organic prunes
Ferme du Lacay
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The project

Adopt a plum tree from the farm "Ferme du Lacay" in Penne d’Agenais (France) and receive your harvest in the form of organic prunes at home. The Farmer Aurélien 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. As the production coming from one plum tree is big, the adoption is shared among various people. If you wish to have a bigger share, you may adopt more than once. 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.

The project

Adopt a plum tree from the farm "Ferme du Lacay" in Penne d’Agenais (France) and receive your harvest in the form of organic prunes at home. The Farmer Aurélien 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. As the production coming from one plum tree is big, the adoption is shared among various people. If you wish to have a bigger share, you may adopt more than once. 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.

What do you adopt?
Adopt a plum tree that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2013. The prune came from China via the Silk Road. It was the monks of the Abbey of Clairac (near Agen in southwestern France) who hybridized local plum trees with Damascus plum plants brought back from Syria, giving birth to a new variety called "prunier d'Ente" (in old French "Ente" means "to graft"). By drying the fruits of this tree in the sun, they obtained the first Agen prunes. An Ente plum tree produces about 25 kg of prunes per tree. Passing on the profession of a pruniculturist from father to son since 1937, I make it a point of honour to make a quality prune d'Ente, so that once this juicy and sweet plum is cooked in an oven at 72°c for 16 hours, I can offer you an irreproachable and naturally good quality prune. My orchards of plum trees, located around the farm, have been exploited since the beginning by my grandfather in sustainable agriculture which gives priority to the quality of the prune d'Ente over quantity. To continue this quality approach, on May 5th 2010 I decided to cross a new threshold of quality recognizable by all: organic. On the plum tree, Organic agriculture allows use less treatment and only with natural products (clay, Bordeaux mixture, ladybirds, ...) which guarantees healthy plums without chemicals. We officially switched to organic on May 5th, 2013 after 3 years of conversion. My products are made on the farm in a laboratory that complies with current hygiene standards and is certified by Ecocert, and processed using the recipes from my great-grandmother. In addition, all our organic Agen prunes have the appellation "mi-cuit" (half-cooked) and are certified PGI "Pruneaux d'Agen" by Qualisud. This label certifies that the prunes come with no added sugar, preservatives or water. The half-cooked organic Pruneau d'Agen certifies that it is a natural prune, directly put in a bag and pasteurized to preserve it naturally. It is therefore better in taste and provides more vitamins than a dry prune rehydrated with water (which represents 95% of the Agen prunes sold on the market). *IGP (English: PGI) Indication Géographique Protégée = It is a European Union identification sign designating products whose quality or reputation is linked to the place of production, processing or preparation, but whose ingredients do not necessarily originate from that geographical area.* The productive life of a plum tree is around 50 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 plum tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. Each plum tree is adopted by 2 CrowdFarmers who receive a box with 2.625 kg of organic prunes.
What will you receive?
Each season we will send you a box with: 1 x __organic half-cooked Agen prunes "to cook"__ (bag of 1 kg) Size: BIG 55/66 fruits per 500gr These "big" prunes are generally used in cooking. They will be perfect and will slightly swell in your preparations while retaining their shape. They will remain sweet and they will absorb the juice and the taste of your meals. They can be kept in the package for an average of 1 year (shelf life). Once opened, put the package in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator, it can be preserved this way for 2 months. 3 x __half-cooked organic "pitted" Agen prunes__ (375g sachet) Size: 44/55 fruits per 500gr Pitted semi-cooked organic prunes are enjoyed as a delicacy on the go. Without pits, they are eaten as a snack during the day and are ideal for sportsmen and -women. They are practical and good! They can be kept in the package for an average of 1 year (shelf life). Once opened, put the package in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator, it can be preserved this way for 2 months. 1 x __"Authentic" half-cooked organic Agen prunes__ (500g sachet) Size: 33/44 fruits per 500gr Prunes of size 33/44 are the authentic prunes. They are very fleshy and very tasty. They are naturally soft and sweet. All these prunes can be kept in the package for an average of 1 year (shelf life). Once opened, put the package in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator, it can be preserved this way for 2 months. All the prunes that I offer are soft without added sugar or preservatives. A natural prune as good to eat as it is, while doing sports or to enhance your recipes.
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date the Farmer will start preparing the orders that are to be shipped. You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out. Harvest is generally carried out from August 15th to September 15th, at this time the plum reaches the maturity necessary to obtain a good prune. It reaches this maximum maturity once it has fallen from the tree, we must then check with a refractometer (to measure the sugar level of the plum), and check that the plum reaches 35 Brix degrees. We then decide when to pick them to get the best possible plum in terms of taste and sugar.
Why should you adopt?
* Learn who produces your food, how and where. Receive your food in a conscious manner. * Buy directly from the farmer. Help to generate wealth and better jobs in the rural areas. * Plan ahead and enable the Farmer to produce on demand. This way we can avoid overproduction and fight food waste. * Reward Farmers who make an effort to use environmentally-friendly packaging and cultivation techniques.
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How does it work?

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Meet the Farmers

Adopt and plan your harvest

Adopt and plan your harvest

Let the Farmer and nature work

Let the Farmer and nature work

Receive your harvest at home

Receive your harvest at home

Adoptions available until the 15/10/2021
Delivery starting on the 18/11/2021

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Delivery country Spain

Final price:

41.47€ / Season

Includes adoption, preparation and shipment of the order.

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Aurélien Pourcel
I am Aurélien Pourcel, the fourth generation on the Lacay farm. Since I was a child, I wanted to come and work on the family farm but while bringing added value. Passionate about business, with my sister I developed the sale on the farm. After my business studies, I went to live in Australia for a year. I was able to discover a new country and a new way of working. Then I went to work in England for a few months to finally come back to my roots on the family farm to develop the commercial part. This was also in response to a desire to break away from the traditional distribution channels and to be able to sell our products directly to the consumer. Today we control our product from production to the sale to our customers and it is a real pleasure to be able to exchange about our profession with outside people. My mother, Claire, is in charge of the processing part of the farm, my father, Patrick, is in charge producing the prunes. Together with my sister, I take care of the administrative tasks as well as the sale of the products. Even if working as a family is never easy, we have found a balance that allows us to move forward together with the same vision. CrowdFarming is the perfect answer to this vision of wanting to get closer to our consumers and to offer them a traditional quality that cannot be found in supermarkets. CrowdFarming gives us the chance to offer our products to a large community of people which would have been impossible without all our efforts to develop our activities.
Aurélien Pourcel

"CrowdFarming will allow us to get a little closer to our consumers and show them that we give priority to the quality of our prunes over quantity in order to put agriculture back in its rightful place."

Ferme du Lacay
Ferme du Lacay
"Lacay" in patois (French dialect) means "duck pond" since we had a pond so that the ducks would not access the Lot River which passes close to the farm. Our farm (la Ferme du Lacay) was bought by my great-grandfather in the early 1920s. It was then my grandfather who took over the farm and developed the cultivation of pruniers d'Ente to make prunes. My father took over the farm in the early 90's and we now work together as a family with my mother and sister. We are a typical Lot et Garonne farm. On our land orchards of plum trees are cultivated. They are registered in the "Identification Géographique Protégée" (PGI) (see the definition on the previous page) and certified Organic Agriculture for 7 years. We strive to process as many plums as possible during the harvest. Thus, plums that are damaged or too small are transformed to make plum brandy (to be consumed in moderation) with the help of a neighbouring distiller. Then we use the waste to make compost. We are also fortunate to have a river nearby so that we can irrigate our plum trees during heat waves thanks to pumping stations. We irrigate with the help of small hose reels that we have made on the farm. My grandfather being a handyman, was able to make these small reels that allow us to irrigate only at the foot of the trees with the quantities we want. We attach great importance to respect for nature and our trees, which is why we have switched to organic farming. We treat our plum trees with simple and natural products such as clay, which acts as a protective barrier against insects. Our whole family works on the farm full time. My parents, Patrick and Claire, are in charge of the production and processing of the organic prunes we offer. My sister, Eva and I manage product sales and communication. Both of us studied in the field of commerce to be able to develop direct sales on the farm and thus become independent from the wholesalers in our sector.
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Address
Ferme du Lacay, Penne d’Agenais, FR
Team
2 women and 2 men
Cultivation technique
Organic agriculture
Irrigation
Drip irrigation
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