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OFG News Jan 15

Happy Cloudy Winter Day Buyers!

Life here at OFG is just poking along like it does every January. It seems like everything is moving a little slower. Low light conditions in November and December and production timed for Christmas means low production for growers. Which works out well for the most part as not much seems to happen in January as far as demand is concerned. Sometimes there is a little excitement if there is an early Chinese New Year however, the year of the Dog will not start until February 16.

January sees the beginnings of pussy willow, forsythia, cherry blossom (should start at the end of this week), local cymbidium orchids, ranunculus in crazy amounts, tulips (en masse), and potted bulb stock

January is could also be renamed “What are we going to do for Valentine’s this year?” month. Last week I did send a very nice reminder to our local growers about our prebook virtual auction. However, it was stuck or lost or “didn’t ask for directions”… and was not sent out until the day after. NOT HELPFUL! Therefore, tomorrow we will be having our Prebook Virtual Valentine Auction – take 2. Delivery will be for February 10 (a little later than last week’s). I do have a number of growers that will be participating this week that were not on last week’s. Look for oriental lilies, potted hydrangeas, hellebores, updated pictures of anthurium (note: nice red 8” for Chinese New Year) and gerbera. There is also a good listing of imported product not as much as last week but still a fair listing. (If you are looking for “Sparkle” roses they are grower number 4794.)

If you come and purchase in the gallery you will note that last week the virtual auction ran later than the gallery auction. To make the most of everyone’s time we will be running the virtual prebook on both A Clock and D clock (after the normal virtual auctions are finished).

Have a great day!

Michelle Sloot
OFG Product Control
905 795 3361
416 428-9432 (cell)

OFG News Dec 19

Good Morning,

At OFG we have had many changes in 2017 – new management, new auctions, new staff. We all have a lot of learning to do. I hope that as we move into the new year that we can help you in your business more. Let us know if there is anything we can do to help

I have had a number of buyers ask me about poinsettias for tomorrow. Grower 230 is bringing a load in. Grower 287 has 14” left. Grower 333 has 8” and grower 306 has 4” and 4.5”.

Statutory holidays in many different countries has made our virtual auction schedule a little wonky. I hope I have all the pertinent dates listed below. Biggest changes? Tomorrow’s virtual auction is for pick up on January 9 and there is no Tuesday virtual auction on Boxing Day (we are closed) or January 2. Our Thursday import virtual auctions will continue on as normal. Other important dates: December 28 prebook plant pick, January 2 plant prebook auction (pick up January 30), January 9 valentine prebook auction (pick up February 6)

OFG Dates:

December 19 – virtual auctions: local pick up December 21, Imports pick up January 9

December 20 – virtual auctions: local pick up December 21

December 21 – virtual auctions: import pick up December 30

December 22 – normal gallery auction

December 25 – Merry Christmas! We are closed – no Shop the Clock, no auctions!

December 26 – Boxing day – we are closed

December 27 – virtual auction: local pick up December 28, 10AM gallery auction

December 28 - virtual auctions: import pick up January 6, normal gallery auction, plant prebook auction pick up

December 29 – normal gallery auction

January 1 – Happy New Year! There is Shop the Clock available but no auctions

January 2 – normal gallery auction, virtual auctions: local pick up January 4, no import virtual auction, plant prebook auction pick up January 30

January 3 – back to “normal”

January 9 – VALENTINE PREBOOK VIRTUAL AUCTION pick up February 6

Merry Christmas and all the best to you and your families in 2018!

Michelle Sloot
OFG Product Control
905 795 3361
416 428-9432 (cell)

OFG News Dec 11

Good Morning,

The end of poinsettia season is in view. Growers are coming to the end of their crop. This year’s shortages seem to be in 6” poinsettias and poinsettia that are not red. Every year is different.

Virtual auction is up and ready to go – local pick up on Thursday and imports next Tuesday. Remember that pick up is tomorrow if you purchased on the first prebook auction. There will be another prebook pick up next week. Also please keep in mind that Thursday is virtual auction for pick up the following Saturday. When in doubt log into our website for all future pickups you have booked.

California growers are in challenging times with crazy weather. One grower had to evacuate his farm last week. Thankfully, the fire did not harm his employees or farm and it was back to work like normal just a day later. I thought I would remind you of other peoples’ crazy weather as we anticipate some snow later this week. This is not crazy weather but just normal weather – we do live in Canada and it snows here in the winter (that is my polite way of saying we need to just deal with it).

Looks like it will be a white Christmas,

Michelle Sloot
OFG Product Control
905 795 3361
416 428-9432 (cell)

OFG News Nov 27

Good Morning,

Have your Christmas sales started? Is Joe Public buying? Poinsettia growers are in full swing. Glitter is flying. And the Christmas music has started in the office.

Do you have your head wrapped around virtual auctions? All figured out? Yes? Great. Now – new and exciting…….. one more! We currently have 1 import auction a week for delivery for the following Tuesday. However, starting this Thursday we will have another weekly import virtual auction. Pick up will be the following Saturday (10 days later). This additional import virtual auction allows OFG and our partner to expand the variety of imports available for purchase for our auction customers. Our prebook Valentine virtual auction date has been set for January 9 for a February 6 pick-up date.

If you need help logging into the website please contact Shaun Parish (sparish@ontarioflowers.com).

To review virtual auctions:

Local virtual auctions take place Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Pick up is the next large auction - Monday has a Tuesday pick up and Tuesday and Wednesday have a Thursday pick up.

Import virtual auctions take place on Tuesday and Thursday. Pick up for the Tuesday auction is the following Tuesday and Thursday purchases will be for the following Saturday (10 days later). Comment will say NXT TU or NXT SA.

Plant prebook auction takes place on the first Tuesday of the month and pick up is the last Tuesday of the month. Comment will give day of pick up PU DE28.

Valentine’s prebook auction will take place on January 9 and pick up will be February 6. Comment will give day of pick up PU FE06.

Michelle Sloot
OFG Product Control
905 795 3361
416 428-9432 (cell)

New Thusday Virtual Auction

This morning I met with Alyson. We have determined that we will have our first virtual Thursday Clock D auction on November 30 – next week! Customers will be able to pick up will on December 9. This will happen every Thursday

Boxes will be delivered on Friday afternoon from Sierra to OFG. OFG staff will have to label with auction stickers.

Michelle Sloot
OFG Product Control
905 795 3361
416 428-9432 (cell)

Weekly Announcements

Good Afternoon Buyers,

Christmas season is under way. Poinsettias are here in abundance. We also have many other Christmas plants. The warehouse is filling up!

If you are up in the office or at the service desk you may have noticed that the azaleas on display. They will be available on Virtual auction tomorrow for Thursday pick up under grower 1200 and whatever is still available will be on the gallery auction on Thursday. This is a new supplier to OFG and we hope it works out well. So we can have their product available on a weekly basis. Thursday will also see a new selection of pots available – while supplies last.

Virtual auction is up and ready to go. On the local side of things there is gerbera, freesia, tulips, alstro, commercial mums and skimmia, potted anthurium, potted paperwhites.

On the import side of things the rose offering is fantastic. I saw garden roses available…..

Have a fantastic day,

Michelle Sloot
OFG Product Control
905 795 3361
416 428-9432 (cell)

Weekly Announcements

Good Afternoon everyone,

I hope this cold weather has helped with the winter season sales. We are ready here for Christmas. We have poinsettias, sticks, greens, amaryllis, Christmas planters and fruit on a stick. Tomorrow is our Prebook Christmas Virtual auction #2. I hope I have redeemed myself and that all the codes are correct (fingers crossed).

Virtual auction is up and ready to go ,so is the prebook virtual auction – look for growers in the 4000 numbers and a comment that says PU DE19! We do have some new growers listed – take a look.

Wishing I had planted my bulbs in my garden earlier (what was I waiting for) – have a great day.

Michelle Sloot
OFG Product Control
905 795 3361
416 428-9432 (cell)

Weekly Announcements

Good afternoon buyers,

It is hard to believe that it was only a year ago that we held our first prebook auction. You would have thought that we would have all the kinks worked out by now. Instead, I created a really good one. I think we need a chiropractor.

Tomorrow we have a lot of things going on: our regular virtual auctions with pick ups on Thursday and next Tuesday, plant prebook auction pick up November 28 and our #1 Christmas prebook.

The Christmas prebook virtual auction is where I messed up huge. We have our Christmas greens pick up tomorrow (November 7) because of this I could not over write this code for paperwork until paperwork was printed today. This is where it goes wrong -- the system updates tonight. This means that In the system you will see that all the prebook flowers have a pick up date of November 7. This should read December 12 and it will ….. tomorrow. Long story to say that all the flowers that have a November 7 pick up date are for December 12 pick up.

If this is as clear as mud to you – I’m sorry. However, on the bright side next week we will do it again with Prebook Christmas auction #2. And I will have a chance to redeem myself.

I have given myself a headache and I’m going home…..

Email me msloot@ontarioflowers.com if you are hopelessly lost and think I can help. ?

If you dare – virtual is up and ready to go. .

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Good Afternoon everyone,

I hope this cold weather has help with the winter season sales. We are ready here for Christmas. We have poinsettias, sticks, greens, amaryllis, Christmas planters and fruit on a stick . Tomorrow is our Prebook Christmas Virtual auction #2. I hope I have redeemed myself and that all the codes are correct (fingers crossed).

Virtual auction is up and ready to go , so is the prebook virtual auction – look for grower in the 4000 numbers and a comment that says PU DE19! We do have some new growers listed – take a look.

Wishing I had planted my bulbs in my garden earlier (what was I waiting for) – have a great day. Michelle Sloot OFG Product Control 905 795 3361 416 428-9432 (cell)

Nov. 13, 2017

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