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By Jana Mathia
Gazette Editor 

Pulse demand turns market price upward

 

April 30, 2020



WHITMAN COUNTY – Last fall chickpeas were sitting in the fields, uncertain if they would even be cut due to low prices. In recent weeks, pulse crops have been flying off grocery shelves across the United States like toilet paper.

"The demand has come at a feverish pace," said Spokane Seed President Andrew Fontaine.

Fontaine recalled his grandfather, who was president of the company in his day, telling him their product did well in times of war and recession and they are seeing both now. People are seeking after low cost, shelf stable foods of which chickpeas, peas and lentils are prime...



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