The harvest is causing a flurry of activity in Dutch onions. "Due to the wet weather, there are still a lot of onions waiting to be removed from the fields. After a very dry summer, we are getting more than enough rain now," notes Jan Franje of Franje Onions. "In terms of quality, this makes for big differences. If the onions are good on the land, things go well, but there are also onions deep in the mud."
The onion market is currently characterised by a broad demand. "The bale prices are very stable with a level between 18 and 20 cents. If the demand stays that way, I think the rest of the season will be fine. But this is only if the export to Africa doesn't falter, as this is the main driving power. There will be another boat leaving next week at the very least," says Jan.
"It is currently busy anyway, because in addition to finishing work, we are also busy with seed selection and this week we also started planting the winter onions. Only the trade in yellow organic onions is very weak. That is quite normal for the time of year. If people are still eating from their garden, the demand for organic onions is always lagging behind. The exception is red onions, which are extremely expensive at the moment! "