Agriculture, on the Lower Rhine you can still find wide fields and arable land on which a wide variety of vegetables, lettuce and fruit are grown as well as grazing cows and sheep.
Potatoes and various types of cabbage have always been one of the agricultural products on the Lower Rhine that are used in numerous regional dishes. Many farmers in the Lower Rhine region also sell their products directly to end consumers in their farm shops.
Farm cafes are also in vogue, because many townspeople are looking for authenticity and tranquility in the country. It should also be mentioned that some farms also offer horse stables and boxes, and provide rooms for celebrations.
Agriculture on the Lower Rhine is characterized by small and medium-sized farmsteads, which are mostly mixed crops. Viewed from the air, the arable land on the Lower Rhine opens up as a colorful carpet, which is intersected by numerous economic routes (cow paths) and in which isolated farms are located. The Lower Rhine is particularly known for its asparagus and cabbage cultivation. Potatoes and a variety of vegetables and salads are also grown in the region. In addition, more and more areas are being cultivated with greenhouses in which tomatoes and cucumbers, for example, grow all year round.
The common cereals, rye, barley, wheat and oats are grown on the Lower Rhine. This is conventional or organic cultivation. Usually it is only smaller plots on which the different types of grain are grown. Viewed from the air, the arable land on the Lower Rhine opens up as a colorful carpet.
Asparagus is the king of vegetables and very popular. Since the asparagus season is limited, many people are already waiting for the beginning of the asparagus season in spring. One of the best and best-known asparagus growing areas in Germany is on the Lower Rhine (Walbeck).
Fresh from the Region
Fresh from the region is increasingly an important factor when buying food. Because purchasing everyday goods directly from the region has numerous advantages. On the one hand, you protect the environment because long transport routes are eliminated and, on the other hand, the goods are usually very fresh.
Numerous farm products such as potatoes, eggs, fruit and vegetables can be bought directly from the producer.
Cattle breeding has a long tradition on the Lower Rhine, because some areas on the Lower Rhine, the so-called wet meadows, are not particularly suitable for arable farming. For centuries, cows and other breeding cattle have been grazed on these damp pastures. But although cows, chickens, turkeys, pigs, geese, sheep or goats can often be seen on meadows on the Lower Rhine, animals are raised in special buildings in this region too. If you like it natural, you can buy their products from many farmers on the Lower Rhine directly from the farm or at the various weekly markets. In cooperation with butchers or butchers, more and more farmers are offering their own meat and sausages. While in the past only eggs were often sold on the farm, today you can buy a wide range of farm products, from chicken, to a juicy piece of pork or beef, to cheese.
Cattle auction hall
Cattle auction hall, in the city of Krefeld there is one of the largest cattle auction halls in the country. This is where breeders, dealers and buyers from near and far meet to do good business. The Rinder Union is responsible for the smooth running of the respective auctions. But not all animals end up in the auction or with bulk buyers. Many farmers now slaughter their cattle themselves, or have them slaughtered and market it themselves.
there are numerous cows in the pastures on the Lower Rhine from spring. Some of them are so curious that they come running as soon as someone stops at the fence. Others, however, prefer to stay lazy in the shade of trees. From the black and white-spotted dairy cow to calves and bulls, you can see various cows on the pastures on the Lower Rhine.