News and Stories


May 13, 2021

California Strawberries

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Strawberries are available
  • Santa Maria stocks are increasing due to favorable weather; quality is very good
  • New crop Salinas/Watsonville volume is low at this time; MFC Strawberries are expected to be available from this region in the next two to three weeks
  • Oxnard, California production will finish up over the next several weeks


  • Warm weather continues to promote growth in the Salinas Valley and Santa Maria growing regions
    • Yields are increasing
    • Quality is excellent: color is snowy white
  • Expect markets to decrease and availability to improve through the weekend     

Grape Transition

  • Lunch Bunch Grapes will be available through the second week of June
  • Markets will continue to increase through this transition


  • MFC Lunch Bunch Grapes will start shipping from Mexico as the Chilean Lunch Bunch season comes to an end
  • Green seedless supplies are expected to begin shipping by the middle of next week on May 19; red seedless stocks will start shipping by the middle of the week on May 26
  • Prices will ease once Mexican volume ramps up in mid-June     

Green Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine

  • Demand continues to be moderate at best
    • Supplies far exceed demand
    • Reduced transportation capacity is also limiting produce movement
  • Field weights in Salinas, California are ideal for MFC Premium Green Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine
  • Quality is very good: minor growth crack, internal burn, and wind damage are present in some lots
  • Expect low prices through May and into early June, at minimum

Idaho Potatoes
Storage Crop

  • 40- and 50-count sizes are the most limited
  • Suppliers need several days to generate sufficient supplies for large-size potato orders
  • 40- to 70-count pricing will continue to strengthen through the remainder of the 2020/2021 season
  • Norkotahs will be depleted by the end of next week
  • Once Norkotahs are depleted, the Burbank variety will be shipped until new crop, field-run Norkotahs become available in August
  • Storage potato quality remains good, however pressure bruising and hollow heart are issues that will persist on occasion (photos attached)
    • Raw storage crop quality will weaken as the season progresses
    • Sheds will need to run more raw product to pack the same number of cartons, reducing available supplies


  • MFC Red and Yellow Onions will ship out of the Imperial Valley through early June

New Mexico

  • Packer label Mexican onions will be available to ship this week
  • A limited quantity of domestic onions are expected to be available the week of May 24
  • MFC Red and Yellow Onions will hit the market first week of June


  • The South Texas season for MFC Onions will end next week
  • Packer label onions will remain available in Texas into early June; however, quality will be erratic in remaining supplies
  • Late-season onions were in an early phase of the growing process during the mid-February freeze


  • Washington MFC Onions will be available through the week of May 28
  • Expect diminishing quality in remaining storage shipments
    • Onions will have golden, cured skins, but may be softer than early and mid-season stocks
    • Problems may include occasional internal decay, mold, and multiple centers/hearts

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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