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November 30, 2023


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.

Storage Crop

  • 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.

Santa Maria/Oxnard

  • 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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