The Italian farm Fellini Patrizio began harvesting their first hectare on 1 April, 2021. More than 40 hectares of lettuce have been planted from April to November, with transplants of one hectare per week.
"For 8 months a year we have lettuce of our own production, thanks to our transplants. We have also recently acquired new properties and today our company Azienda Agricola 67 counts 90 hectares. If we consider, on average, two cycles on each hectare, it is like having 180 hectares in production," said Emile Pellini.
Emile Fellini (left) and Nicolas Rossi
The company relies on young people. The farm manager is Nicolas Rossi, 21 years of age, who has been working with Fellini for two years, ever since he graduated from the Istituto Tecnico Agrario (Agricultural Technical Institute) of Cesena, Italy. "We choose to invest in talented and strong-willed young people because they have because they have the will to do and innovate. These aspects are fundamental in our sector," explained Emile.
Agretti (Salsola soda) almost ready to be harvested
In a few days the harvesting of agretti will begin. The fields are only a few hundred meters from the processing plant and this guarantees the freshness of the product.
"We were a bit worried about the frost and snow of 18 March, but luckily there was no damage, also because we had covered everything with non-woven fabric," said Rossi.
On the market front, "Some products are stable and have low prices due to the abundance of product, such as fennel. Others instead, such as peppers and asparagus, have high prices due to a general shortage and very high demand," concluded Fellini.