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Randy Hooper - April 10, 2013
Category: Produce Update

Here’s your mid-week update. Fruit selection has changed a bit, with the end of the season for S. Hemisphere blues and grapes. Apple supply continues strong, with the same 10+ varieties as on our last year list from this date. Avocado supply is now fabulous! This is a good time to promote avocado – the fastest growing fruit category, pricing 20% lower than normal compared to the last two years, and the highest sales season. New crop Star Rubys have just started in central Mexico, first shipment just arrived. The melon selection will adjust over the next couple of weeks. Francisco Tepia at Rico Farm is about ready to harvest the full selection, which he started in plastic hoop-houses to get an early start and fill our usual gap. We’ll keep our supply lines wide open for the expected onslaught of Argentinean pears as the selection increases. Yes, it’s pineapple season – the winter rains are easing in Costa Rica and the harvest is on! We hope to hit very promotional price levels on these over the next few weeks. Showery weather in Watsonville has ended, with ample strawberries available next week. We’re pulling strawberries this weekend from John Givens, who has always sent us beautiful berries from Oxnard on the coast. Broccoli pricing continues to reflect a tough transition to central California, with limited supply – spendy and unpredictable are reasonable adjectives. However, sprouting broccolis are in generous supply as this category continues to widen – in England, sprouting varieties (broccolini, sweet baby, broccolette etc.) now outsell regular broccoli 2:1. Cabbage – well, you’re just going to have to live without it for awhile – there is very, very little available, with a small amount of Nature’s Way product arriving early in the week. Bagged carrots continue tight, with shippers holding to last year’s purchase levels. While faster growing green veg is abundant, there are four crops that always have a tough transition from the deserts.

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Stefan Misse - April 8, 2013
Category: Take Action

The company Forage Genetics International has applied Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) herbicide tolerant Roundup Ready technology to alfalfa. Canada approved GM alfalfa for health and environmental release in 2005, but there is one more step before it can be commercially released in Canada: variety registration from the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency. This registration and commercial release could happen as early as this spring!

Alfalfa is used to help produce many of the foods we eat! Alfalfa (commonly harvested as hay) is a high-protein feed for animals like dairy cows, beef cattle, sheep, poultry and pigs. It‘s also used to build nutrients and organic matter in the soil, making it particularly important for organic farming. Farmers agree that GM alfalfa is not needed or wanted but farmers are never consulted before GM crops are introduced.

Alfalfa is a perennial plant that is insect pollinated, therefore, if GM alfalfa is commercially released, GM alfalfa will inevitably contaminate non-GM and organic alfalfa. This GM contamination will threaten the livelihoods of family farmers in Ontario and across Canada. The seed industry says they will focus on Eastern Canada but if GM alfalfa is released, it will only be a matter of time before alfalfa across Canada is contaminated, and sensitive export and organic markets are lost.

More Information:
For information on the Day of Action: www.cban.ca/april9
For more information on GM Alfalfa: www.cban.ca/alfalfa

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Reiko Fujibayashi - April 7, 2013
Category: Hot Shots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Howdy Y’all!

Hope you’re all doing well…and ready for another week of selling/cooking/eating beautiful produce!

The coolers are full and fat, all that Spring abundance astounds me every time…maybe I’m just easily thrilled, but it really is incredible, what the organic market has to offer us!

 

 

Exciting!!

Let’s take a look at what we’ve discovered…

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Vantreight Bunched Spinach…BC Bunched Spinach!!!

 

Nice sheen to these tender leaves.

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Green Dandy from Lakeside.

 

Makes me feel healthy and virtuous just lookin’ at it!

 

(Of course, the eating it will come next…I’m just warming up here.)

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Green Onions from Earthbound abound!

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Baby Bok Choy from Lakeside!

 

Absolutely gorgeous.

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Vibrant Mini Peppers from Master’s Touch!

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Green Broccoli Raab from Ralph’s!

 

These are totally impressive bunches…kind of sceptre-like.

 

You can wield them with full produce authority, with my blessing.

 

Just use your power for good!

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Rainbow Table Carrots from Lakeside.

 

Okay, this picture does not do these justice at all!

 

Quite pretty and unique!

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Granny Smith Apples, 80ct, from Daisy Girl.

 

Oh man, I made the most incredible Rosemary Apple Rhubarb Crisp the other day.

 

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Randy Hooper - April 5, 2013
Category: Produce Update

Apple supply is still in good shape, although we said goodbye to the last of our traypack Spartans this week, and Winesap is just about done. There is an abundant crop out of NZ, Chile and Argentina this year. Our avocado listing is substantially different for the first ½ of the week, with only small Fairtrade fruit, and a blend of Mexican and California. We have a full, but late truck of Pragor Fairtrade on the way set to arrive here mid-week, and there’s a reminder in next year’s calendar so that doesn’t happen again – “hard to find a Mexican truck around Easter”. We’re good on bananas now with the most recent container now ripening, but with continued port delays in Panama, there are wide-spread banana shorts across the U.S. and Europe, with thousands of containers taking a week longer to arrive. We will have some Mexican fruit to fill in the holes over the next few weeks. Texas Red Riostar grapefruit are winding down, but we’ll have new crop Stars out of Michoacan arriving shortly. Mango quality is excellent as we move into a rock solid 5 month run on Tommy and Kent. Beautiful deep red fancy Moro Bloods to savour – a great surprise to have these in April. Williams, Reds and D’Anjou pears are arriving top notch – with good sell through. We expected the first of our Watsonville berries in this weekend, but a few hours of rain ended that idea, so we’re staying with Santa Maria fruit for a few more days. Time to make room for some great asparagus. Coastalview is our premium supplier, so expect perfect sizing and with perfect growing conditions, exceptional quality. Bulk carrot supply has loosened considerably, and with some very nice and inexpensive bunchers, definitely a promotion opportunity. The veg market continues stable, with a more competitive market on most greens – the three problem areas are cauli, celery and broccoli, with inconsistent supply, some crop losses, and topsy-turvy pricing. Can we enlist your help on collard greens?

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Reiko Fujibayashi - April 3, 2013
Category: Hot Shots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi All,

 

Check out today’s Fresh Picks!

 

The coolers are full of so much abundance…tons of great eats to be had!

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Green Onions from Earthbound. Super fresh!

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Beautiful Rainbow Chard from Nature’s Way!

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Padron Peppers from Del Cabo!

 

Check out this link for a great recipe:

 

http://www.food.com/recipe/noelia-s-original-spanish-recipe-for-padron-p...

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Red Spring Onions from California!

 

Whoa…beautiful.

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Succulent Strawberries from Sweet Success!

 

Great color and fragrance with these sweet strawbs!

 

 

Thanks for checking it out…and call us to find out what’s fresh!

 

Big Love,

 

Reiko Fujibayashi

 

truth. transparency. trust. relationships.

 

Discovery Organics

604.299.1683

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Randy Hooper - April 3, 2013
Category: Produce Update

Our last pull of B.C. apples has arrived – but there’s still a great selection of local apples, and strong supply still available in Washington. We won’t be looking at Argentina for some time. We feared the worst last summer after that crazy 17 days of hail and thunderstorms, but it seems to have worked out much better than we thought. Avocado sales went crazy the last two weeks, with our next truck not due in until Tuesday! We’ll have California fruit in on the weekend to carry us for a few days, but expect shorts on some sizes of Fairtrade fruit. We’re very tight on bananas because of a container delay, but we expect the shortage will only last for a couple of days. We’re into the beginning of what we hope will be a great mango season, with Ataulfo and Tommy both now shipping out of Mexico, overlapping with the last of the Peruvian Kents. Melon supply is now opening up, with some nice icebox watermelons, plus Crenshaw and Honeydew. Citrus continues it’s strong pull, with bloods and Cara Cara about to disappear, but still lots of late specialties available. Navel supply is still strong and should be for 2 months. With blueberries winding down, and our last shipments now in, this is the time to make room on the shelf for a great strawberry season about to erupt out of Watsonville. Despite late frosts a few weeks ago, the first major flush should start this weekend. Green veg quality is excellent, but there is a short term gap on broccoli which has driven the price up substantially, but expect this to be short-lived as more fields open up in Salinas and Watsonville. Cauli and celery are also tight, keeping prices higher than we’d like to see, and expectation that cauli prices will soar shortly as the desert winds down for the year. The rest of the greens and lettuce are shipping well, with reasonable pricing and solid quality. We’ll see a transition on leeks soon with Ralph’s out in 2 weeks so we’ll finally go south for new crop out of southern California.

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Reiko Fujibayashi - March 31, 2013
Category: Hot Shots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Howdy Y’all!

Hope you’re enjoying your long weekend right…this…minute!

If not, you’ll be free soon, to enjoy a family (or friend, or family friendly) meal, or just to bask in that Sun!

 

 

Spring has fully sprung ‘round these parts, and the cooler’s are fully demonstrating it….

They are absolutely stuffed!

 

Let’s take a look at what we discovered…

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Greeeeennn!!!

 

Curly Parsley from Nature’s Way!

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Rainbow Chard from Heger.

 

Opening cases of rainbow chard never gets old for me…unearthing vibrant jeweled greens!

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Broccoli-esque kale Raab from Glory B Farms, in Washington.

 

Fat, dark green bunches…with a lot of heft!

 

The picture’s not much to look at, but these are gorgeous!

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And Glory B’s Leeks!

 

These are so squeaky-fresh, a triumphant herald of Spring!

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Red Dandelion from Something Good.

 

So vibrant!

 

More greens, please!

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Bunched Gold Beets from Nature’s Way!

 

It’s impossible not to get excited over these….they’re real beauts.

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Fava Beans from Del Cabo….whoo.

 

Delicious…these lil’ beans will add to your next Spring-has-Sprung meal!

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Asparagus from California!

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Fairtrade Blueberries from Chile!

 

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Randy Hooper - March 29, 2013
Category: Produce Update

Producers in B.C. and Washington are adding up what apples are left. Expect prices to rise slowly in anticipation of thin inventories, and traditionally higher prices on import fruit. Import costs, sea freight and currency issues are going to add 11% to pricing on Argentinian apples – and they lost over 25% of their crop to hail a few weeks ago. The first S. American Gala should arrive in 3 weeks or less. We totally blew it on avocados and should have loaded another truck well before the holiday, forgetting how hard it is to find a Mexican driver during Holy Week. We expect to gap on a couple of sizes later in the week until the next load arrives. Strawberries are coming on strong in Watsonville - expect the season to burst open in a week with prices coming off quickly. We were eating berries at JW Farm a few days ago and WOW are they awesome! Good news on the grapefruit front as we transition varieties at Las Palomas in Mexico – they are on the road in a few days. The mango deal is widening up quickly with Oaxaca and Chiapas fruit overlapping the last Peruvian. Quality is good across the board. Prices down on Ataulfo as well as more areas open up. The first icebox watermelons from new fields in Sinaloa are coming off early – temperatures well over 30C for a week speeded these up ahead of earlier expectations. Some varieties of specialty citrus are winding down, including Cara’s, with stronger pricing on larger fruit. Navel harvests are moving to later varieties, with expectations of 10 more weeks. California Valencia’s are underway, but pale in comparison to the peak of the Mexican fruit. Of course, with two competing areas, prices are dropping. We’ve just added D’Anjou pears to the list as more Argentina varieties start to roll in. Hope you saw those pictures Reiko sent out on Wednesday of these gorgeous gold bunch beets from Nature’s Way – lots available.

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Randy Hooper - March 27, 2013
Category: Produce Update

Oh you can tell Easter weekend is upon us with strong sales on strawberries, avocado, asparagus, specialty citrus – all the things that come together to make great brunches!

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Stefan Misse - March 26, 2013

FORTALEZA, Brazil, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Organic tomatoes are smaller in size compared with conventionally grown tomatoes, but they are much better quality in terms of health, U.S. researchers say.

The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found tomatoes grown on organic farms were some 40 percent smaller than conventionally grown tomatoes, but contained significantly higher levels of vitamin C, sugar and lycopene -- a substance linked to a lower risk of stroke and some types of cancers, particularly prostate cancer.

Aurelice B. Oliveira, Eneas Gomes-Filho, Maria Raquel A. Miranda of the Universidade Federal do Ceara in Fortaleza, Brazil, and colleagues in Brazil and France, said until recently, the focus has been mainly on yield rather than on micronutritional quality of fresh plant products.

"This might be all right for staple food, but, as far as fruits and vegetables are concerned, it may be argued that taste and micronutritional quality matter more than calorie supply," the researchers wrote in the study.

The researchers explained plants grown under the organic system of agriculture "stressed out" plants, because when tomato plants fought pests without pesticides, they produced more stress compounds such as vitamin C and lycopene to repel insects.

More research is needed to better understand the links between stress and oxidative stress, the researchers said.

Source: http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2013/02/22/Organic-tomatoes-smaller-but-h...


 

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