UPDATE: BELL PEPPERS

June 22, 2022

Excessive heat in California and along the East Coast is accelerating the maturity of bell pepper crops. Some growing regions are ahead of production schedules.

Red Bells

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Red Bell Peppers are limited; packer label will be substituted as needed over the next week
  • California is experiencing a heat wave (109F in the Imperial Valley) that will force an early end to the desert season
    • The San Joaquin Valley will begin very limited harvests this week; temperatures over 100F will assist in the fruit ripening process
    • Expect low California volume for the next week (until the San Joaquin/Bakersfield area is well established)
  • Supplies are tight in Central Mexico (crossing in South Texas) this week
  • Orange bell peppers may be substituted on a case-by-case basis
  • Markets will remain elevated for another week, then start to ease

Green Bells

  • MFC and ESS Green Bell Peppers are available
  • California’s San Joaquin Valley is at peak production
    • Quality is excellent
    • Color is light green
  • East Coast production is steady despite recent excessive heat in Georgia (95-100F)
    • Quality is average: sun scalding is being observed during the grading process
    • The Carolinas have started limited production; large sizes are most plentiful
    • Local summer programs (including Kentucky, Virginia, and New Jersey) will start in mid-July
  • Markets should inch down slightly over the next two weeks

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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