field tomatoes
Masía el Carmen

field tomatoes

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Adopt a tomato plant from the farm "Masía el Carmen" in Valencia (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of field tomatoes at home. Gonzalo 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.

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Environmentalist
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Pesticide-free
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Plastic-free
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Renewable energy
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What do you adopt?

Adopt a tomato plant from our farm in Valencia (Spain). You adopt a tomato plant of the *Marmalindo* variety that we grow on our family farm in Bétera, Valencia (Spain). The plants grow outdoors and enjoy the sun, without greenhouses. We do a staggered planting throughout the spring. This means that we can extend the harvest season, collecting the first tomatoes at the beginning of June and the last ones at the end of September. The growth rate of the tomato plant accelerates as temperatures go up and the days get longer. Each week, we eliminate the suckers or sprouts found in the axils of the main stem. We control the growth of weeds by hand, especially in the initial growth phase so that they don't compete with the tomato plants. Pests are controlled using chromatic and pheromone traps. We also use leaf treatments with *Bacillus thuringiensis* to control caterpillars. As a result, we grow environmentally friendly tomatoes and we completely avoid the use of chemically synthesised pesticides. Growing outdoors and under our strict organic principles has its pros and cons. The pros include better flavour thanks to the direct sunlight, the elimination of plastics, and the luxury of working outdoors. As cons, we should admit that this form of cultivation reduces output and that some tomato plants are eaten by rabbits when they're growing. What's more, we have to spend a lot of time controlling competitive weeds and we find that the tomatoes can get scorched on sunny days. Each tomato plant bears an average of 5kg of field tomatoes per season.

What will you receive?

Each season we will send you: __Box of 5kg tomatoes__ * Marmalindo variety: red tomato, meaty texture, very juicy with thin skin and few seeds * Farming without pesticides and herbicides, respecting both the fauna and flora of the farm * Cultivated on soil that has not been treated with herbicides since 2010 * Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics * One kilo contains between 3 and 5 fruits (the box contains 20 fruits approximately, 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 although their taste might change) * It is a climacteric fruit, harvested when it reaches physiological ripeness but continues to evolve after harvesting until it is ready for consumption * Important: The fruits usually arrive hard, keep them at room temperature until they reach they are ready to eat; if you receive an alread ripe piece, you can put it in the fridge or eat it straight away

When will you receive it?

The pace of ripening is determined by the weather each year. Our approximate harvest calendar starts at the beginning of June and lasts until the end of September. Tomato plants reach their peak production in July. You can reserve your box at any time and choose an estimated delivery date.

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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