Organic apricots from Finca Charca El Poleo

2.00 kg/box

Organic apricots from Finca Charca El Poleo
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 2kg of organic apricots
Variety: Flopria, Floneca, Mambo and Oscar
Flopria (early-mid May): orange-red colour, firm, tasty and aromatic fruit, with a hint of sourness; medium to large sizes (depending on the year), oval and round shape
Floneca (mid-May - early June): orange-red colour; firm fruit, balanced flavour, aromatic; medium-large sizes (depending on the year), round-oval shape
Mambo (early-mid June): firm fruit, balanced flavour, tasty and very aromatic; medium to large sizes (depending on the year), elongated shape
Oscar (mid-late June): firm, very tasty and aromatic fruit: medium-large sizes (depending on the year), round shape
Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2015
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 15 and 20 fruits (the box contains between 30 and 40 fruits depending on the size)
It is a climacteric fruit that will continue to ripen once you receive it
If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last up to 7 days in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge)
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Cultivation in sparsely populated areas
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Farmer 360
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Renewable energy
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Family Farm
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Visitors welcome
Jose María Navarro Acedo
Although I belong to the third generation of a family with an olive-growing tradition, there weren't only olive trees in our family, as my grandfather was a farrier and a farmer at the same time. I'm the son of an olive farmer, and a retired agronomist, but I initially wanted to study Telecommunications. My name's Jose María Navarro Acedo and I'm delighted to introduce myself to you here. As I was saying, after school I wanted to study Telecommunications, but my mother, who knows me well and knew that a working life restricted within four walls would be a nightmare, advised me to study Agronomy so that I could work outdoors, where I have always loved to be. When I was little, I would spend the summer in the garden with my great-grandmother, my three brothers and my grandfather, who I'd watch heading off to work every day in the farm and then selling the harvest. During my time at university, I discovered Italy thanks to an ERASMUS grant, getting to know a wonderful country to which I'd later return. When I graduated in Agronomy, I started working in the fruit industry, spending three years in Italy and another three in England. But in the end, I decided to return to my homeland and joined another company as a sales director. After that, I felt ready to launch my own project in the family business dedicated to olive farming, and in 2012 I started my own fruit plantation at Finca El Poleo. This project wouldn't have been possible without the unconditional support of my wife Beny. They say that behind every great man there's a greater woman, which is definitely my case. Beny has always spent more time on certifications, costs, audits, etc., but her passion for farming led her to making the leap to run some of our support farms, which she’ll be doing from later on this year. Today, with the help of the entire team, we coordinate the work so that together we can make progress with this company, which would be impossible without the hard work of the sales team formed by Pilar and Gabi, the logistics center team managed by Elisa, Inma, Eli and Miguel, and the farm team coordinated by María Belinda and her boys. We also have the help of uncle Narcis, my wife's uncle, who is a source of agricultural wisdom and helps us check that everything is going well. The traditional market doesn't even give a third of the value of the fruit to the farmer. And on top of that, offensive amounts of fruit are thrown away. Not only is the fruit thrown away that isn't consumed in time by households or that goes off, the real scandal is that the fruit sold by farmers to major supermarkets is thrown away without actually being sold to the final customer. This is tremendously painful for us after all the efforts made throughout the year and the resources spent. That's why we decided to launch direct sales on CrowdFarming.
Finca Charca El Poleo
Finca El Poleo is located in the small village of Granja de Torrehermosa (which lies in the province of Badajoz bordering Córdoba), which was traditionally a cereal farming village but has recently been badly hit by rural depopulation. When you break down the name in Spanish, you can see why it's nicknamed the village of the three lies, because it's not a farm (granja), it doesn't have a tower (torre) and it isn't beautiful (hermosa)! Farmers used to call a pond near the farm Charca El Poleo, because pennyroyal (poleo) naturally flourished near the pond (charca). This pond is very close to our farm, hence the name Finca El Poleo. This farm is our favourite and also our flagship. We'll allocate all its production to CrowdFarming, but we'll use the harvest of the other farms in our project if necessary. Don't worry, though, as they all follow exactly the same quality standards and you'll always receive your fruit on time. Finca El Poleo was initially an olive grove, a crop that my family have spent years working with. But this farm without conventional fruit crops made me think that it was ideal for growing organic fruit, so I decided to change some olive trees for fruit trees in the quest for the perfect balance between fruit farming, olive growing and the natural environment. Finca El Poleo has an area of 83 hectares divided between olive groves and stone fruits. In the fruit part, we grow plums, nectarines, peaches, apricots and flat peaches. The fruit farm has a somewhat unusual layout, following the contour lines of the land, with wider rows than usual in fruit farming, which means that the trees can retain water better and that we can reduce irrigation needs by preventing serious water runoff that would also erode the land. In order to increase biodiversity in our crops, we leave plant cover on the ground and keep around 12-15% of the farm uncultivated. When the hot months come around, we mow the grass on alternate rows, incorporating the mowed grass as mulch, which helps us reduce evaporation-related water loss and optimise irrigation efficiency. We have four wells on our farm, but we only use one of them. To minimise water consumption, we drip-irrigate all our trees with two short waterings per day. In the hot season (May-September), each tree consumes approximately 16 liters of water per day. To understand our work on the farm, we should look at the production calendar. Once the harvest is over, we conduct green pruning to help us aerate the tree and give more light to future fruits, which will have a very positive influence on ripening. We then start dry trimming, which defines the branches that will bear fruit in the following season. These winter jobs are supplemented by regular composting with humus and manure. Once spring comes, we leave the trees to flower and be pollinated by our bees and other insects, which then forms the fruits. Afterwards, we thin out the trees several times, reducing the number of pieces of fruit per tree to guarantee the right level of ripening. After all that, it's time to collect the fruit. We prepare the fruit and the orders at our facilities in Puebla de la Calzada, a village near the farm. These facilities are fitted with solar panels that provide an energy self-sufficiency of approximately 60%. To minimise food waste, we use edible but unmarketable fruit for the baby food and juice industry. Meanwhile, we use decaying fruit to feed our worms, which we'll later take to the crop so that they decompose organic matter on the ground and the sheep manure, which creates the best natural fertiliser for our trees. Our permanent workforce is made up of about ten people, some of whom have been with us for more than seven years. This figure reaches up to one hundred at harvest time, which is when we need more workers. All staff are contracted according to the collective agreement and we offer our workers flexible hours to achieve a work-life balance. To certify our commitment to our staff, we hold the Global Grasp certificate.
Technical information
Finca Charca El Poleo, Granja de Torrehermosa, ES
7 women and 10 men
83 ha
Cultivation technique
Organic farming
Drip irrigation
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