Tomatec in Bias in the Lot et GaronneWhy do we grow in greenhouses?
We have been farmers and market gardeners for four generations. Today we are convinced that greenhouse crops have a future because they allow:
A family business since 1936Tomatec's story
Settlement of our family in Bias, in the Lot-et-Garonne in 1936. The farm was then a mixed crop-livestock farm.
Resumption of operations by Marie-Louise and Job HOLLAAR, a Dutchman. Job innovates in the Lot et Garonne by importing greenhouse market gardening techniques from the Netherlands. He also brought back a variety of Strawberry the "Red Gauntled", which allowed the development of strawberries in Lot et Garonne.
Philippe HOLLAAR takes over the family business and with his wife Ruth they specialize in growing tomatoes.
In 2018, Jonas HOLLAAR took over the farm from his parents, following his studies as an agricultural engineer. It develops the diversification of tomato varieties, innovates, expands the farm and invests in more sustainable energy.
Tomatec in BiasTomatec from the sky
The story of the tomatoFrom Central America to Lot-et-Garonne
The tomato is native to Central and South America, where the Aztecs and Incas already cultivated it centuries ago. The first tomatoes were introduced to Europe in the 16th century by Spanish explorers who brought this plant to Spain and Italy. At the time, the tomato was considered an ornamental plant and was not eaten because it was considered poisonous. It was not until the 18th century that the tomato was consumed in Europe. It was first grown in private gardens before being grown on a large scale in greenhouses.
During the 20th century, the tomato became one of the most cultivated vegetables in the world. Scientific advances and new technologies have made it possible to increase the production of tomatoes, make them more resistant to diseases and ripen them more quickly. Greenhouses have also played an important role in tomato cultivation, making it possible to produce tomatoes all year round.
Today, the tomato is grown all over the world and is consumed in different forms. Arrival, in the lot et garonne, with us:
Our partnersCadralbret - Paysans de Garonne
We are a member of the "Cadralbret" cooperative located in Nérac in Lot-et-Garonne. What is a cooperative? A cooperative is a group of farmers brought together voluntarily to enable:
- Pooling of human and financial resources,
- Securing the activity in the face of economic competition, sectoral and international crises, climatic hazards, etc.
- A strengthening of the economic power of the associate-cooperators,
- A gain in autonomy, the cooperative making available to the cooperative members shared resources allowing them to carry out their individual business project..
Our tomatoes are marketed under the Rougeline brand.
Rougeline is a sales office located in Marmande, the world capital of tomatoes! Rougeline brings together 6 cooperatives and a total of 230 fruit and vegetable producers. Its main mission is to organize the supply and market all the fruit and vegetables of its member cooperatives.
Rougeline is a main, dynamic and promising player for the tomato market in France. That's why we trust him completely!
Tomatec in Bias in the Lot et GaronneWhat people say about Tomatec
Nice operation! Like the men who run it. Producing for others without counting your time, facing the current context and looking ahead, that's TOMATEC!
The taste of Tomatoes from here has no equal elsewhere. Each cherry tomato tasted takes me back to my summer memories!