Open Days At Rijk Zwaan Rich With Variety
Published on Oct 1 2012 10:21 AM in Fresh Produce
Dutch grower Rijk Zwaan has opened its doors for inquisitive visitors looking to learn about new and healthy varieties of open-ground vegetables. In Opperdoes and Fijnaart in the Netherlands, Rijk Zwaan is showing off its familiar brassicas, spinach and several leafy vegetables. The company also hosted "Organic Days" in the UK on 24th and 25th of September.
Just like last year, the Organic Days were organized together with distributor Tucker Seeds. As a result, a very broad assortment was on display. “The Rijk Zwaan lettuce assortment again was regarded as one of the highlights”, says Rijk Zwaan organic crop specialist, Andrew Henderson, “Our carrots and brassicas also drew a lot of attention. A special trial with an outdoor demo of tomatoes was undertaken. It was remarkable how well they grew!”
Advisor Daan Heidema is happy to show some of the highlights from the Dutch open days. The 45-114 RZ is a new iceberg lettuce which is well-received, in particular by the processed foods companies. It has a relatively large size, around 800 grams, nicely layered, and also very suitable for the fresh market. “For some of the companies in the processed food sector, this is an ideal product,” says Heidema. “It’s compact and easy to work with.”
Not only industry people were interested in the crops. A lot of local residents visited the farm as well. ?We have gotten a lot of appreciation from the locals here,” says Heidema. “Not many people know about the inner workings of our company, and it sure was nice to welcome them!”
For more information:Rijk ZwaanArno van OersTel: 0031 653305058www.rijkzwaan.nl