News and Stories


July 30, 2020


  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Red Seedless and Lunch Bunch Grapes are currently in the Flame variety
  • MFC Green Seedless Grapes are the Ivory variety at this time
  • Pricing will gradually decrease as harvesting ramps up
  • Quality is very good  


  • High temperatures and rain in the primary growing region of Veracruz, Mexico are causing quality issues and reducing yields
    • Suppliers are culling more damaged fruit than normal
    • High-quality fruit is commanding elevated prices
  • Tropical Storm Hanna will further tighten supplies this week as many shipments are being delayed
    • Flooding and power outages have impacted a few packing sheds in South Texas
    • Inbound and outbound shipments have been affected
  • Expect prices to continue rising into next week


  • Supplies will ship out of California’s San Joaquin Valley through mid-August; the New Mexico season will run concurrently 
  • The Colorado season will start in mid-August
  • Utah-grown stocks will become available in early September
  • Northwest onions 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 packed out of storage

Storage Crop

  • Burbank quality remains good; pressure bruising and hollow heart may be seen on occasion
  • Pricing will remain elevated as supply does not meet current demand

New Crop Norkotahs and Burbanks

  • The U.S. No. 2 potato supply will be scarce, as new crop potatoes exhibit very few defects during the early stages of harvesting
  • Quality in test digs is excellent: minor skinning and excess moisture may be observed in fresh-run potatoes
  • New crop potatoes have not gone through the sweat process yet
  • New crop Burbank production will begin in late September/early October

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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