|For half a century, The Frezik-Rozman Family is reputed to sell the most delicious strawberries in EL FRESAL (The Strawberry Place) located at Saucio neighborhood, Choconta Municipality of Colombia. Ignacio Frezik came to Colombia in 1954 as a refugee from World War II after escaping from four concentration camps. With his wife Elizabeth Rozman (on the photo) and their children also from Croatia, he began less than zero: Bricklayer, domestic service, foreman, farmer, cook and micro-entrepreneur.
IGNACIO FREZIK, A CROATIAN FELLOW THAT FLOODED COLOMBIA AND HALF THE WORLD WITH HIS STRAWBERRIES
This is the inspiring story of a family that came from Croatia to Colombia without money and without language. Years later they changed the economy of a region in the midst of The Colombian Andes.
By Armando Plata - email@example.com
For half a century, The Frezik-Rozman Family is reputed to sell the most delicious strawberries in EL FRESAL (The Strawberry Place) located at Saucio neighborhood, Choconta Municipality of Colombia. Ignacio Frezik came to Colombia in 1954 as a refugee from World War II after escaping from four concentration camps.
With his wife Elizabeth Rozman and their children also from Croatia, he began less than zero: Bricklayer, domestic service, foreman, farmer, cook and micro-entrepreneur.
They were difficult times for Ignacio’s family due to the fact of the trauma of the war, the absence of the new language, and little money on their pocket. One of his daughters, Katarina Frezik, inherited from Ignacio the art of cooking, honesty and passion for work.
She cooks every day strawberry cakes, tarts, rolls, and Maria Luisa’s bread...
...muffins, cakes, pastries, juices, buttermilk, jams and more.
What is the key to success of EL FRESAL Products?
"The flavor, size, color and juiciness of their strawberries ...
Certain secret Ignacio Frezik’s formulas... and much love during cooking process”
By 1962, the Frezik-Rozman settled in The Sisga region close to the Town of Choconta.
Ignacio’s big and strong seedling development was the key to a good sweet strawberry.
His Strawberry product was immediately accepted in local supermarkets...
…Then Mr. Frezik changes one of his dairy cows for 8 acres of land and planted more strawberries...
...Later on, he agreed to pay 100 pesos per week for 100 acres of more land. His business grew to 40 employees.
For this reason Ignacio could pay his mortgage promptly. Three months after paying the last installment his landlord passes away.
Meanwhile, some of his workers took the planted seedlings and soon The Region of Choconta was filled with strawberry crops to become Colombia's first producer and strawberry exporter to many countries worldwide.
Frezik’s strawberries are very appetizing and the ones they are selling in THE FRESAL shop are 100% organic.
THE FRESAL Products often win prizes and force hundreds of travelers to sin for a moment in this place.
Katarina Fresik still works tirelessly and enjoys experimenting with new flavors.
His whole family, Juliska, Yuryitza, Jorge Nunez and even their grandchildren Isabella and Santiago have mastered some of Ignacio’s "secret flavor".
"Choconta has been our refuge and has given us everything," Katarina said happily. What a great story of Ignacio Frezik and Elizabeth Rozman two survivors of war that loved Croatia, and their new home too. This family transformed Choconta’s economy in the middle of the Colombian Andes.
Photographs were taken by the author, Armando Plata, with an Olympus SP-610uz on Sunday December 16, 2012.
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