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Peru Tag


FIRST – A Big Thank You!

We have wrapped up our Peru Relief efforts after what stretched to several months of fund-raising.  We have doubled (matched) the nearly $11,000 raised and sent our banana growers the last of the money.   Over 600 families are members of BOS (Asociación Bananeros Orgánicos Solidarios.)  $22,000 is not a huge amount of money spread over 600 growers, but dollars go a lot farther in that small depressed economy – and everything helps these small families repair water systems and replace flooded plants.  Thanks again for helping out, and engaging your customers as well.   We will get you some information and pictures showing how the money is being spent, and we will see that first hand when we visit them in a few months as well.



Message from Randy Hooper: I am writing you today with some urgency

March 31, 2017

Message from Randy Hooper:  I am writing you today with some urgency.  Some of our most important farmers in the Global South are in a very vulnerable place, and the current flood situation is dire for them.  And to be entirely honest, and upfront, this letter is a big ask – we have hundreds of growers homeless, roads washed out, plantations under water, no income on the way, and no money in their jeans to start over without help. I’m asking you to join us and pitch in.

For the third time in 7 years we are committing a fair amount of cash to growers who get up every day and grow fruit that ultimately ends up on your shelves and your customer’s plates.   Our customers (perhaps you!) were part of efforts we undertook  in 2010 to help re-build worker housing for our Green Tribe blueberry growers in Chile after a 9.2 earthquake left a path of destruction.  Together we came up with $39,000 in 2 weeks.




Three things today:

1/ Happy New Year. As always we know 2 things are going to happen for 2017.  It will be better.  It always has to be better.  It’s going to be better. In whatever way that it is NOT currently better.   AND, sales will kick up substantially next week as all those New Year’s Resolutions to clean things up internally kick in.  AND maybe this year it won’t just be all about Kale!





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.





Do we really need pink pineapple? Whatever.

As we wind up to Christmas week, here’s a fast discussion about what to look forward to, and not.

Apples – little has changed, with a wide selection and fair pricing.  Expect to see a few varieties move south of the border over January, and CA rooms breaking here, with CA Gala already packing.

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Ginger!  That’s today’s conversation.

10 years ago, most organic ginger came from Hawaii, and only for part of the year.  The only option for consumers was conventional Chinese or Peruvian ginger for most of the year.



Peru & Ecuador May 2014

Here is an update on the trip we took to Peru in May.

There were four of us (Randy, Mark, Iain and Julie)

 La Grama’s avocado growers

La Grama

Rodrigo Bedoya is one of the 3 founders of La Grama, and was kind enough to pick us up at our hotel in Lima at 6am Monday morning and drive us all the way to Moro to introduce us to some of the avocado growers he works with.  It was a good 5 hour drive north, along the coast that gave us a chance to see some of Peru’s typical landscapes. We went through desert, desert, rice fields, desert, asparagus and cane sugar fields; and some more desert.  At the end of a winding road in an arid valley where nothing but cactus grows Domingo Guzman’s and Jonan’s chakras (small farm) represent a pretty amazing avocado oasis.


Peru & Ecuador November 2014

Third Andean Summit for Fair Trade – Machala, Ecuador

Last November, Discovery Organics was invited to take part in the 3rd Andean summit for Fair Trade.

More than 250 producers travelled to Machala, the banana capital of the world last November 20th, 21rst. All committed coops in Peru, Bolivia, Columbia and Ecuador had a delegation to take part in this annual summit.READ MORE