Organic extra virgin olive oil
Bastide du Laval
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The project

Adopt an olive tree from the farm "Bastide du Laval" in Cadenet (France) and receive your harvest in the form of Organic extra virgin olive oil at home. The Farmer Roland will take care for your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

The project

Adopt an olive tree from the farm "Bastide du Laval" in Cadenet (France) and receive your harvest in the form of Organic extra virgin olive oil at home. The Farmer Roland will take care for your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

What do you adopt?
Adopt an olive tree that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2014. During the process of adoption you can choose a name that we will engrave on a plaque and hang on your tree. We offer you the adoption of one of our olive trees from the “Bastide du Laval” farm, we will name it and send you your yearly harvest in the form of cold extracted organic extra virgen olive oil. Our farm covers 15 hectares of land and 4,000 olive trees. We are have an organic certification and furthermore obtained the “Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée AOC Provence” designation (Controlled Designation of Origin of the Provence region). Over the course of the years the work on our olive farm was awarded by various different committees (10 gold medals from Concours Général Agricole de Paris, further gold medals from Concours PACA in Marseille, Brignoles, Draguignan, Nyons and even in Tuscany). Moreover our olive oil is used by numerous star chefs such as the chefs of the Elysée Palace and the Senate. __The tree and its harvest:__ Our trees are still young; they are between 18 and 20 years old. It is important to note that an olive tree enters its adult phase and optimal production stage at about 35 years old. They will only retire at 150 years old! They bear an average of 20kg of olives per year. The olive oil is extracted directly from the freshly harvested olives without any delay and exclusively using mechanical processes. The cold extraction allows us to receive around 4 liters of extra virgin olive oil per tree. Between mid-October and mid-November the harvest and oil extraction run parallel. We mainly cultivate olives of the variety Aglandau. It is the typical variety of the Luberon which is ideally harvested at the beginning of the season (mid October to beginning of November) and will develop very herbal aromas with a characteristic bitterness and spiciness. On our farm, we can also find the Bouteillan variety, which is similar to the Aglandau with regards to its herbal aromas but with a less intense bitterness and spiciness. The Salonenque and the Cayon will bring softness and balance to the herbal power of the Aglandau. To end with, the Picholine variety is very particular and yields extremely different aromas depending on when it is harvested. We use it mainly for our ripe and fruity oils and “olives maturées” but also for our tapenades and table olives. We collect the olives respecting and protecting the fauna that lives in our olive grove, especially the birds. This is why we have signed [the manifesto for the protection of migratory birds in olive groves](http://bit.ly/2MML0Eg). The productive life of an olive tree is around 150 years. For as long as you want to keep it and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew your adoption year after year. If your olive tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. Each olive tree produces an average of 4l of Organic extra virgin olive oil per season.
What will you receive?
We will send you the box you have chosen in the adoption process. __Big box: __ * 8 x Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (0,5l tinted glass bottles) __Small box: __ * 4 x Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (0,5l tinted glass bottles) Each of the boxes is divided evenly: * __Cuvée "ARDENCE"__: Organic extra virgin olive oil. This oil is fruity and has an intense and unique green color (made of Aglandau, Salonenque, Bouteillan and Cayon olives) Our Ardence olive oil is pure olive juice! Olives are hand-picked on selected plots and ground within the hour, without any heat. The olive paste is neither warmed nor kneaded. This way, we ensure phenol and antioxidants from the olives remain. You will notice herbs and plants flavours (crude artichokes and tomato leaves). * __Cuvée « ORIGINE »__: Fruity, green organic olive oil, cold pressed. Awarded with the silver medal of the Concours Général Agricole de Paris in 2019. Flavours of freshly cut herbs and artichoke leafs. You will receive your harvest personalized with the name you've chosen in the moment of adoption.
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date the Farmer will start preparing the orders that are to be shipped. You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out.
Why should you adopt?
* Learn who produces your food, how and where. Receive your food in a conscious manner. * Buy directly from the farmer. Help to generate wealth and better jobs in the rural areas. * Plan ahead and enable the Farmer to produce on demand. This way we can avoid overproduction and fight food waste. * Reward Farmers who make an effort to use environmentally-friendly packaging and cultivation techniques.
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Award-winning product

How does it work?

Meet the Farmers

Meet the Farmers

Adopt and plan your harvest

Adopt and plan your harvest

Let the Farmer and nature work

Let the Farmer and nature work

Receive your harvest at home

Receive your harvest at home

Adoptions available until the 11/05/2021
Delivery starting on the 01/06/2021

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Delivery country Spain

Final price:

92.77€ / Season

Includes adoption, preparation and shipment of the order.

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Roland Coupat
Since 1998 we dedicate ourselves to the olive oil production in the Sud-Luberon region. My wife and I produce a highly awarded extra virgin olive oil and have started grinding the olives ourselves in 2014. Our history is the result of an adventure which started with the return to nature. Nowadays, this allows us to control the production process of our products step by step. Being a son of winemakers and a daughter of farmers, in 1998 we decided to change our lives to find a meaningful task that is connected to our Earth. Eventually we fell in love with a small vineyard in Cadenet in Sud-Lubero and an old abandoned manor that watches over the region. Its situated on the banks of the small river Laval. This is where we planted thousands of olive trees and dedicated ourselves to the study of olive cultivation and the production of olive oil. Since we are located at the boundary in climatic terms for the cultivation of olive trees and we need to prune our trees each year, our yield is limited. The trees put all their energy in the few olives that hang from the branches. Since we aim to produce a high-quality and extraordinary olive oil, we had to make this sacrifice. Our olive cultivation is based on the guidelines of organic cultivation. The star among the fertilizers suiting our cultivation philosophy is animal manure. As soon as it is composted it is rich in microorganisms and benefits the regeneration of humus and the improvement of the soil quality. Slow and steady it releases minerals stored in the soil and needed by the olive trees (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium). Harvest is pure manual work where we use combs and nets. When the farmer is devoted to the cultivation of his products it is not recommendable to risk anything in the further processing of the products. The olive oil made from the olives from his trees should be in accordance with his values. Thus, in our case the olives should be grinded slowly and carefully. This is how we got the idea to install our own oil press and in doing so gained control over all of the production processes. Further it allowed us to follow the requirements in connection with the search for excellent quality.
Roland Coupat

“Olive oil is much more than a simple food product. It is an extraordinary ingredient rich in history, symbolism and tradition. It is our wish to further improve the quality of olive oil with regards to humans and the environment.”

Bastide du Laval
Bastide du Laval
Situated in the heart of the Nature Park “Parc Naturel du Luberon”, North of the city of Aix-en-Provence and only a couple kilometers away from Lourmarin Bastide du Laval earned its name from the river that flows from the Luberon massif and passes our region before leading to the river Durance. We have been cultivated this are extending to 30 hectares with olive trees, vines and other woods since 1998. Our olive grove covers 15 hectares and 4,000 trees and is located in the protected area Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée « Huile d’olive de Provence » (Controlled Designation of Origin of the Provence region). Traceability, control, knowledge and appreciation of the region are herewith guaranteed. Our farm has an organic certification. We use a drip irrigation system and irrigate mainly during the flowering period and the beginning of the fruit bearing period as to give the trees minimum hydric comfort, essential factor for the production of olives. We extract the minimum necessary water from our well that goes up to 180 meters deep! On rainy years like the current one, rain water is enough to irrigate our trees. The oil press is designed with a minimum environmental impact and a maximum of energy self-sufficiency in mind: orientation, isolation, consideration of the features of the location and the use of high-quality and local materials. Even outside of this press we use these principles. The olive pomace (residues left after olive pressing) are used as biofuel to heat the oil press. The pulp after composting is used as fertilizer for the soil. Processing the olives with our own press allows us to cut time between harvest and grinding to a minimum and prevents fermentation and a loss of flavour. The oil extraction is done in a continuous cold press process. The modern machine was designed by a Tuscan engineer who is obsessed with the quality of oils coming from his press. It is a two-stage mill that does not add any water to the shredding processes of the olives. Consequently a majority of the flavours of the olives is preserved in the oil.
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Technical information
Address
Bastide du Laval, Cadenet, FR
Altitude
200 - 280m
Size
30 hectares
Team
5 men and 5 women
Cultivation technique
organic farming
Irrigation
Drip irrigation with water from a 180m deep well
Cultivation type
Irrigated land
Location