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Thursday 18 January 2018

Between 7 and 9 February 2018, Beemster Garlic will exhibit our fresh Dutch garlic bulbs at the Fruit Logistica trade fair in Berlin, Germany.

Our fresh Beemster Garlic, a unique variety, has a mild, refreshing flavour. The beautiful bulbs, grown on the Beemster Polder, are white with green stems and full of flavour. The garlic is either processed immediately after the harvest or stored in refrigerated cells. The fresh bulbs are available almost all year round in large quantities. 

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Tuesday 14 November 2017

With the aid of planting machine, our garlic was carefully settled into the soil in late October. This Beemster garlic will be harvested in late June or early July, just as it is every year.

And so fresh garlic from the Beemster Polder will be available this year too. The Noord-Holland region of Beemster, which is one of Europe’s special cultivation areas, is becoming a firm favourite among suppliers, traders and retailers following the demand of the current garlic market. The heavy Beemster clay soil, rich in minerals, is renowned for its vitality, which it passes onto the garlic bulbs, producing a vigorous, healthy product with an exceptional flavour.

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Tuesday 15 August 2017

As from today, Beemster Garlic is the first Dutch garlic grower with the eco-label ‘Milieukeur: PlanetProof’ certification, issued by SMK (Stichting Milieu Keur)! The award of this environmental label means that Beemster Garlic complies with the standards for more sustainable products and services. Milieukeur is based on a comprehensive strategy for making products and services more sustainable, including a balanced assessment of the various themes related to sustainability. The criteria for Milieukeur cover the entire life-cycle of a product or service. In Beemster’s case, it applies from the moment the seed materials are purchased right up to the harvest of the fresh bulbs and everything in between.

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Monday 10 July 2017

It’s a fact that every grower knows only too well: harvest time is the busiest time of the year. Everyone eagerly looks forward to the harvest from the moment the young plants are planted in the soil. The special Beemster bulbs with their distinctive, mild flavour and fresh appearance can only be processed while fresh! These characteristic qualities explain the extreme popularity of these snow-white bulbs with their bright green stalks. With the help of special storage technology, the bulbs are kept fresh for as long as possible, which means that they are available as fresh products for an extra long time.

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Monday 03 April 2017

Although it will only be available as from April, we introduced it at the Horecava trade fair: Beemster Garlic’s new look. It’s still the same, familiar product, but we’ve given it a makeover. 

The Dutch Beemster region is already regarded as a special growing area within Europe. The region produces thousands of bulbs every year, each with a gleaming white bulb and bright green stalk; they can only be processed when they are extremely fresh.

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Monday 06 February 2017

Every year, around October and November, we plant our seed garlic. Thousands of tiny cloves from the seed garlic are planted in the fertile clay soil of the Beemster region. We will be harvesting them in eight months’ time, when they have grown into mature, vigorous white bulbs. The Beemster’s clay soil gives this garlic its particular flavour. As we don’t want to exhaust the soil, we use different areas every year – though always in the Beemster Polder. Around July, the harvesting season begins and we can start picking the fresh bulbs.

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Wednesday 14 September 2016

On Thursday 1 September, the King’s Commissioner for Noord-Holland, Mr Remkes, visited Beemster Garlic with Mr Jaap Bond, a member of the Provincial Executive of Noord-Holland. Other attendants were Mayor Joyce van Beek and two aldermen from the Municipality of Beemster and representatives of the Province of Noord-Holland. A working visit to Beemster Polder earlier this year aroused Mr Remkes’ interest in our special farm, and this visit was planned in light of that interest. After all, Beemster Garlic is an authentic Noord-Holland product, the pure taste of Beemster.

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Tuesday 19 July 2016

Harvest time is here again. 

The fields of Beemster Polder have produced lovely large, white bulbs with bright green leaves and a real garlic flavour again this year. 

Beemster garlic is planted in October/November and is harvested from late June to early July. At the moment, the bulbs are young, which means they are vigorous and healthy. The bulbs draw their vigour from the Beemster clay soil, which found in the region of Noord-Holland.

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Tuesday 21 June 2016

At Beemster Garlic, we never stop improving our production processes or working to ensure food safety and that’s why we are thrilled to report that Beemster Garlic has been awarded FSSC 22000 certification. This certification holds points of reference for managing and improving food safety. Receiving this certification, recognised by the GFSI, the global alliance of retailers, means that we comply with all the conditions imposed for food production.

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Monday 23 November 2015

This year, Beemster Garlic was once again one of the exhibitors at Anuga in Cologne. This internationally oriented event, with a venue filling ten halls, is the world’s largest and most important trade fair for the retail sector, the foodservice industry and the catering market. For culinary professionals, it is the place to be to discover tomorrow’s trends. Anuga was held from 10 to 14 October and featured more than 6,800 stands from all around the globe. For more information about this trade fair, please visit www.anuga.com.

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Friday 25 September 2015

Following last year’s astounding success, this year’s Gastvrij Rotterdam trade fair, from 21 to 23 September, was once again held in Rotterdam’s Ahoy Hall. More than 270 international exhibitors were there to present their products and solutions for the hospitality and catering industry and Beemster Garlic was among that number. 

This year, like last year, the Taste of Green Route put a particular focus on the theme of sustainability. 

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Wednesday 15 July 2015

As of today, Beemster Garlic is available as a puree from the refrigeration section of Albert Heijn supermarkets. These days, local and regional products are becoming increasingly prominent in our daily menus. Beemster Garlic is not only a sustainable product, it also has an amazing flavour!
Beemster Garlic, made from honest and authentic Dutch produce, is a prime example of the delicious specialities the Netherlands has to offer.

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Tuesday 07 July 2015

The new harvest of garlic bulbs is here: fabulous white bulbs with bright green stalks and full of flavour, straight from the Beemster region. 

Each year, around October or November, the garlic is planted in this exceptional region and then harvested towards the end of June. The bulbs have the qualities of this special region to thank for their pure and mild flavour. The Beemster polder is a world heritage site because of the unique way the land is divided into parcels, making it an unparalleled example of a man-made landscape.

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Friday 03 July 2015

Sunday 21 June saw the Big Green Egg Flavour Fair at the Mariënwaerdt Estate in Beesd. This food festival is good news for everyone who loves to barbecue and this year, Beemster Garlic joined in the fun! 

The Big Green Egg is indispensable for every foodie on a quest for new ways of using the barbecue. This device can be used for grilling, stewing, smoking, baking and slow cooking. For more information about this remarkable barbecue, please visit: http://www.biggreenegg.eu.

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Friday 22 May 2015

By the end of June, the new crop of fresh Beemster Garlic bulbs will be ready to be harvested in the fields. 

Southern Europe, the birthplace of European garlic cultivation, plays a major part in bridging the gap between the last and the most recent crop of garlic. Fresh garlic from Spain, Italy and France is available sooner and Beemster Garlic works closely with Southern European garlic farms to be able to supply the product to the industry all year round.

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Tuesday 28 April 2015

Beemster Garlic, the source of fresh Dutch garlic, can now inspire culinary professionals online too, as we have teamed up with Bresc, the specialist in chilled garlic. 

Information about how Beemster garlic is grown, the transformation from fresh bulbs to Bresc’s convenient solution and a huge range of recipes are available at Platform Bresculinair: the culinary inspirational platform for modern chefs! 

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Monday 09 March 2015

In Germany, you will often hear people say ‘Regional ist das neue Bio’. This nation sets great store by the origins of their ingredients, stressing concerns about food miles and sustainability. Because we are the source of the Dutch garlic from the Beemster region, we think it is important to inform – and especially inspire – professionals about, and with, our product. After all, everything begins at the source!

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Monday 02 February 2015

Here at Bresc, we believe that fresh Beemster garlic is the most exceptional ingredient in our chilled garlic puree because this pure, regional Dutch product has a truly distinct flavour! 

Beemster Garlic is a family-run business that has been growing fresh garlic in the Beemster region in Noord Holland since 1987. The Beemster region, a polder approximately 30 kilometres to the north of Amsterdam, was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1999.

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Thursday 19 June 2014

We started on the harvest early following the warm winter: glorious white bulbs with their green stems and full of flavour from the Beemster polder. Jaap Sloof, a culinary advisor at De Kweker, visited just before the harvest. 

De Kweker is a specialist food wholesaler’s with more than 25,000 products for professionals in food. 

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Tuesday 11 March 2014

The season for the fresh Dutch/Beemster garlic has already been and gone. However, the fresh Beemster Garlic Puree which we preserved straight from the fields with natural preservatives is available all year round in jars and the new harvest is not far off. The garlic cloves were carefully planted using special planting equipment in late October 2013.

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Thursday 18 July 2013

It’s here again! Fresh garlic from the Beemster polder.

As this year’s spring was cold, we started harvesting our fresh garlic later. Nonetheless, the garlic itself took no notice of the weather and is exactly the how we know it to be: white bulbs with bright green stems. As it is harvested while young, it is easily digested and has a mild and refreshing flavour.

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Monday 08 April 2013

Only a few more months to go before the fresh Beemster garlic is available again.

This month, two cookbooks were published, both including exhaustive features on our fresh Beemster garlic - and they contain numerous recipes using Beemster garlic too, of course!

Last year, Dutch chef Herman den Blijker visited us for a photo shoot for his cookbooks. Herman expressed his great appreciation for our fresh garlic from the Beemster region: ‘It’s high-quality, very local garlic – it belongs in our pans.’ 

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Friday 18 January 2013

From 7 - 10 January, Beemster Garlic attended Horecava in Amsterdam, the Dutch trade fair for the catering and hospitality industry. Paul Driehuis, Bresc’s culinary advisor, joined us at our stand on ‘Pure’ square. Pure World is the latest addition to Horecava’s theme worlds.

As this square was dedicated to fresh, sustainable, fair-trade and responsible food, this was where Beemster Garlic naturally belonged.

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Monday 23 July 2012

Last month, Dutch chef Herman den Blijker visited us for a photo shoot for one of his cookbooks that is to be published in spring 2013. The new book will discuss various kinds of fruit and vegetables exhaustively, and garlic is one of them. 

After showing Herman round the premises, we all went out to the garlic field. Herman den Blijker was very excited about the Beemster garlic, the refreshing bulbs that come straight off the field and are available locally.

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Tuesday 19 June 2012

The editors of Saisonnier, the trade journal for culinary professionals, recently came to visit us in the Beemster polder. Joined by culinary advisors, Paul Driehuis (Bresc) and Jaap Sloof (De Kweker), they discussed growing garlic in the Netherlands and more specifically, how the crop develops before the harvest, which will begin in June.

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