Verna (end of April until the end of June): elongated shape, medium to large size, almost seedless and low acidity, natural source of vitamin C
Eureka (November until February): oval shape, medium size and thin skin, natural source of vitamin C
Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming seal since 2017
Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics
One kilo contains between 4 and 6 fruits (the box contains 30 fruits approximately, depending on the size)
If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 6-7 weeks in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge)
Limited harvest. Home delivery included.
Delivery country United Kingdom
Final price: 24.82€
Final price: 24.82€
Fresh and in season
Francisco Marín Cánovas
My story is that of a family with a tradition linked to agriculture and animal husbandry. My grandparents were farmers of small "tahullas" of land, which is the measure used in Murcia and Vega Baja in Alicante to measure the area, equivalent to 1,118 square metres. Later, because of their children's concern, they started trying to sell them directly in the markets. To do this, the fruit was packed in boxes in the garages of the house and the most interesting thing is that this happened in the case of both my mother's and my father's family. When they met and married, they decided to continue this dynamic and started their export business together in 1980. They founded Frutas Naturales, which is the family business dedicated to the trade and production of citrus fruits, melons and vegetables. My brothers and I were always involved in the family business helping during the summers, etc., I joined my mother Encarna when my father passed away in 2005.
Thanks to our efforts and a little luck, which is always necessary, we were able to overcome the difficulties and adapt to the new situation without our leader. We focused on citrus fruits and when things improved, we decided to integrate the production of organic citrus fruits into our project with Agrícola Eureka. We planted 2 orchards that were born organic: Finca Villa Berta and Los Calderones, where we have the varieties Eureka, Primofiori, Verna, Meyer (mixture of lemon and mandarin, special lemon for cooking), caviar lemons, Buddha Hands and limes (limes).
The effort and support of my parents made it possible for me and my brothers to attend university. Before joining the family business, I was working in the banking sector, but I was not satisfied and joined a high-tech greenhouse business until I became head of the family business after my father's death.
Finca Villa Berta
Finca Villa Berta is located 4 km from the sea and borders the protected natural area of La Sierra de Escalona, its surroundings is a protected area within the network of Protected Natural Spaces of the Valencian Autonomous Region. Without a doubt, the main value of the fauna of this territory is the abundance of rabbits, which has allowed species of great environmental value such as the golden eagle or Bonelli's eagle to find one of its main areas of dispersion in the landscape, and some carnivorous mammals such as the Montes cat have a significant population in this area. We are in a ZEPA zone and we have the La Pedrera dam very close.
The farm is located in the municipality of Salinas de San Miguel, in the region of Vega Baja del Segura, with a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot and dry summers with average temperatures above 22 ºC, and wet and rainy winters with mild temperatures.
We bought the orchard in 2015 and there were only abandoned almond trees. Little by little, we transformed it into a citrus farm, and from the beginning we were convinced that we would farm organically because we wanted to offer a quality lemon without toxic residues. I like to try new varieties and that's why, apart from lemons, we also have limes and kumquats.
We are in the middle of administrative procedures to obtain the licence for the construction of a water reservoir of sufficient capacity to ensure the irrigation of the plantation. At the moment, our orchard is irrigated by a drip system, we are working with sensors to reduce water consumption to the absolute minimum. The water comes from the transfer channel (Tajo-Segura) and the desalination plant. A lemon tree consumes about 2,500 litres of water in one season.
Grass management is done with a brushcutter. The residues supply the soil with organic matter that decomposes and is transformed into nutrients for the plants. Tall grasses are removed so that they do not compete with the tree and regrowth is ensured.
In our orchard, the organic waste from pruning is incorporated into the soil, producing a beneficial effect on the environment. On the one hand, the content of soil organic matter and other essential nutrients such as N, P2O5 and K2O is improved. On the other hand, it helps to fight erosion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the absorption of CO2 from the soil.
Our daily life on the farm is a team effort. There are two key elements for the success of the project: one is Domingo, our main technician specialized in Organic Agriculture, passionate about this type of agriculture, biological control, auxiliary fauna, reduction of water consumption by sensor-controlled irrigation, etc... The other key element of the team is Alonso, our manager, who directs the work of the farm: irrigation, tillage, cutting and pruning. He is also in charge of organizing specialized teams of 8 to 10 people for pruning and harvesting.