The harvest of organic carrots from Lower Saxony is currently in full swing. Despite the high temperatures and persistent drought in summer, the organic products have grown well overall. "Our main supplier has irrigated his fields accordingly and we are now expecting normal yields. From a marketing point of view, we continue to see quite a high demand," said a buyer and seller from Naturkost Elkershausen LLC.
The harvest of organic carrots / Image: Natural food Elkershausen
2020 has also been marked by the Corona pandemic for the renowned eco-wholesaler in Göttingen. "Because of the hoarding at the beginning of the crisis, we have observed a transverse increase in demand. Stocks of carrots from last year's harvest also declined somewhat faster than expected. In May, the last remaining stocks hit the market, and about a month later the first new organic carrots were sold. In the meantime, Spanish and Italian imported goods had to be used up."
Right: Clearing fresh organic carrots / Image: Natural food Elkershausen
The high demand has led to corresponding price increases for certain product groups, but not for organic carrots, which are now at about the same price level as the previous year, they confirm: "For regional products there have been fewer price increases, for imported goods the corona-related problems - for example in logistics - have had a corresponding effect on pricing."
Further growth potential for organic carrots
All in all, carrots from biological production are in vogue, although the market develops differently in the comparison to the conventional situation. "We are obtaining colorful carrots from the region -mainly- and more and more are traded every year. Snack and mini carrots, however, still play a subordinate role. But we will soon offer these as school fruit."