New Milking Robots

After 24 years it was time to say goodbye to the DeLaval OerClassic milking robot.  It was the oldest, still working, operating milking robot from DeLaval.  In 2000, it was said that these robots would last at most 10 years!  24 years later … The new robot is like a switch from a gnome to a big giant.  What a beautiful machine, and not only us, but the cows as well, are very happy with this new robot.

1 May: the old robots were removed and the new DeLaval V300 was placed in a temporary setup on the grids.  In no time, the technicians and engineers Luuk, Erwin, Wouter and Bart managed to connect the new robot.  Despite the temporary setup, the cows were eager to enter the new milking robot. In the meantime, there was sufficient time to properly install all pipes, walls, etc., and recoat the floor in the milking room.  This work was carried out by Henny and an employee at Piersma Floors. 13 May: the new robots were placed in their final location and as soon as the gate was opened, the first cow entered! 

Calm has been restored and the new robot is milking to complete satisfaction.  All cows are properly connected, a few teething problems (that is, if we don’t forget to open any valves ourselves!) and milk production has increased.  The V300 provides significant energy savings and also maintenance costs will decrease.

Friday 24 May we officially put the new DeLaval V300 milking robots in use.  While enjoying a coffee and a delicious piece of cake, we looked back to the past 24 years with a few people who were there at the beginning. Obviously, including a tour to the new milking robot. We hope that this new V300 milking robot is going to do its job for the next 20+ years.



The tulip bloom is almost coming to an end

Mother Nature cannot be controlled and as the Dutch saying goes “April does what she wants” the same is true for the tulips.  Due to the warm winter, the tulips started to bloom around 2 weeks earlier than usual for the time of year.  Partly due to the heavy rain and high temperatures the tulips are growing very fast.  More and more fields are being topped (removal of the flower).  After all, the tulips which are grown in Flevoland are for producing strong tulip bulbs and not for the tulip itself. The closing date of the Tulip route was initially on 5 May, however the tulip splendor and beauty will most likely end before the end of April.  For the latest news, please check the website Tulpenroute Flevoland.

For those who would still like to enjoy the beautiful tulip fields, visit this weekend or early next week, otherwise you will have to wait until next year. For the time being, until the tulip season ends, we are still open daily from 10:00 to 17:00.  You can visit our indoor tulip market where you can score nice tulip underpants, tulip bags, other tulip gadgets or exclusive tulips.  Of course coffee and cake is served.

The walking route ‘Pionierspad’ will open soon!

The ‘Pionierspad’ is a unique walking route from Steenwijk to Muiden through the youngest Dutch county Flevoland (East to West). This Path offers what the name promises: ‘pioneering’. You will walk across what used to be the Zuiderzee (Southern Sea), which was only reclaimed half a century ago. A walk through forests and swamps, alternated with views of endless lowlands. The 200 kilometer route covers many unpaved footpaths along fields, ditches and grass dikes. In the top of the county Overijssel you will find peace and quiet and of course you should not miss the picturesque town of Giethoorn (also known as Venice of the North or Netherlands).  Walk along the Oostvaardersplassen (the newest Dutch Nature Reserve) to Muiderslot Castle.

Rust- en oplaadpunt e-bikes De Kandelaar

Stage 5 to stage 11 of the Pionierspad is easily accessible from Bed & Breakfast De Kandelaar. Relax every evening in the middle of Flevoland’s rural area, where you can enjoy the polder landscape from a (hanging) chair and read the story of Flevoland on our terrace. After a restful sleep and a delicious breakfast, you will be ready to walk another stage of the Pionierspad. Plan your trip now, do not miss out and book a room at Bed & Breakfast De Kandelaar.

Nomination Flevoland Business woman of the year

The election of Flevoland Business woman is an annual event organised by the Association of Flevoland Business Women, which is a network of enterprising women who share knowledge and experience. In April, Mariska received amazing news; she had been nominated for Business Woman of Flevoland in the category Independent Professional 2023! Other nominees in the same category were Maya Nirsoe at HousingNOW from Almere and Sandra Reina Schaap a YOGANU from Emmeloord.  Unfortunately, Mariska was not chosen as the winner in this category.  However, it has been a huge honour to be nominated and Mariska feels proud of having received this nomination and with that the appreciation of all the work she does.  Not only for the Bed & Breakfast, cheese production, the milk tap and all the work she does at the Kandelaar, but also the organisation of the Tulip Route in Flevoland and the promotion of the youngest county in the Netherlands, Flevoland!

The annual event was a success and included the last assignment, by giving a 2-minute pitch on stage.  It is a rigorous process for all 9 nominees in 3 different categories; various meetings leading up to this evening, including workshops on marketing and promotion, a radio interview with the Flevoland broadcasting company. Recording of a short promotion film and the final task on the night, a 2-minute pitch during the election night on 9th June.

Other news on the farm The arrival of the New Holland.  After almost 20 years we exchanged the New Holland TS110, which ran for 11984 hours, for a beautiful New Holland T5.210. Of course, the new arrival needed to be celebrated with a nice piece of cake, which was brought by the representative Maas v.d. Brand of the mechanic company Timmerman in Swifterbant.


Tulip route Flevoland almost started

Despite the cold, rainy weather, there is always plenty to do at De Kandelaar. In recent weeks, we have made plenty of cheese in various flavours, which are now available in the farm vending machine in our milk house.  More and more people find their way to our delicious milk for cappuccinos, lattes, hot/cold chocolate or pudding and other products.  The milk house with the milk tap and farm vending machine can be found along the road, indicated by the flags and is open daily.

Tulpenroute Flevoland

We are also in full preparation for the Tulip Route Flevoland 2023.  This will start on Saturday 15th April.  De Kandelaar is again the starting location, and also along the cycle route.  You can relax on our covered terrace, visit our mini-market which has some nice gadgets or take a farm-tour!  There is also plenty of information about tulip cultivation.

During the Tulip Route we are open daily from 10:00 to 17:00 for 3 weeks.  Starting date is Saturday 15th April and the last day will be Sunday 7th May 2023. We look forward to meeting you during the Flevoland Tulip Route!


Retailer of the Year election – 2022

Genomineerd voor detailist van het Jaar | Bed & Breakfast de Kandelaar | Dronten

The holidays are over now and we are already a few weeks into 2023. On January 7th, OVDD (Entrepreneurs Association “de Driehoek Dronten”) organised a party night. At this event, the final winners were announced for the election of Retailer and Entrepreneur of the Year in the municipality of Dronten. We congratulate Klamer bicycles from Biddinghuizen as Retailer and MooiWater as Entrepreneur of the Year 2022. We felt honoured and privileged to have been nominated as Retailer of the Year by OVDD.  Watch the video here of our company that was shown during the event.

Due to the heavy rain there are no activities on our land for the time being. We now mainly focus on the production of our cheeses and all the other jobs which are always there on the farm. We are proud that more and more customers find their way to our milk tap. There honestly is nothing better than enjoying a delicious cup of chocolate milk made from creamy cow’s milk during this cold weather!

Genomineerd Detaillist van het jaar 2022

Dit keer een supermooi bericht vanaf De Kandelaar. Vrijdag jl zijn wij door Ondernemers-vereniging De Driehoek in Dronten genomineerd als Detaillist van het jaar 2022.  Wij zijn volledig verrast door deze mooie nominatie.

Begin november kregen we bezoek van de jury van de OVDD. We waren voorgedragen als bedrijf om genomineerd te worden als Detaillist van het jaar. Tijdens het bezoek van de jury werd gevraagd naar wie we zijn en wat we doen, uiteraard gaven we ook een rondleiding.


Door het jaarlijks toekennen van de prijs wil Ondernemersvereniging De Driehoek haar bewondering en waardering tonen voor alle, zeer uiteenlopende bedrijven in de gemeente Dronten. Daarnaast wil zij met de verkiezing Detaillist en Onderneming van het Jaar het belang van goed ondernemerschap voor de economie en de werkgelegenheid in de gemeente Dronten onderstrepen.

Afgelopen vrijdag na afloop van de ledenvergadering van de OVDD werden de genomineerden bekend gemaakt. Naast onze nominatie zijn ook Hairwish uit Dronten en Klamer fietsen uit Biddinghuizen genomineerd in de catagorie Detaillist van het jaar. Voor de titel Onderneming van het jaar zijn genomineerd: Flipse Makelaardij, Metafoor Vastgoed en Software en Mooiwater.

De nominatie vinden we een geweldige eer en een enorme waardering voor  het werk dat we doen op de Kandelaar. Zowel voor ons melkvee- en akkerbouwbedrijf met Bed & Breakfast, de kaasmakerij en natuurlijk onze onlangs geopende melktap met boerderijautomaat. We wachten nu in spanning tot de OVDD-feestavond op 7 januari a.s. waarop we zullen horen of we daadwerkelijk de titel in de wacht gaan slepen. Maar op dit moment zijn we vooral trots op de nominatie.

Melktap De Kandelaar officieel geopend

We hebben al lange tijd niets van ons laten horen, maar zeker niet stil gezeten. Ondanks het verlies van Marc proberen we de draad op de boerderij weer op te pakken. Zo hebben we zijn laatste project, het melkhuisje, verder afgemaakt. Met hulp van vrienden en de familie van Marc is er een prachtig kunstwerk gekomen bij het melkhuisje. Op het terras kan het verhaal van De Kandelaar en Flevoland worden gelezen en beleefd. Het grote kunstwerk geeft aan hoe ver we hier onder de zeespiegel zitten. Vanaf de hangstoel, nog gemaakt door Marc, kun je op een heerlijke manier van het Flevolands landschap genieten. En natuurlijk mag de herinnering aan Marc niet ontbreken op Marc’s terras. Daarom prijkt zijn foto op het terras.

Op 1 juli jl is de melktap officieel geopend door Marc’s vader, Pierre van Diepenbeek en Jos van Kempen. De opening werd omlijst met een kleine gezellige markt, waarbij vele belangstellenden een kijkje kwamen nemen. Daarnaast hebben we met familie en vrienden de opening feestelijk gevierd met een BBQ.

De melktap is 7 dagen per week geopend van 7 tot 20 uur. De melk kan rechtstreeks worden getapt in een zelf mee gebrachte fles of kan, maar in de boerderijautomaat zijn ook flessen verkrijgbaar. Betaling vindt plaats middels muntgeld of contactloos met bankpas. De komende tijd proberen we de kaasproductie weer in gang te zetten, waardoor ook regelmatig kaas verkrijgbaar is. Binnenkort start de oogst van aardappelen weer en zullen ook aardappelen via de automaat verkrijgbaar zijn.

Move on with our life!

It has been quiet at De Kandelaar, partly due to the immense loss of Marc. We miss him in everything, as a husband, father, brother-in-law, son-in-law, but above all as a great friend and hard worker. With the help of many around us, we picked up again and continue the work on the farm.

Marc’s last project, the milk house, is also taking shape. We are busy with the artwork to give shape to the experience of Flevoland. We hope to open the milk tap on 9th April. In addition, we will soon be making cheese in a real 500 litres cheese tub. In summary, the production of Flevoland Cheese gets going again.

Spring is coming and we will again participate in Tulip Route Flevoland. Just like last year, we are also the starting location of the Lelystad car route this year. More information about tickets, etc. can be found on the Tulip Route Flevoland website. This year, there will be a covered terrace with nice stalls full of tulip gadgets and other interesting products. Of course we are happy to give a tour of our farm with a look at the milk tap and the cheese factory. For the children and the elderly we have two nice packages in collaboration with the IJsbrouwers and Zwaan Buitensport.

New this year will be the possibility of taking a walk in the tulip fields with a packed lunch and/or drink. For €14.95 per person we have put together a delicious packed lunch and afterwards you can take home the tulip picnic blanket.  If you would rather enjoy the tulip field at the end of the day, then we offer “drinks in the tulip field”. Enjoy a Flevoland cheese platter and taste the freshness of the Tulip beer from Artemis brewery. Costs are €24.95 for 2 people. Reserve your “Lunch in the tulip field” or “Drinks in the tulip field” by sending us a message via this link. Lunch and drinks can be booked daily from 16th April to 7th May.


Bed & Breakfast is open again

We have resumed the running of the B&B De Kandelaar following the abrupt closure after the unexpected loss of Marc.  Our guests are more than welcome again in the Bed & Breakfast De Kandelaar. Life on the farm continues and keeps us busy with looking after our livestock and land.

In collaboration with IVN, there will be a fun 2 hour nature Challenge in the coming month. Get some fresh air in the local area and experience how good it is to be around nature. Take on the Challenge this fall! Sign up for the Challenge for free and receive cool Challenges in the mail throughout October to go and explore nature for two hours a week.