News and Stories


April 09, 2020

Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, and Squash

  • Volume is lower compared to the last several weeks
    • Stored inventories have been sold
    • Production has slowed due to weak foodservice and retail demand
  • Expect volatile markets for the next few weeks due to COVID-19

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Green Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine

  • Rainfall earlier this week has decreased daily harvestable yields in California’s Central and Salinas Valleys
  • Growers experienced delays due to wet/muddy fields; crews took measures to minimize dirt/mud in finished packs  
  • Some suppliers were forced to cancel harvests entirely
  • Expect prices to continue inching up through this week, then level off next week as favorable weather is in the forecast


  • Storage crop Markon First Crop (MFC) Onions from the Northwest will remain on the market through April
  • Expect diminishing quality in storage shipments as the season wraps up
    • 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
  • Texas-grown, fresh-run MFC Onions are being shipped; fresh-run onions will have feathery skins and light color when compared to Northwest storage onions
  • The MFC California onion season will begin April 27


  • Idaho 40- to 80-count cartons are abundant
  • Storage crop quality is very good, but pressure bruising and hollow heart have been sporadic in large sizes (40- to 80-count potatoes)
  • 5/10-pound, 10/5-pound, and 6/8-pound retail bales are available
    • Non A-size packs are tighter
    • Jumbo 10-ounce minimum supplies are being substituted
  • New crop harvesting is estimated to begin August 3

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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