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.
- 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
- 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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