Australia: Brandsema family cultivates taste of tradition

This year, Brandsema Tomatoes is celebrating 60 years in business at Turners Beach. 
 
Now run by the third generation of Brandsema farmers, Marcus and Anthony, the business has seen many changes over the years. 

In 1951 the Brandsema family migrated to Launceston from the Netherlands. 

Marcus and Anthony’s grandfather Wilco pursued a baking career on top of housing chickens.

It wasn’t until an encounter with a neighbour from the Netherlands that vegetables became the family business. 

“Roelf Vos was a neighbour of my grandfather's back in the Netherlands,” Anthony said. 

“He had an idea to open a shop and approached my grandfather to grow the vegetables as he had some land.

“We have been supplying Roelf Vos supermarkets, continuing on to Woolworths since then.”

Read more at The Advocate (Maeve McKenna)


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