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Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes March 10, 2019

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 3, 2019

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

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.

Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes February 25, 2019

Roads in Washington have cleared and we now have plenty of Fuji, Gala, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp and Granny Smith. Fruit coming out of Controlled Atmosphere has high color, very good pressures and excellent flavor. All these varieties are at promotable prices. Jazz, Pacific Rose, Envy, Piñata and Opal are also in good supply and at promotable prices.

 

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It’s Snowing In Arizona and at the Mexican Border!

As I type this update on Friday afternoon about the northern Mexico growing regions receiving frost this week we just got word that the Mexican/Nogales border is closed due to snow!
This extreme cold weather is very usual at this time of year. A combination of cold weather and the border being closed will tighten up supply of warm veg items including zucchini, green beans, brussels sprouts, peppers, romas and heirloom tomatoes. Your Earl’s Sales rep will update you on supply throughout the week.

Live Cam Mexican border at Nogales closed due to snow Feb 22, 2019 11am

Live Cam Mexican border at Nogales closed due to snow Feb 22, 2019 11am

Asparagus Update:

The asparagus growing regions of San Luis Colorado, close to the border of Yuma/Az and Caborca, Sonora have been experiencing rainy, windy and cold days with temperatures down in the mid- 20’s at night leading to a start and stop situation. Growers have had to knock all the misshapen spears down and start again. Keep in mind that asparagus is cut every day and the same crown will produce a different product each time they harvest because they are grown in a different environment.

 

WEATHER ALERT: Heavy Rains Pound California

Wet Veg: As predicated heavy rains this past week throughout California are causing delays in harvesting and packing.  We are receiving reports from growers in the Salinas and Coachella Valley regions that they have been rained out. This means no one is getting into the fields to harvest and we will be tight on many items into the middle of the week.

Apples: Heavy snow storms in Washington delayed trucks and temporarily affected supplies. The good news is that as of Monday, February 18th the roads are clear in Washington and we have a great supply of Fuji, Gala, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp and Granny Smith.

Citrus: Rain will affect supplies of most citrus. Growing regions of San Diego County and the San Joaquin Valley have both received excessive amounts of rain the last few days. Most growers will not be able to harvest until mid-week next week. Luckily most of the harvest was done before the rain and some growers will be packing pre-rain fruit on Monday.

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Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes February 17, 2019

NEW! Yellow Spring Onions and Red Torpedo Onions, Brussels Sprouts from Covilli in 12/1# bags and Red Globe Grapes from Peru. Download our Winter Citrus Guide!

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Earl’s Organic Winter Citrus Guide

Earl’s Organic follows the flavor of winter citrus as we move from variety to variety. Download Earl’s Organic Winter Citrus Guide and Growing Region Map!

Winter Citrus Guide

California Citrus Growing Regions

Now Hiring – Outbound Warehouse Supervisor

Earl’s Organic Produce, Inc., a leading distributor of organic produce throughout Northern California, seeks a skilled Outbound Warehouse Supervisor for our San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market headquarters.

Under the direction of the Outbound Warehouse Manager, the selected candidate will assist in the supervision of the day-to-day operations of the warehouse team and operations, as well as checking order for accuracy and loading trucks.

Responsibilities will include:
• Accomplish Warehouse Human Resources objectives by assisting Managers with onboarding, training, assigning,scheduling, coaching and counseling;
• Ensure communication of job expectations to department team members; coach, mentor, and recognize employees on a day by day basis, as appropriate. Provide on-the-spot feedback;
• Plan, monitor, assess job performance of the team, including contributing in annual reviews; review and recommend compensation actions
• Adhere to company policies and procedures;Oversee order flow, truck loading, product selection and pallet building;
• Mentor product selectors and operations personnel;
• Direct Product Selectors and Outbound team members in the day-to-day functions of the Outbound shift;
• Implements & executes Outbound Operations Manager’s department vision and strategy while providing feedback for improvement where applicable;
• Assure stock and warehouse facility is maintained in a safe, clean and orderly condition
• Communicate with various different personnel, departments, to receive information, resolve questions and issues and coordinate activities;
• Operate a variety of warehouse equipment and vehicles;
• Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others;
• Read orders to ascertain quantities of merchandise;
• Obtain merchandise from bins, shelves, and coolers;
• Examine products to verify quality standards;
• Count finished products to determine if product orders are complete;
• Coordinate loading/load trucks;
• Operate machinery used in the process, or assist machine operators;
• Observe equipment operations so that malfunctions can be detected, and notify Management as necessary;
• Function safely at a quick pace;
• Provides support and guidance to other departments as requested;
• Ensures work is performed safely at all times;
• Punctuality and regular and reliable attendance.

Position Requirements:
• Minimum high school diploma required
• HAACP training perferred
• One year minimum experience in Agriculture Receiving, Cooling & Shipping preferred
• Minimum one year experience in supervising others, three years preferred
• Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
• Strong communication skills
• Ability to respond to feedback from others
• Ability to maintain respect and composure in stressful situations
• Attention to detail
• Desire to support other team members
• High energy!
• Desire to grow individually and to learn how to best support other team members
• Ability to lift a minimum of 50lbs on a regular basis
• Ability to read, write and understand English

The above is only a basic description of the position and it does not, nor is it intended to, outline all of the specifics of the responsibilities expected to be performed.

BENEFITS

Earl’s Organic Produce provides a highly competitive compensation package, including medical, dental, vision, LTD and voluntary life, plus a company-sponsored retirement program and paid meal breaks. After one year of employment, we pay 100% of medical benefits for the employee only.

Earl’s Organic Produce is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We work to embrace diversity in all its forms and strive to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened and productive environment. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Wage:

Wage depends on experience.

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume, and three references via email or come directly to:

Earl’s Organic Produce
2101 Jerrold Ave, Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94124

Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes February 11, 2019

Gold Nugget Mandarins are here! They have bumpy skin, are very aromatic and are easy to peel. Fruit is seedless with a rich and sweet flavor. Season starts in San Diego County,overlaps and finishes in the foothills of Fresno County.

Download the Earl’s Organic Winter Citrus Guide and map and follow the flavor throughout the season!   

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