News and Stories

UPDATE SUMMARY: Week of March 9, 2015

March 13, 2015


Rain in Florida and Mexico has tightened bell pepper, cucumber, and squash supplies; prices are rising on both coasts. Warmer weather in the Arizona desert growing region has pushed broccoli and cauliflower harvesting ahead of schedule; open-market cauliflower prices have reached contract first-tier trigger levels for Ready-Set-Serve (RSS) Cauliflower Florets. Iceberg harvesting has begun to wind down in the Arizona/California desert region; prices are rising.


Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, and Squash

  • Recent rain in Florida and Mexico has decreased supplies
  • Storms resulted in wet stems, bruising, decay, and scarring on green bell peppers; scarring is a problem in domestic squash supplies

Broccoli and Cauliflower

  • Supplies are extremely limited; the harvesting gap between the desert region and the Salinas Valley is resulting in very tight supplies
  • Hot weather pushed Arizona broccoli harvesting ahead of schedule, creating shortages; Salinas production has started, but is limited
  • The broccoli and cauliflower markets continue to rise; RSS Cauliflower Florets reached first-tier trigger pricing on Wednesday, March 11
  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Broccoli Crowns are sporadic; Markon Best Available (MBA) will be substituted as necessary
  • Markon Essentials Cauliflower is sporadic; packer label will be substituted



  • Iceberg harvesting has begun to wind down in the Arizona/California desert region; limited stocks are available out of Huron, California
  • MFC Premium Iceberg is sporadic due to light weights; MBA will be substituted as needed
  • More growers will transition from Yuma/Imperial Valley to Huron/Salinas over the next several weeks


Heat Spike

  • Very warm temperatures are expected for the next 10 days in the Arizona/California growing region
  • Temperatures are forecast to be as high as 80 to 90 degrees, potentially causing some quality issues
  • Dehydration, increased insect pressure, heat stress on tender leaf items, higher respiration rates, shortened shelf-life, and sunburn are expected to impact supplies over the next two to three weeks
  • Markon recommends ordering for quick turnaround to maintain the cold chain and maximize the shelf-life of commodity and value-added items



  • Cantaloupe and honeydew supplies will be tight as offshore production transitions to new spring regions; offshore and Mexican watermelon harvesting remains at low levels
  • Cantaloupe and honeydew quality is very good; watermelon quality is mixed, but offshore is superior



  • Very limited quantities of sweet and conventional yellow onions from Mexico (into Texas) are available now; ample supplies are available out of Eastern Oregon, Idaho, and Washington
  • MFC Onions are available in Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington
  • The Colorado season for red and yellow onions will end in two weeks; packer label Mexican onions (into South Texas) will be available in April


Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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