Little produce available at Mercato ortofrutticolo di Lusia (RO)

The warm humid weather of July has continued also in August, leading to a further increase in temperatures. After the two violent storms in late June, there was a drastic drop in volumes, so much so that some products even disappeared.

The products mostly affected were: lettuce (-50/60% and even -100% for Brazilian and batavian lettuce), cauliflowers (completely lacking), chard (-45%), puntarella (+44%), tomatoes (-50%) and celery (-41%).

It was difficult to work, also because we couldn't find the quantities we needed and the produce had been damaged by the hailstorm in late July.

The commercialization of garlic is also slow. The produce is available in small and long bunches and braids. There was a slight drop in quotations as well as in volumes.

Swiss chard

The demand for swiss chard, puntarella, bianca di Milano and cauliflowers is continuously increasing. Availability has dropped, while quotations increased.

Carrot prices also increased due to a drop in supply and increasing demand.

All cabbage varieties are doing well. Constant demand favored an increase in prices yet availability dropped due to the weather.

Lettuce quantities were very low: there was a 20% drop for Roman and oak leaf lettuce, -50% for gentle lettuce and there was an over 65% drop for butterhead lettuce. The produce that was available was damaged by the weather, therefore quotations were lower than in August 2017.

Aubergines did well as both volumes and average prices increased. Quantities weren't affected as protected cultivation methods were used.

There was an increase in the volumes and average prices of potatoes as well. Only the red type was penalized by demand with lower quotations than in August 2017.

Bunch, cherry and san marzano tomatoes did well, while the quotations of beefsteak, salad and smooth round tomatoes dropped. The volumes increased for all types.

Leek and parsley registered higher prices also thanks to lively demand and lower volumes.

It was a rather difficult month for radicchio - temperature fluctuations in July led to production problems with yields below normal and scarce quality. In addition, demand further penalized the product.

Pumpkin quotations are not very profitable for producers and volumes are low.

Thanks to the good temperatures, fruit didn't do so badly. Demand for watermelons was lively after a slow start, leading to an increase in quotations.

The price of melons, apples, peaches and pears was good. Demand was always lively.

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