After the frost, fruit and vegetable producers now have to deal with the rain. In the Moselle, producers cannot plant anything and delays are accumulating.
According to Vincent Neveux, producer in Norroy-le-Veneur, “Two days without rain are needed for the soil to be dry enough. At this pace, all the vegetables are going to arrive at the same time on the shelves, in large quantities.” The producer is also worried prices will decrease.
Nearly 4,000 plants are already in storage. In order to avoid any loss, the producer has put his lettuce, celeriac and celery plants in a dark and dry place so that they do not grow too fast.
In Peltre, the strawberry harvest, already delayed by three weeks, is suffering from the lack of sun and the cold temperatures. “We are worried about the sun not coming out,” explains producer Vincent Tillement. “Already, the first strawberries clearly have less sugar and less flavor.”