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UPDATE: Tomatoes

October 07, 2015


Seasonal harvesting transitions and inclement weather from recent hurricanes will cause volatile markets on both coasts. Supplies will be limited for the next six weeks.


East Coast

  • Production is winding down in Virginia and other regional areas
  • Quality has been compromised by the significant amounts of rain over the last month due to Tropical Storm Erika and Hurricane Joaquin
  • The arrival of cool temperatures is bringing the end to most seasonal programs
  • A few growers have started to harvest in Northern Florida (Quincy), but won’t have significant volume for at least two weeks
  • The Ruskin-Palmetto season will begin in late October, but early stocks will be limited due to heavy rain during the planting period
  • Volume will increase for the winter season by mid-November


West Coast

  • California production will continue for another two to three weeks
  • Last week’s rain interrupted some harvesting schedules
  • Cooler nights and shorter days are starting to slow maturity; fields scheduled for harvest this week are being delayed into next week
  • Prices will be high while California struggles to meet demand



  • Baja growers are between crops; the next fields will be ready for harvest in two to three weeks
  • Current yields are low due to inclement weather during the growth cycles
  • Cherry, grape, Roma and vine ripe supplies are limited; demand is strong
  • Adequate supplies from Central Mexico are crossing into South Texas; prices are climbing due to increased demand
  • Romas from early northern crops in mainland Mexico (into Nogales, Arizona) will be available by late October
  • Cherry, grape and vine ripe production will start in November and December, followed by mature green harvesting in January


Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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