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MAY IS FAIRTRADE MONTH IN CANADA, GET READY!

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While every day should be a celebration of Fairtrade products, May is the opportunity to come together to celebrate and demand fair deals for the producers of the Global South.

Fairtrade Month is the biggest time of year where everyone celebrates everything Fairtrade.

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MARKET REPORT – MARCH 3RD, 2017

This has been the most boring and uneventful winter to talk about that I can remember. 

Weather challenges, compared to any other year have been minimal.  So far.  Oh, it did rain in California. A lot.  Enough that Emergency water restrictions will likely be lifted for southern California, and for all intents and purposes the multi-year drought is pretty well done.

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MARKET REPORT – FEB. 17TH, 2017

Talk about ending the drought! 

Let’s start off with this message this morning from Coke Farms in San Juan Batista (2 hours south of San Francisco and ½ an hour away from the Salinas Valley.)

“Have a quick moment of electricity to write this email.  We are experiencing INSANE wind and weather here today.  Like we have never seen!   Expect that you may not receive your orders until Monday at best.  Trees are down everywhere, roads and highways are closed and power is out in many places.  Some employees not able to get here and working conditions outside are dangerous.  Even if we get orders built hard to say if trucks will be able to get to us on time etc.  Please be patient as we sort this out.”

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MARKET REPORT – JULY 8TH, 2016

Well, it is blueberry madness out there

A rapidly changing climate continues to play havoc on expected harvest dates.  One thing we rarely consider is the changing gas make-up in our atmosphere.  For decades greenhouse growers have been supplementing the atmosphere in their greenhouses by pumping in extra CO2.  Plants need Carbon Dioxide like we need Oxygen.

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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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HOT SHOTS, MAR. 27TH, 2016

Dear Ones,

It’s Spring and Spring makes me think about Love.  Not love like ewey gooey romance love, but about Good Love, like seeds breaking open in the dirt Love, like lil baby animals rushing into the world Love, like the smell of sticky poplar buds riding the chilly but not cold morning breeze Love.  My friend Tess who stays with me for about one week a month and is like a sister to me came into my room this week where I was reading myself to sleep.  She said, “Are you sleeping.”

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MARKET REPORT – JAN. 22ND, 2016

What California drought? 

The bottom ½ of coastal California inland to the Central Valley has had what everyone was hoping for – copious ran – soggier than soggy Vancouver in fact, with 50-100cm falling over many growing areas for the first half of the week, and more forecast for the entire weekend.  Despite that, California water authorities have announced even stricter water restrictions and allocations for this upcoming farming season.  It is going to take a lot more rain to fill underground aquifers than just the above normal amounts they’ve had for the last 2 months.  Since the start of the drought 4 years ago, some parts of the Central Valley have sunk nearly ½ a metre because of the big air pockets where water should be in underground aquifers.  But every bit helps, even if it makes harvest hard.

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MARKET REPORT – OCTOBER 7TH, 2015

Welcome back to summer!

After a cool and wet September, the long range El Nino forecasts for much above temperatures starting in October have kicked in.  Forecasts for the next 7 days have very warm temperatures – what are our normal highs will be the lows – with balmy conditions across BC and the Western Prairies.  Calgary Friday, normal low 0C normal high 14C, forecast low 14C, high 23C.  It hit 26C in the Fraser Valley on Monday – not quite October temperatures!  This translates to a continuing great run for producers of green veg with perfect warm and wet conditions.  Another north Pacific hurricane, (for the 3rd time in the last 2 months) has not dissolved as they nearly always do, and is aiming at our coast over the next few days, dragging with it these very warm temps and lots of warm rain.  We dedicated last Friday’s market report to the current story about ginger, and didn’t give you any other updates – so here they are:

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MARKET REPORT – SEPT 25TH 2015

We always buy local first.  Period.

The apple selection continues to multiply, and with harvests pushed up from normal because of the long hot summer, you should expect to see every possible variety listed by mid-October, including the highest pressure late apples – Fuji, Granny, Braeburn and possibly even Pink Lady.  Just a few nights of light frost will sweeten these up, and ground frost is in the forecast for most of next week across most Interior growing regions.  The first early BC Fuji’s are already listed.

We’re keeping bananas on special for another week – great supply from both our South American coops and such a great reaction last week, we will offer through to Oct 3 at this great low price.

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MARKET REPORT SEPT 22TH 2015

Stunning grapefruits and large avocados

A few more apple varieties listed this week – it nearly becomes overwhelming at times, especially this time of year when harvest is full-on, and some varieties have a short sales window because the volumes are small.  New this week is the Sansa, which was trialed for over 20 years before its release to growers – and it’s a great idea – take the high pressure snappy red round Akane and cross-pollinate it with the softer but sweeter Gala, and what we end up with is a spectacularly good apple –a bright red striped blush over a green background, nice and crisp, but exceptionally sweet and juicy.  Avocado sales continue to grow as we move into the Fall – never really understood why sales are slowest during the summer when we should all be living on guacamole, but it is what it is.  There is an expectation that there will be another 25% increase in avocado sales across Canada and the US this year over last, as the fastest growing fruit category year after year.  This year’s harvest is huge – not just the tree cover, but the weight – average sizing is peaking at 14’s on current harvests, and Pragor is having a hard time just finding anything small to ship.  They only harvest and pack for us on any given day, and we get what they harvest, and this year, what they are getting is mountains of 12 and 14’s.  That’s why they are priced cheaper than the scarce 20/22/24’s.  With so much enthusiasm for avocados we’re hoping we will all just list, buy and eat bigger ones.  The same story for some reason on grapefruit – sizing on the current Michoacan grapefruit crop is also tending large, with lots of 36 and 40 counts – once again we’ve flipped and priced the larger ones cheaper – and these are stunning fruit by the way!

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