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Market Outlook - August 27, 2021

DELTA PEARS

Stillwater Orchards is located along the Sacramento River in the town of Courtland– an area known to produce some of the best pears in the world. The land has been owned and operated by the Elliot family since 1860. The Elliot’s take pride in producing some of the most flavorful pears in the Delta.

Delta Bartlett- Sweet and crisp when on the greener side and extremely juicy as they fully ripen. Available by the 40# case, pound, and piece.
Red Crimson- Aside from color, there is not much difference between the Red Crimson and green Bartlett. Red pears are available by the 20# case and by the pound.
Bosc– Great for a variety of applications. A ripe Bosc will still be firm and dense with tender, sweet honey flesh that is rich and aromatic. 40# case, pound, or piece.
Comice– One of the sweetest and juiciest varieties with creamy flesh and an aroma reminiscent of wine. 20# case.
French Butter– Juicy, buttery flesh with hints of lemon; a great baking pear. 20# case only.
Seckel- An excellent dessert pear, small in size but big on sweetness. Great served with cheese or baked into tarts. 20# case only
 
 

WATER SHORTAGE

The current drought in California has caused frustration, uncertainty, and discouragement to all California residents, especially those in the  agricultural industry. In a state that is a top producer of vegetables, fruit, nuts and dairy products, water plays a vital role in our economy.

This year, California experienced its driest February, usually one of the wettest months, in more than 150 years. Reservoirs are dangerously low, adding pressure to the already struggling agriculture industry. The delta, California’s largest surface water source, receives most of its water from the Sierra Nevada snow melts. Because of numerous dry years, higher temperatures, and the effect of large-scale fires in the watershed, most of the snow melt was absorbed before it could reach the delta. This lack of water flow has left the Delta watershed almost 800,000 acre-feet lower than expected– enough to nearly fill Folsom Lake.

To help combat the lack of water, emergency restrictions have been put into place that will limit use of stream or river water. The largest restriction is for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed, which contributes to water supply for more than two-thirds of California and irrigation for millions of acres of farmland. This restriction could affect as many as 5,700 water rights holders. Without stopping the diversions, a substantial amount of drinking water supply would be endangered if the drought continues next year.

All California farmers are impacted by the drought but the severity differs depending on their water rights. Some farmers have access to alternate sources, such as well water or tapping into groundwater, while other farmers have had to either abandon crops or not grow at all. This has left gaps in crops or limited availability. Due to the lack of water supply, purchasing water from those who still have access will be extremely expensive. Please keep in mind that water is incorporated into every good, service, and product that we use in our day-to-day lives. When the cost of water rises, so does the cost of those goods.