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Archive for January, 2021

January Market Disruptions

Historically December and January see disruptions in organic markets due to various factors such as frosts, winter storms, less daylight hours and holidays.  2020 brought even more challenges with Covid-19. Unfortunately many workers have been hit hard by Covid-19 with many packing sheds having challenges. Consequently field laborers and trucking companies are experiencing challenges due to the lack of workers, tightening up an already challenged labor force. Trucking issues have caused numerous challenges around the holidays and beyond. Covid-19 has thinned the volume of available trucks leading to loads that do not have a way to get to us, limiting supply on many items. Imports are limited as well, mostly due to extreme back ups in the Southern California ports.

Prices and availability are the most unstable often in these months. Prices will continue to stay high until the supply side stabilizes. The thing to remember is that most of the US is pulling produce from the same area that we do at this point in the season.  Demand is great – supply isn’t. Price and quality do not track side by side. Often higher prices reflect difficult growing conditions and veg has more cosmetic challenges than we are used to.  We are hoping that this disruption will resolve itself in the coming weeks. 

We feel immense gratitude for our resilient growers who keep their workers safe while continuing to harvest and ship quality organic produce to sustain our communities during these adverse conditions. 

If you missed our blog “Cold Weather Challenges” read the online blog and know what to expect in terms of prices and veg quality as we work through this difficult time. https://bit.ly/shortdaysgrowingchallenges

Hiring Warehouse Associate

NOW HIRING WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATE! APPLY TODAY!

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

Shifts available:

3pm – 11:30pm

Responsibilities include:

  • Operate all scanning devices and associated software used in the order selecting process;
  • Obtain merchandise from bins, shelves, and coolers;
    • Build (palletize) orders with caution so as to not damage product;
  • Examine products to verify quality standards;
  • Count finished products to determine if product orders are completed;
  • Pallet wrap, mark and tag identification for the palletized merchandise;
  • Operate machinery used in the order picking process, or assist machine operators;
  • Load trucks per Company Standard Operating Procedures, as needed;
  • Maintain equipment per Company SOP;
  • Perform to 80 pieces per hour minimum average;
  • Maintain 98% accuracy as measured by transaction;
  • Perform to all other company standards;
  • Observe equipment operations so that malfunctions can be detected, and notify management as necessary;
  • Ensure work is performed safely at all times;
  • Wear proper safety equipment at all times;
  • Punctuality and regular and reliable attendance.

Position requirements include:

  • Pallet jack experience is required
  • Ability to read and understand information presented in writing
  • Ability to arrange things in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. on a regular basis
  • Requires being reliable, responsible, dependable, and fulfilling obligations
  • Requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks
  • Requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-nature
  • Requires supporting other team members and provide service to others
  • Requires knowledge of conducting inspections of products

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 employee only.

Earl’s Organic Produce works to embrace diversity in all its forms; it strives to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened and productive environment.

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

Earls Organic Produce 2101 Jerrold Ave. San Francisco, CA 94124

Earl’s Organic Produce is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

Job Type: Full-time

HR@earlsorganic.com

 

 

Vibrant Moro Blood Oranges

Moro Blood Oranges grown in the Central San Joaquin Valley are just a few of the wonderful types of citrus in season.  The red flesh of the Blood Orange varies in intensity depending on the variety, location where the trees are grown and the degree of fruit maturity. Brought to America in the 1930’s by Italian and Spanish immigrants they are now grown commercially in Southern California, Texas and Florida. Hot days and cold nights are needed to bring out the best flavors in blood oranges.

Blood Oranges are packed with vitamin C, carotenoids and are high in potent antioxidant properties. The red flesh color varies in intensity depending on the variety, location where the trees are grown and the degree of fruit maturity. Hot days and cold nights are needed to bring out the best flavors in blood oranges. The red blush on the outside of the fruit is because of the sun and not related to the red color of the flesh. Fruit that is exposed more to the sun on one part of the tree will have more of a blush color on the skin which will become darker later in the season if left on the tree longer. Choose a blood orange the same as you would any citrus, look for the heaviest fruit which means more juice.  Eat them out of hand or juice for a healthy beverage.

Moro Blood Oranges

Moro Blood Oranges grown in the Central San Joaquin Valley are just a few of the wonderful types of citrus in season.  The red flesh of the Blood Orange varies in intensity depending on the variety, location where the trees are grown and the degree of fruit maturity. Brought to America in the 1930’s by Italian and Spanish immigrants they are now grown commercially in Southern California, Texas and Florida. Hot days and cold nights are needed to bring out the best flavors in blood oranges.

Blood orange rounds and slices

Earl’s Buyers Notes January 3, 2021

New this week: California Ettinger Avocados, thin skinned light green avocado with a mild flavor, Peruvian Seedless Green Sweet Globe Grapes, Santina Cherries from Chile have black lustrous skin with a flattened heart shape, California Jumbo Kiwis and Kishu Mandarins. Don’t miss the exciting citrus line up from Buck! Heirloom Navels have a classic citrus flavor, Lou Lou Navels are sweet and tends to be low in acid and Nagami Kumquats are sweet and tart! Download our buyer’s notes each week!

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