Markon First Crop Strawberries are available; overall volume remains limited.

UPDATE: CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRIES

May 5, 2015

Markon First Crop (MFC) Strawberries are available. Overall volume remains limited due to lower-than-normal temperatures. Central Coast weather is forecast to remain cool and mild all week, with temperatures in the low to mid-60s. Although supplies are expected to remain tight, they will meet demand.

· MFC Strawberries are available in 2/4-pound and 8/1-pound packs; quality is excellent

· Berry size is large in the Salinas/Watsonville region; expect 12 to 15 berries per 1-pound clamshell

· Most Santa Maria fruit size is medium-plus; counts range from 18 to 22 berries per 1-pound clamshell

· Bruising and bleeding are occasional issues in large berries

· Cool temperatures will continue to slow growth through the weekend

· Open-market prices have eased because Mother’s Day demand is ending, but limited supplies will prevent prices from falling much lower

· Markon’s May strawberry promotion will run through May 22

· Lead time is recommended for all orders

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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