News and Stories


August 01, 2019


  • Expect a supply gap of Markon First Crop (MFC) Golden Delicious Apples over the next three to four weeks  
    • Ginger Gold, a summer yellow variety, will become available next week in limited quantities
    • This variety may be a substitution option for Golden Delicious, depending on demand and supply  
    • Flavor is a bit sharper than Golden Delicious, but still sweet for an early variety  
  • MFC Gala Apple orders will require size and grade substitutions until new crop harvesting begins

Bell Peppers

  • Green bell markets are elevated, but will ease soon
    • Limited green bell production is underway in Canada and Michigan this week
    • California harvesting is ramping up in Hollister and Oxnard
  • Red bell prices will rise next week
  • Production is winding down in Bakersfield, California and will transition to Fresno, Hollister, and Oxnard in two to three weeks
  • Expect the market to climb through mid-August or until new crop supplies ramp up


  • Unfavorable growing conditions along the East Coast combined with reduced yields out of Mexico have shifted demand to California  
  • Expect high prices for the next several weeks

Idaho Potatoes

Storage Crop

  • Several Idaho packing sheds have already closed for the season, creating a gap in supply between storage and new crop supplies
  • Markets will remain active through early September                         

New Crop Norkotahs

  • New crop Norkotah harvesting and packing will begin in a limited manner on August 5
  • Minor skinning and excess moisture may be observed in fresh-run potatoes
  • Field-run MFC Norkotahs will be available August 12


  • Import volume is below normal
    • The 2019 Chinese harvest is nearly finished
    • Chinese imports into the U.S. are 30-35% lower than last year
  • California‘s 2018 storage crop has been fully depleted; supplies have transitioned to 2019 fresh crop
  • Supplies will tighten over the next several weeks
  • Expect open-market pricing for domestic and imported garlic to rise this season


  • The California season is expected to run through the week of August 12
  • New Mexican onions will remain available through the end of August
  • The Colorado and Utah seasons are forecast to start the week of August 12
  • Yellow onion prices will remain elevated next week, then subside as the Northwest season ramps up the following week

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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