The price of fresh garlic started off well three weeks ago, but then dropped day after day," reports Roberto Bortolotti, vegetable expert for De Luca - Campitiello, a company operating at Caab in Bologna.
"The produce from Veneto is of high quality and it is packed in bunches. It is an excellent product and prices were very good to start with. Now they dropped to €1.50-2.00/kg, though. The problem is that there is a lot of produce available and sometimes even a product that stands out is not enough."
A product that does stand out is purple-streaked garlic, very popular in Tuscany, although its value dropped a little as well.
"As for courgettes, the price for good production is of around €1/kg, but it depends on many factors. Cauliflowers, albeit not a summer product, always sell, especially is the quality is excellent. We are talking about €1.30-1.50/kg on average. Broccoli are not very popular in summer."
Eggplants are doing not doing well, as quotations do not exceed €0.60/kg. Cucumbers from Emilia-Romagna sell at €0.80/kg.
"Demand for new potatoes is good, especially for larger ones. Prices hover around €0.80-0.90/kg."