The price of California raisins is set to rise, following a drop in production and exports. With the crop yet to be harvested, there is currently less than a month’s supply on hand, and the squeeze on availability was compounded by wet weather last week.”We’re into a new era of prices,” Kalem Barserian, president of American Dried Fruit Co told BB. He predicted the price per (short) ton would rise from $1,323 to $1,500, based on a smaller crop this year, down from 298,532 tons last year to 287,000 tons. The tonnage available to export was predicted to plummet from 160,218 to 100,000. Last year the UK imported 32,000 tons from California.”We estimate 20% or 60,000 tons is still exposed, with losses amounting to about 20%,” he added last week.Gary Shulz, president of the California Raisin Administrative Committee, revealed that, for the first time in seven years, supply and demand were finely balanced. “This will affect price,” he said. Prices of Turkish raisins were expected to follow suit.
This year’s third annual Hillberry: The Harvest Moon Festival lineup is chock full of bluegrass, funk, and americana/folk acts and is set to take place from October 13th-16th at “The Farm” in Eureka Springs, AR. The festival site rests with its back to the majestic Mark Twain National Forest, boasting 360° panoramic views in the hills of the Ozarks ; essentially the perfect setting for a lineup that includes festival hosts Railroad Earth (2 nights), Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Travelin’ McCoury’s, The New Mastersounds, Turkuaz, Larry Keel (Larry Does Jerry), Fruition, and many more (purchase tickets here).Festival organizers, Deadhead Productions, who also put on Highberry Music Festival at the Ozark National Forest’s Mulberry Mountain, are excited for this year’s lineup and festivities, during what is one of the most beautiful times of the year in the area. With attendance capped at 3000, attendees can expect a truly intimate festival and camping experience. There isn’t anything much better than the opportunity to enjoy some bluegrass and funk, surrounded by nothing but nature, while enjoying some barley-laced ales and libations.Beyond the music, Hillberry offers art installations, a wide spectrum of activities and workshops for children and adults alike, including tie-dying, yoga, rock balancing, and open forum discussions with headlining performers, and much more. Additionally, attendees can take a short hike to the top of The Farm to enjoy a beautiful shrine constructed in memory of the late Grateful Dead legend Jerry Garcia. A Eureka Springs based artist, known as ‘Ralph Shrine,’ and his team built the “Jerry Shrine” to commemorate one of the most inspiring musical artists of the 20th century; an artist whose band and musical legacy left an impact on literally hundreds of thousands of loyal fans that still resonates today.We decided to make a Hillberry Festival playlist on Spotify to help whet your appetites (and for your listening pleasure) with some tracks from the various artists appearing on this year’s lineup. Take a listen below and enjoy!For tickets and additional information about Hillberry, click here.Hillberry Harvest Moon 2016 Festival Full Artist LineupRailroad Earth (2 Nights)Greensky BluegrassThe Infamous StringdustersThe Travelin’ McCourysThe New MastersoundsElephant RevivalTurkuazLarry Keel (Larry does Jerry)FruitionThe Ben Miller BandSplit Lip RayfieldDirtfootThe HatrickArkansauceMountain SproutFriends of the PhamilySad DaddyThe Crescent City ComboJohn Henry & FriendsOpal Agafia & The Sweet NothingsThe Ozark TravelersSquarshers