News and Stories


October 19, 2015


Cantaloupe and honeydew melons will be packed in Markon First Crop (MFC) boxes through November. While most cantaloupe will continue to be shipped in brand through mid-November, honeydew is sporadic. MFC Melons are not packed during the offshore harvest and will become available again during the 2016 spring/summer season that starts in April 2016.


  • Harvesting in California’s San Joaquin Valley will end this week
  • Large-size melons will dominate fall crops
    • 9- and 12-count cantaloupes and 5- and 6-count honeydews will be most plentiful
    • Most small-size melons, especially honeydews, will be shipped in packer label due to limited availability
  • Fall harvesting has started in the Arizona/California desert region (from Brawley, California to Yuma, Arizona) and Central Arizona (Aguila and Maricopa)
    • Quality is excellent, but domestic fall melons have a rougher appearance
    • Cantaloupe flavor is sweet (11-12% Brix), but green casts, ground spots, and rougher netting are minor issues
    • Honeydew internal quality is excellent (10-11% Brix), but changes in appearance may include wind scarring, blemishes, and some netting
    • Hardier seed varieties are used for fall crops; outer appearance is affected by colder temperatures, rain, and the fact that melons take longer to mature
  • Packer label stocks of Mexican honeydew have started to cross into Nogales, Arizona; cantaloupe will start arriving this week
  • Offshore fruit from Guatemala will be available on the East Coast in mid-November and on the West Coast in early December


Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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