Let’s just fly through the list and see what makes the news!
Speaking of flying – Chile is delayed again on blueberries as growers still recover from hail shatter a couple of weeks ago at least in the region where ours come from. Expect first arrival around the 9th or so. We’ve been relying on Argentina for the last 6 weeks and that continues for another 10 days. Except we can’t get any. Why? The dumbest of reasons. There is a G20 summit in Argentina this week. When the King of Saudi Arabia, the child from the US, dictators from Russia and elsewhere hob-nob for a week and get nothing accomplished except a nice break from the news cycle – that’s the G20, and because there’s so many important people in one place, air space is restricted and air freight shipments are cancelled, in case terrorists ……………
Ya’ know…, you don’t get a bad book review if you don’t write a book.
Old saying. True. Sometimes I write market reports, relying on really solid information from growers, blended with the wisdom that comes with 30 years of involvement in this industry, and then a couple of days later I find that everything has changed, and what I said was just plain wrong. This creates a conundrum. I could fill a page with bland, nuanced lines highlighted with “could” “maybe” and “speculation has it”, but instead I choose to just throw it out there as it comes in. And it usually sticks.
Much to talk about today.
First, of course, my favourite subject – weather! There isn’t much in the way of weather issues in play at this moment. A mini-cold wave did in all but the most resistant of local crops, but expect to still see local dandelion, kale and a few others until harvesting is just plain not fun. Superb fall weather has blessed the coastal California growing areas like Salinas, Watsonville etc. where green veg and berry harvests have all but wrapped up, but perfect conditions are blessing winter fields in Oxnard. (That’s the small production area right on the coast, just north of Los Angeles.)
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.
Thanks for supporting us back then, eh!
When Annie and I started Discovery back in the last millennium we only sold local (BC) organic fruit and veg – for many years. You can imagine that in the spring months, we really had very little to sell, and if it wasn’t for many retailers (maybe even you) who would struggle to meet our shipping minimums with a very short price list, we wouldn’t be around. It wasn’t embarrassing because we were doing our best, but a price list in April might have only had 2 varieties of apples, a few potatoes and a straggle of other root crops, plus mushrooms and sprouts.
It was HOT!
We now have a pretty firm update on how the heat wave last week has affected things.
It was HOT. 54C is really hot. I’ve been at 54C in the Sonora Desert twice – one south of Mexicali, and once near Hermosillo in Sonora. It is hard to describe, and people actually live in those temperatures, even without AC. The picture below is apparently a garbage can that melted in Arizona? Temperatures on dashboards were over 200F, allowing people to bake cookies in their cars.
Here’s an A to Z rundown for the week
We’re just closing out the first ½ decent week of vegetable growing weather this spring here in coastal BC. Despite just a handful of days over 20C in all of April and May, local crops are going to start making their way to center stage over the next couple of weeks. What and when? Read below.
Sometimes Sanity does not prevail!
After a 6 year hiatus of deporting undocumented immigrants in the U.S., the three-ring donkey rodeo that is the current US Administration began, immediately after being sworn in, to implement a very substantial deportation program, focused on ‘bad hombre’s’ – immigrants with criminal records. That’s what they said. The campaigning Trump promised this, and he has certainly delivered, with tens of thousands of people pushed across the southern Frontier into Mexico, including many non-Mexicans from Central America, in 90 days. But, of those only 25% had criminal records which wasn’t what the president implied pre-coronation. But now the Republicans are proposing legislation that will immediately criminalize anyone living in the U.S. who is undocumented – meaning that any of them can be deported at any time, with over 10 million people automatically criminalized with the stroke of a pen, including 25% of the population of L.A.
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