Demeter organic apricots from Azienda Agricola San Mauro

1.90 kg/box

Demeter organic apricots from Azienda Agricola San Mauro
Buy directly from the farmer. Without intermediaries.
Limited & seasonal harvest.
The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
Contents of the box: 1 box contains 1.9kg of Demeter organic apricots
Variety: Orange Rubis
Oval fruit, orange flesh, red skin with orange hues, firm, juicy and very sweet
Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 1992
Biodynamic farming certified by the Demeter label since 2011
Picked the day before shipment at their optimal point of ripeness and shipped in a cardboard box without plastics
The box includes some extra fruits, in case some of them arrive damaged
Our farm is not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size
One kilo contains between 13 and 15 fruits (the box contains between 23 and 29 fruits depending on the size)
If you keep them in the fridge, they can last up to 7 days in good condition
It is a climacteric fruit which is harvested when it reaches physiological maturity; after being picked from the tree it then continues to ripen until it has reached its optimum point for consumption
Important note: the fruits usually arrive hard; to ripen them, keep them at room temperature until they are ready to eat; if you receive some fruit that is already ripe, you can either eat it right away or keep it in the fridge
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Anita Minisci
I work with my brother Angelo and my sister Maria Grazia alonside in the company. For all of us, the passion arose through the influence of our family. As children, our grandparents and parents used to take us to the farm, and we enjoyed running and hiding among the plants. For this reason, after finishing my studies in economics, I immediately started working in the family business. I have never had any doubts that this was the best choice, because I have always had the desire to bring quality products to people's tables, allowing them to experience the sweet-smelling and tasty fruit as if it had just been picked. My brothers and I alternate between tasks a lot, but I generally take care of the production, post-harvest and commercial side. In the morning, I organise the teams of workers according to what has to be done and in what area. In the evening, I meet with the heads of the field teams and the warehouse for the next day's work. In the warehouse, I look for new machines to make work easier. In addition to all this, I look for new customers to whom we introduce our products and maintain contact with the customers we already have. The thing I like best about my job is telling potential new customers about the way we work, making them fall in love with my region and seeing their amazed faces when they try our fruit. Of course, it is not easy, with competition increasing all the time, not only at the national level but also internationally. Despite this, together with my siblings and all our employees, we always try to do our best to stand out in the global landscape of competitors. For years we had been planning to sell directly to the final consumer around Europe, but we never embarked on this new journey. Therefore, as soon as we learned about CrowdFarming, we immediately fell in love with the idea and wanted to undertake this new challenge.
Azienda Agricola San Mauro
Azienda Agricola San Mauro is the family business and takes its name from the nearby San Mauro Castle. It is located in Corigliano Rossano, in the Piana di Sibari in Calabria, and produces citrus fruits (clementines, blond oranges, blood oranges, lemons, pink grapefruit, limes and finger limes) and summer fruits (peaches, nectarines, apricots and flat peaches). The Piana di Sibari is particularly renowned for the production of clementines, which, thanks to the temperature range provided by the sea breeze and the surrounding mountains, have an excellent taste. The area in which we are located is purely agricultural, but still maintains an active and important economy, given the quantity and quality of the products that can be obtained. The company is now in its third generation. Originally, olives were cultivated for oil production, and we had an oil mill. In the 1960s, our grandfather wanted to introduce citrus fruits. Our father later improved the technology of the oil mill and divided the company into two: one part agricultural production and another part product processing and packaging. Finally, us children, after various experiences outside the family business, returned to see if we can introduce further innovations. We came up with the idea of looking for alternatives to chemical products and, hence, the interest in organic farming. In 1989, we decided to convert the farm to organic agriculture. At that time, organic was already widespread in Europe but not yet in Italy. In Calabria, it was even less prevalent, and, in fact, we were the first certified organic company in the entire region. More than 10 years ago, we decided to go a step further, and also got Demeter certified. To irrigate our plants, we use our own wells that we have in almost every plot. We use drip irrigation or subsurface irrigation, to decrease water consumption. These methods allow us to provide water only in the areas close to the plants. We only irrigate in the warmer months, from mid-April to September. On average, for summer fruits, we use 5,000 litres of water per year, while for citrus fruits, we use about 3,000 litres. We mow the grass and work it into the soil, and we also grow a lot of green manure to increase the amount of nitrogen present. For fertilisation, we use compost that we produce ourselves. To control harmful insects, we release beneficial insects and plan to start breeding them ourselves. Currently, all office and warehouse roofs are covered with photovoltaic panels, which allow us to meet our energy consumption, but we plan to increase production. Between seasonal and permanent employees, about 80 employees work in the company, all with a regular contract. These people have been working with us for almost 15 years, with small rotations every year of new people replacing some employees who are retiring or moving away. We strongly support women's employment by organising training courses for our employees on practices traditionally performed by men, such as pruning. This makes it possible for women to work more continuously and in different parts of the company, creating more job opportunities. We try to minimise the waste we produce. That is why we sell fruit with flaws and which cannot be sold as fresh fruit to juice or jam companies. With processing waste, pruning and olive pressing remains, we produce our own compost. With the mill water, we produce compost tea, a product used for the foliar defence of our plants.
Technical information
Azienda Agricola San Mauro, Corigliano Calabro, IT
150 m
140 ha
40 men and 40 women
Cultivation technique
Organic and biodynamic farming
drip irrigation
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