Starting next year – Lithuanian vegetables all year round
Spring has come to Lithuania, and we can notice that in supermarket shelves – shoppers can already buy their first hothouse cucumbers and lettuce in containers, and soon they will able to enjoy fresh Lithuanian garden cucumbers. And, after 1.5 or 2 months – the first Lithuanian tomatoes.
Standing next to shelves in supermarkets, we often wonder which vegetables should we choose: whether we should go for the Lithuanian variety that have survived the winter or aim for the ones grown in exotic lands? The largest greenhouse complex in the Baltic States, Kietaviškių gausa has harvested its first hothouse cucumbers on the 1st of March, and on the same day, a large part of the produce has reached the supermarket shelves all around the country. Karolis Montvila, business development manager for Kietaviškių gausa guarantees, that the amounts of produce delivered will be increased by this week, and starting next year – we will be able to enjoy them all year round.
Fresh vegetables reach our tables at a faster pace
According to Mr Montvila: „If the cucumbers are harvested on Monday morning, then by lunch they already reach the shelves of supermarkets, contrary to imported vegetables, which take a while to reach us. So the underlying principle is basic yet clear – freshly harvested vegetables can definitely be bought in stores and we show our best effort to make sure that‘s possible“.
The first cucumber harvest traditionally reaches stores on the first week of March, and this year it symbolically was the beginning of spring. „We have noticed a growing demand for Lithuanian produce grown in greenhouses, so the first vegetables – hothouse cucumbers and lettuce in containers are especially desired by our folk“, reveals the representative of Kietaviškių gausa.
Lithuanian produce will be accessible all year round
Supermarkets have announced, that spring harvest from not only Lithuania but as well as other countries has reached their shelves. However Mr Montvila believes, that the closer a vegetable is grown to the, the better it is his or her well-being. „Imported vegetables have long transportation times, whereas Lithuanian produce can be bought almost straight from the bed“.
Throughout a year, several vegetables harvests are produced. The first one – from the beginning of March to the end of June (or even a little later), the second one begins mid – August and ends only in November. Karolis Montvila, business development manager for Kietaviškių gausa explains that this year, the innovative technologies installed in the company will allow to grow and harvest vegetables all year round, which means that fresh Lithuanian produce will be accessible all year round.