Adopt 2.35m² or 4.7m² of a potato field from "Biohof Jockel" in Steinau (Germany) and receive your Bioland organic Soraya potatoes at home. Joachim 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.
You can choose to adopt a small potato field of 2.35² or a big potato field of 4.7m² from our farm in Steinau (Germany). The cultivation here has been certified as organic by the European Union since 2019 and follows the strict Bioland guidelines. The potato originated in the Andes of South America, there are still many different wild forms of this plant. Thousands of years ago, people there began to domesticate the potato and adapt it to individual growing conditions. This gave rise to a colourful variety of different potato types. In the 16th century, the potato found its way to Europe and was initially cultivated only as an ornamental plant due to its beautiful flowering. In the meantime, it has become one of the most important staple foods and is universally known and loved. We grow different potato varieties, among them the very popular table potato Soraya. This variety is very resistant to diseases and is very productive even in dry years. This makes it interesting for organic cultivation. In addition, the Soraya is characterised by having good storage capacity. On an area of about 2 hectares of land, we have been growing our potatoes since 2019 according to the strict guidelines of the Bioland Association. This means that we don’t use mineral fertilisers and pesticides. Instead, we control weeds mechanically by hoeing and attracting beneficial insects with flowering strips and lark windows, among other things. To provide the potatoes with important nutrients, we grow legumes such as peas the year before. They naturally enrich the soil with nitrogen. The potatoes need this for growth and can feed on the nitrogen through the coordinated crop rotation. In spring (April - May), the potatoes are planted 8 - 10 cm deep in the previously loosened soil with a planting machine and then the soil is mounded over the tubers in such a way that the typical ridges are formed. These later facilitate not only mechanical harvesting but also weed control. In addition, the ridges offer many advantages for the growth of the potatoes, since, for example, the soil warms up faster, waterlogging cannot form and the soil is better aerated. In autumn, when the potato haulm has dried up, the tubers are ripe for harvesting. The haulm remains in the fields as fertiliser. Potato cultivation, from planting to sorting the harvested, still involves a lot of handwork on our family farm. This not only protects the potatoes, but also our soil, since we prefer to work with our small old planter instead of heavy machinery. Two people sit on the planting machine and put the tubers in by hand. Depending on the size, each potato field produces an average of between 6 and 12kg of Bioland organic Soraya potatoes per season.
We will send you the box that you choose when placing the adoption. Small box: __6kg Bioland organic Soraya potatoes__ Big box: __12kg Bioland organic Soraya potatoes__ * Soraya: mainly firm cooking potato; the ultimate all-rounder among potatoes; round to oval tubers, with smooth skin and flat eyes; bright yellow; great for making gnocchi, jacket potatoes or potato gratin * Organic cultivation, certified with the Bioland seal since 2019 * The potatoes are shipped plastic-free in a sturdy cardboard box, the potatoes are packed separately in paper bags * The box contains a few extra pieces, in case some have been damaged * Potatoes are a purely natural product that can vary in shape, colour, weight or size from tuber to tuber * One kilo contains between 8-12 potatoes * If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last up to 6 months in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge) __Storage:__ Ideally, you store your potatoes in a dark, cool and well-ventilated place. The storage temperature should ideally be between 4C° and 8C°. If you don’t have a suitable cellar or pantry, you can alternatively store them outside frost-free. To do this, store them in a box covered with straw or paper on the balcony or terrace. Again, make sure they are well ventilated to prevent unwanted mould growth. Through the optimal storage conditions you can counteract mould and premature sprouting of the potatoes. However, if the potatoes begin to change and form small sprouts, you can cut away the affected areas generously and still eat the potato. If the potato begins to sprout heavily or if green spots form, it is better not to eat them. If stored well, potatoes will keep fresh for several months and you can enjoy them throughout the whole winter.
When will you receive it?
Over the summer months, the potatoes ripen well hidden in the soil. In October they are ready for harvesting. You will receive the small box in early October, and the large box will be on its way to you a little later in mid-October.