UPDATE: GREEN LEAF, ICEBERG, AND ROMAINE

March 8, 2022

Iceberg and romaine supplies continue to tighten throughout the industry due to inconsistent weather patterns in the Arizona/California desert region. Green leaf supplies are more readily available, although industry volume is lower compared to recent weeks. Strong demand is pushing up prices.

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Premium Green Leaf and Romaine are available
    • Green leaf quality is above average with minimal defects; insect pressure has increased
    • Romaine lots are being affected with varying levels of epidermal blistering and peeling; harvesting crews must trim heads significantly in order to pack the cleanest boxes possible
  • MFC Premium Iceberg is sporadic; Markon Best Available is being substituted as needed due to low weights
    • Quality is average
    • Below-normal weights and small size are industry issues
  • Low volume will persist until Huron production begins in mid- to late March; the Salinas season is forecast to start in early to mid-April
  • Expect elevated prices until the transitions to Huron and Salinas are completed

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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