News and Stories


April 29, 2021


  • Production has ended in Caborca, Mexico; harvesting is steadily increasing in Central Mexico
  • Peruvian volume is rising as expected at this time of year; these extra supplies will help stabilize the market but will not be sufficient to hold prices steady
  • Quality is excellent: spears are straight with firm tips and grassy flavor
  • Expect higher prices through early May as demand is increasing for Mother’s Day; markets will stabilize following the holiday and decrease by mid- to late May as production continues to ramp up

Green Beans

  • Supplies are below normal in Southern Florida
  • Mexican stocks are decreasing as that season winds down
  • Production has been delayed in Northern Florida and Georgia due to cold weather
  • Expect volume to rise in mid-May as Texas and Georgia production increases
  • Price escalators may go into effect Friday, April 30

Green Grapes

  • January’s heavy rains in parts of Chile reduced supplies and diminished quality
  • Current quality concerns include: split skins, decay, and discoloration
  • Chilean greens will be on the market until the second week of May
  • Mexican green grapes will begin shipping by mid-May

Red Grapes

  • Chilean red grape stocks are adequate
  • Prices have begun to inch up as quality is diminishing
  • Current quality concerns include: split skins and softness
  • Chilean reds will be on the market until late May
  • Mexican red grapes will begin shipping at the end of May

Idaho Potatoes

  • Once Norkotah stocks are depleted, the Burbank variety will be shipped until new crop, field-run Norkotahs become available mid- to late August
  • Small-size potatoes (80- to 100-count stocks) dominate remaining Norkotah and Burbank supplies; 40- to 70-count sizes) are tightening
  • 40-to 70-count pricing will continue to climb through the rest of the 2020/2021 season
  • Quality is good: pressure bruising and hollow heart are sporadic issues in both varieties
    • Raw storage crop quality will weaken as the season progresses
    • Sheds will need to run more raw product to pack the same number of cartons, reducing available supplies
  • There are no anticipated gaps in the Burbank storage crop supply before new crop Norkotahs start shipping


  • Overall volume will remain low through May
  • 110- and 150-count sizes are extremely scarce; very few suppliers are quoting prices
    • Demand has shifted to 175- and 200-count sizes which have slightly better availability
    • Slight relief is expected for 175-count and smaller sizes next week
  • Quality is very good: cosmetic issues are minimal, resulting in fewer No. 2 grade supplies on the market

Mixed Berries

  • Prices will remain elevated until production in Georgia, Southern California, and Florida ramps up in early May  
  • The Chilean season is finished
  • Central Mexico production is past its peak; stocks continue to diminish
  • New crop harvesting is expected to start in Georgia and Southern California by the end of this month
  • Florida is getting started in a limited way; production was delayed due to unfavorable weather


  • Pricing will remain active due to tight supplies and reduced harvesting
  • The previous cool weather has hindered harvesting and tightened supplies in Central Mexico, Baja, and Oxnard; stocks were expected to increase, but plants are producing fewer berries due to reduced maturity  
  • Supplies will remain tight through late May, at which point crops are expected to ramp up in Central Mexico, Baja, and Northern California


  • Supplies are slowly increasing as the industry enters peak season; markets will gradually decline over the next 7 to 10 days
  • Central Mexico is the primary growing region; plants are producing as planned

Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Red and Yellow Onions from Idaho and Oregon will ship through May 7
  • Washington MFC Onions will be available through late May
  • White onions will be extremely sporadic as the season concludes
  • Expect diminishing quality in remaining storage shipments
    • Onions will have golden, cured skins, but may be softer than early and mid-season stocks
    • Problems may include occasional internal decay, mold, and multiple centers/hearts


  • MFC Red and Yellow Onions will be shipped out of the Imperial Valley through early June   
  • California fresh-run onions have feathery skins and light-colored exteriors compared to Northwest storage onions


  • Supplies are expected to be available through the week of May 10
  • Texas onions also have feathery skins and light color

Ready-Set-Serve (RSS) Cauliflower

  • Cool weather has slowed growth in the Salinas Valley and Santa Maria growing regions
    • Yields are much lower than normal
    • Quality is excellent: color is snowy white
  • Supplies are extremely limited out of all growing regions; demand exceeds supply
  • Expect markets to ease and availability to improve in 7 to 10 days as favorable weather is in the forecast

Stone Fruit

  • Supplies are limited, but increasing daily
  • Size is dominated by small fruit (volume-filled 12- and 14-count packs); larger sizes will be available by the end of next week
  • Quality is good: sugar levels range between 12 and 16 Brix (sweetness/flavor will peak in mid-May)


  • Fruit will become available the week of May 25
  • The season will run from June through mid-September
  • The Georgia peach season will begin in mid-May and continue through August
  • Good quality is forecast: sugar levels typically range from 10 to 12 Brix


  • Fruit will begin shipping the week of June 15
  • The season will run from mid-June to mid-October
  • Expect good quality: sugar levels typically range from 12 to 14 Brix


  • Limited supplies of cherries are available out of California’s Central Valley; volume will ramp up next week
  • The California season will run through early July
  • Washington cherries will be available in June and ship through August


  • Mexico’s Sonora region is experiencing below-normal evening temperatures that are slowing squash growth; supplies are tight
  • Harvesting is just getting started in Baja, Mexico; more consistent stocks are expected over the next few weeks
  • Florida volume is rising
    • More growers have started harvesting in Plant City
    • Recent rain is diminishing quality
  • The Georgia season has begun; supplies will become more plentiful in two to three weeks
  • California production will begin in Santa Maria and the San Joaquin Valley by mid-May
  • The Mexican season will wind down in late May/early June

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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