Bidasoa Frutak, fruit of 3 generations

1st generation
Miguel Urchegi 08-05-1903 / 01-01-1970

Miguel Urchegi was responsible for the Irusta Mines in Irun until the mines closed in 1947. In around 1948-1950 he smuggled in mushroom seeds and although they initially started in the galleries and warehouses of Irusta, they then began to sow them in the tunnels. Aware of the excellent conditions for mushroom germination, they began to grow them with a man named José de la Calle de Santiago.

2nd generation
Pedro Mª Urchegi Ruiz. 1937 (Irun) – 2022 (Irun)
Mª Dolores Lasa Lecuona. 1940 (Oiartzun)

Miguel Urchegi had 5 children with María Luisa Ruiz, Pedro being the only boy. Following the customs of the time, the family mushroom business remained in Pedro's hands.

1st stage

Pedro and Dolores continued the mushroom business together. In 1948-1950, they abandoned the Irusta mines and decided to create a mushroom cellar in the Meaka district, where they dedicated themselves to growing mushrooms until 1970. Pedro had to stop producing mushrooms because he found that he was allergic to one of the products. In that first period they sold their produce to the markets of Irun and in the stores and bars of Irun and Hondarribia.

2nd stage

They stopped sowing the mushrooms, and started buying them from Rioja in 1970. They were prosperous years, because apart from people using mushrooms in home kitchens, they were the most common pintxos in restaurants and bars. As a result, they started selling button mushrooms and wild mushrooms (setas) not only in the Bidasoa valley, but also in Donostia, until Pedro retired in 2002 and Dolores in did the same in 2005.

3rd generation
Enekoitz Urtxegi Lasa. 1980 (Irun).

When Dolores retired, the youngest son of the house decided to take over the family business. However, times began to change, and instead of mushrooms, other foods began to appear in home kitchens, and other types of pintxos in the bars.

1st stage

Faced with the change in the market, Enekoitz began to diversify the product. In addition to mushrooms, he began selling other fruits and vegetables and focusing on the catering industry. Enekoitz would go back and forth with his van 365 days a year.

2nd stage

In April 2019, together with his partner David Velaz, they created BIDASOA FRUTAK S.L, a fruit and vegetable distribution company specializing in the hospitality sector. A new challenge and a new venture, which in March 2020 was jeopardized by the COVID-19 pandemic in its perilous early stage. But they managed to survive, selling again to small retail stores, as the hospitality sector was in its hardest moments. They were very tough times, but they were able to keep going.

3rd stage

After two years of survival, in June 2022, BIDASOA FRUTAK hired its first workers, which has since grown to a team of 10 people.