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Archive for 2019

Honey Mandarins

Honey mandarins are small sized with a bright orange rind. They are very sweet and juicy and contain many seeds. Grown in San Diego County.

Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes March 10

Earl’s Organic adds Shannon Waldron to buying team. Waldron was hired in 2017 as a sales associate. Before that, she was a commodity buyer for Capay Organic Farm for a year and buyer for Farm Fresh to You. She was sales manager for Suzie’s Farm, San Diego, a company she worked for from 2008-2015.

Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes March 3rd

The weather down in Mexico is warming up and we are back into a good supply of zucchini, brussels sprouts and green beans.

Cara Cara’s

The Cara Cara is also known as the pink navel. It is very sweet and usually seedless. The season starts in November and can go as long as March depending on the weather.  All citrus at the beginning of their season will be a little tart and the flavor will only improve as the sugars continue to develop.  We are now at the peak of flavor!

Cara Cara (1)

Warmer Weather Brings Aphids

High temperatures and humidity for an extended period of time create the perfect conditions for aphids and mildew quality issues.  This week temperatures in the California desert regions moved into the high 70’s and 80’s and all desert vendors are seeing increasing mildew and aphid pressure on warm veg items including broccoli, cabbage, kale and lettuce.

Aphids love the heat and humidity and it is almost impossible to control organically. We see this happen with organic produce every year when it gets too hot towards the end of February in the California desert and again during the warm summer months in the Salinas Valley.

Organic growers do their best to combat aphids. We asked a few of our growers what they do to control aphids. Lakeside Organics uses a lot of beneficial predatory bugs like lady bugs who love to eat Aphids.  Josie’s Organics plant beneficial flowers to attract good bugs to mitigate pressure from unwanted bugs (in this case, aphids) and implements a healthy crop rotation. Many growers, especially strawberry growers’ use a bug vacuum designed to suck up the aphids right out of their fields.

We will see quality issues continue for a while and prices rise as supplies tighten up. We will continue to share updates as the season progresses.

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