UPDATE SUMMARY: WEEK OF JANUARY 27, 2022

January 27, 2022

Asparagus

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Asparagus is available
  • The short Mexicali season that runs from late December through late January is winding down
  • Caborca production is increasing significantly; harvesting will continue through April; growers will then transition to Central Mexico for the summer months
  • Peruvian supplies are on the market; arrivals have been steady into Miami, Florida
  • Expect ample supplies and low prices into March, pending any weather events

Broccoli and Cauliflower

Broccoli  

  • MFC Broccoli is available
  • Expect prices to decline to mid-levels over the next 7 to 10 days as yields increase in the Arizona and California desert regions
  • Overall quality is very good: pin rot is affecting some lots

Mexican Broccoli (into South Texas)

  • MFC Broccoli is available (loading in South Texas)
  • Fairly steady prices are anticipated over the next two weeks
  • Demand is moderate
  • South Texas broccoli is expected to be $7.00 to $8.00 cheaper than stocks from the West Coast

Cauliflower

  • Markon Essentials (ESS) Cauliflower is available
  • Warm weather will increase yields in the Arizona and California desert regions
  • Expect good quality with great color and ideal size
  • Prices will ease over the next 7 to 10 days

Brussels Sprouts

  • Temperatures have been favorable over the past two weeks in Mexicali, Mexico, promoting stalk and sprout growth
  • A limited supply of sprouts are being harvested in Salinas and Santa Maria, California
  • Some domestic production is also occurring in the Arizona and California desert regions
  • Size is dominated by small and medium sprouts; jumbo-size stocks remain tight but are starting to become more readily available
  • Overall quality is very good: discoloration and early breakdown are not as prevalent as compared to prior weeks
  • Expect markets to continue declining over the next 10 to 14 days

California Oranges

  • MFC and ESS Oranges are available
  • Fruit is dominated by large sizes (56- to 88-count packs); smaller sizes (113- and 138-count oranges) are tightening
  • Current quality is excellent: sugar levels range from 10-13 Brix

Cilantro

  • Ready-Set-Serve Cilantro is available
  • Yields are rebounding following an exceptionally wet December in Oxnard, California; approximately 10” of rainfall was recorded for the month
  • Arizona/California desert supplies will be available through March
  • Domestic stocks (into South Texas) will ship through April
  • Overall quality is good: some Oxnard lots are exhibiting early breakdown from excessive rain and tip burn caused by high winds
  • Expect prices to continue inching down over the next 7 to 10 days

Green Onions

  • Growing conditions in Mexicali, Mexico are favorable; supplies have rebounded following cold temperatures in December and early January
  • Quality is very good: onions are firm with ideal color
  • Expect markets to continue declining over the next 10 to 14 days

Onions

  • Idaho/Oregon MFC Onions will ship into April; supply typically runs into May
  • Utah MFC Onion stocks will be depleted in early to mid-March (similar to recent years)
  • Washington MFC Onions will begin to wind down in early April; supplies ordinarily run through May
  • Limited quantities of white and yellow Mexican onions are now being shipped out of South Texas; pricing is elevated
    • Storms in the Tampico growing region this past weekend limited production; rain is also forecast for this Friday
    • Supplies are not expected to ramp up until February
  • Texas-grown MFC Onions will enter the market in early March
  • California/Imperial Valley onions are estimated to start shipping in mid-April
  • The New Mexico season will begin in early June

Strawberries

Oxnard, California

  • Mild, dry weather is forecast for the next 10 days
  • Spring production continues to increase weekly
  • Berry size is large (12 to 14 per 1-pound clamshell)
  • Quality is excellent

Santa Maria, California

  • Spring harvesting has begun in a limited manner; production will pick up weekly
  • Weather forecasts call for mild, dry conditions into early Febuary
  • Early season fruit is large (10 to 12 per 1-pound clamshell)
  • Quality is very good

Central Mexico (Loading in South Texas)

  • Production is steady and will continue increasing into February
  • Quality is good
  • Pack counts range from 17 to 21 berries
  • Quality is very good

 Florida

  • Production continues to steadily increase
  • Light rain is forecast for Tuesday, January 25 and Thursday, January 27
  • Size ranges from 16 to 20 berries per pack
  • Quality is strong

Tomatoes

  • Mexican cherry, grape, Roma, and vine ripe tomato production is increasing out of the Culiacan, Guaymus, and Guasave growing regions due to ideal weather
    • Quality is very good
    • Overall demand is weak
    • All sizes are available
  • Florida is experiencing very cold nights (low 30s are predicted this weekend) and rain which slows plant growth and will reduce harvesting
    • Round mature green tomato quality is good, but some wind scarring is being observed
    • Roma tomato supplies are adequate; large-size crown picks are the best quality
    • Grape tomato volume is down slightly as some growers are shifting to Mexican crops
  • Expect steady round, Roma, and cherry tomato markets over the next week; grape tomatoes remain a bargain

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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