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UPDATE: Green Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine

August 12, 2016

Due to ample supplies and weak demand, the market is expected to remain steady at lower levels for the next 10 to 12 days before rebounding and shifting upward. As school orders increase and regionally grown stocks decline, pressure will shift back to the West Coast, causing prices to rise. If East Coast stocks are subject to any extreme heat or heavy rain, the green leaf, iceberg, and romaine markets can escalate. High temperatures and precipitation are forecast through next week in the Ohio Valley into the Northeast with significant flooding in some areas. 



  • Regional yields are currently adequate due to ideal weather conditions; demand remains weak on the West Coast    
  • Quality in California is above average with occasional mildew, but crews are able to trim outer leaves
  • Insect damage, thrip, and weak tip are minimal   
  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Premium Iceberg Lettuce is available

Green Leaf and Romaine

  • Prices are low; West Coast supplies are ample
  • Some mildew is present on outer leaves, but heads will be trimmed and sorted for best quality
  • Light ash may be present on the outer leaves of some heads due to the Soberanes Wildfire burning north of Big Sur (near the Salinas Valley growing region)
  • MFC Premium Green Leaf and Romaine are sporadic; Markon Best Available will be substituted as necessary

Below is an image of predicted rainfall activity for the next week:




Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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