Organic lemons from Finca El Chifle

2.50 kg/box

Organic lemons from Finca El Chifle

2.50 kg/box

Buy directly from the farmer. Without intermediaries.
Limited & seasonal harvest.
The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
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Specifications
Contents of the box: 1 box contains 2.5kg of lemons
Variety: Fino
Oval shape; yellow or green skin with a thin and smooth rind; pale yellow pulp; bitter flavour
Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 1999
They are not treated with wax or preservatives (you can use the peel)
We do not keep fruits in cold storage, they go directly from the tree to your doorstep
Picked the day before shipment at their optimal point of ripeness and shipped in a cardboard box without plastic
Our farm is not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size
One kilo contains between 6 and 10 fruits
If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last up to 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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Plastic-free
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Young Farmer
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Family Farm
Official certifications
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Organic
María Martínez Hijano
My name's María Martínez Hijano, an agricultural engineer by profession and a farmer by vocation. I've always been surrounded by fields, trees and nature, as I grew up in a farming family. As kids, I remember that my sister and I used to accompany my father out onto the farm, and then we'd play hide and seek, look for rare flowers and climb hills and trees while he was working. During the holidays, we'd go to the countryside with my grandparents and play among avocado trees. At the end of summer, when it was raisin season, we'd sit with them outside the house with a board and some small scissors to destem raisins, while spending the afternoon listening to their stories. We've always loved this world. When it was time to think about further education, I decided to study Agricultural Engineering. After graduating, I decided to do a 2-year Master's Degree in Agronomy so that I could become a better professional, discover new things and understand how agroecosystems work, as agriculture is a fascinating and complex world. In 2017, I stared running the family farms. The first thing I did was to convince my parents and my uncles to begin the transition to organic farming. Back then, we only had organic lemon farms, so I thought it was time to put all my university knowledge into practice and implement the type of agriculture that best represents my values. By doing this, I took advantage of my great luck of belonging to the fifth generation of a farming family. In 2020, we started direct sales via CrowdFarming with our mangos, which have been a huge success! Thanks to the support you give us via CrowdFarming, we've been able to grow and innovate towards a style of farming that is increasingly integrated with the environment. What's more, it's really motivating to receive your messages on social media and your visits, where you appreciate the quality of our fruit and all the hard work behind it. This model is a win-win for everyone. We have price stability and can plan the harvest, while you also enjoy price stability, premium quality products and the satisfaction of knowing who's behind production. Thank you! The Los Pepones project is a family project formed by an excellent human team. My job on the farms is to plan technical management. To produce high quality fruit, it's paramount to pay attention to all the details of the trees, such as checking whether they have any type of nutritional deficiency or excess, controlling pests efficiently and organically, planning the use of fertilisers, stipulating irrigation times, and monitoring when the fruit flowers, sets and is ready for harvest. My uncle is in charge of organising the farm team and my sister and my parents manage the administrative side. Natalia works in the warehouse and she'll take CrowdFarmers around the farm if I can't make it. The farm team is responsible for implementing all the plans: they apply the fertiliser, control the irrigation times, control weeds with a brush cutter, tractor or livestock, perform the necessary treatments, and collect the fruit. We're all important and every detail counts so that you can receive the best fruit possible.
Finca El Chifle
Our lemon farm is in the municipality of Benamargosa, one of the oldest agricultural areas in Málaga. It was named El Chifle after its location. Let me explain: in Spanish, 'chiflar' means 'to whistle', and farmers in the valley probably used to communicate by whistling, which was a much better method of communication than shouting (this was way before the invention of mobile phones, of course). In this valley, there are lots of very small farms run by a whole host of different farmers. These tend to be small-scale properties passed down from generation to generation. Our land was inherited by my mother from my grandparents in the 1990s, when I was still very young. My parents, who had just had my sister and me, decided to plant the entire farm with organically grown lemon trees. It's a very special farm as it has been in my family for more than four generations, so it's very sentimental for us. Sometimes, we just sit there and think about how many things must have happened to our great-great-grandparents while they were working on the farm and taking care of their kids. It's amazing how valuable these things are and how they make you miss them. Benamargosa is an entirely agricultural town that has changed a huge amount in recent years. When my father was young, the village was very poor, as the crops in the area weren't profitable. Things changed when citrus fruits and subtropical fruits arrived, as people were able to start making a decent living. Now Benamargosa is full of avocados, mangos and lemons. The landscape is simply spectacular and many people still work in farming, which is a great thing to hear nowadays. The farm has been organic since my parents planted the lemon trees. As for so-called 'weeds', we let them grow wildly to have more biodiversity and we only cut them back when they're too tall for us to work the land. However, as the lemon tree is a strong plant that withstands pests very well, we don't have to dig the weeds up. If there's a major attack of certain pests, natural methods to eliminate them are very effective, so we can afford to have the lemons as a 'wilder' crop. The energy we use on this farm for irrigation comes from solar panels. We use a drip irrigation system with water that comes from the El Chifle irrigation community. Three people currently work on the farm: two men and one woman. Our employees tend to work on different farms with different crops, so they come here when we need help on this farm. They're all contracted according to the regulated agreement and we give them the facilities they need. In fact, we have workers who have been with us for over thirteen years. Not a single farm worker has ever left us, which makes us really happy. We keep any unselected fruit for ourselves and for our family and friends, as defects found on lemons don't tend to affect their organoleptic quality. In the end, thanks to our experience over the years, we know when the fruit is good quality or not, so we choose the produce that we send out, which is always premium quality. Remains from pruning trees and cutting down weeds are returned to the ground in the form of compost. It's a crime not to take advantage of all these remains that other farmers burn or move to other composting areas. Leaving them on the ground means giving life and nutrients to the soil. I had a lecturer at university who once said: "All remains must be returned to the ground. Soil needs all the 'shite' we can give it, because without 'shite' there's no soil, and without soil, there's no agriculture". And we love applying his philosophy!
Technical information
Address
Finca El Chifle, Benamargosa, ES
Altitude
80m
Team
2 women and 2 men
Size
2ha
Cultivation technique
Organic farming
Irrigation
Drip irrigation
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