Strawberry supplies are extremely limited as production winds down in Santa Maria, California. Demand is strong; prices will remain elevated through early December.
Santa Maria, California
- Quality continues to be a challenge; crews are culling up to 50% of fruit to keep packs as clean as possible
- Production is down 65-70% in some fields
- Decay is a quality problem following recent California rain events
- Supplies will remain extremely limited for the next three weeks
- Plastic clamshells will be substituted for the corrugated packs
- Volume remains limited; harvesting has been impeded by rain over the past few weeks
- Production is expected to increase over the next two weeks
- The season has begun; volume is beginning to increase following inclement weather
- Size is small (approximately 32+ berries per 1-pound clamshell)
- Limited quantities have begun to cross into McAllen, Texas; volume will increase in late November/early December as size improves
- Harvesting has begun in a very limited way; fruit will hit the market in the next two weeks
- Orders for Markon First Crop Strawberries are estimated to begin shipping the week of December 6
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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