This winter, Zeiler's vegetable production was at a standstill for four months due to the energy crisis. "We had to calculate the energy prices, which had increased tenfold, and this resulted in a sales price that was 50 to 70 percent higher than in previous years. We wouldn't be able to find a buyer that way," Christian Zeiler told ORF.
At LGV Sonnengemüse in Vienna-Simmering, this year's season is starting a bit late as well, says LGV board member Josef Peck: "We have the first cucumbers now. Last year we had them maybe a week earlier. Colored peppers we will get maybe two to three weeks later. Tomatoes will probably arrive in the twelfth week, which is two to three weeks later than usual as well."
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