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October 25, 2022

Strawberry demand far exceeds supply. Markon inspectors are predicting lower than normal volume through the month of November.

Santa Maria/Oxnard

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Strawberries are available
  • The Santa Maria/Oxnard growing region currently produces roughly 80% of marketed strawberries in the United States
  • Supplies are extremely limited and unable to meet demand through most of November
  • Quality is average; strawberries will see upwards of 25% bruising and 4% decay upon arrival
  • Maintaining the cold chain will be vital for shelf-life; Markon recommends ordering for quick turns


  • The Salinas/Watsonville growing region currently produces roughly 10-15% of marketed strawberries in the United States
  • Volume is extremely limited; quality is average, at best
  • Production will be completed in the next 10-14 days

South Texas

  • Volume is very low as the season is just beginning
  • Currently less than 5% of strawberries marketed in the United States are grown in Mexico and shipped from South Texas
  • Volume is expected to gradually increase over the next two to three weeks
  • Quality is good; green shoulders and small sizing have been reported


  • Production will begin after Thanksgiving in a very limited manner
  • Orders are estimated to begin shipping the week of December 5

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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