Grapefruits from Finca Alcobilla

8.00 kg/box

Grapefruits from Finca Alcobilla
Buy directly from the farmer. Without intermediaries.
Limited & seasonal harvest.
The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
Contents of the box: 1 box contains 8kg of organic grapefruits
Variety: Star Ruby
Slightly flattened balloon shape, thick yellowish peel, ruby (reddish) flesh full of juice, slightly bitter taste and usually seedless
Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming seal since 2008
Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics
The box includes some extra fruits, in case some of them arrive damaged
One kilo contains between 3 and 6 fruits (the box contains between 24 and 48 fruits depending on the size)
In one tree you have everything from small to large fruits, so your grapefruits will be heterogeneous
If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 2-3 weeks in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge)
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Margarita Barranco Cid
My name's Margarita Barranco, but everyone knows me as Marga. I entered the world of farming about twenty years ago, purely out of love. I come from a small village in Málaga called Valle de Abdalajis. That's where I met David, my husband, back in 1998. When we were dating, I was working in the clothing industry, but I started to help out David's family on the farm. It was hard work and very family-oriented, and all hands were welcome. What's more, it was a great way - and almost the only way - to spend time with my boyfriend, as we'd be out on the farm nearly every day. I was combining my job at the textile cooperative and on the family farm for five years. At that time, we barely had any citrus trees and the main source of income was from vegetables. David and I got married in 2004 and I gave up my job in the clothing industry the following year so that I could spend 100% of my time on the family business. When I started, I had no idea about farming as my previous job was worlds apart, so that was a big challenge for me. Thanks to David and José Luis, my brother-in-law, I soon warmed to my job and learned to love the industry. At the beginning, I did anything that was needed, especially collecting and packing peppers, onions, leeks, tomatoes, aubergines, and so on. However, there was a clear need for someone to manage the quality audits, so in 2007 I became the head of administration. I've had the same job ever since and I make sure that all administrative processes are managed correctly. We now have several citrus farms (oranges, lemons and grapefruits) between the provinces of Seville and Málaga, all specialising in premium organic farming. Although my main job is in the office, I love to get outside and stroll among the orange trees to take my mind off. I'm a very sociable person, and I love having a good relationship with the workers. David and José Luis are in charge of managing the agricultural and logistical sides of the farm. We're a traditional Andalusian family with our heart and soul devoted to our passion. Although we work really hard, as our season is quite long, we always like to joke around and have a bit of fun. We like to convey this sense of fun and approachability to our employees, who are vital for everything to run like clockwork.
Finca Alcobilla
Finca La Alcobilla is nestled between the villages of Valle de Abdalajís and La Joya, both belonging to the fertile Vega Antequerana region (Málaga, Spain). It's very close to the stunning Torcal de Antequera Nature Park, famous for its incredible scenery. The finca covers about 60 ha and is used for different varieties of citrus fruit, such as oranges (22 ha), lemons (20 ha), mandarins (16 ha) and grapefruits (2 ha). It's a family-run farm, having been inherited by my father-in-law from his parents. It's called Alcobilla because of the name of its farmhouse, where my husband and his brothers have lived since they were little. Although we now have other farms, this was the one that set us up in the agricultural industry and that served as a school for us to learn how to grow citrus fruit. When my father-in-law inherited the finca, most of it was dedicated to rainfed crops such as cereals or almond trees. Afterwards, he spent some time growing vegetables on the land, while my husband and his brother transformed it into a citrus farm when we took it over from their father. It's surrounded by other cereal farms and livestock farms. We currently employ three people on a permanent basis. Two of them have been with us since 2015 and take care of the trees and harvest the fruit. At harvest time, this number can increase to sixty people, all of them locals and friends from my hometown, Valle de Abdalajís. My husband and his brother David supervise the everyday work of our staff in order to guarantee the quality of our products. The workers earn a decent salary in keeping with the Málaga agricultural collective agreement and some receive incentives according to the work done. On our finca, we irrigate with water that comes from a well. We also have a tank where we collect rainwater. We have a drip irrigation system to take as much advantage of the water as possible. By letting the grass grow, we help the rainwater infiltrate the land to refill the aquifers. Depending on the weather conditions in a certain year, the amount of water that each tree needs may change, with an annual average of 7,500 litres required per tree. Our farm has been certified organic since 2008. We're committed to sustainability in order to provide consumers with products of an exceptional quality. We control the grass with brush cutters, as its presence favours the health of the soil and the ecosystem. We also monitor the diversity of insects to control pests with organic methods, if necessary, while in the flowering season we install beehives to enhance this diversity. We hand-select the fruit on the land and then check it over in the warehouse, making sure to only send out pieces that meet our quality standards. Any fruit unsuitable for delivery is set aside for the production of juice. We don't have specific composting areas on the farm, but we do crush all the pruning remains and the grass to feed the soil and recycle the nutrients.
Technical information
Finca Alcobilla, La Joya, ES
2 women and 19 men
Cultivation technique
Organic Farming
Drip irrigation
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