Rob van Marrewijk, LEMA Tomaten:

"Before the unlighted cultivation starts, the winter production has to be sold"

Recently there was cake for LEMA Tomaten at the Hoge Noordweg in De Lier (Netherlands) to celebrate the 12.5 year anniversary of both growers, Rob van Marrewijk and Ruud Leerdam, who joined forces in October 2006. The cake is a little bit early, just like the party. Rob: "Correct, but this is a good moment in the year to celebrate the anniversary. We are busy with exhibitions, and later the cultivation of our colleagues who do not use lighting starts. We ourselves are busy with the lighted cultivation."

Top: Joining forces and cake from colleagues
Below: Ruud and Rob when they were young

The cultivation at both growers is looking good at this moment. Planting already started in August to grow TOVs of the Brioso variety under lighting on 5.5 hectares. "We were early and have now almost reached the thirtieth planting. The plant is already considerable, and we intend to continue to the crop rotation in August/September."

Rob: "Finally some sun in the greenhouse."

The prices have been almost restored since February, according to Rob, after the prices had been particularly bad in the months November, December, and January. "There was simply too much supply, and particularly the snack tomatoes were priced very low in December. Now it has improved, but as a lighted grower it is important to have sold the winter production, before unlighted growers start harvesting in March. Prices will often lower again."

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