organic mixed vegetables
Bio Milana

organic mixed vegetables

The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
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The project

Adopt 10m² of a vegetable garden plot from "Bio Milana" in Ispica (Italy) and receive your organic mixed vegetables at home. Daniela will take care of your adoption and take its picture. You will also 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: although your adoption will be renewed automatically, you will always be informed in advance and may decide to cancel your adoption at any time as long as the preparation has not yet begun.

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What do you adopt?

You adopt 10m² of a vegetable garden plot from our farm in Ispica (Italy). The cultivation here is certified as organic by the European Union since 1992. The vegetables you receive are the result of meticulous work on our farm. They are located very close to the sea, inside a natural reserve, the Longarini reserve, where only organic cultivation is possible. Near the land where we produce our vegetables live flamingos, herons, ducks and seagulls, with whom we like to share the space and part of the product we produce. One of the great advantages of the area where we are located is the very high temperatures, especially in summer, and the direct exposure to the sun, which allow our vegetables to ripen perfectly. We do not use greenhouses, which cause the production of large amounts of nitrogen, as well as spoiling the local landscape, which in many areas consists of nature reserves and protected areas. The sea breeze mitigates the climate on the first part of the land surface and stabilises the humidity in the area. We grow Violet artichokes, Namibia carrots, Nicola potatoes and Augusto fennel. The artichoke has Middle Eastern origins and was already known in Egyptian times for both phytotherapeutic and dietary purposes. Its arrival in Italy was due to the Etruscans. The artichoke has an underground rhizome, from whose buds or ovules several stems develop. The stem is cylindrical and fleshy, with a longitudinal striation. The leaves have very different shapes: they are large (up to about 1.5 m in some seeded cultivars), oblong-lanceolate, with entire lamina in young plants and in those close to the heads, pinnate and more or less incised in the basal ones. The carrot was originally not orange as we know it today, but was a dark purple colour. It arrived in Europe around 1100 thanks to the Arabs who planted it in Spain. Then Catherine de' Medici brought them to Italy in 1200 and introduced them into the cuisine of the aristocracy. In the 1500s, the purple carrot was very popular, but around 1600 there was a great decline of this vegetable, replaced by the orange carrot, which began to dominate the western market. It is a biennial herbaceous species, up to 100 cm high. In common parlance the carrot is usually referred to as the edible, orange-coloured part, which is the root. The potato has its centres of origin in Peru, Bolivia and Mexico, where it has been cultivated since the Aztec and Inca civilisations. The first Europeans who tasted it resembled the taste of chestnuts. At first its name was 'papa', but in Europe it was called 'potato' because it was confused with the sweet potato of tropical America. The stem is ascending, branched and up to one metre high. The leaves are pinnate and match. The corymb-shaped inflorescences are white, but sometimes pink or purple, depending on the variety. The fruit is a berry and very poisonous. In the lower part of the stem the stolons are generated from which the tubers are the edible part of the plant. Fennel is native to Asia Minor, and in antiquity was already known to the Egyptians, Greeks and Arabs, and spread throughout the Mediterranean area. Fennel is cultivated for its fleshy, white lump of thickening leaves, which overlap one another and can reach a height of 10-15 cm above the ground, elongating and branching out to a maximum height of 80 cm. Your vegetable garden plot produces an average of 40kg of organic mixed vegetables each season. You do not have to commit to ordering the entire harvest though. Each season you can decide how much you want to reserve, and you pay the maintenance cost according to that amount. This way you only pay for what you plan to consume, and we can offer any surplus harvest to others.

What will you receive?

During the season, you will be able to receive the harvest that you are reserving now: a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 boxes. Once you paid for the adoption, you will be able to plan your shipments from your user account. Shipping format: __5kg box of organic mixed vegetables__ * Namibia carrots (1kg): the part that is consumed is the root or taproot of conical shape, must be washed with water and peeled, crunchy with sweet flavor * Nicola potatoes (1kg): oval-shaped tuber edible even the skin if properly cleaned, sweet taste very pasty * Augusto fennel (1Kg): white fleshy leaf sheath, which grows attached to the ground, sweet and very delicate flavour * Violet artichoke (2Kg): the edible part of the plant is the flower head, i.e. the inflorescence, it should be cleaned of the hard outer parts and the inner part is eaten with a bitter sweet taste * Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics * Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 1992 * If you keep them in the fridge, they can last 7 days in good condition It is also possible to freeze vegetables. They must first be cleaned, washed and dried thoroughly, placed in an airtight container and stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When will you receive it?

By associating varieties of vegetables with similar seasonality in this box, you will receive them every week between December and March.

Why should you adopt?
Know who, how and where your food is produced. Source your food in a conscious, direct and consistent manner.
Buying without intermediaries allows the producer to obtain better prices. This helps generate better jobs and social standards in rural areas.
When you adopt something, you allow the producer to ensure the sale at a fixed price and to produce on demand. This also avoids wasting food that is grown without being sold.
It supports producers who strive for environmentally friendly packaging and cultivation practices.
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