Good Morning Organic Friends!
Well I’m not going to get all political on you, but what were we thinking by not getting the GMO labeling bill passed on Tuesday?
I know I’m speaking to the choir but we really let the uninformed win this one.
It’s almost like saying we don’t need to label anything because we can trust big conventional farms to do the right thing.
Or maybe we are saying that the FDA/UDSA will protect us. We have seen that protection before in our business. It makes more sense to lower the number of years the soil needs to be free of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to 3 years from 7 years if you want to call your farm organic.
Oh wait, you don’t care about organic (then why are you reading this?) then maybe you have heard the latest—- Our government thinks it is ok to put a little antifreeze in your whiskey— wait, let’s do a study to find out how much antifreeze we can put in before people actually get sick…. I have a novel idea, why don’t we make it just like the European Recipe that doesn’t include any of this info? Easy answer— MONEY/PROFITS! Then is it funny we put down the Chinese government?
Ok, rant is over let’s talk produce…..
Apple a day—-
Well according to Washington Apple Growers Association this year’s apple crop is of MONSTER proportions.
This will prove to be exciting for all as we have already seen some unique varieties of apples.
Have you ever eaten a Caville Blanc, Spitzenburg or King David apple—My spell check doesn’t even know what to do with these words.
I know what to do—eat these tasty apples.
Citrus is coming back around- we have been patient with the Navels as the first Navels out to market have been heavily gassed and don’t have the flavor you want.
So hold on for flavor because we will have the Texas Rio Star Grapefruit in next week…….and because of the drought they are saying this is the sweetest crop of grapefruit they have had in years. Thank you South Texas and Dennis Holbrook
Leaf & Greens update—The weather in California is not helping the leaf market. There has been terrible mildew problem and it is causing problems on greens. The new crop in the desert was hurt due to above average rainstorms that interrupted planting schedules and hit hard the young plants already in the ground. Add some above average temps and it is a bit of trial for the growers. This has messed up the start and will keep prices higher on lettuces for the next two weeks, possibly longer.
Salad mix, baby arugala and romaine hearts are all having issues and the market will be short of quality product.
This year is going to be a very tough transition time as the dessert will be very slow to come on and we are heading into holidays. So expect the broccoli and cauliflower market to get a little dicey as all the vegi platters start ramping up for the holidays.
The Mexico areas are slowly starting with tomatoes and peppers, but off to a great start with zucchini and cucumbers. Good quantities and great prices for our early winter enjoyment.
There are still several local items on our list so support you local farms strong to the finish.
Thanks for your support and GO ORGANIC!