organic oranges and lemons
Doña Ana

organic oranges and lemons

The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
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Adopt an orange tree from the farm "Doña Ana" in Lorca (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of organic oranges and lemons at home. María Luisa will take care of your adoption and take its picture. You will also 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: Although your adoption will be renewed automatically, you will always be informed in advance and may decide to cancel your adoption at any time as long as the preparation has not yet begun.

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What do you adopt?

You adopt an orange tree from our farm in Lorca (Spain). The cultivation here is certified as organic by the European Union as of 2018. 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 2002 and have been organically cultivated since 2018. The orange trees should be with us for at least 30 years, so they are currently at their best point. An orange tree of this age, approximately 20 years old, grown in organic farming produces an average of 50 - 60 kg of fruit per year. The trees up for adoption are of the Lane Late and Powell varieties. Both are late and traditional varieties of Mediterranean citrus fruits. They are well adapted to our area and are oranges of high organoleptic quality: good flavour and good juice content. We trust in a traditional variety to be able to offer you "the oranges of a lifetime". Your lemons grow on the lemon trees of our friend Paco at Finca Villa Berta. These lemon trees were planted in 2017 and in 2020 was their first harvest. There are two varieties: eureka and verna. The lemons change color from greenish yellow at the beginning of the season to intense yellow when ripe. Flowering takes place almost all year round, often with peaks in late summer and mid-spring. The verna variety is very typical in the Murcia region and is very popular because, due to its thick skin, the lemons can withstand the heat of summer without dehydrating. The orange and lemon trees are a little taller than a person with a glossy green foliage that they keep all year round. The best time to enjoy them is in the months of February and March since you can observe, on the same tree, ripe fruit and blossoms that are preparing the next harvest. During the blossoming period, it is a delight to walk around the farm when the orange blossom scent fills the surroundings with that characteristic sweet smell. On the tree, we have fruits of all sizes. The largest and smallest, along with those that are not suitable for shipping, are destined for juicing. Your adoption is NaN years old and its maximum lifespan is 30 years. For as long as you want to keep your adoption, and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew year after year. If your adoption stops producing for any reason, we will replace it with another, and guarantee you the delivery from the production of other units. Your orange tree produces an average of 10kg of organic oranges and lemons each season. You do not have to commit to ordering the entire harvest though. Each season you can decide how much you want to reserve, and you pay the maintenance cost according to that amount. This way you only pay for what you plan to consume, and we can offer any surplus harvest 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 1 and a maximum of 1 boxes. Once you paid for the adoption, you will be able to plan your shipments from your user account. Shipping format: __Box with 8kg of organic oranges and 2kg of organic lemons__ * Oranges Navel Lane Late (February - March) and Navel powell (march - mid april): round, medium sized oranges with an intense orange color * Oranges Valencia (April - May): slightly smaller and less intense in color, but have a high juice content * Lemon Verna (end of April until the end of June): elongated shape, medium to large size, almost seedless and low acidity, natural source of vitamin C, cultivated at Finca Villa Berta of our friend Paco, packaged in 100% compostable cellulose mesh * Lemon Eureka (November until February): oval shape, medium size and thin skin, natural source of vitamin C, cultivated at Finca Villa Berta of our friend Paco, packaged in 100% compostable cellulose mesh * Organic farming, oranges certified by the European Organic Farming seal since 2018 and lemons since 2017 * Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics * One kilo of oranges contains between 4 and 6 fruits * One kilo of lemons contains between 6 and 10 fruits * If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 15 days in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge) * You'll see that the first lemons of the season may have a greenish hue, but over the weeks they'll take on the typical yellow tone of this variety

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. You will receive your oranges and lemons from February to the middle or end of May. Defining the beginning and end of each season is complicated. Every year the season will be different due to the weather conditions. Hence, one year's harvest might start a little earlier or there is so much of it that we can extend the harvesting period. But maybe next year the production will be small and the fruits will run out earlier. Please consider these dates to be estimates. At the beginning you will receive Lane Late and Powell oranges with Eureka lemons. From mid-April, approximately, we will continue with Valencia oranges and Verna lemons. The degree of sourness will be reduced from the Navelinas to the Powells, but each variety will also have a higher degree of sourness at the beginning of the harvest than at the end.

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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