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Our specialists of organic apples, pears and plums

Stoker Vogelaar works together with a group of enthusiastic apple-pear and plum growers. The mutual cooperation leads to high quality, a wide assortment and continuity in the sale of the fruit.
In addition to the cooperation, being together is also very important to us. There are regular growers' meetings throughout the year, these meetings take place during the growing season at the growers in the orchard. In the winter period, these meetings are held in the canteen of the sorting company. The most important thing about these meetings is to talk to each other. In addition, during the growing season cultivation issues are discussed and experiences are exchanged. In the winter period, the meetings mainly discuss issues related to sales and so on.
Just before the harvest we discuss the layout of the storage cells because we cool together.

In the month of August we do a round of orchards to see the final result together, this day is concluded with the annual BBQ.
StokerVogelaar organises excursions for its growers every year. This can be a one-day excursion or a multi-day excursion abroad. There have been excursions to England, Germany (to see the Natyra), South Tyrol, Belgium or just a round trip to the Netherlands. The excursions are characterized by a relaxed and very pleasant atmosphere.   

Our steady group of growers are:  
Carl Custers
Florian de Clercq/ Anton Haalboom
Hans Damen
Lody van Osch
Jack Stoop
De Pruimenpot
Egon Schrama
Fruitkwekerij De Jongh 
Warmonderhof
Wilbert van Dijk
Piet Glas and Angela Rijnen


Growers

Carl Custers

Carl has a 5-hectare organic fruit farm in the province of Flevoland. His parents came to Flevoland in 1970 from the province of Limburg. They were given the opportunity to start a fruit farm on the young sea clay. They came together with their 5 children to "de Polder".  Originally it was 10 ha, later a 2.5 ha was added. The company consisted of an 8.5 ha fruit and a 4 ha fruit tree nursery.  The company is located in an area where only fruit was grown.  Due to a major crisis in the fruit sector, there is about 1/3rd of the acreage left. The companies that are still active today are either organic companies or large-scale fruit companies.  In 2000 we switched to organic, in the first instance it was a commercial switch in order to survive. After that, the experience of growing a beautiful product organically started to grow and every year it is a nice challenge to grow a beautiful product. The varieties we grow are Conference and Elstar. Because we grow organically, Carl's idea is to bring out the natural flavours of the apples and pears. In addition, the sea clay in which the trees are grown makes a positive contribution to the taste of the fruit.
The quality requirements of the fruit are becoming ever stricter. When we started growing organically, it wasn't a problem if there was a spot or spot on it, or if the fruit was slightly crooked or rough. Over the years, the requirements have become stricter and stricter and are hardly inferior to the non-organic fruit. In order to meet the requirements, more attention must be paid to the fruit during the period on the tree. Therefore, many hours are spent in the orchard to keep the quality high.
The authenticity and purity would only be really high if we did not have to use any means at all. Unfortunately growing in this way is not possible, we strive to find a balance between using the available resources and growing a high quality product.

Florian de Clercq/ Anton Haalboom
In the middle of the Haarlemmermeer, between The Hague and Amsterdam, you will find an oasis of peace on the Olmenhorst Estate. 18 hectares of organic apple and pear orchards, monumental buildings and studios.
Landgoed de Olmenhorst was established in 1854, two years after the Haarlemmermeer was reclaimed, by Stephanus de Clercq (1826-1886), descendant of an Amsterdam merchant family. He was the great-great-grandfather of the current owner. So there are many stories rooted in this land. After all, the estate experienced the Industrial Revolution, the First and Second World Wars, Aletta Jacobs and much more. Here he started a large arable farm, like there were so many in the Lake. Among other things, potatoes, wheat, flax and peas were grown there. The first fruit orchard was planted at the end of the 19th century. This was virtually unheard of in the surrounding area. Florian de Clercq (1960), the current owner, succeeded his father in 1986. He chose to focus solely on fruit cultivation; the arable land was sold. Because things went very badly in fruit growing not long afterwards, the family started to broaden their business again. First with a small shop, to sell their own fruit, and with the organisation of a few events, to attract the public to the estate. Gradually these activities have grown and expanded. De Olmenhorst has developed into a modern, dynamic and varied company, with many plans for the future.
On Landgoed de Olmenhorst, the tastiest apples and pears grow on the trees, grown with love and attention according to organic principles.
Landgoed de Olmenhorst cherishes the family estate, which is over 160 years old, by treating people and the environment as sustainably and respectfully as possible so that we can pass the estate on to future generations in a healthy way. We would like to share with you the cycle of nature that can be experienced here. Enjoy, taste, feel and be inspired.

Hans Damen
Organic fruit grower Hans Damen with his orchard is located in the middle of eastern Flevoland, in the municipality of Dronten. His street, the Knooplaan, is named after a German pomologist. Hans' company was founded by his father in 1965. Hans took over the company in 2000, after having learned the trade from his father in the 10 years before. At the time of the takeover, Hans also decided to convert the current company to organic. The common varieties were then replaced by varieties that could be grown organically, such as Elstar, Topaz and Santana. And pear varieties such as Concorde, Gieser Wildeman and Conference.
The calcareous, young polder clay is very suitable for growing fruit. The fruit is robust and has a good shelf life so that apples and pears can be offered until July.
The different varieties each have their own taste and aroma. For example, with a Topaz you can taste an apple like Cox and Goudreinet from the old days, nice and juicy and firm.
The Elstar is very well-known and needs no explanation: always good!
Santana is an early variety, which at first is nice and sour and towards the end of the year it loses its strong sour taste and is therefore very popular with many people.
Pears are naturally sweet!
Conference is the best known, you know what you buy.
Concorde is a treat for your tongue, buy this pear and you're sold! But concorde is only available for a limited time, from October to March, so enjoy.
Gieser Wilman is the gourmet pear, it can be bought from October to March, so not only at Christmas. Do yourself a favour and buy it more often.
The weather during the growing season determines for 80% the quality. Furthermore, Hans only wants a maximum of 100 fruits on the tree, which makes the fruit tastier.

Lody van Osch, Jorrit van Kooten and Marieke van Osch
The van Osch family has been growing fruit in Biddinghuizen since 1969. Since 1993 Lody took over the company from his father, 6 years later the choice was made to start growing organically.
Since then, the base of the company consists of 4 hectares of organic pears (conference and concorde) and 8 hectares of organic arable farming.
Slowly after 35 years of active fruit growing, Lody hands over the baton to his daughter Marieke and her friend Jorrit. Since February 2019 the third generation is active in the company. They learn every day, and develop in small steps.
Cultivating punctually and with care and attention is something Paul van Osch passed on to Lody van Osch and is currently a pillar in the learning process of Marieke and Jorrit.
In addition to growing pears, the company has its own cold stores where, in addition to its own pears, fruit from several colleagues is also cooled.
Jorrit and Marieke share their passion, besides fruit growing, also in travelling and skiing. In between pruning, they would like to go to Austria to give ski lessons and they can find a weekly evening at the local ski school in Dronten.  

Jack Stoop
Jack and Greetje are located in the East Flevoland region, in the heart of a large area where many organic businesses are located. The soil is fertile and has clean air because there are no emissions from factories and there are no motorways nearby.
Taste is, according to Jack and Greetje, especially good because of the right timing of harvesting and the loving treatment and attention the fruit garden receives from the employees and Jack and Greetje himself. But of course also the weather and especially the hours of sunshine.
Both entrepreneurs were born in Flevoland (NOP) and the company was started in 1976 by Jack's parents. Jack and Greetje switched to organic in 1999, Jack loves technique and energetic management. Greetje is committed to a healthy lifestyle, exercise and relaxation outdoors and to keep the use of artificial additives in food to a minimum (just pure nature). She also loves the social contacts that working on the farm brings (employees and interested parties). They are both real nature lovers and like to relax by working with/in the vegetable garden, ornamental garden and large natural pond.
The ecological balance is created on the farm by cultivating in the open air and in the open air, using natural and organic manure and intervening in nature as little as possible.
Beyond the legal requirements, Jack and Greetje do a lot more to achieve sustainable business practices. For example, they have solar panels on the barn, use residual heat from the cooling process and use electric vehicles (aerial work platforms, golf carts, etc.). In addition, they have created a large natural pond and forest, with indigenous trees and shrubs. They keep bees and the flower strips should not be missing in the fruit garden.

Anton Oostveen
De Pruimenpot is the fruit farm with care farm of Anton Oostveen and Esther van Hermon. They combine the cultivation of apples, plums and walnuts with the daily activities of about fifteen participants.  De Pruimenpot is located just outside Dronten on the fertile clay soil of Flevoland. As a result, the trees are not short of anything, neither water nor nutrients. 
Anton's father was one of the polder pioneers who built the company from 1967 on a bare clay plain. Anton and Esther continued it in 1995. In 1999, the first parcel of plums was planted. In 2004, the fruit farm was expanded to include a care farm. For this we grow small fruit on a small scale and in 2008 we planted one hectare of walnuts, under which our animals graze.
The acreage of apples consists largely of the new Natyra variety. This is one of the tastiest apples that have recently been improved and can be stored well on the fruit platter. The variety is also resistant to the most important diseases.
The large blue plums are almost as big as an apple and also very tasty. In addition, we grow Reine Victoria, a tasty plum that has proven itself for over a hundred years.
Reine Victoria is traditionally grown in North Holland, where we made it our own twenty years ago. It is characterised by the frequent picking of the fruit. This gives all plums a good taste. We have also adopted this method with the apples.
It is our mission to interweave the professional cultivation of the fruit as much as possible with the daily activities of the participants on the care farm. In this way, De Pruimenpot distinguishes itself both in fruit cultivation and in care farming.
Organic cultivation mainly means making use of the extensive arsenal of possibilities offered by nature. Lucerne, for example, grows for one or two years before a new plot is planted, which binds nitrogen from the air and fixes it in the soil. Planting itself starts with choosing the right variety. This plum, apple or nut should then be able to benefit optimally from as much biodiversity as possible. Nature then often solves a problem of its own accord.

Egon Schrama   
Egon's business is located in the south of the country, in the village of Sterksel. Sterksel is located in North Brabant between Eindhoven and Weert. The southern location offers the advantage that the apples can be picked earlier. The apples have an earlier taste.
Egon's company is located on sandy soil. You can taste that, apples made of sand have a different flavour than apples made of clay.
The weather largely determines the quality of the fruit. Egon also does everything in its power to guarantee the quality of its apples. For example, he has his own weather station to keep an eye on everything. Partly to combat diseases. Unfortunately, this does not always succeed.
Egon's parents bought the fruit company in 1959. At that time, it was a 5-hectare orchard with only high stems. A lot of fruit was planted in the area.
Egon took over the company in 2000 and now it is 8 ha in size. Egon has 2.5 ha Breaburn 2 ha Elstar 2 ha Santana and 1.5 ha jonagold.
Organic fruit growing is not common. Egon also only runs what is quite a lot of work during peak periods. Every year is also different.

Fruitkwekerij De Jongh 
Jan-Willem de Jongh is located in Marknesse, on the border of the old and new land on the former channel of the former fishing town of Vollenhove. Since 1963 fruit has been grown on the light young sea clay with a layer of shells. The soil is naturally very fertile so that pears and apples can grow into tasty fruit.
Jan-Willem tries to maintain the natural balance in the orchard as much as possible so that the fruit has the opportunity to grow into delicious fruit.
Jan-Willem grows Conference and Doyenne du Comice pears as well as Braeburn apples. Braeburn is originally an apple variety from New Zealand. It is an apple that is picked late in the year, is crunchy and has a high natural sugar content. The flesh is very firm, juicy, crisp, aromatic and pleasantly sweet and sour.
And, according to Jan-Willem, a Conference pear is simply the best thing out of the hand!

Warmonderhof / Gaia Firth and Maaike Bischot
The apples from the Warmonderhof come from the Flevopolder. The trees are deeply rooted in the rich clay soil full of food and water, it couldn't be better. In our street are several organic fruit growers, with whom we have a good relationship and regularly exchange information with each other or visit the farm. We are unique as ladies in the world of the organic wholesale fruit sector in the Netherlands. Together we are the managers of the fruit growing company Mts. Twisk. It feels like our own company. Sjaak and Aga took over the company in 2014 from Wil and Lisan Sturkenboom. Gaia and Maaike already worked at the company as employees and became managers after the takeover.
Gaia and Maaike did the Warmonderhof training for the biologically dynamic agriculture and horticulture. And immediately after the training they started working on the fruit farm as employees. Even now, Warmonderhof students come to the company to learn and work. In order to eventually become a good farmer.
Unique apple varieties are our strength. We grow delicious Santana, Red Pinova and nr251 apples. The Concorde pear also presents us with a challenge. The special varieties demand a lot of attention. Where it comes down to growing pears on beautiful fruit wood. When it comes to the nr251 apple, how cold you store it in the refrigerator is very important. The Santana also has storage risks that not every grower faces. However, the trees are so powerful and healthy that they show their strength all year round.
The circulation is central on the farm. The large company Mts. Twisk has many industries including livestock farming (beef cattle and dairy cattle). In spring, for example, we can provide the trees with company-specific slurry for a good start to flowering. In the autumn, the trees are given solid pot stable manure that has been composted for a year in the orchard itself. Giving slowly working fertilizer to the trees is our goal. The soil life has to get to work and is therefore abundantly present on our farm. A beautiful reed filter has been installed on the farm where all the waste water is purified.
We are proud to grow beautiful hand potatoes. And we like to see that every apple with skin and all is eaten. But we also like to eat apple pie and put in the delicious Santana apples as long as they are there. Because it has just that little bit of sour sweetness and juiciness that makes the apple pie so delicious.

Wilbert van Dijk
Bio van Dijk, formerly Biodijk Midden, is a mixed fruit and vegetable farm located in Schalkwijk. It is a family business, which was founded by Wilbert's father about 42 years ago. At that time, he was one of the first organic greenhouse growers. Wilbert helped on the farm from an early age and when he finished school he started working full time on the farm.
He loves farming life: "It's beautiful to see everything grow from seed to harvest. Organic cultivation has been a big part of my life, for me it was a matter of course to work organically. I have never done anything else. So in 1996 I took over my father's company and continued organic cultivation. I grow many different products such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, strawberries, apples, pears and much more".

Piet Glas and Angela Rijnen
Eikemaheert is an organic farm in Loppersum (Groningen). On almost 30 hectares they cultivate arable land, keep broiler chickens and grow fruit, clover seed and summer flowers. When they are old enough, the chickens walk outside, under apple trees and native shrubs. Piet and Angela's ideal: a farm that gives space to nature and culture, where you can find tasty and responsible products and where you feel welcome.
Eikemaheert has 3 small organic apple orchards, which together cover about 2 hectares, divided over three chicken runs. In the third spout there is also a picking garden planted with berries (redcurrants, blackcurrants, gooseberries and raspberries). The orchards have a multiple purpose: to provide shelter and a pleasant environment for the chickens, to be able to offer fresh & healthy organic fruits on the farm and to help us generate the necessary income.
We have chosen 3 apple varieties (Santana with pollinator Natyra and Natyra with pollinator Alkmene). Natyra, a newly developed variety, and Santana are quite resistant to scab. Organic apples must also look impeccable nowadays. Alkmene is also seen as a 'robust variety': it can also have a rough ride.

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