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Tulpenroute Flevoland gaat van start

Het geduld wordt dit jaar flink op de proef gesteld door de trage groei van de tulpen. Het is dit jaar lang erg koud waardoor de groei van de tulpen bijna 2 weken achter loopt ten op zichte van andere jaren. Tulpenroute Flevoland zou op 10 april van start gaan, maar gaat nu 16 april a.s. van start. Vanwege Corona is het bezoeken van de routes en bedrijven beperkt. Voor het volgen van een autoroute dient een ticket worden aangeschaft. Het bestellen van een ticket kan via deze link.

Bed & Breakfast de Kandelaar is samen met Boerkok startlocatie voor autoroute Lelystad. Bestel naast je autoticket ook een lekker kaasplankje voor onderweg. Uiteraard zijn kaasplankjes en coffee to go ook direct bij De Kandelaar te verkrijgen. Daarnaast kan er een kijkje worden genomen in onze kleine kaasmakerij. Voor de kinderen is er een leuk kindertulp arrangement samengesteld samen met de IJsbrouwers en Zwaan buitensport.

Wil je extra genieten van de tulpen, maak dan een kleine wandeling naar het veld. Daar staan prachtige tulpen geteeld door gebroeders Ad en Erik de Wit. Wil je de omgeving beter leren kennen, huur dan een fiets en volg fietsroute vanaf De Kandelaar. Kortom de komende tijd is het volop genieten in Flevoland. Kom je tijd tekort, boek dan snel een kamer in onze Bed & Breakfast.

Successful Tour of Zuyderzee

What a wonderful week we have had!   After the cold and the freezing weather, there was beautiful spring weather with a lovely sun.  Immediately that means more work on the farm.  Our contractor Frens applied our cow’s manure to the land. Let the grass grow!

But there was much more activity at De Kandelaar, because we participated in “Rondje Zuyderzee” (Tour of Zuyderzee). Jurgen and Bert Jan van Zwaan at Outdoor Sports had set out a wonderful puzzle tour in Eastern Flevoland – adhering to all the COVID regulations.  It is a super fun initiative for young and old.   Upon registry you received the route and at De Kandelaar you could also take part by throwing tennis balls in a milk can.  Plus, of course, you could take a look at our new cheese factory.  It was great to meet so many nice people from our region.  Our “on-the-go” cheese platter has proven a big hit and we even ran out of cheese on the last day.

Have you not yet participated in this fun puzzle tour and you also want to get hold of the only “Rondje Zuyderzee” cheese platter?  This trip will be organized again this weekend, so sign up quickly! More information can be found here.

Kaasmakerij en winkel zijn geopend!

Soms kunnen kleine gedachten ineens werkelijkheid worden. Joris en Marc willen meer waarde voor de producten, Lisette is gecharmeerd van het kaasmaken en Mariska serveert haar gasten graag producten van het eigen bedrijf tijdens het ontbijt of lunch. Wat is er dan mooier dan kaas van de koeien van De Kandelaar.

En zo begon Lisette begin december met een starterskit voor kaasmaken. Om de kneepjes van het kaasmaken te leren, werd een bezoek aan Texel gebracht waar Mascha, een vriendin van Mariska, een kaasmakerij heeft.We konden niet wachten om het eerste kaasje te proeven en we waren verbaasd over de heerlijke smaak. Er kwamen kaasvormen bij, een kaaspers werd gezocht en de productie ging over van een pan naar een weckpan. Familie en vrienden reageerden enthousiast op onze kaasjes, waardoor de productie werd verhoogd met een extra weckpan. De kaasmakerij verhuisde naar de garage en Marc maakte een prachtige perstafel. Maar ook de garage werd te klein, met name ook om alle kaasjes goed te bewaren.

Gelukkig had het RIVM een unit laten staan met klimaatbeheersing. In deze unit werden voorheen onderzoeken gedaan naar luchtkwaliteit en het weer. Deze unit is een perfecte ruimte voor de kaasmakerij en opslag. Toen de suikerbieten eindelijk waren opgehaald, kon de unit worden verhuisd naar de plek waar we voorheen de weegbrug hadden.  Via marktplaats vonden we passende eiken kaaskasten voor de inrichting van ons kaaswinkeltje. En vandaag is het zover, de kaasmakerij en winkel zijn klaar. We zijn van maandag t/m zaterdag geopend van 9 tot 17 uur. En wil je leuke acties van onze kaaswinkel ontvangen, volg ons dan op Facebook of Instagram.

 

 

New year, time for new plans!

De Kandelaar’s residents wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year with hopefully lots of fun and activities.

In November, the last sugar beets were cleared and the land was plowed. The beets are waiting in the yard to go to the Cosun factory next week. Despite the fact that it is not that busy in the winter period, we have not been idle.  We are working hard on our new plans.  We want to add more value to our beautiful milk product.  Lisette, Joris’ girlfriend, works in a large cheese factory and that’s how her hobby in cheese making started. What could not be better than being able to offer our guests a delicious piece of cheese made from our own milk.

So recently, we started to study cheese making and started looking for cheese molds, large pans and everything that is required to make a delicious cheese. Marc has made a beautiful press table.  At the moment, we are tasting our first batch of cheese and it tastes delicious!  Meanwhile, the storage is starting to grow with pounds and kilos of cheeses, including cheeses in the shape of a heart.  Perhaps an idea for a nice cheese platter at Valentine’s Day.  We are still in the testing phase, but it will not be long before cheese from Flevoland is available at De Kandelaar!

Special birth at De Kandelaar

 

On Friday 16th October our Jack Russel, Pukkie, made us happy with 4 beautiful puppies; 2 dogs and 2 bitches, all taken good care of by ‘mum’ Pukkie. Their eyes are now open and it will not be long before they will run around. Pip, the black bitch, will become Kaylee’s buddy. We are looking for a nice place for the other 3 puppies where they get a lot of attention and room to run around.

Last month, we have been very busy with the harvest. At the beginning of October, the corn was chopped and ensiled. After the many rain showers, the potato harvest followed. A lot of the potatoes that have been brought in will end up as fries.

Tulpenboer ‘tulip farmer’ de Wit was also busy on the land during the nice weather. We have again plowed almost 15 ha and planted uncountable tulip bulbs. It promises to be a lot of colour in the spring!

After many years of waiting, we have finally been connected to the fiber optic network. What a difference to the ADSL connection!  With thanks to Greenet, we can now offer our Bed & Breakfast guests many different channels; including German, English and French channels.  Something for everyone!

12.5 years Bed & Breakfast & Walk-in day ‘Optidee’

This month, 12.5 years ago, we officially started a Bed & Breakfast. After a thorough renovation we created 4 bedrooms with en-suite. Recently, De Kandelaar B&B was again awarded with 4 tulips by the Bed & Breakfast Nederland organisation.

Walk-in day

In the last 5 years, Mariska has also worked as an advisor for Optidee.  All the beds in the Bed & Breakfast have the wonderful bedding from Optidee; from the comfortable mattress cover with fitted sheets to pillows with beautiful and comfortable pillowcases.

On Saturday 26th September, we are organising a walk-in day from 10:00 to 16:00 where everybody can get acquainted with the latest Optidee products.  Each visitor receives a ticket which gives a chance to win a wonderful Optidee article.

 

 

Jubilee

This month our Bed & Breakfast is officially 12.5 years ‘old’.  In the early years we were a member of “Friends on the bike”. There was an increasing demand for rooms with an en-suite (a private shower and toilet). To this end, we renovated the former office building of the test farm. In recent years we have welcomed many visitors from the Netherlands but also abroad.

Farm

Meanwhile, work on the farm is in full swing thanks to the beautiful weather. The onions are harvested and stored in the shed. The harvested land is immediately enriched with solid compost and sown with grass. It will stay busy the coming period, because the maize will soon be chopped, the potatoes can soon be harvested and the tulip bulbs will be planted in October.

 

Bed & Breakfast De Kandelaar celebrates its anniversary with 4 tulips!

Yesterday our Bed & Breakfast has been officially classified as four tulips. This is the second highest quality category of the Dutch classification system for bed & breakfasts. Bed & Breakfast De Kandelaar received the four tulips after a visit by a mystery guest from the Foundation Bed & Breakfast The Netherlands.

Since June the Bed & Breakfast De Kandelaar has opened their doors again for visitors and guests. Fortunately, this ended a very quiet period during the lock-down due to Corona. Bed & Breakfast De Kandelaar receives many guests through Bed & Breakfast The Netherlands. A foundation that provides information and awards qualification of Bed & Breakfasts (1 to 5 tulips).

To classify the Bed & Breakfast, a mystery guest visits the B&B for assessment. The mystery guest’s report for De Kandelaar stated: “Something for everyone: there is a lot to do in the areaplenty of information about restaurants and activities. The breakfast was ample: sandwiches, all kinds of fillings and spreads, yogurt and fruit on a nicely set table. Outside there is ample place to sit, a picnic table with benches and a view of the farm. A look around the farm is also fun activity; it all looks very neat and tidy

A Bed & Breakfast with four tulips will have an excellent level of quality. The interior of four tulip Bed & Breakfasts is luxurious and a lot of care has been given to the interior and the exterior of the property. You can expect high quality with many amenities and facilities plus excellent service when you stay at a four tulip B&B”, according to the Foundation Bed & Breakfast The Netherlands.

This award comes at a special time as this coincides with our 12½ anniversary of B&B De Kandelaar in September.  It shows we guarantee quality and good care of our guests.

Unique anniversary at De Kandelaar

On 21st June 2020, it was exactly 20 years ago that the first cows were milked with the “VMS” at De Kandelaar.  Definitely a moment to remember with the people of the first hour at DeLaval, Steenwijk, and our current dealer Van der Sluis Agri.  We were surprised with a delicious cream cake, flowers and a BBQ.  We made it into a great reunion and everybody was there who have helped us during the setup of the “VMS”.

Twenty years ago milking a cow with a milking robot was still in its infancy, however, the milking robot has now grown into a reliable milking machine.  Thanks to the “VMS”, we have a healthy herd with increased milk production and less udder inflammation.  We are happy with the flexibility that the milking robot has created for us; more time for social activities and meals at regular times.

Our “VMS” is the oldest DeLaval milking robot in the world and has now completed 1.9 million milking cycles.  With two major updates in recent years, we are well on the way to the 25th silver anniversary.

Guests are welcome again at Bed & Breakfast

It is already May! The month of April seemed to have passed us by without the crowds for the Tulip Route, no lunches and/or excursions, no meetings and no guests in our Bed & Breakfast. With following the guidelines and regulations of the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment), such as the 1.5 metre regulation, guests are welcome again at De Kandelaar.

Despite the lack of crowds there has been plenty of activity on the farm. The potatoes are planted, corn and sugar beets have been sown. Unfortunately, it currently is very dry and despite the few showers over the past few days, the reel will start up again. The crops now really need moisture to grow.  And yes, we are delighted with the birth of goats, lambs and kitties.  In short, plenty of spring life!

Because of the quietness, we were able to enjoy the beautiful tulip fields and the beautiful weather more intensely. The tulip heart has blossomed beautifully and we are sure it will be back next year. In April 2021 we hope to let everyone enjoy the beauty of the tulips again. For now, stay healthy and look after each other. We hope to meet again soon. Check out the video on the Bed & Breakfast.

Life does not stand still on the farm.

What a turbulent time we are experiencing. The world has been affected by the misery surrounding the Corona virus. It is very quiet at De Kandelaar; no visits from guests or meetings in the Bed & Breakfast and no visits from representatives.

The girls are home from school and do the tasks they have been given. Fortunately, they can play outside and there are still the animals to look after.

The organisation of Tulip Route Flevoland has also been affected by the Corona virus. All work has been halted and the decision has been made not to plan any routes or organise activities. We really sympathise with the people affected by the Corona virus, but also with the entrepreneurs, including the tulip farmers. Fortunately, our tulip farmers can enjoy all the beauty

that is currently blossoming on the land. We are waiting for enough drought and will then start sowing sugar beet and corn and planting potatoes. If everything continues to grow, the first grass cut will start in April. The “dry” cows have already taken their first steps outside and enjoy the sun and their walk outside.

In short, life does not stand still on the farm, but it is quiet. We wish everyone a lot of strength at this time, take care of yourself and your loved ones!