Saffron PDO from La Mancha
Carmín
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The project

Adopt {publicVariety} from the orchard "{farmName}" in {cityfarm} ({countryFarm}) and receive your harvest in the form of {production} at home. The Farmer {farmerName} 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.

The project

Adopt {publicVariety} from the orchard "{farmName}" in {cityfarm} ({countryFarm}) and receive your harvest in the form of {production} at home. The Farmer {farmerName} 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.

What do you adopt?
Adopt 2.5 or 7.5 m2 of one saffron field. Join our project and we will share with you the saffron from the land of Don Quijote with La Mancha PDO saffron that we harvest every season. During the month of September we plant the bulbs into the soil, that has been previously prepared with worm humus adding valuable organic matter. Towards the end of October the first flowers begin to appear, which we then will be harvesting dailyfor approximately 20 days. The same day we harvest and peel them to extract the strands that we then dehydrate, removing up to 85% of humidity in order to preserve their qualities. This way, after many long days, it is transformed into a spice and we can leave it stored to be packed according to the orders we receive. Saffron is a unique spice that brings color, aroma and flavor to your dishes, but it is also a great flavor enhancer that will give your dishes a distinctive touch. It can be used for both salty and sweet recipes. It can also be drunk with your infusions such as tea or coffee. There are several techniques to use for maximum benefits. Whichever one you use, we ALWAYS recommend crushing the strands to facilitate the extraction of their active ingredients. We are in the process of transitioning to organic, if all goes well in 2020 we should be able to label our products with the BIO seal. From the heart of La Mancha, we open a window to the world to share a piece of our culture. The production from one {variety} can vary each season, depending on the weather conditions. During the adoption process you can determine the quantity you wish to reserve.
What will you receive?
We will send you the box you have chosen in the adoption process. __Content of the small box: 2 grams of saffron__ __Content of the big box: 6 grams of saffron__ We will send you the saffron in a metal box to protect it from knocks and avoid crushing the strands. It is important to keep it in a dry place, away from direct light and consume it during the year. Our metal container is ideal for the safe transport, but for long time storage we recommend using a container with an airtight lid to protect its aroma. The saffron that we send you is already dehydrated, so its does NOT have to be heated or dried before use. __Ways of use: __ The infusion at controlled temperature is the method with which you will extract 100% of the active ingredients, however, it is also the one that requires greater preparation. Give the the desired amount of saffron (previously ground or at least crushed) into an oven dish with water. It will take 4 hours in the oven at a temperature of 65ºC (from that temperature the aromas evaporate, so we recommend not to try to speed up the process by increasing the temperature) to get the desired results. Another technique that will serve you perfectly and is simpler and more affordable, is to grind the saffron in an electric grinder. The resulting powder is applied directly to the stew during the last 8 - 12 minutes of cooking time.
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date the Farmer will start preparing the orders that are to be shipped. You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out.
Why should you adopt?
* Learn who produces your food, how and where. Receive your food in a conscious manner. * Buy directly from the farmer. Help to generate wealth and better jobs in the rural areas. * Plan ahead and enable the Farmer to produce on demand. This way we can avoid overproduction and fight food waste. * Reward Farmers who make an effort to use environmentally-friendly packaging and cultivation techniques.
How does it work?
Meet the Farmers
Adopt and plan your harvest
Let the Farmer and nature work
Receive your harvest at home
Carlos Fernández
During my working life I have had several important career changes. Before devoting myself to organic farming I had been working in logistics and international trade. Constant traveling, and a high level of stress were my daily reality. A reality that did not allow me to share time with my family or to use my productivity on a project that really fulfilled me. Change and betting everything on obtaining a unique product like our saffron from La Mancha, may seem very risky, but it makes sense when you discover the added value of the relationship with our tradition, its cultural implications and the opportunity to practice agriculture without damaging the environment. This project is an example of how a millenary crop, one that is very labour-intensive and hardly mechanisable, can offer a sustainable way of life in the 21st century. Its cultivation respects the environment and helps rural areas, prone to depopulation, to survive thanks to new collaborations, synergies and associated technologies emerging.
Carlos Fernández

"We enter CrowdFarming with our PDO saffron to eliminate all intermediaries, reduce the use of plastics and for you to have a unique aroma, color and flavor in your dishes and infusions."

Carmín
Carmín
Our farm belonged to our grandparents since the beginning of the 20th century. Historically it was used for vineyards, but for a few years now, we have focused on the cultivation of saffron in dry land. Our farm is called La Casita de Genaro and it is located on the outskirts of a town called Villarrobledo, in the heart of La Mancha. We are very grateful for what nature brings to us, and do not punish the land or water with pesticides or herbicides. As only soil amendment we apply rainworm humus a few weeks before planting to maintain a high soil organic matter. We are in the last year of conversion for the organic certification. We obtain this singular spice in a very artisan way, the same way it has been done for centuries. We take care of all the processes manually and we give them great care. Our project has, among others, firm ties to our natural, cultural and traditional environment. We count with 40,000 m2 of which 15,000 m2 are used for cultivation. The rest is white land that we are conditioning year after year to increase our plantation. From our saffron field, we lose sight of the immense plain in which we find ourselves and every November we witness the spectacle of lively contrasts of purple tones of our crocus roses. A unique and fleeting spectacle offered by these roses, which appear at dawn and wither at dusk.
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Address
Carmín, Villarrobledo, Albacete, ES
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