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UPDATE: Lemons

October 20, 2015


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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