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  • Hoping you have an enjoyable holiday season!  First of all, best of the season to all of you hard-working people in the produce world – hopefully you can walk away from the stress now.  Did I order enough broccoli?  Will we run out of Brussels...

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  • As discussed on Wednesday, dire issues in California with un-fightable fires continuing to grow in size. We haven’t heard from any growers, including Churchill Orchards who did let us know they were evacuating, but what we do know is that entire community of Ojai is...

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  • Current forecasts have weather across most of W. Canada as dry and unseasonably warm for some areas for 2 weeks in some long range predictions.  A huge blocking ridge is protecting all of Western North America, well down into Mexico from any Pacific storm systems. ...

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  • Always a fun month – planning holiday ads, trying to figure out receiving schedules based on what days of the week work around holidays, thrown in some snowstorms and avalanches here and there, and very volatile pricing on imported product.  Just makes August seem so...

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  • First, Chilean Blueberries have started in earnest and we’re off the block with the larger 12 X 6.6 clams.  We love the fact that one of this small group of growers we’re working closely with visited us in 2009 (his bro’ in law worked in...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • A few things of note as we move past Thanksgiving and solidly into the autumn season. The Mexican mango season has come to a close with the last shipment arriving this weekend. There will still be some Keitts from California over the next couple weeks...

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  • A few things………….. Transition:  A few local growers, producing with protection in hoop houses and/or greenhouses will continue to provide cucumbers and even zucchini for several weeks – either until hard frosts kill off plants, or they burn-out and quit flowering.  Same deal with tomatoes,...

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  • 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...

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  • Avocados… FIRST, This first report is from Bloomberg News 6 months ago, just for reference and some interesting factoids.  The meat of the story follows below this first one. That bowl of guacamole on Cinco de Mayo will be more expensive this year, as avocado...

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  • Now, of course the big news is the weather.  Sorry for scant news from this desk, but anyone growing garlic commercially was AWOL from their normal routines for the last couple of weeks, including me – the only time that anything to do with garlic...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Andrea, Ellen, Ben, Joe and Julie went out to Deltaport at the end of June to have a look around because we are curious about what are bananas, mangos or apples from Latin America go through before touching our dock on Malkin Avenue. We all jumped...

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  • 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...

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  • 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)...

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  • As if money was edible Along with many changes I had intended on talking about today, I’ll hang on until mid- week for the produce news, and instead talk about the biggest shake-up in our industry, like forever.   Most of the news across the media...

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  • Just a quick word to thank everyone so much for supporting an amazing year on our Agrofresco greens program for this 7 month season.  This operation is now our biggest vegetable vendor, and we’re planning on a few things to add to the program for...

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  • 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...

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  • 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’ –...

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  • While every day should be a celebration of Fairtrade products, May is the opportunity to come together to celebrate and demand fair deals for the producers of the Global South. Fairtrade Month is the biggest time of year where everyone celebrates everything Fairtrade. This month-long...

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