Styrian Scarlet Runner Beans PDO
B&B Raritäten
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The project

Adopt a bean field from "B&B Raritäten" in Eibiswald (Austria) and receive your harvest in the form of Styrian Scarlet Runner Beans PDO at home. The Farmer Maria will take care of 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 a bean field from "B&B Raritäten" in Eibiswald (Austria) and receive your harvest in the form of Styrian Scarlet Runner Beans PDO at home. The Farmer Maria will take care of 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 a bean field (40m²) from our farm in Eibiswald (Austria) that we have been cultivating since 2018 in accordance with the guidelines of the EU origin protection register. You adopt a section of a Styrian Scarlet Runner Bean field with 40 m². This acreage offers space for around 170 bean plants. Approximately 2.5 kg of dried beans can be harvested from this. The Styrian Scarlet Runner Bean, Phaseolus coccineus, which is namely called “beetle bean” in Austria, belongs to the botanic family of legumes. Due to its climbing growth and the year-round red flowers, the bean was also popular as an ornamental plant in this country in the past. It has been cultivated in Styria since the beginning of the 19th century. You can find them in almost every private residential garden. The runner bean in the garden has always been an important source of protein for human nutrition in our region. Nowadays the "Styrian Scarlet Runner Bean PDO" is cultivated almost exclusively in Styria, a province in Austria. The abbreviation PDO stands for the protected designation of origin of the species. The EU protection of origin register included the Styrian Scarlet Runner Bean in 2016 and protected the name by law. This ensures that the origin and processing come from Styria. The specialty of the Styrian Scarlet Runner Bean is the traditional Styrian cultivation in a bean-corn mixed culture system. The corn acts as a support crop for the infinitely growing, climbing bean. The main variety on our farm and throughout Styria is called Bonela with the typical black-purple mottling. The indeterminate growth and the long lasting flowering period of the intense red flowers of the Scarlet Runner Bean promote the biodiversity of various insects. Since the harvest takes place in late autumn, the fields offer a long protective shelter for deers and other game. The bean is a legume, and thus in symbiosis with nitrogen collecting bacteria, which fix nitrogen from the air and supply the soil with nutrients for the subsequent crop. The cultivation of the bean begins with the field preparation in autumn, with the plowing of the field. The field freezes over winter, creating a fine crumbly structure of the soil. In our region in particular, where brown earth soils with a high proportion of clay are primarily found, this is a prerequisite for a good seedbed in spring. In the spring the field is towed and harrowed. When the soil temperatures are warm enough, around the beginning of May, the bean seeds are sown with a pneumatic precision seeder. On the same day, the corn is sown in the same row as the previous bean was. More corn plants than beans are planted in the field, but only around half of the corn plants compared to a conventional corn field. Depending on the warmth and humidity, the seedlings break through the surface of the earth after 1 to 3 weeks, the corn earlier than the bean. A “fight” for the sunlight of the two crops begins. An annual challenge is to achieve a balanced growth of both crops by assessing the soil, sowing depth, sowing strength and sowing time. The Scarlet Runner Bean begins to develop the first flowers and bean pods as early as the beginning of July. Since the corn reaches its final height at the beginning of August, but the bean continues to grow, the bean takes over from this point in time. The stability of the corn is put to the test from this point on. The beans are ripening continuously. Thus, from mid September, ripe bean pods, but also flowers and green pods can be found in the culture. The growth of the bean is stopped by frost, which can appear in our region from October. The frost also accelerates ripening. The harvest usually begins at the end of October. The harvest itself is carried out using a corn combine harvester. Corn and beans are harvested in bulk. Due to the difference in grain size of the two crops, the mixture can be separated into the individual fractions by sieving. Subsequently, they are dried in order to make them storable. The corn is then used as feed for the farm's own chickens. The beans are frozen for several weeks to prevent any storage pests from occurring. Then the raw Scarlet Runner Beans are sorted by hand. Each individual bean is checked for quality by hand. Damaged beans and foreign matter such as corn or plant parts are removed. We use these sorted premium quality for sale. The rejects of lesser quality are also used to feed the farm's own chickens.
What will you receive?
Each season we will send you a box with: 5 x __Styrian Scarlet Runner Beans PDO__ (0.5 kg each, paper bag) What makes the Styrian Scarlet Runner Bean PDO special is its delicate, nutty taste combined with its fine, creamy consistency, which is usually compared to a chestnut taste. It is cooked and mainly prepared as a salad with onions. In Styria, Scarlet Runner Beans are traditionally served with grated black radish and Styrian pumpkin seed oil PGI, which we offer in our [second CrowdFarming project](https://www.crowdfarming.com/en/farmer/bb-raritaeten/up/buy-pumpkin-seed-products-bb-raritaeten). The bean is also suitable for preparing spicy dishes such as Styrian Chili con Carne or Scarlet Runner Bean strudel and desserts. When cooked, the bean can be used in any recipe such as chestnuts, e.g. in tarts or chestnut rice. For a successful preparation, we recommend soaking the dry beans in cold water overnight. Swelling is a prerequisite for the subsequent boiling (approx. 1 to 1.5 hours) to achieve the soft and fine creamy consistency. It is important to salt the beans sufficiently, but only a quarter of an hour before the final cooking setting. After cooling, the bean can be consumed or further prepared as you like. For a side salad for two persons you need approx. 150 g dry beans. For preparation ideas, we forward you a recipe booklet with the best recipes for the Styrian Scarlet Runner Bean PDO in your harvest box. The dried beans can be stored in a dry place and protected from light for at least one year.
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. The Scarlet Runner Bean is usually harvested in late autumn. Due to global warming, the days with sufficiently strong frost shift later and later into the year, which leads to additional challenges with maturity and harvest. Harvests in early or mid December are also possible sometimes. At this point in time, snowfall can already be expected in our region, which would make a harvest impossible. The autumn weather is therefore decisive for the harvest of the crop and the quality of the Styrian Scarlet Runner Bean PDO. Immediately after the harvest, we start further processing and hand over the finished harvest boxes to the logistics partner in mid February. The box should arrive at your home by early March 2021 at the latest.
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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Adopt and plan your harvest

Adopt and plan your harvest

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Let the Farmer and nature work

Receive your harvest at home

Receive your harvest at home

Adoptions available until the 01/12/2020
Delivery starting on the 15/02/2021

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Final price:

48.35€ / Season

Includes adoption, preparation and shipment of the order.

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Maria Bernhart
My name is Maria Bernhart and together with my partner Gerald Binder we have been managing Gerald's family's farm in beautiful southwest Styria in Austria since 2013. We devote ourselves to agriculture because our grandparents and parents taught us the importance of producing food. We want to create awareness that the ability to get everything in the supermarket at any time should not be taken for granted and that the supply of food is a basic human need that must not be wasted. As luck would have it, we both had a connection to agriculture since we were children, as both of our parents ran an agricultural farm. We were taught early on how to work in the field, with animals and plants and how to work with respect for nature and climate. Family cohesion on a farm was and is an important part of agriculture. We both have degrees and professional training and work that we pursue. We currently run our farm as a side business. The division of work is therefore very important in order to be able to do everything on time. Most of the work relating to field preparation and maintenance is done by Gerald's father. His many years of experience help us a lot to carry out sustainable soil cultivation. I take over the organisational part. This includes marketing, orders, records and information exchange to keep operations “up to date”. Gerald takes over the technical part including cultivation, harvest, storage and quality control. When harvesting and processing we are in the fortunate position that our family members support us so actively at all times, especially as season peaks. Especially the time of the manual bean sorting in the winter months is a sociable and fun time for us :-)! Our paths crossed 13 years ago and since then we have been walking them together. In 2013 we took over the farm from Gerald's parents. Since then we have focused on crops such as the oil pumpkin and Scarlet Runner Beans, which until then were only grown for personal use. At the beginning we cultivated small test fields in order to gain experience, both with the cultivation and with the treatment and processing of products. Every year we have expanded and intensified our cultivation areas. This has enabled us to build up regular customers in the local area in recent years. With our on-farm sales, we are in direct contact with our customers. Your feedback is an important source of information for our product quality. Together with CrowdFarming, we hope to be able to make our products known far beyond the borders of Styria. We want to use the modern sales opportunity, the release for adoption of defined units of arable land to the CrowdFarmer, and hope that this is a good building block to make our farm more sustainable. We see CrowdFarming as an opportunity to expand our mainstay in agriculture and to make our family farm of limited size fit for the future and to maintain tradition.
Maria Bernhart

"We want to create awareness that the ability to get everything in the supermarket at any time should not be taken for granted and that the supply of food is a basic human need that must not be wasted."

B&B Raritäten
B&B Raritäten
Our farm has been called B&B Raritäten since we took it over from Gerald's parents in 2013. B&B is made up of the two surnames Maria Bernhart and Gerald Binder and symbolises our common future (life) path. We are a team of two. The term “Raritäten” translated means “rarities” and illustrates that we have moved away from the cultivation of conventional arable crops such as corn and cereals towards specialties and rarities, especially in vegetable growing. For our intention, the cultivation of the Styrian oil pumpkin PGI and the Styrian Scarlet Runner Bean PDO have offered themselves, as these have been grown for generations to supply family and friends. It is our aim to carry these wonderful products beyond the small village boundaries. In addition to these, we like to try new and exotic things. These include, for example, watermelons, ground cherries and peanuts, which also grow well here. Our parents' farm is located in the middle of a small village consisting of 10 farms in Eibiswald, in South-West Styria. In the course of modernisation and adaptation to the future needs of selling directly from the farm, we decided to relocate our farm site from the village area for reasons of space. In the spring of 2020, we started to set up new facilities “in the countryside”. We are planning the completion of our new home with the associated working and storage spaces as well as a new on-farm sales point for summer 2021. Styria is known as the “green heart” of Austria. The reason for this is the forest share of over 60%. The hilly landscape of south-west Styria is covered with cultivated arable land (corn, grain, oil pumpkin); lush green meadows and forests are also part of it. Due to the favorable location in the illyric climate region, wine is also widely grown on the hillsides. The further you get to southwest Styria, the smaller the farms are. Running waters, brooks and small streams are mostly overgrown and therefore offer animals untouched places to live. In the vicinity there is the Koralpe, a mountain range of the Alps with a height of approx. 2000 m, which separates the provinces of Styria and Carinthia. In the south there is the border to Slovenia, approx. 10 km away. The capital of Styria, Graz, the second largest city in Austria, is approx. 55 km away. With small scale agriculture it has become more and more difficult in the past few years to withstand the economic pressure, as a result of which the farm dying has been particularly noticeable in our region recently. As a result, more and more young people are leaving their homes and moving to the city. We want to counteract this trend and try to build an economic pillar for our farm with our products. Gerald and I met in 2007. In 2013, Gerald's parents passed the farm on to both of us, as his father received from his grandfather several years before. Even if the farm has already been handed over, the support from the parents' many years of experience is very valuable to us. My parents also own a farm, which means that we both grew up close to nature. Our farm has been run as a small family farm for generations. A cohesion and working together of the generations was and is a matter of course. Since the takeover, our focus has been on the production of oil pumpkin and Scarlet Runner Beans. The special thing about the Scarlet Runner Bean is that it is a historically important source of protein for human consumption in our region. The seeds were grown for decades by their great-grandparents and the most beautiful and best beans were used as seeds year after year. For marketable production, we have converted on our farm the traditional cultivation on bars in the garden into a mixed culture. This means that corn and beans are grown in the same field. This combination makes work easier and larger quantities can be harvested. So we can not only produce this bean for our own use, but also offer it for sale. The oil pumpkin has also been part of our farm for as long as Gerald can remember, in order to produce the “black gold of Styria” from it. Formerly, only small acreages were grown to cover their own needs. When he was a child, his grandmother also grew the oil pumpkin in the corn field. In autumn the harvest took place in the field over several days. The pumpkins had to be collected by hand, chopped up and the seeds cleaned in buckets. The whole family was assigned to this. Then the seeds obtained had to be washed and dried. The oil is still pressed in a traditional oil press in the neighboring village. The nutty taste of the freshly pressed oil is simply indescribable! Nowadays, the harvesting and downstream processes to obtain the dry seeds are carried out mechanically together with contractors, which means that larger quantities can also be produced for sale. For this purpose, special harvesting machines and techniques have been developed that enable harvest in time. Due to our geographically favorable location, the water to supply our crops comes from natural irrigation through rain (no artificial irrigation). We are a conventionally working farm. However, we have set ourselves the goal of focusing on sustainability and the circular economy in conventional agriculture in order to minimise the use of pesticides and mineral oil-based products. We are careful to keep the resources used as low as possible. We live the principle of “repair” instead of “new” at our farm. As farmers, we have a responsibility to pay particular attention to sustainability. Especially in the forest, with fertilisation, crop rotation, to name just a few examples. We manage biodiversity areas such as permanent grassland or orchards. A late mowing of meadows gives the plants and animals adequate time and habitat for their development. All of the energy for heating and hot water on the farm comes from using wood from our own forest. The forest is managed sustainably. After a tree has been felled, approx. 10 young trees are planted for reforestation. However, planting is often not necessary when the natural regeneration of the forest is sufficient. In our experience, organic waste is never produced on a farm, it just has to be used adequately. Most of the plant parts that are not required remain in the field after harvest and serve as fertiliser for the subsequent crop. In addition, products that are not suitable for sale are fed to the farm's chickens or composted for manure. For us, the economic survival of our farm is the main goal. Thus, a salary is difficult to define. In our opinion, the aim should be that agricultural work is recognised and appreciated by the community, which should be reflected in the product price in a fair and equitable manner. A direct sale to the end consumer, as implemented by CrowdFarming, is a big step in this direction.
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Technical information
Address
B&B Raritäten, Eibiswald, AT
Altitude
368m
Team
4
Size
17ha
Cultivation technique
Dry farming
Location