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November 3, 2023

The green leaf, iceberg, and romaine seasons are winding down in the Santa Maria and Salinas Valleys. Harvesting in Huron and Oxnard, California continues to supplement orders. Arizona/California desert production will begin in a limited capacity next week, with the majority of growers starting the new crop season the week of November 13.

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Premium Green Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine are sporadic; Markon Best Available (MBA) will be substituted, as needed due to low weights
  • Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus (INSV) presence remains minimal, and will not impact supply levels, or the market, as the Salinas and Santa Maria 2023 seasons end
  • Light rainfall is forecast in Salinas over the weekend and into early next week, but is not expected to delay any harvests
  • The Arizona/California desert season will start next week; quality and supply reports are favorable
  • Many growers are finished harvesting for 2023 Salinas season; all Huron, Oxnard, Santa Maria, and Salinas production will end in mid- to late November as the Arizona/California desert region becomes the primary growing area for the winter months
  • Iceberg markets are expected to inch up through this transition period, until desert production is fully underway; green leaf and romaine prices will remain fairly steady through the move south

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information

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