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Archive for June, 2017

Press Release: Earl’s Organic Announces Exclusive Partnership with Ellwood Canyon

Tomatoes and SquashWe are excited to announce that Earl’s Organic Produce, the leading organic distributor in northern California, is the exclusive distributor of Ellwood Canyon Farms. Jack Motter and Jeff Kramer have been farming organically since 2009, specializing in handpicked tomatoes, carrots, summer and winter squash and a variety of other organic fruits and vegetables year-round on 66 acres in the fertile Goleta Valley, just north of Santa Barbara.

Jack and Jeff are two young farmers and life-long friends driven by their passion for organic, quality and relationships. “This is the story reflected in every vegetable growing in the soils of Ellwood Canyon Farms, this is the next generation of organic agriculture,” says Anthony Mirisciotta, Buyer at Earl’s Organic Produce.

Ellwood will have mixed cherry tomatoes, early girl tomatoes and Ambrosia melons by the 4th of July weekend. Heirloom and Roma tomatoes, Shishito Peppers and squash will start up by mid-July. 

We are looking forward to continuing to develop and grow this relationship with a long-term partnership,” says Robert Lichtenberg, Director of Purchasing at Earl’s Organic. The region of distribution stretches as far north as Arcata, east to Reno and as far south as Monterey County.


Earl’s Produce Buyer’s Notes Week of June 26th

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Extreme Heat Wave Hits California

A heat wave continues to sweep through California this week with temperatures reaching well over 100 degrees in many growing regions.  Some summer fruits such as watermelon, tomatoes and melons like the heat but if it gets past 110 degrees for an extended period of time, the plants become stressed, interrupting its production cycle and preventing necessary nutrients from reaching the plant. Hot days not only affect the food we eat but the people harvesting our food. Workers are being sent home before noon because it is too hot to be in the field picking.  Hot days and less hours to pick will affect supply and quality across various commodities.

Watermelons out of Bakersfield will be tight, sweet baby broccoli is limited, heirlooms and cherry tomatoes out of Yolo County are slowly trickling in but expected to ramp up next week when the weather begins to cool down a bit. Expect to see a little sunburn on some lettuce varieties. Romaine and butter will show the worst damage with browning around the top of the leaves. Stone Fruit grower Richard Burkart from Burkart Organics walked his orchards this morning and noticed that the yellow nectarines he planned on picking had stopped ripening. The outlandish heat of 108 degrees has caused the trees to shut down due to the extreme heat as a survival/preservation response. He hasn’t seen an event like this in years. He does expect to pick over the weekend when the temps go down a bit. Stay tuned for updates.


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Earl’s Produce Buyer’s Notes Week of June 19th

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Summer Solstice

Today is the first day of summer, also called the summer solstice and the longest day of the year.  The Sun is directly overhead at its most northern point at “high-noon” on the summer solstice, creating more sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere on this day than any other, resulting in more growing hours of sunlight for plants. Summer solstice also marks a turning point and from now until winter solstice, the days will gradually begin to get shorter and the nights longer.  After the winter solstice the days will gradually begin to get longer and the nights shorter until the cycle starts again in June.

The length of days and nights from season to season affects the way many plants grow and what they do throughout the year. Plants are able to measure hours of darkness and how much cold or chill hours they have experienced, causing a plant to bloom, drop its leaves or experience new growth. Plants experience peaks of growth throughout the year depending on the weather and the number of daylight hours.  We use the Earth’s movement around the sun to develop planting calendars that help us determine which crops to plant at what time of year, the geography they grow best in and at what temperature. Some summer fruits that benefit from long hours of heat are stone fruit, melons and heirloom tomatoes.

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