By the end of the year, in the Chiemgau, the brand new greenhouse complex of production company 'Reichenspurner Hof' will be completed. The first fruits are already being sold for about three weeks now. At the same time, however, the last open field strawberries of the year are still being marketed in other regions of Germany; an overlap like this has never been seen before.
At the farmer's market in Mühldorf, their first regionally cultivated greenhouse strawberries are already for sale. "We have been harvesting for three weeks," explains Peter Reichenspurner. In a few weeks, tomatoes and peppers will be harvested for the first time.
"Everything is on schedule," says Reichenspurner. Everything should be ready before Christmas. The work on the outdoor facilities should be completed by then. In total, the Reichenspurner Hof is investing more than 30 million euros in the project. On an area of around 15 hectares, strawberries, tomatoes and peppers are thriving in the greenhouse.
Chiemgau strawberries are available in regional Edeka stores as well as on weekly markets and farmers markets
Open field strawberries
This year's heat and drought have had a negative impact on open field harvests. However, in the Hessian Wetteraukreis the plants bore fruit for the second time, which is why the regional field strawberries are still available even now, in the second week of November.
''We have never experienced this before. Because of the beautiful autumn temperatures, the fruit quality is almost comparable to summer strawberries,'' says Maximilian Reuhl of the Wetterauer fruits production company, which markets its outdoor strawberries both directly from the farm and through regional Rewe stores. ''We will be able to harvest until the end of this week, after which our farm is finally done with this year's open field harvest."