Organic saffron from Carmín (small box)

0.01 kg/box

Organic saffron from Carmín (small box)

0.01 kg/box

Buy directly from the farmer. Without intermediaries.
Limited & seasonal harvest.
The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
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Specifications
Contents of the box: 1 box contains 0.005kg of organic saffron PDO from La Mancha
Variety: Azafrán de La Mancha
Small box: 1 x Organic saffron PDO La Mancha (2 grams, metal box)
Big box: 1 x Organic saffron PDO La Mancha (6 grams, metal box)
Saffron is a unique spice that will bring colour, flavour, and aroma to your dishes; a natural flavour enhancer with a fine, floral aroma reminiscent of honey
It is not necessary to heat or dry it for use, it is already dehydrated; it is recommended to grind the herbs to extract their full aromatic potential
It can be added directly to dishes or infused in water after 4 hours of cooking at 65ºC
Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2020
We recommend storing saffron in an airtight container to avoid loss of aroma, in a dry place away from light
The best before date is approximately 1 year after you receive it
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Family Farm
Carlos Fernández
My name is Carlos Fernández and throughout my professional life I have experienced several important 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. We are a family-owned business in which my mother, my brother and I have participated from the very beginning. I am responsible for the general management of the company, but my particular focus is marketing and major operations. My mother manages and prepares the orders and my brother is responsible for communications. At certain times of the year, when the workload is quite high, such as for example at harvest time, temporary workers are hired, up to approximately 50 employees, all under contract and mainly the same workers year after year. This fact makes the work more convenient and familiar.
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 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. At Azafrán Carmín dryland farming is undertaken, which is why our plants depend on each year’s rainfall. For weed control no synthetic products or herbicides are used. Weed growth is controlled in order to avoid competition with saffron, and by ploughing several times a year the seed germination of many weeds is prevented. Yet, in years with lots of rain, such as 2020, the weeds have flourished and in late May a weed-whacker was used leaving the remains on the field. In September, a rotovator was used, afterwards adding the compost from the clearing into the soil, and in this way providing the crop with organic matter. This method makes it unnecessary to apply any alternative pest control practices. The production of our saffron generates practically no waste or any spoilage. If any vegetable residue is generated, it is incorporated into the crop. 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. In 2020, we began with the construction of a new warehouse from where the saffron will be prepared from 2021 onwards, equipped with solar panels which supply medium voltage electrical backup to the installations. Our future objective is to obtain complete energy self-sufficiency.
Technical information
Address
Carmín, Villarrobledo, ES
Altitude
720m
Size
4 hectares
Cultivation technique
Organic farming
Irrigation
No irrigation
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