“We’ve been making it for more than ten years”: there is Belgian melon… and even Walloon, meeting with the Goyet farm, a leader in production

Located in Jemeppe-sur-Sambre, the Goyet farm began growing melons on a 4-acre plot more than ten years ago. Today, it has become the largest producer of melons in Wallonia, multiplying its production by five to reach around twenty acres.

Amaury Vanhulle and his wife, who manage the farm, grow Charentais melon, a variety known in the south of France. In collaboration with various Walloon market gardeners, they farm a total of 5 hectares. This niche market appeals to producers because it is not too restrictive.

Cultivated in a greenhouse for optimal quality

The cultivation of melons begins in a greenhouse, and you will have to wait until the beginning of July to taste them at full maturity, picked the same day. “We have now been making Charentais melons in greenhouses for more than ten years, because the climate in Belgium is still different from the south of France and in greenhouses, we have had very good results for ten years.“, says Amaury Vanhulle.

A product intended for short circuits

Very fragile, the melon is not exported and is intended for short circuits, in particular to farm stores, according to the co-manager of the farm. Amaury specifies: “The melon does not necessarily like to be transported. So here, we harvest it at maturity, so when we sell it in terms of sugar content, we have something very, very good and in fact customers come back for the melon every year.“.

A flagship product

Goyet melon is compared in quality to that produced in France. “It is truly a flagship product of the farm. People know the tomato grown in Belgium, less the melon, and we really arrive at something taste-wise that is very good and has a very good sugar content. So it’s really a product that people like and in the context of a short circuit it will be a product that fits very well into this box.“, adds Amaury.

Waiting for the first melons

The current plantations should produce the first melons at the beginning of July. “We hope to have the first melons at the beginning of July. Normally, if all goes well, by July 1st, we should have melon, Goyet melon“, explains the producer. Although the production of melons remains marginal compared to other crops such as strawberries, it arouses great interest among customers, he says

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