On our Peru Relief Fund. We’re hoping to send as much $ to Peru as possible on Thursday, so they have the money right after Easter. If you have made a pledge, can you do your best to make that happen today or tomorrow morning please? Thanks!
Very few changes after Friday’s market report. With most veg production moving to the general Salinas area, growers would dearly love to have a spring! Over the last 6 weeks the daytime highs have averaged 17C – with only 4 days over 25C. They are, to the one, crying the blues, especially after a 3 day rain event ending last night – but not much rain in the forecast for the next week, nor any heat to speak of.
It had been two years since the last visit to the banana and mango coops we partner with, 2 years! time flies.
It felt good to be back to Lima and to the region of Piura in Northen Peru where bananas and mangos grow. In Ecuador, we visited ASOGUABO for the first time since we starting working with them, almost a year ago. Familiar faces but also new ones, good people, lots of smiles and the pleasure to shake the hands of coop members who work very hard to send us high quality products!
APROMALPI mangos, Chulucanas, Piura, Peru
During our last visit at APROMALPI, they were gearing up for what is announced as a very good year for Peruvian mangos! The winter temperatures have been cool enough for the trees to bloom appropriately which will lead to much better yields than last year where winter temperatures were too mild.
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.
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.
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.
It’s all about green-washing, just sayin’
Apples: Market continues to shift with Washington done on Granny, Pink Lady winding down, Fuji about to end – leaving Washington Red Delicious the only one left in a few weeks. Import Gala are in, but Fuji and Braeburn arrivals from the S. Hemisphere won’t start for a month. This is a very tight transition so expect some potential gaps on all but Gala. Ouch!
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.