News and Stories


May 10, 2018

Bell Peppers

  • West Coast stocks are winding down in Mexico, while California production is ramping up slowly
  • Expect a harvesting gap on the East Coast as the Florida season is winding down and Georgia harvesting is a few weeks away
  • Supplies are tightening
  • Prices are on the rise


  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Broccoli Crowns are sporadic in Mexico (into South Texas) and available in Salinas, California
  • Overall quality is excellent; hollow core and yellow bead are sporadic
  • Supplies are tightening
  • Pricing will increase steadily this week


  • Markon Essentials (ESS) Cauliflower is available in Salinas
  • Overall quality is excellent: creamy color remains an occasional cosmetic issue
  • Supplies are limited; many growers are unable to harvest as heads have not reached adequate size
  • Prices are increasing rapidly

California Oranges

  • MFC and ESS Navel Oranges are limited; packer label Navel and Valencia supplies are being substituted as needed
  • MFC Valencia Oranges will be available in mid-May when supplies increase
  • Stocks are dominated by large sizes (56- and 72-count fruit); smaller sizes (88-count and smaller) are extremely tight
  • Prices are rising

California Strawberries

  • MFC Strawberries are available out of Oxnard, Santa Maria, and Watsonville, California
  • Quality is good
  • Stocks are ample out of all three regions
  • Prices are easing as post-Mother’s Day demand decreases


  • Storage crop MFC Red and Yellow Onions from Idaho and Oregon will be depleted by the end of this week
  • In Washington, MFC Yellow Onions will remain available through the end of May, however MFC Red Onion supplies will end this week  
  • California fresh-run MFC Red and Yellow Onions are readily available
  • Fresh-run, Texas-grown MFC Onions will run through the end of May   
  • MFC Red and Yellow Onions from New Mexico will hit the market the week of May 21

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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