Demeter organic pistachios and almonds from Casa Cañada

2.00 kg/box

Demeter organic pistachios and almonds from Casa Cañada
Buy directly from the farmer. Without intermediaries.
Limited & seasonal harvest.
The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
Contents of the box: 1 box contains 2kg of Demeter organic pistachios and almonds
Variety: Kerman and Comuna
Kerman Pistachios (1kg, cotton and jute bag): raw, sweet creamy-textured, neither roasted nor salted; grafting on the native variety Pistacia terebinthus, traditionally used for obtaining turpentine, gives our pistachios a “pine nutty” taste and aroma
Comuna almonds (1kg, cotton and jute bag): shelled, raw, with skin and a creamy texture, neither roasted nor salted; grafting on the native variety Amygdalus webbii, gives our almonds a more intense taste and aroma reminiscent of marzipan
Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2009, Biodynamic agriculture with the Demeter seal since 2015, Bio-Integral crop with the ARBORIGEN seal since 2019
You can eat pistachios and almonds at any time of the day, such as a snack between meals or with a beer or glass of wine; you can also try introducing them to recipes like salads, bread, buns…
We recommend that you store the almonds in an area at room temperature, protected from direct sunlight and heat sources
Keep them in the fridge during the warmer months to prevent the appearance of insects
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Julio César Vergara
Agriculture has always been present in my family and surroundings, and despite having studied law I have always been passionate about agriculture and nature. Since I was quite young I have actively worked on projects to conserve Iberian nature, with groups such as WWF-Spain or FAPAS (Fondo Asturiano de Protección de los Animales Salvajes). Since I was a little boy, I have spent summers on the farm with my family, getting up very early and learning about the typical crops of the region from my father's hand. Our journey in Finca Casa Cañada begins with a nature conservation project through the installation of a forest nursery of native Iberian species. Ten years later, having researched which crops would best suit our dry land area, we began to develop the agricultural sector of the farm with the cultivation of almond and pistachio. Currently, the Finca Casa Cañada team consists of six people, reaching more than 25 in the harvest campaign. Usually, Angel oversees the management of the farm from an agricultural point of view, as our graft specialist, and is responsible for organizing the calendar of fieldwork. My cousin Carlos is our warehouse manager, a meticulous and perfectionist person who takes care in detail that all orders go out properly. Antonio deals with logistics, and usually works hand in hand with Carlos, although he is always eager going out on the field and helping there with whatever is required. My brother Pepe is responsible for administrative issues, and Alvaro supervises business relations. Finally, I assume the management of the company, and therefore, I am in charge of organizing the various jobs of our team so that everything works properly. At Casa Cañada we decided to enter CrowdFarming to expose our products to the community of European consumers looking for products of excellent organoleptic characteristics, cultivated with the highest agronomic and environmental level today.
Casa Cañada
Finca Casa Cañada gets its name from the times of the “Mesta”, when in the XI century sheep had great economic importance in our country. The export of wool and the Castilian manufacture of cloths caused the transhumance of herds throughout Spain. These areas of the passage of shepherds and sheep were known as cattle routes and today, give the name to our farm, which saw thousands of sheep pass by. Our farm is in the municipality of Villamalea, about 10 km from the urban centre, in the province of Albacete. The plantation of pistachio, almond, jujube, acerole, cermeña (small pear) and olive is surrounded by Mediterranean forest and thicket. In addition, we have a naturalised collection of hedges of more than 250 species native to the Iberian Peninsula. We are in the surroundings of the Natural Park of the Hoces (gorges) of the Cabriel River, with the largest wild canyon in the Iberian Peninsula (about 30 km, with no roads or paths). Here live faunal species such as the otter, the genet, the wildcat, the mountain goat... which makes our farm a unique place. Today, our region enjoys good economic health because the agricultural property is very distributed in medium-sized farms. In Casa Cañada we were the first producers in our region in Biodynamic farming, due to which we have contributed to its dynamization. Presently, many farmers have transformed their cereal and vineyard crops into the cultivation of pistachio or almond trees. At Casa Cañada we are proud to be a family business and continue our grandparents' passion for agriculture, who cultivated these lands of vineyards and cereals. In recent years, we have been replacing the vineyard and cereal with almond, pistachio, and native forest species. We are committed to extensive dry land farming. We want to combat today's biggest agri-environmental problem: the consumption of groundwater to produce fruits that have always been grown under dry land farming methods, such as pistachio, almond, or olive. Rainfall in our area is about 350 mm per year and our trees live with this amount. However, our forest nursery needs water for the development of younger plants. To do this, we have designed a water accumulation system using small dams. Our inspiration came by discovering in our farm Arab vestiges of water use. The agricultural management on our farm is carried out under the certifications of Organic farming (CAAE), Biodynamic farming (DEMETER) and Bio-Integral farming (ARBORIGEN). In this way, we carry out sustainable agriculture that seeks the balance between the natural environment and the intervention of man in it. We apply our principles starting from the roots, using as rootstocks traditional native varieties that survive in dry land agriculture. We want to take care of our soil and for this we let the grass grow for 4 months a year. The remaining months the scarce rains in our area force us to reduce the presence of weeds through several shallow ploughs. Thus, we avoid competition between our crops with the other plants and guarantee a good harvest. In addition, with the ploughing we incorporate the grass into the soil as organic fertilizer and improve the water absorption capacity. We are currently experimenting with legume plant covers, although we have not definitively implemented this system. My journey in Casa Cañada started with a forest nursery, so we have never lost sight of the importance of maintaining the original flora and fauna of the area and the Iberian Peninsula. By restoring botanical-forestry of borders, hedges, slopes, road boundaries and marginal areas of the farm we promote habitat creation for insectivorous bird and small predatory mammals that control potential pests. In our farm you can find a minimum of 20 different species of trees and shrubs native to the Iberian Peninsula. On our farm we do not have renewable energies because we do not need irrigation pumps or other machinery, we do not consume any energy. In addition, we are zero waste, taking advantage of any by-product or waste that can be generated on our farm. The remains of pruning, exocarps, and shells are composted and serve as nutrients for our crops. On the other hand, pistachios and almonds of smaller calibre or pieces are used to produce pastes, oils, and turrons. The selection of the best product for our CrowdFarmers is done by relying on an external company, that is certified in Organic and Demeter. Thus, with the best technology, we separate impurities and empty fruits through blowers and classify the fruit by calibres using optical technology. Finally, a team of women makes the final visual inspection of our farm ensuring that there is no fruit that does not fulfill our quality parameters. Our team consists of six fix people, reaching up to 25 people in the harvest season, and this is how we contribute against the rural exodus that hits the rural areas of our country. Some have been with us since the start of the project in 1990. All our workers receive a salary according to the collective agreement. As a family business, we are flexible and do not mind extending our workers' paid leave period if they need it.
Technical information
Casa Cañada, Villamalea, ES
6 men
100 ha
Cultivation technique
Organic and biodynamic farming
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