Abnormally high temperatures for the time of year have played havoc with the market gardeners of Grotobroek, Holland.
Abnormally high temperatures for the time of year have played havoc with the market gardeners of Grotobroek, Holland. Their mai crop - cauliflowers - ripened far earlier than expected and the local auctions were inundated with supplies.
Export difficulties make it impossible to sell the surplus cauliflowers to other countries and makes it necessary to withdraw them from the auction and throw millions of fine vegetables onto a compost heap to rot away. About 2 1/2 millions have found there way there already ---and there will be many more.
The total thrown aside so far represents about half those originally put up for auction. For the market gardeners it is a heavy blow, but it is expected that export possibilities will be better before long. Belgium has already opened her borders to Dutch cauliflowers ...so perhaps this waste of good food will soon be reduced.
In the meantime the carnage of the canals goes on: tons and tons of cauliflowers jettisoned from the heavily laden craft of the luckless growers.