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October 8, 2017

Strawberry Fields Forever!

Filed under: BREDA,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

During our visit to Breda, the next information board that I see is all about “de Aardbeienroute’ (The Strawberry Route).

I translated it, (and a small amount of additional text from “de Aardbeienroute” website) into English, it reads:

The Strawberry Route is fully situated in the territory of the fusion municipality Hoogstraten, combining the historic center of Hoogstraten.

The Hoogstraten Strawberries are considered as the most beautiful and delicious in the country.

With an annual output of over 25 million kilos, Hoogstraten is the undisputed center of strawberry cultivation.

The Strawberry Route illustrates the importance of agriculture and horticulture in this region.

It combines the historic center of Hoogstraaten with the beautiful Mark Valley and the vast countryside of the Belgian-Dutch border region.  You cycle past many greenhouses with strawberries and strawberry fields that clearly show the evolution of strawberry cultivation throughout the years. The route was reworked in 2017 , of course, the great features of the original route were retained, but these were complemented by nice spots around Hoogstraten. The Strawberry Route is available free of charge at Hoogstraten Tourism. Ever picked a portion of crispy strawberries from the machine? This is your chance! Sample these ‘Hoogstraatse Queens’ during or after your trip.”

Of course the machine in question is the automatic dispensing machine that I featured two days ago. It’s a good thing that most Dutch fields are bordered by canals, otherwise I envision cyclists being tempted to stop and nibble the produce of the strawberry fields as they make their rounds of the route. As the Beatles most aptly put it: strawberry fields forever!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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