Rosedale: Three generations of determination
Delecta Grower Focus: Rosedale
Rosedale is a third generation farming operation in Robertson which started in 1952 when the late ‘Oupa’ Hans Britz bought 43 hectares of land to plant vineyards and peaches. His son Jannie Britz joined him in 1973 and added tomatoes to the harvest ‘basket’. Plums (Laetitia and Casselman) followed in 1990, with apricots, citrus and more plum varieties being added not long after. They expanded by building their own packstore.
Eldest son Hannes was the first of the three Britz brothers to join his father on the farm in 2000. With much growth taking place, expansion was on the horizon and 2003 saw Jannie adding a second farm to the family operation – this time in Bonnievale (Bordeaux).
It was at this time that Stephan got involved with the packstore operation, followed by his brother Jannie (Jnr) joining at Bordeaux four years later.
Working hand in hand, this winning family combination saw the farm grow from strength to strength in the following three years. Although they sadly had to say goodbye to their mentor and father, Jannie Snr in 2011, their determination to build on his legacy is clear in the resounding success they’ve achieved in the last 8 years.
Today, supported by their wives and children, the three brothers jointly manage a total of five farming units, encompassing 170ha of stone fruit, citrus and vegetables.
Delecta Fruit is proud to be their marketing and distributing arm since 2004.
(Above: Hannes Britz hard at work on the farm)
Roles within the Britz family team:
Stephan – Pack House Manager
Hannes – Responsible for the Farming activities on Rosedale (2000)
Jannie – Responsible for the Farming activities on Bordeaux (2007)
They produce the following:
Stone Fruit – Plums, Nectarines, Peaches, Apricots (65ha)
Vegetables – Butternut and Pumpkins
Citrus – Soft Citrus, Lemons and late Mandarins (55ha)
Fruit variety that they’ve had the longest:
The Leatitia plum which was planted in 1990 and still grows today.
Fruit variety that they harvest the most of:
September Yummy plum
Featured photo: Stephan, Hannes and Jannie Britz (L to R)