Organic persimmons from El Palmar Viejo

4.00 kg/box

Organic persimmons from El Palmar Viejo

4.00 kg/box

Buy directly from the farmer. Without intermediaries.
Limited & seasonal harvest.
The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
Specifications
Contents of the box: 1 box contains 4kg of organic persimmons
Variety: Bright Red
Flattened oval shape, reddish-orange skin and pulp, sweet taste
We send them hard, firm and slightly bitter, so you can eat them like apples;.as the days go by, the persimmons will become softer and sweeter
Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2017
Picked the day before shipment at their optimal point of ripeness and shipped in a cardboard box without plastics
A very versatile fruit that you can eat directly with or without skin or use for both sweet and savoury recipes
The box includes some extra fruits, in case some of them arrive damaged
One kilo contains between 5 and 7 fruits (the box contains between 20 and 28 fruits depending on the size)
If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 10 days in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge)
It is a climacteric fruit, harvested when it reaches physiological ripeness but continues to evolve after harvesting until it is ready for consumption
Important: The fruits usually arrive hard, keep them at room temperature until they reach they are ready to eat; if you receive an alread ripe piece, you can put it in the fridge or eat it straight away
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Plastic-free
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Organic
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Young Farmer
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Small Farm
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Family Farm
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Visitors welcome
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Mari Carmen Alcaraz González
This is a story of tradition, family and vocation. My name's Mari Carmen and I'm a biologist by profession. I started out in farming thanks to my husband, Juan Diego, who left his job as an IT engineer to follow in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather in agriculture. Juan Diego was born into the fourth generation of farmers, a family truly committed to farming as a way of life and part of the family culture. Father and son now work side by side on the family farm, forming an inseparable combination of tradition and modernity. It's so pleasing to see my four-year-old son with the same passion as his father and grandfather for the countryside. He enjoys the afternoons in the orchard, watching the lizards and birds flit among the orange and persimmon trees, and watching his grandfather on the tractor is his favourite pastime! This is how I got to know the world of agriculture myself. I used to do jobs related to fertiliser laboratories and microbiology research. However, my husband's concern to innovate in agriculture really appealed to me. I finally made the move once they decided to convert the farm to organic farming. This was a huge incentive for me, because as a biologist I know the importance of applying cultivation techniques that respect the environment. My knowledge about fertilisation, microbiology, and the relationship of fauna with crops is the perfect fit for this agricultural model, and I feel really motivated about taking part in the project. My husband and I are really lucky to have a father/father-in-law who is curious and open to change. Adapting to new developments has been his life philosophy, and now he continues to do so with our help. Juan Diego, my husband, helps us organise tasks, boost the productivity of all processes, and tell us about new varieties with options for our farm. In my case, I'm looking for a way to ensure that our trees are nourished with natural fertilisers, and to take measures to prevent pests and diseases from affecting our crops. Another of my hobbies is dealing with people and I like to share experiences and learn about other cultures. CrowdFarming is a window to the world, which is why I'm responsible for all the procedures related to this business model. What's more, at CrowdFarming we've seen an opportunity to prosper and grow as a family business, making a place for ourselves in the fascinating world of organic and sustainable agriculture.
El Palmar Viejo
The El Palmar Viejo farm has been our family's meeting place since 1996, taking its name from the huge number of palm trees in the area. It's famous for the six old palm trees soaring thirteen metres high on the driveway, welcoming our visitors with grandeur. The farm is located in the fertile valley of the river Guadalquivir. This area has been populated since ancient times by many civilisations, with the river having symbolised economic prosperity for thousands of years. There are lots of citrus orchards, stone fruit trees and nut plantations surrounding us. We've been growing persimmons on the farm since 2015, but we also have citrus fruits, fig trees, wild asparagus and walnut trees, which we use for personal consumption over the year. Our region, close to the capital, has many economic opportunities, but agriculture is deeply rooted and one of the province's top economies. In fact, it's becoming more so thanks to the modernisation of agricultural practices and irrigated crops. The water comes mainly from the Lower Guadalquivir Valley irrigation community. An interesting anecdote is that my father-in-law, when buying the farm, observed that the irrigation was channelled via surface furrows. With the idea of leveraging and increasing the sustainability of the farm, he transformed these furrows into pressurised underground pipes to drip-feed all the crops, which avoided the use of another source of water and energy. The farm today has a localised drip irrigation system, which is also automated, avoids unnecessary transport and saves fuel and time. The farm became organic in 2017, shortly after my husband (a young farmer now) left his job as an IT engineer and joined the world of farming. He modernised the farm and increased sustainability in most of the processes, and we hope that this will boost productivity for us. The grass is periodically cleared, and the pruning remains are incorporated into the soil to foster its development and life. We also use biological control methods that eliminate harmful species through commensalism. Our crops need the use of phytosanitary products adapted to organic farming, whose active principles are based on natural substances that respect the auxiliary biodiversity of the area. At El Palmar we're a team of two men and one woman, made up of my husband and father-in-law, who are in charge of planning the harvest season, and all maintenance tasks. As for me, I'm in charge of technical advice, marketing the products and now everything to do with CrowdFarming. During the busiest times of the year, we contract external staff for the jobs of felling, clearing and harvesting the fruit. All of them have a job contract and salary in line with the provincial labour agreement, and we contract them every season depending on their availability. The quality of our fruit shows all the hallmarks of my father-in-law's experience, who has dedicated his entire life to the farm. We sell any fruits that fail to meet his criteria for the production of organic juice.
Technical information
Address
El Palmar Viejo, Alcolea del Río, ES
Altitude
8m
Team
1 woman and 2 men
Size
35,5 ha
Cultivation technique
Organic farming
Irrigation
Drip irrigation
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