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UPDATE: Broccoli and Cauliflower

March 11, 2016


The broccoli and cauliflower markets are beginning to rise. Abnormally warm temperatures in the Arizona/California desert and Northern Mexico growing regions during the month of February caused quality issues in broccoli crops. Salinas production has started, but is limited due to wet weather; supplies are tight. Cauliflower harvesting is winding down in the desert area; new crop supplies will increase in Salinas, California over the next several weeks. Expect elevated broccoli and cauliflower prices through March. 



  • Markon First Crop Broccoli Crowns are sporadic; Markon Best Available will be substituted as necessary
  • FOB crown prices have reached the low teens and will continue to rise   
  • Branchy structure, brown bead, large size, long stems, and occasional flowering are problems drastically reducing yields
  • Harvesting has begun in Salinas, but supplies are limited; recent wet weather slowed production
  • Expect tight stocks and rising markets through March; volume is expected to increase by early April


  • The market is rising
  • Supplies are tightening; the desert growing season is winding down
  • Prices will reach the low to mid-teens by next week
  • Salinas supplies will begin to ramp up over the next several weeks
  • Large-size heads (9-count) are limited; smaller sizes (12- and 16-count) are more plentiful
  • Expect very limited stocks for the next several weeks
  • Markon Essentials Cauliflower is sporadic; packer label will be substituted

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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