Discover Benelux | Special Theme | Made in Luxembourg
Luxembourg’s finest tasting vegetables TEXT: LORENZA BACINO | PHOTO: LËTZEBUERGER GEMÉIS
The Kirsch family has been growing and selling vegetables throughout Luxembourg for five generations. “My great grandfather began farming in 1830 and my parents decided to concentrate only on vegetable production,” explains Claude Kirsch, who runs the current venture along with his parents. Produce is grown across four hectares and in 3,000 square metres of greenhouses. “We produce over 20 types of salad,” says Claude, “including batavia, butterhead, oakleaf and six varieties of salanova.” Salad fillers, such as rucola, and Asian mizuna, which, according to Claude, tastes a bit like rucola and mustard, are also available. Whatever can be grown in Luxembourg is found at this family farm. The cycle of the seasons ensures that customers will find a rich variety of vegetables all year. “We’re as close as we can to being fully organic. It’s
important to respect the best time for things to be grown.” The family maintains international contacts from whom recommendations on new types of vegetables are received. Do not hesitate to ask for advice on how to cook anything new. Everything is tried and tested at home first. “I encourage clients to try new things. Chilli, for example, you need to understand how to add it to recipes. I grow 15 varieties of chilli and some of the hottest in the world.” More than 50 different varieties of pot herbs are sold to the retailer ‘La Provençale’, who
sells them to restaurants, caterers and airlines within a range of 300 kilometres around Luxembourg. The Kirsch family vegetable range can be found on Wednesday and Saturday mornings in Luxembourg’s main market in town. Customers can buy directly from the farm from mid-March to mid-December on Wednesday afternoons between 16h and 19h.
Lëtzebuerger Geméis 301, rue des Sept Arpents “Neien Duderhaf” L-1149 Luxembourg Tél.: (+352) 43 35 79 E-Mail: email@example.com
Quality Children’s Products with a Difference TEXT: EDDI FIEGEL | PHOTO: GOLDSTECK
When it comes to creating accessories for babies and children, nobody has a better understanding of what will work and what will not, than a mother of two. This was the original story behind Goldstéck – a family business which has fast been making a name for itself as one of Luxembourg’s top boutique brands for babies, children and their parents. “As a mother to be,” says founder Laure, “I did not want to resort to the usual children’s accessories, but wanted to offer my child something special and personal. With a few ideas in mind I sat down at my sewing machine and soon completed my first creations. As a mother of two vibrant young children, you know what can be useful in your everyday life.” As Laure began producing beautiful, highly individual accessories for her children,
her brother Pit suggested that other parents would welcome the opportunity to buy them and, a business was born. Goldstéck now produce high quality, handmade accessories for not only children, but also adults, ranging from stylishly designed bibs and bicycle baskets made from organic, ethically sourced cotton, to limited edition backpacks and one-off design handbags. There are also innovative creations such as the ‘Bed Pockets’ – cotton pockets which are tied onto the sides of a baby’s cot allowing them to reach their dummy or favourite toy
themselves, and the best-selling ‘Aua! Huesi’ – a soft bunny with a pack inside which can be used hot or cold (from either the fridge, freezer or microwave) for children to use as a comforting compress for aches and pains. The range also includes customised gifts and seasonal products, and all products are available to customers throughout Europe. Web: www.goldsteck.lu Facebook: goldsteck Instagram: goldsteck
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Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.