organic extra virgin olive oil PGI Tuscany
Fattoria Lavacchio

organic extra virgin olive oil PGI Tuscany

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The project

Adopt an olive tree from the "Fattoria Lavacchio" farm in Pontassieve (Italy) and receive your organic extra virgin olive oil PGI Tuscany at home. Faye 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 olive tree from our farm in Pontassieve (Italy). The cultivation here is certified as organic by the European Union as of 1980. When placing the adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your olive tree. Our farm is family owned and run since 1978. It is extended on a total 110 hectares above a hill at 400 meters of altitude with 44 hectares of olive groves and 8000 olive trees of Frantoio, Moraiolo, Leccino and Pendolino olives (typical Tuscan varieties). All our oils are a blend of these 4 varieties. Most of the trees are over 100 years old but some have been replanted in the 1980s after the frost. The olive trees can reach a high age (even up to 1500 years!) and are resistant to the usual Mediterranean climate. In 1985, here in Tuscany, a severe frost killed part of our trees and we had to replace them. Our olives are organically cultivated. No chemical treatment or insecticide is used. Our plants are fed only with organic compost produced from the pruning and mulching of the shoots growing at the base of the olive trees, as well as the residue from the olive pressing. Microorganisms in the soil make all these products available to plants. Green olives, picked at the beginning of the harvest season, tend to have the best combination of aroma and colour but a low yield, while riper olives, picked at the end of the season, produce a higher yield of oil but its aroma tend to sweeten compared to the oil produced from “younger” olives. We collect the olives respecting and protecting the fauna that lives in our olive grove, especially the birds. This is why we have signed the manifesto for the protection of migratory birds in olive groves. The productive life of an olive tree is around 1500 years. Your adoption is 6 years old and its maximum lifespan is 100 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. Over the course of the years, our olive oils were awarded by various different committees gaining several medals and recognitions in the main international competitions such as BIOL, JOOP (Japan Olive Oil Prize), a certification of quality at AIP (Professional farmer certification), and a certification of high biophenols at the Regional selection of Extra Virgin Oils. The percentage of oil produced from the olives can vary each year, but usually it is under 15%. Olives trees flower in the Spring and olives are harvested in the Fall. The harvest of the olives is still done manually, only during day time and never when it rains, from mid-October until the end of November and, to ensure the best quality, the olives are crushed on the same day they have been picked. Your adoption produces an average of 12kg of olives each season. With this amount we can produce around 1.5l of organic extra virgin olive oil PGI Tuscany.

What will you receive?

Each season we will send you a box with: 3 x __Organic extra virgin olive oil PGI Tuscany__ (0.5 l, glass bottle) Made from the olives which are harvested within the end of November. It has a rich green hue and a strong olive perfume with an intense and persistent smell of fresh grass. It has a slightly spicy taste balanced with artichoke and tomato stem flavours, typical of the traditional Tuscan olive oil. Serving suggestions: The authenticity and uniqueness of our oil is such that it can be enjoyed on its own with a slice of Tuscan bread or with any food. Ideally use it raw on vegetables, soups, grilled meats & salads to enhance the food’s flavours. To enjoy your extra virgin olive oil with all its organoleptic qualities, we recommend you consume it within 12 months following its delivery. Please store in a cool and dry place, away from light.

When will you receive it?

The harvest will start at the end of October and will finish at the end of November. The delivery will be done within mid December.

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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