Onions PDO Roscoff and traditional shallots from Maison Quemener

5.00 kg/box

Onions PDO Roscoff and traditional shallots from Maison Quemener

5.00 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 5kg of onions PDO Roscoff and traditional shallots
Variety: Keravel, Longor
Mixed box with approx. 3 kg of Roscoff PDO onions and 2 kg of traditional shallots
Roscoff onions PDO: Externally, its tunic is copper pink and once cut, you can see the pink/purplish streaks; in terms of taste, it is a sweet onion; it is consumed raw as well as cooked and it is very juicy (90% water) which makes it very digestible
Longor Shallots: Its taste is more delicate and less intense than that of an onion, and it is more easily used raw, for example in a vinaigrette
For the shallots: Farming in conversion to Organic Farming since 2021
Shipped in a cardboard box without plastics
One kilo of oinions contains between 8 and 12 bulbs (the box contains between 40 and 36 bulbs depending on the size)
One kilo of shallots contains between 20 and 30 bulbs (the box contains between 40 and 36 bulbs depending on the size)
Our farm is not a screw factory: each onion is unique in appearance and size
Onions and shallots are easy to eat and store until spring (the following year); once received, they should be stored in a cool, dry and well-ventilated place; no moisture!
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Environmentalist
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Conversion to organic farming
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Product with history
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Farmer 360
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Plastic-free
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Young Farmer
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Small Farm
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Family Farm
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Visitors welcome
Tiphaine Quemener
I am Tiphaine Quemener and I am (among other things) a Roscoff onion farmer in Roscoff. First, I was working in marketing in Paris and Nantes. In 2016, I started working at the farm combining both jobs. In 2018, at 29 years old, I decided to change my plan and to work full time in the family business. I wanted to have a job that has meaning for me, and what is more meaningful than feeding people? Today, working with my family is a real pleasure (there are also challenges) and I learn a lot from my father's knowledge. No need for books! He has everything in mind. There is very little routine in our daily life, we rarely get bored! For my part, I prefer the plantation period and the follow-up. It’s exciting to sow a seed and see 2 weeks later that it has germinated and the shoot is 3 centimeters! It is magic. While the harvest is a much more stressful time (you need good weather, it's super intense to manage both the harvest and the sale). Nowadays, we are working directly with our clients, professionals and individuals. We work manually as much as possible, from sowing over harvesting, to packaging. It requires a lot of time! We wanted to integrate CrowdFarming to make Roscoff onions and shallots known to the world!
Maison Quemener
As far as we remember, our family always worked as farmers and produced onions and shallots in Roscoff. Roscoff is a small town located on the north coast of Finistère (in Brittany) which, thanks to its mild and humid climate, allows for the cultivation of vegetables. But the vegetable of which Roscoff is most proud is the onion: a sweet and fruity onion, which makes all gourmets happy. So much so that in 2009, it obtained an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) and then Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) in 2013. It is here that we spent our childhood, between the sea and the onions and lulled by the English stories of our father and grandparents who used to sell their onions there until the mid 1960s; the famous Johnnies. Shallots are a complementary product to onions. Their cultivation is quite different even if they are both from the same family (alliums). My brother and I grew up in Roscoff, spending the holidays helping our parents on the farm, especially for the onion and shallot harvest during summer. At the end of August, we were following our father for the most important moment of the year: the harvest. Some of us filled buckets with onions or shallots and others emptied them in big wooden crates in which the onions were to spent the winter nice and dry! After our studies and our past experience in companies, we decided to follow the history and come back to the farm, growing onions. We were lucky to be able to capitalize on the experience of our father, the emblematic figure of the farm and at the heart of this story of transition and transmission. We try to grow our products as environmentally friendly as possible, reducing the use of pesticides and using our hands to get rid of the weeds. We don’t need irrigation because in Brittany the rain is frequent. In 2018, my brother and I fully took over the farm (but still with our father’s support) and we invested in machinery to help us in the daily tasks. We are 3 people working on the farm. Since this date, we also started making caramelized onions. Another step! We try to work as manually as possible. This way, all the onions or shallots that you will receive will have been checked one by one and put in the box by a person, not a machine! We also grow artichokes, which is an ancestral crop that always requires very manual work, from planting to harvesting. This crop is interesting at the agronomic level, firstly because it remains in place for a long time and therefore allows the soil to be well structured, and secondly because the grinding of the above-ground parts feeds the soil by returning organic matter in large quantities (only part of the plant is harvested). The "Ferme de Kergus" now bears our name, and has become "Maison Quemener" in 2021. We wanted to mark a change with our customers (especially business customers, as private individuals know us) by emphasising our founding values: the quality of our products, the know-how of our crops and the preservation of the tradition received from our ancestors. All residues (skins / roots) have a second life and are used as compost. Our dream? Give fame to Roscoff onions and shallots and make them necessary for all your dishes.
Technical information
Address
Maison Quemener, Roscoff, FR
Altitude
0m
Team
1 woman and 2 men
Size
8ha
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