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January 26, 2023

Bell Peppers

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Green and Red Bell Peppers are readily available
  • Expect consistent supplies and steady markets into February

Green Bells

  • Despite low nighttime temperatures that have delayed growth in some Mexican fields, overall supplies remain ample
  • South Florida’s winter volume is low due to recent cold weather
  • Weaker demand is keeping prices level this week; expect stable markets and adequate stocks next week

Red Bells

  • Yields are high in the Sinaloa region of Mexico despite cooler evenings
    • Quality is very good
    • Overripe peppers are being observed in some lots
  • The East Coast doesn’t produce a significant amount of colored bell peppers
  • Expect lower/promotable prices next week as favorable weather is in the forecast

Bok Choy

  • A passing cold front has caused California and Arizona desert region temperatures to drop significantly
  • Already reduced yields at the field level due to rain and high winds are being additionally impacted by cool weather
  • Near-freezing nighttime temperatures and frosts have been stunting growth of current crops
  • 30-pound pack sizes will be prioritized by suppliers to increase case count per acre
  • Supplies are forecast to remain light through mid-February, when younger plantings have more time to mature


Imperial Valley, California/Yuma, Arizona/Northern Baja, Mexico

  • MFC Broccoli is available
  • Supplies remain ample but will begin to tighten this weekend and next week following persistently cold temperatures
  • Quality is very good; very minimal yellowing, mold, and decay are being reported
  • Expect slightly higher markets next week

Mexico (into South Texas)

  • MFC Broccoli is available
  • The price spread between Mexico and the AZ/CA desert region remains minimal; supplies are ample
  • Quality is very good; some mechanical damage has been noted along with occasional mildew
  • Markets are expected to remain fairly steady into next week


Imperial Valley and Santa Maria, California/Yuma, Arizona/Northern Baja, Mexico

    • ESS Cauliflower is available; packer label may be substituted as needed to fill orders
    • Continued low temperatures are slowing growth and limiting supplies
    • Quality is good; mold, off-color, and small size are being observed in some lots
    • Prices are rising this week and will continue to climb next week following sustained cold weather


  • MFC and Ready-Set-Serve (RSS) Celery are available
  • Availability continues to increase in all regions despite cool weather and rain events
    • Oxnard, California is the primary growing region; disease pressure (fusarium) remains present in some lots
    • Harvesting in Santa Maria, California will continue year-round
    • Arizona/California desert production is underway; stocks are ramping up
    • Florida supplies are limited; cold weather has slowed growth and reduced large sizes
  • Expect continued market decline over the next 7 to 10 days

From the Fields: Cold Wind & Ice in the Desert Region

  • After some favorable weather earlier this month, another wave of cold, gusty winds has caused temperatures to dip and lettuce ice to develop over the past several days
  • More lettuce ice is expected throughout the week which will result in continued production and loading delays
  • Ice and wind-related defects from this most recent cold snap are already presenting themselves in lettuce crops primarily, but growth will be slowed in most desert crops
  • Younger crops that still have one to four weeks to fully mature may exhibit significant epidermal blistering and peeling issues
  • Markon inspectors are evaluating commodity and value-added items closely and selecting the best product for Markon orders, as well as working with crews to minimize quality defects

Green Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine

  • MFC Premium Green Leaf is readily available out of the Arizona/California desert growing region
  • MFC Premium Iceberg and Romaine are being packed regularly; Markon Best Available (MBA) is being substituted as needed due to light case weights
  • Quality is good; epidermal blistering, fringe burn, insect pressure, and mildew are present in some lots
  • Green leaf and romaine prices are expected to remain fairly steady into next week
  • Iceberg markets will inch up as continued cold weather impacts the Arizona/California desert region, lowering volume


Idaho Potatoes – Cold Weather Forecast

  • Extremely low temperatures persist in Eastern and Southern Idaho
  • Temperatures need to be 18°F or higher for five to seven hours to haul potatoes from cellars to packing sheds
  • Growers do not ship potatoes to packing sheds when temperatures are below 18°F to avoid freezing raw product
  • Expect reduced production and delayed loading; advanced lead time is highly recommended for order fulfillment
  • Many suppliers will utilize onsite storage to cover orders; sizing may be limited
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Mixed Berries


  • Volume will remain lower than expected through next week due to low temperatures
    • Supply levels will reach peak in Central Mexico by early June
    • Oxnard, California volume will remain minimal until early spring
    • Florida stocks will remain minimal for the next three weeks
  • Stocks are diminishing; markets will rise


  • Growers in Central Mexico will harvest ample supplies until early March
  • Peruvian imports are moving past seasonal highs; expect strong volume for two more weeks, then declining supplies
  • Stocks will slowly increase in Baja, Mexico through January, reaching peak season this spring
  • Supplies are adequate


  • Most fruit is being sourced in Central Mexico at this time
  • Domestic supplies are expected to decrease due to cold weather
  • Stocks are sufficient

Onions – Northwest Storage Supply Quality

Northwest storage onion quality has been excellent this season. A cold, wet spring along with a warmer-than-average summer reduced the number of onions growers could store through early spring 2023. These weather swings could also pose quality issues over the last few remaining months of season.

  • Dry Scale
    • Dry scale develops when an onion is starting to bulb
    • When growth is hindered due to excessive heat or lack of adequate water, the inner bulb may set a small layer of dry skin around the top of the bulb, which the outer layers will grow around as the onion continues to mature, leaving what looks like a gap between the layers
  • Translucency
    • Translucency is characterized by a grayish, watery texture within the outer layer(s) of an onion when cut in half
  • It can form in storage, as well as in transit
  • In storage, onions at the bottom portion of a storage pile endure pressure from the weight of the onions above
  • Watery Scale
  • Onions with watery scales have an off-color, water-soaked appearance internally
  • The defect will develop due to lack of nutrients, sub-optimal water treatment, and sharp temperature changes
  • Suppliers are unable to detect defects during the sorting and packing process; the defects are internal and appear under the dry, outer skin of the onion


Oxnard, California

  • New crop harvesting is delayed due to previous heavy rainfall
  • Production is expected to begin this week, but yields will be extremely low
  • The Oxnard growing region is not expected to meet Valentine’s Day demand
  • Suppliers will be relying on transfers of Mexican-grown fruit to supplement California shipments through late January at minimum

Santa Maria, California

  • Previous rain is expected to delay new crop harvesting by two to three weeks
  • The Santa Maria growing region is not expected to meet Valentine’s Day demand
  • New crop fruit will enter the market in mid-February

Central Mexico (Loading in South Texas)

  • Expect to see stocks tighten as Mexico fills shortages from California and Florida
  • Quality is good; issues include white shoulders and occasional over ripening
  • Expect supplies to tighten and pricing to increase


  • MFC Strawberries are available
  • Last week’s unexpected freezing temperatures will tighten stocks this week
  • Quality is good; issues include white shoulders and occasional over ripening
  • Prices are rising


  • MFC Tomatoes are readily available
  • The Mexican growing region of Culiacan is in full production with good quality round, Roma, grape, and cherry tomatoes
    • Sizes are trending larger this week
    • 4×4 & 4×5’s as well as Roma tomatoes are substantially lower priced and promotable
  • Florida’s winter production is steady in the Naples region despite recent cool weather
    • Growers are moving into second and third picks which will even out the size profile
    • Roma quality is mixed; occasional shoulder issues are being observed during harvests
  • Expect prices to remain low over the next two weeks

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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