Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Lemons are sporadic; packer label domestic and Mexican lemons are being substituted. Arizona/California desert lemons are on the market; supplies continue to increase weekly. New crop harvesting has begun in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Overall markets remain elevated and are not expected to ease until mid-November.
- MFC and ESS Lemons are sporadic
- The Southern California season has ended
- The Arizona/California desert region is the primary growing area; the season will continue through March
- Demand exceeds supply; 165-count and smaller fruit are especially tight
- New crop supplies are dominated by 140-count and larger sizes
- Fancy grade fruit is most abundant; choice grade stocks are limited
- Fruit is still very green and requires time in gas rooms
- New crop San Joaquin Valley harvesting has started
- Early estimates predict the crop will be dominated by 140-count and larger fruit; 165-count and smaller lemons will be scarce
- Fancy grade fruit is most abundant; choice grade supplies are limited
- Cooler nights in the San Joaquin Valley will help enhance color; fruit will need less time in gas rooms
- The season will run through May
- Expect tight supplies of 165-count and smaller sizes through January
- Prices are stable at high levels
- Overall quality is good
- When ordering, lead time is recommended
- Product is available for loading out of California’s San Joaquin Valley and South Texas
- All sizes are available; supplies are adequate
- Strong demand and low California volume are keeping Mexican lemon prices high
- Quality is good
- Rain is forecast this week which could tighten supplies and push markets upward
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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