Organic clementines from Barranc de Llop

5.00 kg/box

Organic clementines from Barranc de Llop

5.00 kg/box

Buy directly from the farmer. Without intermediaries.
Limited & seasonal harvest.
The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
Specifications
Contents of the box: 1 box contains 5kg of organic clementines
Variety: Clemenules, oronules, esval
Oronules: small, orangey-red in color, with few seeds and a soft, easy-to-peel skin. A balanced flavor, between sweet and bitter, with juicy segments
Esbal: medium size and intense orange color, with hardly any seeds and easy to peel; high juice content and balanced taste between bitter and sweet
Clemenules (November-January): medium size, easy to peel and usually seedless (some fruits may contain some seeds due to cross-pollination among the trees of different varieties); sweet flavor, pleasant texture and high juice content
Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2021
Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics
The box includes some extra fruits, in case some of them arrive damaged
Our trees are not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size
One kilo contains between 8 and 10 fruits (the box contains between 40 and 50 fruits depending on the size)
If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 2 weeks in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge)
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Environmentalist
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Plastic-free
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Organic
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Young Farmer
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Family Farm
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Visitors welcome
Arantza Torres Sánchez
My name is Arantza Torres, I'm twenty-one years old and I love tangerines. I'm the oldest of three children and we're the fourth generation involved in growing these citrus fruits. "El Barranc" gave its first harvest in 2000, the same year I was born, which is perhaps why I feel that this finca is part of me. I have a fond memory of when the whole family would go to the finca to spend the weekends. We'd eat so many tangerines that we'd struggle to eat a paella! Then it would be time for a siesta in the shade of the tangerine trees… if the dog would let you, of course. I grew up with the farm, planting, pruning and watering. At home, I went through the tough decision to change the variety because we made a mistake and we wanted the joy of seeing how things were working well. I've learned to suffer when there's inclement weather with rains and hail, and to enjoy the benefits of the sun encouraging the flowers to give off their impressive scent of tangerine blossom. Our family tradition is firmly rooted in agriculture. My father has always been involved in this industry and has passed on his knowledge to me over the years. After years of following a traditional method, I managed to convince him to opt for organic farming. During my time as a university student in the United Kingdom, I loved to visit and study supermarkets, seeing at first hand that our products weren't valued properly. This prompted me, during my entrepreneurial career, to dream of business models that would bring about a change in this sector. When I came back to Valencia, I decided to put what I'd learnt into practice and to introduce a gradual change to our family business. That was when I heard about CrowdFarming. I studied everything and I loved the idea. It was just what we were looking for: something innovative and appealing at the same time. This project will allow us to interact with our CrowdFarmers by getting rid of intermediaries and gaining recognition and loyalty if we really do it well. The CrowdFarming concept is really innovative, and we believe that it's vital for marketing crops. With this project, intermediaries are reduced and there's recognition of the farmer's work, giving the customer the possibility of choosing and getting to know them. All this makes the quality of the fruit incomparable to what you can find in supermarkets.
Barranc de Llop
Our project is called Barranc del Llop (literally, Wolf's Ravine) because it's the name of one of our favourite fincas. It owes its name to the ravine that runs next to the finca. It's located in the village of Antella in the province of Valencia, very close to the Júcar River, in the small valley formed by the ravine. We've never seen wolves around here, but we do have many wild mountain goats that sometimes choose to prune the tangerine trees. We grow citrus fruits and have several farms in different parts of Valencia and Andalusia. We have specialised in tangerines of the Orri and Tango varieties, clementines of the Clemenules, Esbal and Oronules varieties, and oranges of the Navelina variety. Barranc del Llop has an area of 12.81 ha. The land is divided into various terraces and sectors, located at different heights. It commands an extraordinary location, surrounded by woodland with shrub pasture, full of rosemary plants, oleanders, trees and other native plant species. The finca is very close to the Júcar River, making our drainage basin an area of major ecological interest. We bought the finca in 1997 and finished planting it completely in 2000. We also have an area of unexploited forest, which creates a balance between nature and the cultivation of citrus fruits. During our history, this finca has been in constant evolution until the conversion to organic farming, which we began in 2018. We have twenty-five years of experience in agriculture, so this finca reflects our progress as a company. The farm's water comes from a well on the land, registered with the Júcar Hydrographic Confederation, where we have our hydraulic pump that supplies the water. The irrigation system used on the finca is drip irrigation, divided into several irrigation sectors according to the variety of the fruit. We also have a system with soil moisture probes connected to the cloud, which means that we can monitor the soil moisture and the water needs of the trees to increase water efficiency and irrigate at the right time. We hold SPRING certification within the GLOBAL GAP certifications. This certification shows our commitment to sustainable water management. It evaluates us with many criteria, which range from the legal compliance of our water sources to the monitoring of consumption and the continuous improvement of water management. The agricultural management of the trees follows organic farming practices according to European regulations. The finca began the conversion process on 16 June 2018. Apart from using only certified organic fertilisers and material, we sustainably manage non-native weeds. We cut them back to control their spread, but they also serve as shelter and food for beneficial insects. Apart from being surrounded by mountains, with plant species that help us conserve natural enemies, we have an area of 3,800 square metres of uncultivated land between the different plots. This helps us maintain a plant refuge for beneficial insects. The project employs twelve people working in both production and project management. Our management team for this project has been with us for less than a year, while our farm manager has been with us for seven years and the rest of the production staff boast extensive experience. The regular workers at Barranc del Llop are local, but at busier times we call in a team from Mali, who have been working with us for twelve years now. What's more, we hold Ecovalia certification, which recognises our responsible practices in terms of timetables, working conditions, social security, wages, etc. We're passionately committed to the proper management of all waste generated by our activity. All organic waste from pruning and crop management is crushed in the rows between the trees, which harnesses mineral nutrients and increases organic matter. The waste generated with fertiliser containers and treatments is managed through the SIGFITO packaging management system. The quality of our fruit is determined by its flavour and nutritional value. We collect the fruit directly from the tree, varying the size of the fruit naturally. We select the fruit without fungi or major bruising that could compromise its flavour and its food safety. Minor damage caused by bumps or pests is considered acceptable. What's more, we see it as another quality hallmark that shows our commitment to the sustainable management of the ecosystem and the reduction of food waste.
Technical information
Address
Barranc de Llop, Antella, ES
Altitude
105 m
Team
3 women and 9 men
Size
3,61ha
Cultivation technique
Organic Farming
Irrigation
Drip irrigation
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