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UPDATE SUMMARY: Week of November 28, 2016

December 01, 2016



  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Asparagus availability is sporadic, but will increase after December 12
  • Supplies from Baja, Mexico and Peru are tightening due to seasonal transitions
  • Fewer supplies and increased holiday demand will elevate the market
  • Expect higher prices starting next week that will continue into early January

Idaho Potatoes:

  • Cold weather is forecast in Idaho which could affect potato production and delay loading times
  • Temperature needs to be 18 degrees or warmer for five to seven hours of the day to haul potatoes from cellars to packing sheds
  • The freezing weather can cause internal and external bruising, as well as black skins and flesh
  • If low temperatures persist for more than a few days, packing hours will be reduced (for example, from eight to four hours)

Strawberries in Santa Maria, CA:

  • MFC and Markon Best Available (MBA) Strawberries are currently not available; packer label 8/1-pound clamshells are temporarily being substituted due to recent rains 
  • Expect the following quality issues with West Coast strawberry supplies over the next few days:
    • Bruising/bleeding
    • Decay
    • Shortened shelf-life
    • Soft texture
    • Water damage
  • Cold temperatures will keep yields low and berry size smaller than average as a result of the upcoming cold snap
  • A limited supply of MBA Strawberries (loading in South Texas) is expected to be available sometime in early December

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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