Markon Updates

A Day in the Life of a Case

November 09, 2017 Please click here   to view Markon’s latest video, A Day in the Life of a Case. Follow the journey of a case of Markon First Crop Tuscan Lettuce—encountering the passionate faces behind every step in the production process. From harvesting in the fields, to user-friendly packaging, secure cold-chain shipment, and finally, the operator kitchen, this short film takes viewers ...

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Mixed Supply Outlook for Bell Peppers

November 07, 2017 Red and yellow bell peppers will be limited over the next two weeks. Green bell pepper supplies are sufficient on both coasts. Markon First Crop (MFC) Red Bell Peppers are sporadic; packer label will be substituted as needed MFC Green Bell Peppers are available in California and Georgia Georgia production will continue for another three weeks; South ...

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The Lemon Market is Rising

November 07, 2017 The lemon market is rising. The seasons in Chile and Mexico are ending, leaving California as the primary growing region. Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Lemons are sporadic; packer label is being substituted as needed The season for MFC and ESS Lemons from Mexico has come to an end; packer label supplies loading in ...

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FROM THE FIELDS: Light Lettuce Ice in the Salinas Valley

November 06, 2017 Temperatures dropped into the low to mid 30’s in the Salinas Valley this morning causing light lettuce ice. Most harvesting crews are reporting 1-2 hour delays to allow ice to thaw before harvest begins. There is a possibility for more light lettuce ice tomorrow, Tuesday, November 7, with a chance of rain moving through the area later ...

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The Celery Market is Climbing

November 03, 2017 The market is climbing due to increased demand and upcoming harvesting transitions. California production will transition from the Salinas Valley to the Oxnard growing region over the next several weeks Shipments from the desert growing regions (Coachella, California and Yuma, Arizona) will begin in early to mid-December The market is rising The East Coast and Canadian seasons ...

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Tomato Markets Are On the Rise

November 01, 2017 Tomato markets are escalating as California production comes to an end, while regions in Central and South Florida are expecting extremely low yields over the next four to six weeks. Severe impact from Hurricane Irma along Florida’s West Coast will reduce industry volume over the next six weeks, creating a demand that exceeds the supply market Mature ...

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Steady Onion Supplies Expected Through the Holiday Season

October 31, 2017 Markon First Crop (MFC) Onions are available from Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Packer label onions are available in Colorado. All stocks are being shipped out of storage. Markon anticipates a steady market for red, white, and yellow onions through the holiday seasons. Size is dominated by medium, followed by jumbo, in all colors and all regions. Colorado ...

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FROM THE FIELDS: RSS Chopped & Shredded Romaine

October 31, 2017 Immature raw romaine has been utilized over the past several weeks as processors were forced to stretch product to cover supply shortages. Due to the immaturity of the romaine, leaf cell structures were not allowed to fully develop, which in turn creates the potential for bruising, mechanical damage, and breakdown before the Best By date. Inconsistent weather ...

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Weather Forecast Causing Concerns for Strawberry Crops

October 31, 2017 Markon First Crop Strawberries are limited; Markon Best Available is being substituted as needed. The first significant rain event of California’s fall/winter growing season is forecast for this weekend. Oxnard, Salinas, Santa Maria, and Watsonville, California are all forecast to receive rainfall this Saturday, November 4 through Monday, November 6. Salinas/Watsonville is calling for approximately 0.25” to ...

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FROM THE FIELDS: Physiological Lettuce Defect in Salinas, CA

October 30, 2017 Markon inspectors began observing a random, but serious defect in several Salinas Valley Iceberg lettuce fields from our mid-week field inspections (see attached photos). We brought samples to a local plant pathologist and farm advisor laboratory for analysis. They shared there have been a few other inquiries from growers about this same issue, and have determined the ...

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