De Zoete Kers: Local Produce
De Zoete Kers mean Sweet Cherry. I've passed it many times on my way down from my hometown Brielle to any place in the province Zeeland. So Serooskerke is about 45 minutes from home. We stopped off to browse the local produce shop which you can see from the road.
During season (from April) the shop is open daily (except Sunday) from 9-17.30 hrs.
I would suggest also to visit in the autumn when there are 80 varieties of pumpkins available.
Although the website is in Dutch, the many photos are certainly worth a visit!
To elaborate on the lambs ears (lamsoren) vegetable: thse are grown on the salty seabed, are small pointed green leave which you can prepare like spinach (preferably wok fried). Excellent with fish!
What to buy: Farm grown fruits and vegetables, local cheeses and wines, Zeelandian delicacies such as sweets, honey, cakes and biscuits. Fresh eggs.
What to pay: Dutch grown strawberries € 1,95 for 250 gr. - Lamb ears (Sea vegetable) € 1,25 per 100 gr. - 10 tiny farm eggs € 1,25.
- Food and Dining
Mill products at "De Hoop"
On most Saturdays mill "De Hoop" is open for public and you may see the miller at work.
You can buy all kinds of mill products here such as (whole-meal) flour and pancake mix, but also interesting books about mills in general.
update 2007: the miller as shown in the picture is absorbed in Provincial politics now. Will check for you asap if/how this affected the milling activities!
- Budget Travel
Cheap fuel at Gulf Petrol Station
This filling station offers benzine, diesel and gas at about € 0,05/litre lower prices than almost everybody else.
Every year they compete for the "cheapest fuel on the island of Walcheren- award"!
There's also a well stocked shop, bicycles for rent and a big variety of garden ornaments on offer.
Staff is very friendly. Outside opening hours it's self service and you must pay with card.
update 2007: as it always goes when business is successful, there will come other players; that's what happened in the Serooskerke Region as far as discounted fuel concerns - it's still less expensive than the major filling stations like Shell, but there is cheaper now in Vrouwenpolder, just off the main N57 and only 3,62 km away from Serooskerke.
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
House for sale ;-)
What to buy: A couple of uninhabited houses in the old heart of Serooskerke are more like ruins, and for years and years nobody has lived there.
Due to delays in bureaucracy, nothing happened yet, although plans have been made (I keep you up to date).
On the picture people showed their irritation by painting texts on the wall like : "for sale, info: municipality of Veere"
update 2007: House is finally sold and demolished - there's a wilderness now, quite a unique sight in the Historical Heart of Serooskerke!
- Historical Travel
Check out Mart Olijslager's shop!!
most famous shop in Serooskerke. Most unique shop on the whole Island of Walcheren. This is a major highlight on every travel itinerary to the South of the Netherlands - especially if you like to see and buy historical items and collectables! No English is spoken, so try a bit of Dutch or you will not be able to negotiate a little, which is possible on very large purchases.
Antiques and objects of Grandmothers Days: Mart Olijslager's Shop (continued)
Mart's shop is divided in roughly 3 sections: the right hand garage box, the left hand garage and the attached summerhouse. The better the weather, the more will be displayed outside the shop on the lane towards the street.
All sections have been evolved towards a quite consistant style: a fantastic and highly affordable collection of cupboards (and other furniture like the occasional table) against the walls, completely filled up and covered with collectables, earthenware, tools, glasswork and almost anything else that was used in the times that grandmother was still young.
The presentation is fabulous; Some areas are messy (people love that!). Other sections are thematically arranged; It's unbelievable what you will see here, even if you're not usually interested in "old stuff"!
If you like you can, without any pressure to buy, spend hours exploring hidden corners, shelfs and spaces under the tables, on search for that single great find!
Besides the objects of grandmothers' days up to about late sixties, you can find antiques as well, especially decorative tiles.
Ocassionally Mart offers new goods, such as those for garden decorative purposes.
What to pay: Very reasonable, and sometimes you can negotiate a little bit.
- Food and Dining
- Budget Travel
Fresh fruit of Adrie Cevaal!
Mr. A. Cevaal is an institute in Serooskerke when it comes to fresh fruits.
As far as I'm aware he doesn't maintain his own shop, but you can buy his wonderful summerfruits, like strawberry and cherries, on most markets in the region.
Fantastic traditional bakery. Specialized in the legendary "Zeeuwsche Bolus", and a whole range of home made sweets and cookies.
Despite Tellemans relatively high prices for bread, many locals still prefer Telleman to the big Supermarket in Serooskerke.
Try to come here early, as towards the end of the day the stocks dry up!
Local people sell flowers in front of their homes
An absolutely thrilling idea is, if you like to increase the beauty of your room or garden, buying flowers at the streets in front of people's homes!!!
If you notice a stand like this, usually there's no salesmen around. You just take what you like and put a coin in a special little box. On a piece of carton is written what you are expect to pay for each!!!!
It's a good and exciting way of supporting ordinary local people!
- Budget Travel
- Business Travel
Buy local Druiverank Wine
As far as I know the "The Druiverank" is the only farm in Serooskerke that produces it's own wine. It's 100% biological and of very high quality.
I guess you can buy the wine straight from the farm. Cost about EUR 8 /bottle.
The grapes are of 4 kinds:
Regent, Johanitter, Palatina and Safira.
The friendly owners organise an open day annually, usually in June. On this occasion you may taste for free!
The Village Council and The Serooskerkse Waker
The Village Council (Dorpsraad) advises local government on behalf of the citizens of Serooskerke.
They don't really have much for sale, but if you read Dutch you shouldn't miss an edition of The Serooskerke Waker, a very entertaining and informative magazine (non touristic) about Serooskerke.
To be honest I am really thankful to the Dorpsraad because a lot of historical and background information I learned from this magazine.
Flee market during the Serooskerke Day
During the annual Serooskerke Day (Stroskerkse Dag), there may be an interesting flee market in the churchyard and around the Church.
This year however, due to internal fights, the market was cancelled. Still, a lot of children showed up to sell all kinds of stuff in the area opposite the church entrance.
Here you are able to meet the inhabitants of Serooskerke in a relaxed ambience.
Usually early July
Wereld Winkel (World Shop)
This fancy shop sells products from third world countries aiming to benifit the producers as much as possible.
You can buy here daily stuff like coffee, tea, chocolate, incense, that has been bought direct from the farmers giving them a "fair price". So these are more expensive than the products in the supermarket.
Further they have a whole range of such things like souvenirs, artproducts and clothes.
Worth a look!
Only opened on Wednesday- and Saturdaymornings.
Babbelaars from "The Babbelaarstrommeltje"
At the market of the annual Serooskerke Day (locally known as "Stroskerkse Dag") you may be able to see the processing and to buy babbelaars.
Actually this mobile store originates from nearby Veere, but usually the call at Serooskerke every year.
A babbelaar is a kind of sweet that is typical for the province of Zeeland, made of a lot of butter and sugar. very tasty!
The women of the shop are dressed in traditional regional outfit - very interesting since you won't see this very often "in the wild" anymore.
Superb potatoes from M. v.d. Bossche
If you need potatoes I can Highly recommend the products of M. vd Bossche.
They are of good quality, tasty and much cheaper than in the supermarket.
The farmshop also sells seasonal products such as strawberries & apples. Friendly service!