The West Coast bell pepper market will remain active over the next two weeks. Green bell pepper prices are elevated while red bell peppers prices will rise through the end of June. High temperatures in California’s Southern San Joaquin Valley and Imperial Desert will continue to reduce crop yields over the next week, limiting overall supplies and keeping markets elevated. East Coast supplies are ample. Production in Georgia will continue through late June while areas in North Carolina and Tennessee begin their summer harvests.
West Coast Green Bell Peppers
- Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Green Bell Peppers are sporadic
- Strong demand will keep prices steady at elevated levels over the next 10 days
- Supplies will increase in Bakersfield, California by June 27; markets will ease by early July
- Harvesting will ramp up in Fresno, Gilroy, and Oxnard over the next two weeks
- Warm temperatures will limit plant growth in California’s Southern San Joaquin Valley over the next five days; extra-large and large size peppers will tighten
- Quality remains excellent
West Coast Red Bell Peppers
- MFC Red Bell Peppers are sporadic
- Production will wind down in Coachella, California by the end of next week
- Extremely high temperatures are forecast in the Imperial Desert over the next seven days
- Temperatures are expected to reach 120° in Coachella by Monday, June 20
- Warm weather (generally over 100°) will suspend plant growth in bell peppers
- Extra-large and large size peppers will be limited
- Expect rising prices over the next two weeks
East Coast Green Bell Peppers
- MFC Green Bell Peppers are available
- Ample supplies in Georgia will keep pace with demand over the next two weeks
- Harvesting will begin in North Carolina and Tennessee over the next 10 days, overlapping the Georgia season
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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