News and Stories

UPDATE SUMMARY: Week of August 24, 2015

August 28, 2015



Hot weather in the Salinas and Santa Maria, California growing regions have affected broccoli and cauliflower quality and drastically tightened stocks; prices are escalating. Cilantro supplies remain limited throughout California and Baja, Mexico; elevated prices and strong demand have caused growers to harvest fields earlier than scheduled, straining current supplies and shrinking yields. Raspberry stocks are limited and prices are rising; expect active mixed berry markets over the next two months as crops transition south.


Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, and Squash

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Green and Red Bell Peppers are available
    • Green bell pepper prices and supply levels should remain steady for the summer season 
    • The red and yellow bell pepper markets are high, but will ease over the next two weeks as volume increases
  • MFC and ESS Cucumbers are available
    • East Coast production will remain sufficient for the coming months
    • West Coast stocks will increase in three to four weeks as growers in Baja, Mexico start harvesting fall crops
    • The market will remain strong into mid-September
  • MFC Yellow Squash and Zucchini are available
    • West Coast quality is excellent, but supplies will be tight until fall plantings are harvested
    • Squash will be available to load in Nogales, Arizona (from Mexico) by late September
    • Prices are high, but will ease over the next few weeks as production increases

Broccoli and Cauliflower

  • Last week’s hot weather resulted in quality issues and low yields, drastically tightening broccoli and cauliflower supplies
  • Prices are escalating
  • Hot weather is causing quality issues in broccoli supplies such as brown bead, hollow core, knuckly heads, and long branches
  • Small size, rice-like texture, knuckly heads, and yellow casts are issues being seen in cauliflower
  • Expect limited stocks and high prices for the next several weeks


  • Cilantro remains limited throughout California and Baja, Mexico
  • Prices are up
  • Ready-Set-Serve (RSS) Washed & Trimmed Cilantro is sporadic; packer label will be substituted as needed 
  • Expect low volume and high prices through the next two weeks


  • Although new crop domestic garlic is now on the market, stocks of both domestic and imported garlic are expected to remain limited
  • High prices persist
  • RSS Peeled Garlic orders are being filled with new crop domestic supplies; expect moister product initially, as cloves haven’t had time to dry/firm up

Idaho Potatoes

  • Norkotah fresh-run potatoes are now the sole variety on the market
  • Availability is currently dominated by large-size potatoes (40- through 70-count stocks); fewer small-size supplies (90- through 100-count potatoes) are available at this time
  • MFC Burbank Potatoes will begin shipping in early November (once they complete the sweat process)
  • New crop, fresh-run Burbank stocks will be available by mid-September; supplies will increase through October

Mixed Berries

  • Blackberry stocks are ample
    • Quality is very good
    • The crop is winding down and will begin transitioning from California to Mexico through the month of September
  • Domestic blueberry supplies are beginning to wind down
    • Harvesting will transition to Mexico and South America in late September/early October
    • Price are expected to increase
  • Raspberry stocks are limited; prices are elevated
    • The market is very active; demand exceeds supply
    • Quality is good
    • Expect elevated prices until supplies increase over the next several weeks


  • Growers continue to harvest lemons out of Southern California, but supplies are tight; prices remain stable at high levels
  • New crop Mexican lemons are available for loading in South Texas and California’s San Joaquin Valley; the market has eased
  • MFC Lemons are sporadic; packer label domestic and Mexican lemons are being substituted


  • The Valencia season is winding down; fruit will be on the market through late September/early October
  • Stronger demand and tighter supplies of 113-count and smaller fruit are pushing up prices
  • MFC and ESS Oranges are available; quality is very good
  • The new crop California Navel harvest will begin in early to mid-October
  • The new crop Texas orange season will start in early October


Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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