The increase in the demand for healthy fruit and vegetables has given a boost to the number of clients of the Ibiza organic growers' cooperative Ecofeixes, which has seen an increase of more than 70% in the number of orders this past week. According to its director Sonia Torres, the number of clients has increased "very significantly. We work with restaurants, stores and individuals. Distribution to the hospitality industry has ground to a halt. Stores continue to work at their normal pace, but private individuals are responsible for a great increase. Normally, we serve about 70 families, but this week we reached a total of 120."
Tanit Ribas, president of Pageses i Pagesos de Sant Josep, agrees with her. "The demand has increased, and it has coincided with a time of change; the winter is coming to an end and the summer crops are being sown. It is a time when there is usually little available, so with the increase in the demand, some say that they will no longer have any production left in 10 days. People are buying more than ever."
Until now, Ecofeixes was only opening on Wednesday afternoons, but the strong demand has forced them to extend this service to Thursday and Friday mornings. "We have told our customers to relax, that there is enough production on our 14 partnered farms. There will be no shortage," says Torres.
Since they also sow in winter, they now have beans, leeks, pumpkin, chard, spring onions, fennel, pak choi, beetroot, rocket, lettuce, calçot, red cabbage, peas, aromatic herbs, oranges and lemons, among other fresh and organic products.