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.
Think hot! Not just here – but all across the country and the U.S. The pink on the west and southwest of today’s map is severe weather warnings for excessive heat – ranging from the mid-30’s for Seattle to the high 40’s (and low 50’s) across the deserts all the way to Texas. (The reds and greens in the East are tornados and floods in case you were wondering.) At the same time we have forecast highs in the high 20’s to mid 30’s for pretty much all of our service areas in B.C. through to the mid-Prairies.
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.
A little short one today
The transition south from BC has begun, as has the transition from coastal to desert California. We have no indication of any major hiccup, just choppiness predicted on the conventional side. Weather is always the determining factor. Mexican operations are opening up their entire selection this week and next, with a full array of tomatoes, cukes, melons, zucchini etc. Prices are seasonal and stable.
One of the largest high pressure ridges meteorologists have ever seen – a huge dome extending from northern Mexico across the entire continental US and in a curve from Vancouver to Toronto north through the Prairies – is just arriving. Temperatures are forecast to hit record values or potentially exceed them across all areas of California, but the vast scale of this hot air will affect all growers in all growing areas and speed up growth on many crops while demanding a surge of irrigation water. Citrus growing areas in the desert and the southern Central valley between Fresno and Bakersfield are expected to range from 42 to 46C. There hasn’t been much conversation recently about the California drought because good spring rains raised all the reservoirs to at least 80% of capacity, but the Sierra Snowpack is lower than normal, and what none of these reports cover is the amount of recharge over the winter and spring to the huge aquifers that supply most of the irrigation water. Maybe the notice on the field portable in this picture that Brody took while on a farm tour last week in California says it all – nothing has changed, and if is not getting better.
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.