On Friday, the first greenhouse French beans of the season were auctioned. These were supplied by grower De Bossen and bought by Lejeune. In the 2018 season, more than 255,000 kilograms of French beans were supplied to BelOrta.
Benny Vanderborght (Lejeune) and Paul Van Hoof (De Bossen)
French beans, like a number of other heirloom vegetables, have been on the rise in recent years, and perfectly fit in an increasing tendency for seasonal, local and sustainably grown vegetables.
French beans can be bought loose at auction, but also on order and in small packaging.
New tomato season ushered in with first beefsteak tomato
Last Friday, BelOrta also auctioned the first beefsteak tomatoes of the year. These were supplied by Wim and Katrien Vertommen of horticultural company Den Overkant and bought by Euro Gijbels and Michiels Frans & Zonen.
Wim Vertommen (Den Overkant) and Benny Cuypers (BelOrta)
In the 2018 season, more than three million kilograms of beefsteak tomatoes were supplied to BelOrta. This season, a similar volume is expected. Because beefsteak tomatoes are harvested on colour desired by customers, this unique tomato isn’t just enormously popular nationally, but also internationally.
BelOrta supplies beefsteak tomatoes in various grouped packaging, from 1.5 to 7 kilograms, although small packaging are also possible.