gazpacho veggie box
Masía el Carmen

gazpacho veggie box

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Adopt a tomato plant from the farm "Masía el Carmen" in Valencia (Spain) and receive your gazpacho veggie box at home. Gonzalo 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 in case the preparation has not started yet.

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Environmentalist
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Biodynamics
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BPA-free
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Plastic-free
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Organic
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Renewable energy
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What do you adopt?

You adopt a tomato plant from our farm in Valencia (Spain). When placing the adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your tomato plant. 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 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 offshoots 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 traps and pheromone sex confusion 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. In your box you receive the ingredients that form the basis of one of the most traditional summer dishes in Spanish cuisine: Gazpacho. That's why we include a tin of our EVOO made from olives grown on our other farm, Campillo de Julia. Since we don't grow garlic or onions ourselves, we work together with a farmer friend who also offers his harvest on CrowdFarming - Finca Quixote. Finca Quixote was founded in 2001 on the basis of two fundamental pillars: respect for the land and the search for innovation in growing food. Accordingly, they obtained their first organic certificate in 2003 and today they cultivate their land under Demeter regulations.

What will you receive?

Each season we will send you a: __Gazpacho veggie box__: * 2kg Marmalindo tomatoes: Red tomato, meaty texture, very juicy with thin skin and few seeds * 1 x white onion: also known as the Reca onion, with a mild and sweet flavour and a slightly pronounced spiciness * 1 x purple garlic: white outer skin and purple inner skin, it has a single row of very uniform, crescent-shaped cloves; it has a spicier taste and a more intense smell than other varieties * 1 x EVOO (0.5l tin): Fresh olive oil from this year's harvest: sweet, taste of almonds, green apple and banana; intense green colour; extracted by a cold spin process * In your box you receive the ingredients that form the basis of one of the most traditional summer dishes in Spanish cuisine: Gazpacho (you’ll find the recipe in the box) * The tomatoes are cultivated on soil that has not been treated with herbicides since 2010 * Onion and garlic cultivated on the Finca Quixote based on biodynamic farming certified by the Demeter seal since 2016 * The olives are cultivated on the Campillo de Julia and the farming in conversion to organic farming since 2021 * The tomatoes are harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics * If you keep the tomatoes 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) * Best before date of the EVOO: 18 months from the date of production (November)

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. The 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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