Organic lemons from Cortijo Ana María

4.00 kg/box

Organic lemons from Cortijo Ana María

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 lemons
Variety: Verna
Fino lemon: oval-shaped, yellow or green in colour, with a thin, smooth rind, pale yellow, acidic pulp
Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2014
They are not treated with wax or preservatives (you can use the peel)
We do not store the fruit in cold chambers, they go directly from the tree to your doorstep
Our trees are not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size
One kilo of lemons contains between 6 and 8 fruits
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)
You'll see that the first lemons of the season may have a greenish hue, but over the weeks they'll take on the typical yellow tone of this variety
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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.
Cortijo Ana Maria
Cortijo Ana Maria is located in the small town of Pizarra (Málaga) and has belonged to the family since 2014. We bought it as a melon farm, but we then planted all the trees that you can find here now. The farm covers a total of 108 hectares, of which 60 are used for growing lemons, 28 for oranges, 5 for grapefruits and 4 for mandarins. The name is a tribute to my mother-in-law Ana Maria, mother of David and José Luis. Our houses are also located on the land, alongside the crop plantations, as is our logistics centre, where we prepare the boxes to send the fruit to your home. It's located in the fertile valley of the Guadalhorce River, an area with decades of citrus-growing tradition. There are lots of lemon and orange groves along the banks of the river. All the trees are drip-irrigated with water obtained from the Guadalhorce River reservoir, which is a few kilometres upstream. However, we also have wells that we use for emergency situations. The average water consumption at the farm is 7 hm3 per hectare per year, and 416 trees are planted in each hectare. By letting the grass grow, we help the rainwater infiltrate the land to refill the aquifers. When we cut the grass and prune the trees, we leave the organic matter on the soil to protect it. This also turns into compost, which increases the biodiversity and fertility of the soil. 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. The family has two other farms, one in Antequera, Málaga (Finca Alcobilla) and the other in Lora del Río, Seville (Cortijo La Palmosa), both certified with the organic farming logo and planted with citrus fruits. The various locations of the farms provide us with different harvest times, thereby lengthening the season. This means that even if your tree is adopted at Cortijo Ana María, your fruit may come from one of the other farms. Ten people work permanently at Cortejo Ana Maria. And as the logistics centre is based here, we employ a further twenty-five people during the campaign to prepare boxes and orders, both for CrowdFarming members and other customers. Preparing CrowdFarming orders is a bit more complex as it involves more work than selling the fruit to wholesalers. Out of the thirty-five people we employ on the farm (this number may vary depending on the campaign), twenty-five are women and ten are men. The workers tend to return every year and have a decent salary, in line with the Málaga agricultural collective agreement. Some receive performance-related incentives. Both my husband David and my brother-in-law work every day on overseeing the work on the land and at the logistics centre, which means that we can guarantee the quality of our products. Maria José and I take care of the administration and auditing. We've always been passionately convinced to the idea of organic farming, meaning that we can grow crops like our ancestors used to. We're committed to sustainability in order to provide consumers with products of an exceptional quality. We hand-select the fruit on the land and then check it over in the logistics centre, 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. And if there's any that the juice industry refuses, it is given to local farmers to feed their goats and sheep.
Technical information
Address
Cortijo Ana Maria, Valle de Abdalajis, ES
Altitude
70m
Team
2 women and 19 men
Size
108 ha
Cultivation technique
Organic Farming
Irrigation
Drip irrigation
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