UPDATE SUMMARY: WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 2, 2021

September 2, 2021

Asparagus

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Asparagus is available
  • Central Mexican production is past its peak
  • Baja harvesting is stable
  • Peruvian volume is steady (into Miami, Florida)
  • Expect higher prices for the next two weeks at minimum, pending any substantial crop damage

Avocados

Mexico

  • 60-count and larger sizes will remain extremely tight through September
  • Quality is very good; No. 2 grade volume is low
  • The “Adventajada” (early fall crop) is expected to begin by late September; 60-count and larger sizes will dominate supplies

California and Peru

  • Stocks continue to downtrend as the seasons wrap up
  • Quality is good, but all sizes are extremely limited

Cucumbers

  • MFC and Markon Essentials Cucumbers are available
  • Volume has fallen in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula due past heat and production gaps
  • The East Coast is recovering from last week’s storms
    • Many shippers are ordering from New Jersey to fill volume
  • Production has been steady; quality is good
  • Eastern North Carolina is set to start fall production around Labor Day
  • The Midwest regions of Wisconsin and Michigan have lost some acreage due to rain, heat, and humidity
  • Growers in Eastern Washington have sufficient volume although color and shape may not suit all customers
  • Prices may increase over the next few weeks

Idaho Potatoes

  • While size continues to be dominated by 90-count and smaller, supplies of larger potatoes are beginning to increase
  • Sheds will not produce orders over the weekend or on Labor Day, Monday, September 6
    • Production will be slow on Tuesday, September 7 as sheds will start the week with minimal inventory
    • Loading delays may occur
  • Markets are expected to begin easing next week (after the Labor Day holiday)
  • Minor skinning and excess moisture will be observed in fresh-run potatoes
    • Potatoes release moisture as they cool, causing a white surface mold that is easily brushed off

Mixed Berries

Blueberries

  • Production is wrapping up in the Pacific Northwest growing region
  • Stocks are extremely tight; prices are rising
  • Supplies will increase in mid- to late September when production ramps up in Peru and Baja, Mexico

Raspberries

  • California is currently the main growing area
  • Supplies are diminishing; markets are climbing
  • Mexico will become the main growing region in late September; supplies will increase

Blackberries

  • California is currently the main growing region
  • Supplies will steadily decline into early October; pricing will strengthen
  • Mexico will become the main growing region in early October; stocks will increase as the Mexican season ramps up

Onions

  • Yellow onions are dominated by medium supplies
  • Size is slowly beginning to increase
    • Colossal stocks are now sufficient
    • Super colossals remain tight
  • Adequate quantities of red onions are available
    • Medium-size onions are most prevalent
    • Jumbos are sufficient
  • Onions sheds will not produce orders over the weekend or on Labor Day, Monday, September 6
    • Production will be slow on Tuesday, September 7 as sheds will start the week with minimal inventory
    • Loading delays may occur

Ready-Set-Serve (RSS) Green Onions

  • RSS Green Onions are available
  • Growers planted additional acreage to account for the lower yields expected during this time of the season; however, unfavorable growing conditions over the past two months exacerbated volume losses
  • Elevated daytime temperatures, combined with higher-than-average nighttime temperatures, have lowered yields per acre and accelerated onion growth
  • Expect high prices through September

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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