Artichoke supply is tight; small sizes (24-count and smaller) are limited.
- Colder weather, low nighttime temperatures, and a fall heat wave that stunted flower growth has limited industrywide supply
- Suppliers are primarily packing 12-count sizes, allowing flower size to increase before harvesting
- Expect low volume out of all growing regions through the end of the year
- Oxnard, California is the primary growing region at this time; production is light
- The Castroville growing region season has ended
- The Coachella growing region will begin limited production by mid-December
- Mexican supplies have begun crossing and will increase through December; volume will not be enough to lower markets
- Expect light volume and elevated prices through January as current harvesting strategies pay off and growing regions begin to overlap
Markets are high; demand remains strong. Pricing is expected to inch up over the next three to four weeks.
- Markon First Crop (MFC) Onions are now shipping out of storage from Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, and Washington
- Onions are exhibiting solid, globe-like shape and firm texture
- Yellow onions have golden, cured skins
- Red onions have a deep red color with minimal flaking
- Both varieties are dominated by jumbo and medium sizes; colossal and super colossal yellow stocks are in high demand
MFC potatoes are available in Idaho and Washington.
- Larger supplies (40- through 50-count stocks) are light; 90- through 100-count are readily available
- Quality remains excellent for both varieties; pack-outs favor No. 1 quality, with limited No. 2 availability
- Price levels are expected to stay weak through the season
- Norkotah and Burbank stocks are expected to ship through late July/early August
California supplies are decreasing as both the Santa Maria and Oxnard seasons are past their peaks. Mexican stocks (into South Texas) are increasing; weather has improved after heavy rains the week before. The Florida season has begun in a limited manner.
- MFC Strawberries are available
- Yields are decreasing as both regions are past their harvesting peaks
- Quality is good; white shoulders and early signs of bruising have been reported
- Size currently ranges from small to medium (18 to 22 berries per one-pound clamshell)
- Expect slightly declining markets over the next 7-10 days
Mexico (into South Texas)
- Volume will increase as fields continue to recover from prior rains
- Quality is currently good; white shoulders have been reported
- Size currently ranges from small to medium (22 to 25 berries per one-pound clamshell)
- Expect markets to slowly decline as yields increase
- Production has started in a limited manner
- Yields will increase; the season will hit its peak in mid-December
- Early quality is good; expect fruit size to range from small to medium
- Orders for MFC Strawberries are estimated to begin shipping the week of December 11
Stringless Sugar Snap Peas
Prices remain elevated. Supplies are extremely limited.
California – Salinas and Santa Maria Valleys
- Quality problems persist; cooler temperatures, shorter days, wind, and overnight frosts have shortened shelf-life
- External pitting, scarring, small sizing, and water damage are prevalent
- Heavy culling has reduced yields at the field level
- Expect limited supplies to persist as the season wraps up in early December
Imports – Northern Mexico and Peru
- Peruvian supplies are tight but are helping to supplement the market; quality is slightly better
- Some product grown in Northern Mexico is beginning to enter the market; production is behind schedule
- Markets will remain elevated until harvesting ramps up in mid- to late December
- Imported ‘semi-stringless and stringed’ varieties are more readily available, at comparable pricing (loading in LA)
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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