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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 – SEPT. 2ND, 2016

MAKE BROCCOLI GREAT AGAIN!

Well, back in the saddle after 3000km. of driving in the East.  I’ll have lots of stories to tell from potatoes to wild blueberries.  It’s always fun to see new terrain and learn new things.  But first, let’s talk about baseball hats.   It’s pretty hard to avoid news of Donald Drumf and the perversity of American politics, and equally difficult to avoid pictures of him wearing his trademark “Make America Great Again” baseball hat.

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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.

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MARKET REPORT – JUNE 18TH, 2016

What a excellent grape season!

Well, as they say, hindsight is 20-20.  A few months ago we decided to not buy Gala apples from the Fern Ridge growers we had worked with for many years – they were asking very high prices, based on the conversion of NZ to US to CDN $, and we were told that there would be ample supply from Chile and Argentina.  Well, aren’t we kicking ourselves now, because the price they were offering was lower than what we are now paying from S. America, partly because of the much higher CDN$ compared to 4 months ago, and there is a global shortage of Gala’s right now.  Hence the shortage of Gala’s on our list today.

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HOT SHOTS – MAY 29TH, 2016

Dear Ones,

I was talking to my Auntie Mom this week, she’s moved to Ottawa and it’s very far away than just Burnaby so now we have conversations on the phone that last for hours.  We talk about books, mostly.  It might seem strange to talk to another person about books for hours, but that’s what we do.  We also talk about family and there’s a person in our family who’s become someone absolutely unrecognizable due probably to their choice in partner.  It has struck me in this undoing that one must be very careful who they love, because it can change anything.

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MARKET REPORT – MAY 27TH, 2016

Here is your run-down for next week.

Apples:  The market continues to consume apples at an incredible rate, keeping prices high on all S. American fruit, with increases this week on Fuji ahead of an expected gap from several shippers on Gala.  On the upside, we’re 6 weeks from B.C. early dessert apples if that’s any condolence.

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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 – 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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