News and Stories


August 13, 2020

Bell Peppers

  • Green bell prices are much lower; supplies are abundant
    • Stocks are plentiful in all growing regions, including California, Canada, Michigan, and Ohio
    • Low prices are expected for the next two to three weeks
  • Red bell markets are fairly steady; supplies will tighten this week as harvesting transitions to new growing regions
    • California production will transition to northern and coastal growing regions over the next two weeks
    • East Coast and Mexican harvesting is below normal levels; the West Coast is the primary growing region at this time of year
    • Prices expected to climb heading into next week

Cantaloupe and Honeydew

  • The Westside of California’s San Joaquin Valley is the primary growing region at this time; harvesting is at its peak
    • Quality ranges from very good to excellent
    • Sugar levels vary from 12 to 13 Brix for cantaloupe and 11 to 13 Brix for honeydew
  • Honeydew markets remain low, while cantaloupe prices will continue easing this week
  • Expect ample stocks and weak prices through August

Imported Oranges

  • Fruit is currently arriving from Australia, Chile, and South Africa
    • Australian and Chilean fruit is being shipped to both coasts, while South African supplies are only available on the East Coast
    • 88-count and larger pack sizes dominate availability
    • Quality is very good: fancy grade fruit is most plentiful
    • Markets for imported fruit are $1.00-$2.00 higher per case delivered into Indianapolis and Texas from ports in California and Pennsylvania; expect roughly .02 cent higher cost per piece due to less fruit per carton 
  • Mexican Valencia oranges will be on the market in November
  • Domestic California Navel oranges are forecast to become available in mid- to late October

Imported Lemons

  • Supplies are arriving from Argentina and Chile
    • Argentine fruit is available on the East Coast, while Chilean stocks are arriving on both coasts
    • Quality is very good: fancy grade fruit is most abundant
    • Markets for imported fruit are $2.00-$3.00 per case higher delivered into Indianapolis and Texas out of California and Pennsylvania
  • Limited quantities of Mexican lemons are crossing into South Texas
    • The season is just ramping up
    • 140- and 165-count fruit will dominate availability
    • Pricing is expected to be $2.00-$3.00 lower when loading in South Texas rather than California


  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Onions from New Mexico will remain available through the end of this week 
  • California-grown MFC Onions have been depleted
  • Colorado stocks will start shipping next week
  • Onions out of the Northwest will have a rounder, more globe-like shape than stocks shipped during the spring/summer months; these early season stocks will still exhibit thin, light-colored skins until shipped out of storage


  • MFC Strawberries are available
  • Warm weather is expected to affect quality and decrease fruit size
  • Expect bleeding, bruising, over-ripeness, pin rot, small size, softness, and reduced shelf-life over the next two weeks
  • The Santa Maria growing region has started limited production; stock will ramp up in September

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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