UPDATE: BELL PEPPERS

May 5, 2022

Green bell pepper prices are lower as supplies increase in California and Florida. Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Green and Red Bell Peppers are available.

Green Bells

  • California-grown MFC Green Bell Peppers will become available May 9; Mexican-grown supplies will be on the market through May 14
  • California’s Imperial Valley is well underway; stocks are ample
    • Quality is very good: color is deep and walls are thick
    • Medium-size stocks are snug
  • The Mexican season will wrap up over the next couple of weeks
    • Harvests are dominated by small sizes
    • Quality is merely average: peppers are not recommended for long travel
  • East Coast production has increased
    • The Plant City, Florida season is underway
    • Some Georgia growers will start harvesting next week
  • Expect markets to ease over the next two weeks

Red Bells

  • California-grown MFC Red Bell Peppers are anticipated to start shipping on May 30
  • The Mexican season will run through early June
    • Supplies are tight
    • Quality is average with reports of color/scarring during packout
  • The California season is expected to start in a very light way next week
    • Significant volume is still a few weeks away
    • Consistently hot weather (90-100F) is needed to turn peppers red
  • Canadian greenhouses are producing good quality extra-large and large red bell peppers
  • Florida stocks are minimal
  • Expect markets to increase slightly until California volume increases

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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