Perhaps it was the beer tap or the junk food stand that attracted more than 300 people to the opening party at the new nursery of Piet, Jaap and Jan Reijm, but more likely it was their amazing bell pepper plants. As Jan Reijm says: "We are a bunch of real cucumber growers, we're good at that. We have experience with tomatoes, lettuce, and endive, but not yet with bell peppers." So why then those peppers?
Red bell peppers for Bakker Barendrecht
Jan: "In April 2018 we bought the company from Koorneef BV with the intention to convert this nursery into cucumber cultivation. The fact that we haven't yet sold the location on the Verweijweg made us decide to continue to grow peppers for a year, while the other location is still for sale. The new nursery was built in 2004 and consists of two 4 hectare plots with a shed in between. The greenhouse was already fully equipped for bell peppers, so we'll be using that in the coming year."
For the cultivation, a suitable pepper grower was found in Wijnand Bos. Jan: "On a plot of 8 hectares you don't have to reinvent the wheel yourself, that makes no sense. With a green thumb you can see how the crop is doing today, but to make crop predictions you do need some experience." According to the planning, the first peppers should be delivered in week 10. "In the nursery there is a light installation of around which enables us to bring forward cultivation and provide the customer with bell peppers a little earlier."
From grower to manager
The decision to hand over the day-to-day management of the company to someone else is in line with how Reijm and Zn have been doing business in recent years. "We used to do everything ourselves, but nowadays we are more managers. However, we will continue to do the high-wire cultivation of cucumbers in our existing company ourselves. The tasks are divided so that it runs smoothly. My father is doing the bookkeeping and will do that for the bell pepper company as well. My uncle will do the certification and biological crop protection for both companies. Fortunately, both farms are only 800 meters apart, so we can keep an eye on things. After all, we are responsible in the end."
The new company is called Paprikakwekerij Reijm & Zn B.V. After the necessary preparations were made, they can now officially start with the pepper cultivation. But only after a festive opening of the new greenhouse, which was held on February 15 with family, friends, customers and suppliers. "It was busier than expected, I thought it was even more hectic than my wedding!" Jan concludes.
For more information:
Paprikakwekerij Reijm en Zn B.V.
J. Poortmanweg 18
2651 NB Berkel en Rodenrijs