The California desert green bell pepper season will start over the next week. Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Green and Red Bell Peppers are available.
- Mexican supplies are adequate; however, quality is decreasing due to older crops
- Medium and small sizes are dominant
- Thin walls are prevalent this week
- The California desert production is limited to one grower this week
- More will begin harvesting this weekend
- Jumbo and extra-large peppers dominate early picks
- Florida has moderate volume; the Plant City season is well underway
- Expect slightly lower prices this week
- Mexico volume has decreased and quality is average at best
- Scarring and chocolate color are seen in some choice-grade packs
- The Canadian greenhouse season is ramping up
- Large sizes dominate availability
- Quality is excellent
- Expect prices to decrease slightly
The market is rising; supplies crossing through the Mexican border have decreased significantly.
- Late-season quality issues including yellowing/off color, bolting, and higher insect pressure have reduced yields at the field level in Mexico
- Value-added supplies will be particularly affected as high-grade sprouts are needed for processing and are increasingly rare at this time
- Product will continue to cross from Mexico until California production begins:
- The Oxnard start date has been pushed from early May to the end of the month as the cold winter limited vegetative growth
- Salinas Valley production is slated to begin in July but could also be delayed one to two weeks if there isn’t a significant warming trend through late spring
- Expect firm markets for the next 14-21 days as demand remains strong and supplies diminish
Storage supplies continue to tighten. New crop harvesting typically begins early June in California.
- Current demand is overwhelming suppliers with remaining volume; suppliers will distribute limited storage supplies until new crop starts
- Quality continues to weaken in finished pack-outs
- External defects exceeding the USDA standard tolerance of 10 percent will be seen
- Internal defects surpassing 5 percent the USDA tolerance will also be present
- Suppliers are sorting through product that would normally be culled out in order to fulfill orders
- Operators may consider shifting to gold/yellow or Russet potatoes until new crop chipping potatoes become available
- Remaining stocks will exhibit multiple quality concerns including discoloration, thin skins, pressure and shoulder bruising, and mixed sizing
- California is expected to begin harvesting in early June
- Arizona’s production will start by early July
- New Mexico will harvest in mid-August
Sufficient supplies of MFC Idaho Burbank and Norkotah Potatoes are available.
- Large sizes (40- through 50-count stocks) continue to tighten; 90- through 100-count sizes are readily available
- Quality remains great for both varieties; pack-outs favor No. 1 quality, with limited No. 2 availability
- Prices are expected to climb as Norkotah stocks wind down through May; Burbanks will be the sole variety for the rest of the season
- Suppliers continue to reduce production schedules to avoid a supply gap between this crop and next year’s season (2023-24)
- Advanced lead time is highly recommended for order fulfillment
- Limited Burbank stocks are expected to ship through mid- to late July
Markets are easing as supplies increase in Veracruz, Mexico. MFC and ESS Limes are available.
- New crop supplies are dominated by 200- to 250-count sizes; these prices are substantially lower
- Large size/110- to 150-count stocks remain tight but are slowly increasing; prices are inching down
- Overall quality remains good; oil spotting and scarring are occasional issues
- Expect strong demand next week leading into the Cinco De Mayo holiday
- Prices are expected to trend downward through the month of May as new crop supplies increase
Blueberry supplies are increasing slightly; markets remain elevated. Raspberry stocks are expected to become tight over the next two weeks.
- The primary growing region of Central Mexico is past its peak; stocks are diminishing
- Baja volume will continue to increase as the season progresses
- Production is ramping up in Florida and Georgia
- California growers will begin harvesting next week; expect low volume to start
- Prices will remain elevated until yields increase in Georgia, Southern California, and Florida in early May
- Yields out of Central Mexico will remain flat for the next two weeks before down trending
- Baja volume is climbing
- Expect ample stocks in Oxnard, California in late May
- California growers will begin harvests next week; supplies will be tight at first
- Pricing will begin to increase slowly as Central Mexico yields fall
- Expect to see yields gradually decline as Central Mexico is off peak production
- Other Mexican growing regions will be in peak production over the next two weeks
- Supplies will slowly decrease through May until the California season begins in late May
MFC Onions will hit the market this week in the California desert region. The MFC Idaho/Oregon storage onion season has ended.
- MFC Idaho/Oregon-grown Onion supplies have been depleted
- Washington-grown MFC Onions will ship through the end of April
- Sufficient supplies of red and yellow onions are available; yellow super colossal onions will be limited in remaining stocks
- Prices remain steady despite limited volume
- Red and Yellow MFC Onions will begin shipping this week out of the Imperial Valley
- Pricing is expected to mirror Texas price levels
- Central and Northern California production is expected to begin early June
- Texas-grown MFC Red and Yellow Onions supplies are adequate
- Texas onions will ship into late May
- Prices are steady due to stagnant demand
- MFC Onion harvesting will begin in early June
Supplies are scarce in Costa Rica and Mexico. Volume will remain limited through the month of May.
- Supplies into the West Coast and Texas will remain limited through May
- East Coast volume will remain low through mid-May
- Expect limited production of large-size fruit; seven-count pineapples are the most readily available
- Demand will strengthen in late April/early May in preparation for the Mother’s Day holiday
- Prices will climb; size substitutions may become necessary to fill orders
Supplies continue to increase; demand remains strong. Expect steady markets for the next seven to ten days.
Santa Maria/Oxnard, California
- MFC Strawberries are available
- Mother’s Day pull kicks off next week on April 30 and runs through May 13
- Volume is anticipated to increase this week as favorable growing weather is forecasted
- Quality is good; some green shoulders have been reported
- Expect steady markets and good supplies for the next seven to ten days
- As a result of historical early season rains, no harvesting has begun in this growing region as the season is still four to five weeks behind schedule
- Expect minimum harvest to begin in mid-to-late April
- The season is not expected to ramp up until mid-May
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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