Gazpacho veggie box from Masía del Carmen

3.00 kg/box

Gazpacho veggie box from Masía del Carmen

3.00 kg/box

Buy directly from the farmer. Without intermediaries.
Limited & seasonal harvest.
The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
Specifications
Contents of the box: 1 box contains 3kg of gazpacho veggie box
Variety: Marmalindo tomatoes; white onion; purple garlic; EVOO Arbequina
2kg Marmalindo tomato: 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)
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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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Young Farmer
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Family Farm
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Visitors welcome
Gonzalo Úrculo
When I was 24 years old, a train crossed my path and I got on it without much thought. My grandparents' farm needed someone who dedicated body and soul because every year it went from bad to worse. I left my job in logistics, which had always been my passion, for some country boots and an old Barreiros tractor. I admit that I had never imagined myself as a farmer but after a few months, I was totally hooked. I believe that farming has that capacity that no other job has: it allows you to learn the basics very quickly so that you are useful but it will never allow you to master it. Together with my brother Gabriel, we started to cultivate the fields at the same time as we set up a website to sell our crops directly. In the first season, we had very few orders and most of our harvest had to be sold to intermediaries below our cost price. Year by year and thanks to word of mouth, our presidents (that's what we call our customers) were increasing. Over the years, we have started to grow new crops, among which olive trees stand out. The great culprit of my passion for the cultivation of olive trees is Miguel Abad. Besides being a great friend, Miguel is a recognized expert in the world of oil. After many lunches, visits to farms and olive oil mills, we finally found the opportunity that we both were looking for. In Campillo de Júlia we want to make our agronomic dream of creating a model farm in the cultivation and production of olive oil come true. We have many ideas to implement but we have to be patient and go little by little. We can't do everything at once. Some bigger projects are building our own oil mill and turning it into a self-sufficient farm in terms of energy and fertilizers.
Masía el Carmen
The village of Bétera is located twenty kilometres away from Valencia, in an area surrounded by orange trees. It’s a place with centuries of agricultural tradition where legend has it that Roman war veterans retired to so that they could enjoy their twilight years cultivating the land. This is home to the El Carmen farm and its farmhouse. This house was a dream come true for Manuel Gonzalez Martí, a Spanish-born illustrator, historian, scholar and founder of the González Martí National Museum of Ceramics and Luxury Arts, who died without heirs in 1972 despite leaving a major cultural legacy. Our grandparents, Fernando and Julia, bought the farm and started planting orange trees. In the 1970s and 1980s, they implemented a flood irrigation system with pipes. My grandfather told us that he used to sleep with one foot on the pipeline so that he could get up when the water arrived and open and close the floodgates to water the trees on each plot. Today, we use a drip irrigation system, which is more efficient, but we have kept some community-operated watercourses as a reminder of those times. After the death of my grandfather Fernando, when my older brother was sixteen and I was thirteen, my family was ousted from the management of the farm for almost ten years. At that time, my siblings and I were busy studying for our future and my parents were fighting to get it back. In 2009, we finally succeeded, but the people who had been in charge of the farm had managed it with a short-term view, financially squeezing everything out of the fields without investing in improvements. Recovering it entailed a huge investment that my parents couldn't afford, and the only apparent solution was to put it up for sale. At that point, I convinced my brother that we should both quit our jobs and fight to save the farm. The first few years were tough, but we learned a lot. The good thing about running a business in the agricultural industry is that you make sure that you can always eat what you grow, even if things aren't going well. We got a bank to give us a line of credit for 100,000 euros to start operating the business and we convinced my parents to put off the sale. It took us five years to start making money, and not losing it. We had to scrap some of my grandfather's machinery in order to pay the first instalments of the loan, but it was a price for learning much of what we know today. It was our master's degree and our best decision. We learned about orange trees and how to create a website where we can sell our products directly to the final consumer. Today at El Carmen, in addition to growing oranges, clementines, lemons, grapefruits and persimmons, we also have a plot where we harvest tomatoes outdoors in the summer months. Everything is grown organically. We use three water wells for irrigation, two of which work with motors and the third with a windmill that we have repaired. We use a drip irrigation system and another sprinkler irrigation system in summer on days with a warm westerly wind and in winter on very cold days in order to prevent the harvest from freezing. Farming philosophy: at El Carmen we're not just interested in developing organic agriculture, but also a type of farming that creates a positive social impact. As a result, in addition to implementing the European Union legislation on organic farming, we implement a model that considers the social impact of our agronomic activities and the conditions of our workers. There are forty of us working full-time now: farmers, engineers, beekeepers, programmers, designers, etc. A great mix of people working on a profitable agricultural project with the ability to attract talent. If you're passing through Valencia one day soon, we'll be delighted to show you the farm and our way of life.
Technical information
Address
Masía el Carmen, Valencia, ES
Altitude
100m
Team
16 women and 24 men
Size
50ha
Cultivation technique
Pesticide-free
Irrigation
Drip and sprinkler irrigation
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