News and Stories


June 18, 2020

Bell Peppers
West Coast

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Green and Red Bell Peppers are available
  • Green bells have transitioned to California’s Southern Central Valley
    • Overall supplies are sufficient
    • The crop is dominated by jumbo and extra-large sizes
  • Red bell harvesting is starting to wind down in California’s Imperial Valley
    • Stocks are tightening
    • New crop production will start in California’s Southern Central Valley by early July

East Coast

  • MFC and ESS Green Bell Peppers are available; packer label may be substituted as necessary
  • Growers are transitioning from Georgia to North Carolina
  • Demand will shift to the West Coast
  • Expect tight supplies through early July when North Carolina volume ramps up


  • Production is winding down in California, Central Mexico, Georgia, and North Carolina
  • The Pacific Northwest growing region is behind schedule due to wet weather that was experienced 10 to 12 days ago
  • Harvesting has begun in Watsonville, California and New Jersey; supplies will increase gradually over the next 14 days
  • Volume is expected to remain low into early July

Broccoli and Cauliflower

  • The California broccoli and cauliflower markets are elevated due to strong demand and inconsistent stocks
  • Volatile weather back in late May and early June caused the current supply gap
  • Strong demand combined with lower volume will keep markets high through June
  • Mexican broccoli volume is low (into South Texas), but supplies are available with adequate lead time


  • Imported garlic shipments to the U.S. (from Argentina, China, Korea, Mexico, and Spain) are below normal levels; prices remain elevated
  • The 2019 California storage crop is being depleted quickly
  • New crop harvesting has begun in a light way this week
    • Freshly harvested garlic needs a few weeks to dry out before peeling can take place
    • Expect new crop peeled California garlic to begin shipping July 6, 2020

Green Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine

  • High heat in the Salinas Valley is expected to affect quality and yields 
    • Harvesting crews will work diligently to remove and/or reduce quality issues
    • Markon Best Available will be substituted as needed 
  • Supplies have also been curtailed by gaps in planting schedules
  • Expect unstable markets through the Fourth of July holiday


  • MFC Strawberries are available
  • Supplies are sufficient
  • Quality is very good

Santa Maria

  • MFC Strawberries are available
  • Production is past peak levels
  • Stocks are diminishing
  • Quality is good

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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