Rotterdam: The Hook of Holland, a stretch of land outside Rotterdam sliced by canals, functions in many ways like Britain’s backyard.
- Michael Birnbaum
- The Washington Post
Greenhouses stretch for miles, nurturing tulips, tomatoes and other supermarket specialties.
The bounty is gathered into warehouses and sorted under signs denoting destinations such as Sheffield and Gateshead.
Then trucks whisk it all onto ferries headed across the North Sea.
Thanks to this precisely calibrated ecosystem and the European Union’s borderless trading zone, British shops can order fresh produce early in the morning and receive it by the end of the…