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GARLIC Tag

MARKET REPORT – AUGUST 4TH, 2017

Now, of course the big news is the weather. 

Sorry for scant news from this desk, but anyone growing garlic commercially was AWOL from their normal routines for the last couple of weeks, including me – the only time that anything to do with garlic is time-sensitive and the work days crowded – very crowded.  The process is interesting because you finally get to see your crop – hidden from view for 10 months since you planted it.  Now is when you find how new varieties worked, which areas of your field need more compost for next year etc.  And it pretty well all has to come off within a few days.  But we’re done.

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MARKET REPORT – JUNE 23RD, 2017

Think hot! Not just here – but all across the country and the U.S.  The pink on the west and southwest of today’s map is severe weather warnings for excessive heat – ranging from the mid-30’s for Seattle to the high 40’s (and low 50’s) across the deserts all the way to Texas.  (The reds and greens in the East are tornados and floods in case you were wondering.)  At the same time we have forecast highs in the high 20’s to mid 30’s for pretty much all of our service areas in B.C. through to the mid-Prairies.

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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.

apricot

 

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Hot Shots – July 4th, 2016

Dear Ones,

Last week I had the absolute privilege of driving all up and down the east side of Vancouver Island meeting people I’ve talked to on the phone for YEARS.  I was super nervous to meet people I hadn’t really met and super nervous to drive, something I don’t really do a whole lot of.  In fact, Kristy taught me how to drive and was only just this morning telling someone in here about how I almost killed us both.

mixed garlic

 

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MARKET REPORT – MAY 25TH, 2016

Scape Walking into town

“I got the blues so bad one time it put my face in a permanent frown
You know, I’m feelin’ so much better I could cakewalk into town”  Taj Mahal

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HOT SHOTS, JAN. 17TH, 2016

Dear Ones,

I’m sorry that there were no Hot Shots last week.  It was honestly too busy here for me to write them.  Usually I can make a cup of tea and get dreamy and write them, but darnit if I could do that last weekend.  It was not possible.

kalelacinato

 

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WHY IS B.C. GARLIC SO DARN GOOD!

Garlic has been part of the staple diet of people literally around the world for millennia – and we eat lots of it – around 80 billion pounds of home and commercial production, which works out to 10 pounds per person per year across the planet.  Over the centuries, many different types of garlic have naturally hybridized creating a plethora of varieties, each one having adapted to growing conditions and light.  Garlic, being an allium (related to leeks and onions) is light-sensitive, (phototropic) and the amount of light controls when it grows, and how long it takes to mature.

garlic family

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