As for me, this is not a good sign for American economy. California can produce fresh fruits the whole year and should be able to supply much of the US the whole year if people would just stick to eat fruits that are in season. I try to eat fruits that are produced in season. Citruses during the winter, berries and early season stone fruits in spring time, regular stone fruits and some apples and pears, in the summer, grapes, pears, apples in the early to late fall, then pomegranates, persimmons, in late fall to early winter and back to citruses again. Eating fruits in season are said to be good for your health. There’s always fresh fruits available everyday from my small yard here in Northern California and am just saying that at least we have to strive to produce fruits in a more prolonged season whenever the climate allows it.
For others, who don’t have lower than zone 9 climates, you can invest in good storage of your harvest for winter and spring consumption, and of course make sure to buy fresh fruits from the stores that come from the US such as Florida, California, Texas…
The moment you ask for berries, apples, pears, stone fruits, grapes all year round then it is bad business for our local farmers as it would be cheaper to import them most times when they’re not in season.
You have high school kids anymore that think milk comes from a grocery or convenience store.
If they met a cow in the road, they’d have no idea…
Somebody needs to put a little agriculture or gardening class back into the school system.
My kind of imported fruit: Mangos from Oaxaca.
Ugh, sorry for going a-hole offended here, but as a Canuck it drives me nuts how under a new presidency Canada has suddenly become an evil-villain. The article you attach states, “The surge in imports, mostly from Latin America and Canada”… Yet with their own attached graph they note that only 2.9% of imported produce comes from Canada. Honestly, do folks think Canadian fresh produce, is a threat to US agriculture? Even in mid-summer here in Alberta, it is far easier for me to find cherries, peaches, etc, from Washington state than it is for me to find them from our neighbouring province of British Columbia. In Alberta we just can’t grow those, so we have to buy them from somewhere else. And in winter, which here lasts from when the snow first comes to stay in early November to sometime in April when it melts (we currently have more than a foot of snow on the ground), I highly doubt we are any threat to US farmers. But Trump says NAFTA is a disaster, and the article states that there is a surge of imports from Canada, so reality is how you paint it I guess…
@Don3a – I’m right there with you. The article referenced by the original poster is mis-construed. Now I’m not a big fan of the current administration in the U.S., but when they refer to agricultural imports from Canada they’re referring to Agrium – which has it’s tenacles into raw fertilizer (90% of the world potash and nearly 60% of Nitrate), farm consulting (Crop Production Services), and consumer plant starts (Bonnie Plants). In my opinion it’s no reason to dissolve NAFTA in a slash and burn fashion but perhaps some negotiation would be worthwhile.
Yep, we are! We teaching most of Snohomish County 5th graders, bus loads.