The winter fennel season in the South started in early October and will continue until March/April, when produce from the North will arrive.
The campaign started rather well despite overlaps of the latest local productions. In the first 10-15 days of October wholesale prices hovered around € 80 cents per kg.
Then sales and quotations dropped, probably because of a short period of warm weather that slowed consumption down - prices decreased to 60 cents per kg.
Prices have finally started growing again in the past 4-5 days as the local produce finished and they reached 80-90 cents per kg. They are expected to increase further in the next few weeks, although a lot will depend on the weather. Estimates talk about €1 per kg, which is considered a good price.