This year's celeriac market is distinctive in that it has large sizes and a lot of stock. "The larger bulbs harvested this year, in particular, are not what retailers want. When the Polish retailers adjust their specifications, I know we will sell a lot more. They, however, still want smaller sizes."
Prices for celeriac have been low the whole season due to the large supply, and unpopular sizes. "Below-cost prices are often paid. This is also the case with onions. There is a lot of stock which is, however, not the right size."
At the moment, truck after truck is crossing the border, says Pierre. Predictions for the second half of the season cannot be made. "Celeriac has always been less popular. There are signs that things will not be all bad. Celeriac's popularity throughout Europe is responsible for an increase in consumption. This is a very positive development for this root vegetable in 2018, according to a financial publication's trend watchers. So, not all indications are negative."