino over the last six months (their spring and summer), there is more water for developing mangos.  More water and less fruit = bigger sizing, which means that we have once again ended up with a large percentage of this shipment that arrived mid-week in the 7 and 8 count range.  They had lots of bigger fruit than that, but the demand for the biggest fruit is very high, and fetches a much higher price in Japan, so the 5’s and 6’s have gone overseas for a bigger buck for the growers.  You will see a substantial price correction today on the larger counts.

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MARKET REPORT – JAN. 13TH, 2016 – WATCH YOUR RETAILS! And other good news

WATCH YOUR RETAILS! And other good news.

You have been consistently warned by me that the organic supply chain was in climate chaos, road chaos, El Nino chaos and just general other kinds of chaos, and the birds have come home to roost this week with substantial price changes.  WATCH YOUR RETAILS!  Some prices are adjusting Thursday by 20% or more on a selection of greens, including celery, and all sub-tropicals – tomatoes, eggplant, cukes, zucchini, cherry toms etc.  Coastal California growers can’t get machinery into fields to harvest in the mud. Unseasonal temperatures across the south have slowed growth, right down into Mexico.  Road closures from landslides and heavy rain have affected Baja north into San Diego County.  There is a virtual bidding war for some product – especially celery and cauliflower.  Sorry to start off with bad news….and here’s more.

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MARKET REPORT, NOV. 20TH 2015

Local apple supply is still strong, with lots to choose from

With hard frost the last two nights in the Fraser Valley and colder weather to come, consider local season done, including Washington and Oregon – except for those few cold hardy greens like Brussels sprouts, collards and leeks, what was harvested yesterday, and a few brave souls who have covered their crops with hoop houses and row cover to stop the frost.  Supply on greens out of the south is awkward this week only because it just always is the week of US Thanksgiving.  It has been raining quite a bit in southern California, good for groundwater, bad for harvesting, which is fueling higher prices on things that shouldn’t be as expensive as they are, like kale.   Quick note:  OriginO is done with LE cukes for the season – gotta wait 3 months before you see more!  Another quick note:  Fairtrade Eggplant, first time we’ve listed it now on its way from Francisco Tepia at Rico Farm – awesome!

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