News and Stories


May 28, 2021

Bell Peppers
Green Bells

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Green Bell Peppers are available
  • Growers have moved from Florida to Georgia; large sizes are dominate early crops
  • California’s Imperial Valley is now the main West Coast region
    • Supplies are ample
    • Quality is very good
  • The main Mexican deal into Nogales, Arizona is quickly ending; remaining stocks are being sold locally
  • Prices are expected to remain steady next week

Red Bells

  • MFC and ESS Red and Yellow Bell Peppers are available
  • The California desert region is producing peppers with excellent quality; jumbo and extra-large sizes are most common at this time
  • Mexican supplies are reduced as its the rainy season in Central Mexico and this is a typical time of slowdown
  • New crop supplies in Georgia are limited; quality is good
  • Expect steady to slightly lower prices next week

Brussels Sprouts

  • Baja Mexico, Central Mexico, and Oxnard, California are the current primary growing regions
  • Quality is diminished in supplies from Central Mexico due to elevated temperatures that are causing discoloration and increasing insect pressure
  • Expect prices to continue rising over the next two weeks, until the Santa Maria harvest begins

California Oranges

  • MFC and ESS Valencia Oranges are available
  • California Valencia supplies are available; quality is very good
  • The crop is dominated by large sizes this season; as a result, small sizes will remain limited through the 2021 season
  • Valencia sugar levels range from 12 to 13 Brix  


  • The domestic Navel season will end in the next six to eight weeks
  • Navel sugar levels range from 12 to 14 Brix

California Strawberries

  • MFC Strawberries are available
  • Supplies have been reduced; quality remains very good
  • Persistently strong demand, along with more growers switching to processing, helped contribute to the market increase
  • New crop Salinas/Watsonville volume continues to increase slowly at this time; MFC Strawberries are will be available for shipment, beginning May 31
  • The season in Oxnard, California is officially finished


  • Lunch Bunch Grapes will be available through the second week of June
  • The Chilean season will end the week of June 15


  • ESS Green and Red Seedless Grapes will begin shipping the week of June 7
  • Prices have begun to ease due to increased stocks
  • California fruit will be available in mid-July

Idaho Potatoes

  • 40- and 50-count sizes remain extremely limited
  • Suppliers need up to ten working days (in some cases) to generate sufficient volume for 40- and 50-count orders
  • 40- to 70-count pricing continues to strengthen weekly

Memorial Day Loading

  • Idaho potato sales offices and loading docks will be closed Monday, May 31
  • Normal Monday loading orders will be loaded Tuesday, June 1
  • Tuesday loading will be a slow process


  • MFC and ESS Lemons are available
  • The primary growing region continues to transition from California’s San Joaquin Valley to the Southern California (Ventura County); shelf-life is shorter than normal at this time of year due to increased moisture and stronger winds in this region
  • Expect prices to continue rising through the summer as demand increases and availability tightens
    • Offshore Argentine fruit is arriving into the East Coast this week
    • Offshore Chilean fruit is expected to begin arriving the week of June 14
    • There is no difference in pack size, color, or taste between domestic and offshore fruit   
    • Mexican lemons will enter the market the week of July 19 and remain available for pickup in Delano, California and Mission, Texas

RSS Peeled Garlic

  • The main difference between each region is the flavor profile:
    • California-grown RSS Peeled Garlic tends to have pungent flavor with high oil content; this is due to land rotation (growers not planting on the same soil every year)
    • Growers in Mexico rotate crops, but not as often; this weakens pungency and lowers oil content
    • Chinese farmers do not employ crop rotation; planting the same ground year after year causes the garlic to be the least pungent with the lowest oil content
  • Expect elevated markets until California new crop supplies become available in late June/early July


  • Florida mature green harvesting is reduced this week; growers are transitioning from Ruskin/Palmetto to Quincy
  • Mexican vine ripe production is starting to increase in the Eastern Mexico and Baja regions
    • Large sizes are most prevalent
    • Quality is good
  • California’s Imperial Valley season has begun in a moderate way; San Joaquin Valley volume will climb in June
  • Prices are expected to remain steady next week


  • Florida Roma numbers are lower as the Ruskin/Palmetto season is finishing this week; the Quincy area has started with minimal acreage
  • Mexican growers are transitioning from western regions to Baja, Jalisco, and San Luis Potosi; these new crop areas are producing good quality fruit
  • Production will start in California’s San Joaquin Valley over the next two weeks
  • Prices will remain stable through next week


  • Florida supplies are diminishing as the Palmetto/Ruskin season is winding down; harvesting will start in Quincy as well as South Carolina next week
  • Mexican supplies are tight
    • The Nogales season is ending
    • The Baja harvest is behind schedule
  • Markets are extremely active


  • Florida has adequate supplies for current demand
  • The Baja region crop is producing good quality fruit
  • Expect prices to remain stable

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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