On the Pieperpolder 3 (“pieper” means potato in Dutch) Rindert and Gerdien don’t grow spuds but keep livestock: 110 cows and roughly 50 young cattle. Their modern dairy farm lies hidden behind a dyke in the “Midden-Nederland” region near picturesque hanseatic cities and “Het Zwarte Meer” nature reserve. The farm is almost completely “energy neutral” operating only on Solar panels. The fodder for the cows (grass, sweetcorn, roughage) is cultivated by farmer Rindert himself.
Rindert, Gerdien and their 2 children, Koen and Tim have been living on this beautiful spot in the polder since 2018. Farm life holds no secrets for Rindert and Gerdien, as Rindert grew up as a farmers’ son. When he and Gerdien were looking for the perfect location to start their own farm they settled in Genemuiden. Gerdien, still an office clerk back then, is now fully committed to looking after the calves on the farm where Rindert looks after the cows.
The cows are frequent prize winners at breeding stock events in the towns of Putten and Oldenbroek. The milking is done by a milk robot, so the cows can decide for themselves when they would like to be milked. The milk is then sold to produce Leerdammer cheese.
There is never a dull moment on the farm. Cruise the yard in a go-kart, build huts in the Hay Hay Play Barn, jump on the trampoline, mess around in the mud kitchen or cuddle the other animals. Apart from the 160 cows and calves, many other animals live on the farm. Sheep and lambs help to keep the grass short and then there are goats, rabbits, chickens, the farm dogs Max, Suzy and Roxy and 2 cute cats that love a cuddle.
So, would you like to become acquainted with life on a modern dairy farm and at the same time enjoy nature, animals, playing and relaxation? Then De Oostermaat is the place to be!
What a great choice!
Experience a modern dairy farm melk
This is what makes this farm so much fun!
The modern dairy farm of farmers Gerdien, Rindert and their 2 children is located on the outskirts of the village of Genemuiden (which actually has city rights!).This farm is slap bang in the middle of the polder and is beautifully situated to fully appreciate the quiet and beauty of its surroundings.
Quick fact: the village of Genemuiden is well known for its tapestry industry. It is part of the Zwartewaterland municipality. Near the farm you will find the “Zwarte Meer” nature reserve, ideal for bird spotting. Within easy reach of the farm are the must see hanseatic cities of Kampen and Zwolle.
At FarmCamps De Oostermaat you can stay in one of 10 luxurious tents. There is the choice of a Barn Tent with en-suite bathroom with bathtub, luxurious kitchen with dishwasher and the Hay Hay Sleep Attic. Alternatively, you may opt for the luxurious Safari Tent with en-suite toilet (you can shower in the shower block).The modern dairy farm belonging to farmers Rindert and Gerdien is situated in the middle of the polder, surrounded by meadows, fields and water. A lush and quiet place with plenty of space to relax and discover farm life. The 10 luxurious tents are playfully pitched, allowing for lots of space and privacy on a cozy field and overlooking the meadows, with the “Kamperzee” dyke in the distance. Children can walk directly fromthe field, which houses the tents to the animal meadow and play barn, or take a peak in the cow stable. It is not permitted to bring your own camping equipment to this farm.
Luxury Safari Tent with toilet in the tent. Spaciously furnished with, among other things, a cozy living space.
Luxury Barn Tent with air conditioning and bathroom in the tent. Spaciously furnished with, among other things, a cozy living space.
Your farming adventure wouldn’t be complete without learning a few things on the farm. Farmers Gerdien and Rindert will personally attend to this.
Farmer Rindert enjoys telling you all there is to know about milking cows robotically and he loves it if you give a hand sweeping the stable. Farmer Gerdien shows you how calves are fed. Of course the rabbits, goats, sheep and other animals need to be looked after as well. When it is time to mow the grass you could be lucky enough to get to ride along on the tractor out onto the farmland.If you prefer to play, then you won’t be bored either. Go-karts, trampolines, walk through the corn maze, build huts with your new friends in the Hay Hay Play Barn, climb the Tractor Tyre Tower or make a mess in the sandpit. Everything is allowed! Sunday rest is observed on FarmCamps Oostermaat. Apart from feeding the animals no other activities will take place on this day.
How handy: get your breakfast delivered to your tent by farmer Gerdien. Even when you fancy a BBQ evening there is no need to leave the farm as farmer Gerdien can arrange everything for you! The farm has a well stocked pantry where you can buy some basic provisions. Fresh bread can be ordered from farmer Gerdien: how handy is that?
Not looking forward to a stack of laundry upon your return home? Simply order the towel package and also rent the original FarmCamps overalls for the kids. They will look just like the farmer and their clothes won’t get too dirty either.
All these extras can be ordered when booking your holiday. Of course you can still be done upon arrival too.
The kids will never be bored at FarmCamps De Oostermaat.
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