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October 3, 2023

Melon markets are rising. California’s Central Valley production has begun to decline as the season wraps up. Markon First Crop (MFC) Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melons are available.


  • California’s westside district supplies are declining, creating a demand-exceeds-supply situation
  • Quality is fair to good; fall melon characteristics of green casting, thin netting, and occasional ground spotting will be observed at pack out
  • Small sizes (12- and 15-count melons) are most abundant
  • Arizona is expected to start production in a limited manner on October 16
  • Expect higher prices over the next two weeks


  • Central California’s supply is light as the season will come to an end over the next two weeks
  • Quality is good; ground spotting and wind scar are being observed in some lots
  • Sizes are evenly distributed; sugar levels range from 14-16 Brix
  • The Arizona/California desert season is expected start October 16
  • Prices will continue to escalate until the desert season is well established in late October

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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