Peonies are one of my favourite flowers! The peony farm in Voorschoten (Click here for my previous blog for its location) is open for business for just one day on the 12th May for its first harvest and thereafter, it hopes to be open every day from the 21st May.
This farm has the freshest peonies and its prices are competitive. I can’t wait to go there on Saturday to buy myself bunches of peonies. What a Mother’s Day treat!
If you are a peony lover like me, you would love this peony farm as you buy peonies that are freshly cut daily on site. It has many peony varieties, single, double, etc. and a variety of colours. You can even buy potted peony plants from them.
It’s a 30 year old farm that used to supply peonies only to the flower auction but now it sells to the public!
Today is the first day it opened and they had the single peonies on sale. A bunch of 10 peonies only cost me €5! The double peonies will be available next week.
Go early as they tend to sell out very quickly. They open at 9:00am but as their opening hours are irregular at the moment, check their Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/horsthoekpioenrozen before going!
It’s located just outside Voorschoten. As you leave Voorschoten on the N447 towards Leidschendam, you pass the Esso petrol station on your left, continue along the road and you will see the farm on the right hand side before the bridge. It is opposite a building called B. Hoogwerff Kroon.
Depending on the weather, the farm opens for approximately 4 weeks. Enjoy the peonies!!
Have you ever been to the Van der Valk fresh market? A Dutch friend recommended it to me and I was really impressed with the quality and range of fresh meat and fish that they have. The quality is excellent and the price lower than some of the butchers that I have been to. The other bonus is the fact that it is open seven days a week. It has a huge car park and parking is free.
I remember arriving in Holland five years ago and it took me months to find the correct cut of beef for a quick stir fry. When I walked towards the meat counter, I saw a drawing of a cow labelled with all the cuts of beef and I finally understood which part of the cow I had been buying.
Bread and cakes are freshly baked on the premises. If that’s not enough to tempt you, it also has a fruit & vegetable section, cheese & nuts counter and a wine section. Personally, I love their own ice cream brand which are sold in tubs.
As it’s a little bit tricky to find, its address is Veurseweg 214, 2252AH Voorschoten. As you drive out of Voorschoten town towards Leidschendam, you will pass the Van der Valk hotel on the right and the Valk fresh market is the next turning on the right.
Source: Valk Versmarkt Voorschoten logo