An old stone, inscribed with the date 1800, can be found on Cornelis Uijttewaal’s farm. This hints at how many generations of the Uijttewaal family have preceded him. When his grandfather ran the farm, it focused on dairy produce. His father started as a fruit grower. Originally a traditional apple growing business, Cornelis now also grows pears, which constitute a third of production. This is a result of global demand, a longer harvest period, risk mitigation, and the perfect climate conditions the Netherlands offers for growing pears.