News and Stories


March 26, 2020

Bell Peppers

  • Foodservice demand is at an all-time low, while retail demand has slowed this week
  • Ideal weather will continue to increase volume in all growing regions
  • Expect low prices and plentiful stocks through next week

Broccoli and Cauliflower

  • The Santa Maria and Salinas seasons are just getting started, while Yuma and Imperial Valley production is winding down; product is available in multiple growing regions
  • Broccoli availability (into South Texas) is strong
  • Expect falling prices into April

Lettuce and Leaf

  • Overall demand has decreased
  • Huron, California season is ramping up; the Arizona/California desert region will have sufficient supplies through mid-April
  • The Salinas and Santa Maria, California seasons have started in a limited manner; volume will increase by early April
  • Expect lower markets into April


  • Retail demand is up due to COVID-19
  • Offshore arrivals from Central America into the U.S. are below normal, especially for cantaloupes
    • Mexican honeydews are crossing into Nogales, Arizona (primarily for West Coast markets)
    • Mexican cantaloupes will not be available for one to two more weeks (supplies out of Mexico are typically tight this time of year)
  • The domestic melon season will kick off in early May; packer label imported melons will continue to ship in the meantime
  • Expect elevated cantaloupe prices on both coasts for the next several weeks


  • Limited supplies of Mexican red, yellow, and white onions are being shipped into Texas; prices are elevated
  • The Texas-grown, fresh-run onion season has begun; yellow and white stocks are tight
  • Storage crop Markon First Crop (MFC) Red and Yellow Onions from the Northwest will remain on the market through late April
  • Fresh-run MFC Onions will be available in California’s Imperial Valley the week of April 27
  • MFC Onions from New Mexico will start shipping in early June

Central California

  • Rainfall curtailed production earlier this week, but suppliers were able to harvest around rain-damaged fruit to cover orders
  • Occasional rain-related quality problems are present in some packs, including bruising, decay, mold, and off-color (photos are attached)
  • As harvesting winds down in Florida and Mexico, demand will shift to California  


  • The season will end this week  
  • Berries will exhibit some bruising, softness, and off-color in remaining packs


  • Limited supplies will continue to cross into South Texas through mid-April
  • The weather is warm (reaching the high 80s); expect some bruising and softness in remaining berries


  • Mexican vine ripe supplies (into Nogales, Arizona and McAllen, Texas) are ample
    • Retail demand has slowed this week, while foodservice demand remains extremely weak
    • Contract pricing will return to normal for vine ripes, Romas, and rounds the week of March 30
  • Florida mature green supplies are ample
    • Foodservice demand has diminished due to COVID-19; retail demand for mature greens is minimal
    • Contract pricing will return to normal for mature greens, Romas, and rounds the week of March 30
  • Expect unstable markets over the next several weeks

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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