late oranges
Doña Ana

late oranges

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The project

Adopt an orange tree from the farm "Doña Ana" in Lorca (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of late oranges at home. The Farmer María Luisa 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.

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What do you adopt?

You adopt an orange tree cultivated under the European Union's Organic Farming regulations. We are in the process of converting and hope to get certified in 2021. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your orange tree. Our orange trees were planted in 2005 and have been grown organically since 2017. The trees have been with us for at least thirty years, so they're currently at their best. The trees in the adoption are of the Delta and Midknight varieties. These are late-season varieties with oranges that are used mainly for juice. They're very interesting varieties for our area because they adapt well to the climate conditions. The Midknight variety is believed to be native to South Africa and the Delta of Portugal, but it's always difficult to know the exact origins of citrus fruit. The trees are slightly taller than a person, have glossy green leaves and produce excellent quality fruits in our warm areas. The best time to enjoy one of our oranges is from late March to late May or early June, depending on the weather. And the best time to admire an orange tree is between February and March as you can see ripe fruit alongside blossoming fruits that will make up the next harvest. There are oranges of various sizes on the tree. The largest and the smallest oranges, along with the ones unsuitable for delivery, are sent to processing plants for juice production. The productive life of an orange tree is around 30 years. For as long as you want to keep it and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew your adoption year after year. If your orange tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. A orange tree from our farm produces an average of 60 kg each season. You do not have to commit to the consumption of the whole harvest. Each season you may decide what quantity to reserve and pay the maintenance in accordance with the amount you reserve. This way you will only pay for what you consume and we can plan and sell the remaining harvest amount to others.

What will you receive?

During the season, you will be able to receive the harvest that you are reserving now: a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 boxes. Once you paid for the adoption, you will be able to plan your shipments from your user account. Shipping format: __ 10kg box of oranges__ * Delta and Midknight (April - May): Oval to spherical medium-sized oranges for juicing with a thin and smooth rind and a bright orange pulp. High juice content and a slightly acidic flavour, generally without pips * Farming in transition to organic farming since 2017 * Picked the day before shipment at their optimal point of ripeness and shipped in a cardboard box without plastics * One kilo contains between 4 and 7 fruits * If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 2-3 weeks in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge) The oranges shouldn't be kept in closed containers, either inside or outside the fridge, as this reduces preservation time and increases the chance of mould. They last longer and also keep their optimum point of ripeness when kept in the fridge.

When will you receive it?

The Farmer will collect your harvest on demand and just before shipment so you will receive it fresh, not treated with wax or other preservatives. It will be received between April and late May when the fruit will be at its optimum level of ripeness.

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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