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Labor Issues, Weather
Change the Landscape
for Fresh Produce

Unusual weather and labor unrest are both affecting the food you see in our Markets, and on your table.

The contract dispute between West Coast dockworkers and a maritime association of companies continues to play a significant role in supply issues for several items that must be brought by vessel from South American during our winter. Between the apparent slowdown and weekend shutdowns of ports, we are seeing some disruption in bananas, grapes, blueberries, mangoes, pineapple, melons and selected stone fruits. Fortunately, we have a relationship with Family Tree Farms and they have b

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Stocked and Stoked
for Thanksgiving Meal

 

Thanksgiving is upon us and the markets will be ready with all the traditional holiday favorites like fresh cranberries, Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, asparagus, fresh herbs, winter squashes, potatoes and onions. All of the

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Orchards Runneth Over
with NW Apples
and Other Fresh Facts

There is no shortage of apples.  In fact, you might want to change up that old saying: “An apple a day …” to: “Several apples a day … “

The Washington apple crop is estimated to be 30 percent bigger in many varieties o

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Love Chanterelles?
Be Glad for the Rain

 

Fall officially began at 7:29 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22 – and luckily it opened with a long overdue rain.

I’m not normally so excited about rain, but we’ve had such a dry, warm September that it virtually shut down the

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On the Road Again:
From Earthbound Farms
to Grape Growers

I recently visited Earthbound Farms’ salad facility in central California and saw firsthand why they are our packaged organic salad company. At the top of the list is their strict food safety program. They not only test the product for any possible food contamination, but also the water and the ground in which the product begins before planting.

After harvest, all the products are tested for any potential health hazard and held for 24 hours before it’s allowed to enter the processing line. If any trace of possible contamination shows up, the entire lot is destroyed and completely

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NW Fire and (no) Rain
Dominate Crop News

Ironically it wasn’t rain that brought a fast end to the red raspberries, as I warned in my last post. It was actually that long stretch of dry heat. The fruit ripened all at once and we are now down to just a small trickle of berries. The blackberries will run a little longer than the raspberries, but not much. Luckily we were able to get through our Big Board Buys deal on the raspberries this past week, so I hope those of you who wanted to make preserves were able to get it done in spite of the heat.

You wouldn’t know it today – or tomorrow either from what I understand – bu

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The Tasty Highs
and Thirsty Lows
of Calif. Farm Tour

Last week was spent reaffirming our relationships with growers throughout California’s San Joaquin Valley – growers anyone would be happy to have as friends and business partners, an

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All Berries All the Time
with Cherries Closing In

 (The dynamic summer duo – blackberries and raspberries.)

While the first day of summer officially arrives Saturday morning (at 5:51 or 6:51, depending on who you believe), it’s well under way

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NW Berries and Cherries
Outstanding - and Early!

Let’s start with Northwest raspberries. While the Driscoll raspberries on this week’s Big Board Buys are very tasty – they taste like summer to me! – we all look forward to the local season, as well.

I visited our part

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The Good News Grows
in All Things Berry

Let’s start off with berries!

When it comes to strawberries from California, it’s been challenging to say the least.  Excessive heat has been really wreaking havoc with th

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