Melon prices are rising due to seasonal harvesting transitions. California’s Westside season (fruit grown on west side of the San Joaquin Valley stretching from Bakersfield to Turlock), will wind down over the next three weeks. The Central Arizona harvest is starting in Aguila and Maricopa; new crop volume is lower than anticipated. Expect rising prices over the next 7 to 10 days as production in Arizona and mainland Mexico ramp up.
- Markon First Crop (MFC) Cantaloupe is available, but will be sporadic after supplies from California’s San Joaquin Valley are depleted
- 9-count and larger melons are limited
- The domestic season will continue through early December; late-season melons often exhibit green casts, decreased sugar levels, and shorter-than-normal shelf-life
- Guatemalan melons will be shipped to the East Coast market by mid-November and become available on the West Coast by early December
- Expect prices to remain strong into November
- MFC Honeydew is available, but will become sporadic over the coming months
- When San Joaquin Valley supplies are depleted in mid-October, stocks will become available in Central Arizona and the Arizona/California desert region
- The Mexican season will begin in mid-October
- Guatemalan fruit will be available on the East Coast by mid-November and on the West Coast by early December
- Prices are rising and will remain elevated for the next month
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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