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UPDATE: Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, and Squash

January 09, 2015

Prices are slightly higher on both coasts this week due to recent cool weather conditions in Florida and Mexico. There is a wide range of prices and quality available, especially in cucumbers and squash crops. Supplies will increase over the next 7 to 10 days due to production in new areas and improved quality. 




• Florida recently experienced rain and cold temperatures; defects may include light color and stem decay

Temperatures have returned to typical levels (highs near 80 with nighttime lows in the 50s)

Production is increasing and quality is improving



Green bell peppers from Mexico (loading in Nogales, Arizona and South Texas) are plentiful due to two seasons overlapping

o Most production is moving south from Sinaloa to Sonora

o Some quality issues are apparent from remaining northern fields, but they will improve as new production increases

Cool temperatures and clouds have inhibited red and yellow bell pepper color from deepening, resulting in fewer available   supplies; production will increase over the next 7 to 10 days




Domestic cucumbers are scarce; imports are the main source on the East Coast from January to March

Offshore supplies from Honduras will become more abundant over the next two weeks

• Quality is fair, but will improve as offshore production increases



• Supplies from Mexico are limited due to cool temperatures; expect volume to increase in 7 to 10 days

• The market will ease as supplies become more plentiful




• Quality is mixed due to recent rains; stocks will increase as temperatures warm

• Offshore squash from Honduras will supplement supplies in the coming weeks



Volume is low; yellow squash is especially tight

Expect small size and light color

Supplies will increase and quality will improve over the next 7 to 10 days as production starts in new fields


Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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