News and Stories


May 06, 2021

Bell Peppers
Red Bells

  • Mexican supplies are very tight due to strong demand; cooler evening weather has also hindered growth
  • California’s Coachella Valley season is expected to start week of May 17
  • The East Coast produces fewer red and yellow bell peppers than California; growers will be transitioning from Florida to Georgia in late May
  • Expect high prices over the next two to three weeks
  • Quality is good

Green Bells

  • Mexico has adequate inventory; growers are seeing a wide range in quality
  • California has ample supplies and is set to take over the bulk of western demand next week
  • Florida volume has increased with Plant City’s new crops coming onboard; the Georgia season will get underway in mid-May
  • Expect steady to slightly higher prices over the next two to three weeks
  • Quality is very good

California Orange Transition

  • California Navels are expected to ship through the week of May 24
  • Small sizes will be tight through the balance of the season
  • Valencias may need to be substituted to cover small sizes over the next two weeks
  • Sugar levels range from 12 to 14 Brix


  • California’s Valencia harvest has begun; supplies will ramp up over the next three weeks
  • Current stocks are dominated by large (72- and 88-count) sizes
  • Sugar levels range from 12 to 13 Brix  

Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melons

  • Offshore arrivals to the U.S. will end in two to three weeks; Mexican imports are on the market and will be shipped as needed during this transition
  • The domestic cantaloupe season will kick off Wednesday, May 12
  • The domestic honeydew season will begin 7 to 10 days later, approximately May 22
  • Expect Markon First Crop (MFC) Cantaloupe and Honeydew to begin shipping the week of May 17 and 24, respectively


  • Warm weather continues to promote growth in the Salinas Valley and Santa Maria growing regions
    • Yields are increasing
    • Quality is excellent: color is snowy white
  • Expect markets to fall and availability to improve through the weekend     


  • Chilean-grown Lunch Bunch Grapes will be available through the end of May; Mexican-grown stocks are anticipated to start shipping the week of June 1
  • Mexican-grown green seedless supplies are expected to begin shipping the week of May 17; red seedless stocks will start shipping the week of May 26
  • Prices will ease once Mexican volume ramps up in early June     

Idaho Potatoes
Storage Crop

  • 40- and 50-count sizes are the most limited
  • Suppliers need several days to generate sufficient supplies for large-size potato orders
  • 40- to 70-count pricing will continue to strengthen through the remainder of the 2020/2021 season
  • Norkotahs will be depleted by the end of next week
  • Once Norkotahs are gone, the Burbank variety will be shipped until new crop, field-run Norkotahs become available in August
  • Storage potato quality remains good, however pressure bruising and hollow heart are issues that will persist on occasion
    • Raw storage crop quality will weaken as the season progresses
    • Sheds will need to run more raw product to pack the same number of cartons, reducing available supplies


  • Overall volume will remain low through May, especially 110 and 150-count sizes
  • 175-count and smaller sizes are seeing better availability due to lower demand following Cinco De May and the Mother’s Day pull
  • Expect prices to continue easing over the next 30 days; however, overall markets will remain above seasonal norms through May
  • Quality is very good: cosmetic issues are minimal, resulting in few No. 2 grade supplies on the market


Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

  • The last day of shipping MFC Red and Yellow Onions out of the Idaho/Oregon area will be Friday, May 7
  • Washington MFC Onions will be available through the week of May 28
  • Expect diminishing quality in remaining storage shipments  
  • Onions will have golden, cured skins, but may be softer than early and mid-season stocks
  • Problems may include occasional internal decay, mold, and multiple centers/hearts


  • The South Texas MFC Onion season will end next week


  • MFC Red and Yellow Onions will ship out of the Imperial Valley through early June

New Mexico

  • MFC Red and Yellow Onions will become available for shipment the first week of June


  • Florida’s improved weather has increased production
    • Harvesting is focused in the Ruskin/Palmetto area
    • All sizes are available; recent rain has increased grading/culling measures, but final packs are of good quality
  • Vine ripe production is slowing down in the western parts of Mexico; the season will end in early to mid-June
  • Expect volume to increase in the eastern areas of Mexico as late spring harvesting gets underway
  • California’s Imperial Valley season is expected to start May 10
    • Growers will transition to the Central Valley in mid-June
    • Quality is good: no major issues are being reported
  • Prices are expected to rise

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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