The first daikon radishes of this year's season were harvested last Friday in Knoblauchsland, Germany. Similar to last year, the first fresh greenhouse products arrived at the regional wholesale market in Nuremberg at the beginning of March. "Now, at the beginning of the season there are only small quantities for the wholesale trade. We will probably be able to deliver the first quantities to the regional grocery store in about two weeks," commented Stefanie Häring, co-owner of the Nuremberg-based producer Ruff-Häring GbR.
Left: The first radishes of the season are now offered at the unit price of 1,60 Euro in wholesale. It is expected that in about two weeks the greenhouse vegetable will also appear for the first time in regional food retailers, it is said.
Right: View into the greenhouse where fresh salads will be growing throughout the winter.
Parallel to the start of the radish season, salads from protected cultivation are also being traded. "We supply fresh field and cabbage lettuce as well as colourful lettuce cultures from our greenhouse or foil plant throughout the winter," explains Ms Häring. The lettuce products are mainly supplied to the food retail trade, but they are also negotiated through the wholesale market. Overall, the grower draws a positive balance at the end of the winter season: "Sales of all lettuce varieties were excellent and were largely consistent".
Left: At the Nuremberg wholesale market, the products are marketed. The clientele consists mainly of direct marketers and specialist retailers. The product range includes radishes, salads, cucumbers, daikon and carrots.
Right: View of the film covered daikon beds. Sowing took place on 01.02.2020; in a few weeks the harvest campaign will start.
Outdoor/greenhouse cultivation in the heart of Garlic Country
Family business Ruff-Häring is one of the long-established companies at the Nuremberg wholesale market and has been located at Leyher Straße since 1959. Only products from the company's own cultivation are marketed, which now comprises approx. 18 hectares of open-air and 1.5 hectares of greenhouse area. Radishes are their main product in terms of volumes: "We expect the first products from outdoor cultivation in about three weeks."