News and Stories


March 01, 2018

Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, and Squash

West Coast

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, and Squash are available in Mexico (into Nogales, Arizona)
  • Below-average temperatures and recent rain showers are delaying Mexican production this week, affecting quality
  • Crop growth will slow and yields will decrease
  • Prices will continue to rise for the next 7-10 days and then stabilize when weather improves

East Coast

  • MFC Green Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, and Squash are available in Florida
  • Weather is ideal in Florida for peppers and squash; quality is good
  • Limited Mexican supplies will increase demand and prices in Florida
  • Markets will remain elevated into next week

California Strawberries

  • MFC Strawberries are sporadic; Markon Best Available and packer label is being substituted as needed
  • Quality is very good; however, rain-related issues are expected by the weekend
  • Supplies are limited; cold weather has slowed production
  • California prices are expected to climb as supplies tighten


  • Supplies are limited due to cooler-than-normal weather
  • Quality is good: occasional bruising and creamy color are slight issues
  • The market is rising

Lettuce and Leafy Greens

  • MFC Premium Green Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine are available in Yuma, Arizona
  • The Arizona/California desert region experienced below-average temperatures this week  
  • Prices are higher; expect markets to stabilize next week as warmer weather returns
  • More market activity is forecast in mid-March, as growers make the transition north to Huron, California followed by the Salinas Valley

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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