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Monday, November 3, 2014

FIRST FRUIT NEWS - November 2014



November 2014
 
"A Quality Fruit Company Committed To Bearing Fruit...Fruit That Will Last" (John 15:16)

Washington Picks a Bumper Apple Crop
If the early season projections hold, Washington State apple growers will harvest a record amount of apples, estimated at 140 million boxes. Broetje Orchards expects a large harvest, but not a record crop. As the calendar turns, bringing shorter daylight periods and cooler temperatures, orchard crews can see the end of harvest approaching. 

Attention now turns to picking Granny Smith, Fuji and Pink Lady. The list of blocks cleared of fruit grows longer, including Gala, Honeycrisp, Sweetie, Red Delicious and Opal. Overall fruit quality remains very good. 
Recruiting and retaining experienced people this time of year is always critical. More than 1,900 people are currently working in the orchard, harvesting apples, rolling bins, driving tractors and loading trucks.
Marketing this bumper crop will be more challenging than in previous years, given large apple crops in other states.  This is expected to put pressure on both volume shipments and pricing.  The good news is that Washington's apple industry has experienced strong movement to date, shipping nearly 2.5 to 2.8 million boxes each week. 
Pricing for this year's crop continues to fluctuate based on variety, grade and size.  Some varieties, such as Gala, Granny Smith and Red Delicious are holding a steady price at this early stage. Other varieties are much more price sensitive based on volume and individual fruit size. 
For now, the apple industry is building strong momentum. The key will be maintaining that momentum over the long shipping season.
By: Jim Hazen


Prescott OrchardOur team of over 1,550 employees still need to pick three later varieties of Fuji, Pink Lady & Granny Smith.
Wallula OrchardOur team of 220 employees are harvesting Opal, Fuji, Braeburn and Pink Lady.
Benton City OrchardOur team of 135 employees have picked almost every variety except Braeburn and Fuji.  Those varieties will be the last this month.
  

MEDA: Ethiopia

Thanksgiving is upon us, bringing a time to reflect and remember the many blessings we have in our lives. Thanks to our partnership with MEDA, many families in Ethiopia have reasons to be thankful as well.
Vista Hermosa Foundation has partnered with MEDA to promote the "Ethiopians Fighting against Child Exploitation" (E-FACE) program. The main goal of E-FACE is to increase income of vulnerable families through value chain development in textiles and agriculture markets.They want to build the capacity of local institutions to prevent and build awareness of exploitative child labor and ensure youth of working age have access to education and safe working environment. Bekelech struggled with her family finances.When it became unbearable, her husband decided he couldn't support them anymore and suggested she send their two sons away to live with her parents in a rural community. As a person who cannot read or write, Bekelech knew the difficulties that her sons would face. Thanks to the E-Face project, Bekelech has been able to save and invest in her own coffee growing company. She plans to buy her own property and invest in her sons' futures. Bekelech's strong spirit allowed her to continue moving forward despite the obstacles she faced.

For More Information on MEDA's E-Face Intervention Program please visit: www.meda.org/about-e-face

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