UPDATE: GREEN LEAF, ICEBERG, AND ROMAINE

March 11, 2022

Iceberg and romaine supplies remain extremely limited. Green leaf yields are lower than in recent weeks, although readily available. Demand is strong.

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Premium Green Leaf is available
    • Green leaf quality is above average with minimal defects
    • Insect pressure is an industrywide problem
  • MFC Premium Iceberg and Romaine are sporadic; Markon Best Available is being substituted as needed due to low weights
    • Below-normal weights and small head size are industrywide issues, particularly in iceberg crops
    • Romaine lots are being affected with varying levels of epidermal blistering and peeling; insect pressure has increased
  • Low volume will persist through the seasonal harvesting transitions in March and April
    • Huron production begins in mid- to late March
    • The Arizona/California desert season will end in late March to early April
    • The Salinas season is forecast to start in early to mid-April
  • Markets are anticipated to remain steady next week; expect elevated prices until the transition to the Salinas Valley is completed and industry volume normalizes

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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