· Week 31 at the farms brought a welcomed respite in our weather:
· Only 85.6 mm (3.3 inches) of rainfall were recorded.
· A few days of sunshine is allowing us to catch up in soil preparation and new plantings.
· Harvest age again was reduced with 58% harvested at 21 WAF; 20% at 20 WAF and only 20% harvested at 22 WAF.
· Internal quality has been impacted by climatic conditions and age at harvest reduction.
· We expect that the anticipated improvement in climatic conditions will allow us to pack our usual quality fruit.
· Volumes arriving in the marketplace are on the decline.
Let’s be honest: college life is a life full of extremes. From the the excitement and nerves surrounding your first day, to the stress of handling coursework and hitting deadlines, and preparing meals and staying healthy can be difficult. With many college students living with restricted resources (let’s face it–cooking in a dorm is virtually impossible) and watching their budgets, we’ve compiled a few quick back-to-college snacks for surviving this semester.
A pineapple is everything that you want to be on your first day back to school: they stand tall, wear fabulous crowns, and are sweet on the inside! With the new year quickly approaching, it’s normal to feel a little anxious about the big first day back to school. With new classes, new friends, new teachers and new challenges…it can be a lot to handle. To lend a hand, we have compiled some back to school tips as perfect as our pineapples!
Welcome the new year with some back to school crafting fun to get the kids creating! In just a few steps, you can transform a plain mason jar into the perfect pineapple masterpiece. You’ll need just a few supplies: tape, green construction paper, scissors, permanent marker and a mason jar.
· A second consecutive week of excessive precipitation
· 314.3 mm (12.4 inches) of rainfall reported
· Farms aggressively pursue age reduction at harvest to avoid quality issues –
· 39 % harvested at 21 WAF; 60% at 22 WAF and even 1% at 20 WAF
· Soil preparation is paralyzed due waterlogged fields
· Road closures, flooding and damage to infrastructure is reported
· Harvest and planting of new fields being carried out in difficult conditions (see picture attached)
· Other than waterlogged fields we have been spared flooding and damage to infrastructure
A Simple, Refreshing Smoothie Recipe for Back to School
With back to school right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking healthy snacks and lunches for the kids! Unfortunately, a new school year can also mean new germs that your children will be exposed to in the classroom, in the lunchroom, on the playground and more.
· A record breaking week with accumulated precipitation of 313 mm (12.3 inches)!
· This is almost equal to the average monthly precipitation during the rainy season
· Some flooding and damage to infrastructure is being reported on the Atlantic coast
· Our farms have been spared flooding or damage thus far
· We are intensifying fruit sampling to export only fruit with proper quality parameters
· Quality parameters are holding and good
How Sustainable Farming Practices Make Our Pineapples Perfect
Part of what makes our pineapples perfect is our dedication to implementing our sustainable farming practices. Being one of the top three pineapple importer to North America, we understand that it is our responsibility to implement these practices to better benefit the environment and our workers.
·High intensity showers throughout the week accumulated 119.7 mm (4.7 inches ) of precipitation
·Weather forecast is for continued atmospheric instability at least into the coming week
·Quality is stable and outstanding
·NDF harvest will be completed during week 29 harvest
·A significant reduction in industry volumes is anticipated after the last 10 weeks of NDF harvest.
Chestnut Hill Farms is located in Costa Rica, just over the hill from Tortuguero National Park, or the “Costa Rican Amazon”. With abundant rainfall each year, our farms are able to thrive in this lush environment that supports a variety of wildlife. Chestnut Hill Farms maintains over 275 hectares of forest reserve, which serves as a home to three species of monkeys, the three-toed sloth, many classes of birds including toucans and parrots, deer, wild turkey and jaguars.