Potato farmer Bertrand Roussel from the French region of Orne (west of Paris) has caused a traffic jam of 3 kilometers with the sale of potatoes at home, according to the channel France TV. Hundreds of people came to buy potatoes from him on Thursday.
Roussel was forced to sell the potatoes in this way. Due to the corona crisis and subsequent closure of the restaurants, he was left with an unsold stock of 30 tons. Because the grower refused to throw away his pagers, he decided to sell on Thursday.
The Frenchman offered a 20 kg bag of potatoes for 3 euros. He announced the sale via social media. In this way he reached hundreds of interested parties. Some of them came with a trailer to get several bags. Whether it concerns French fries or table potatoes does not tell the story .
The road is totally blocked for more than three kilometers: it is a spectacular gathering that took place Thursday, April 29 in the Orne, for potatoes . A simple announcement from a farmer who is selling off his potatoes at a record price, on social networks and voila: hundreds of people have expressed interest in the offer of a 20 kg bag of potatoes for three euros. ” It’s an unbeatable price ,” explains one customer. “ Compared to supermarkets, there’s no picture, ” says another.
Farmer Bertrand Roussel had no choice. With the crisis, his unsold potatoes would have ended up in the trash. ” With the closure of schools, restaurants, any event, we end up with a product that we do not know how to sell. We must destock and it must go, ” he explains. And customers parade by car, truck, and sometimes even with a trailer.