Demeter organic table apples
Hof Birnstingl-Gottinger

Demeter organic table apples

The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
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The project

Adopt an apple tree from the farm "Hof Birnstingl-Gottinger" in Hitzendorf (Austria) and receive your harvest in the form of Demeter organic table apples at home. The Farmer Birgit will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you received your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

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Environmentalist
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Biodynamics
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Organic
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Renewable energy
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Family Farm
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Visitors welcome
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Additional analyses
What do you adopt?

Adopt an apple tree that we cultivate based on the Organic Farming and Demter regulations of the European Union. During the process of adoption you can choose a name we use to identify your apple tree. Our range includes old traditional varieties such as Crown Prince Rudolf, Gravensteiner, Gelber Spitzler, Bohnapfel, Marienapfel, Arlet, Jonagold, Idared, Gala, Golden Delicious and newer varieties such as Santana, Crimson Crisp, Pinova, Natyra and Topaz. The flavours of our apples range from sourish, sweet-sour to sweet with little acidity and the consistency of the "fruit flesh" ranges from crisp to soft and also from juicy-spicy to fine and spicy - there is much to discover. The productive life of an apple tree is around 30 - 40 years. For as long as you want to keep it and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew your adoption year after year. If your apple tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from other trees. An apple tree from our farm produces an average of 1kg each season. You do not have to commit to the consumption of the whole harvest. Each season you may decide what quantity to reserve and pay the maintenance in accordance with the amount you reserve. This way you will only pay for what you consume and we can plan and sell the remaining harvest amount from your tree to others.

What will you receive?

During harvest season you can progressively receive the quantity of harvest that you reserve on the moment of adoption. You will be able to receive a minimum of 2 boxes, which can be increased up to 5 boxes according to your needs. Shipping format: __box of 3.5kg Demeter organic table apples__ * Variety: Crown Prince Rudolf, Arlet, Crimson Crisp, Jonagold, Idared, Gala, Golden Delicious, Gelber Spitzler, Bohnapfel, Marienapfel, Grafensteiner, Natyra, Topaz * Red, golden, orange-coloured... apples of different sizes, beautiful and imperfect, for eating, baking or preserving * Depending on the month we collect the varieties that we find to be at their optimum point of ripeness * Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2003 and biodynamic farming certified by the Demeter label since 2014 * 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 between 14 and 21 fruits depending on the size) * If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last a 14 days in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge) * It is a climacteric fruit, harvested when it reaches physiological ripeness but continues to evolve after harvesting until it is ready for consumption * Important: The fruits usually arrive hard, keep them at room temperature until they reach they are ready to eat; if you receive an already ripe piece, you can put it in the fridge or eat it straight away Our regional conditions are ideal for the cultivation of fruits, especially apples. This is partly due to the balanced climate with sufficient rainfall and warmth in summer. However, the cool autumn nights before the harvest ensure a refreshing and crisp acid-sugar ratio and give the apples a picturesque mix of dark red, orange, yellow and green colours, depending on the variety. The apples remain on the tree until they are optimally ripe and are immediately processed for their shipment after harvesting. To ensure that our apples arrive from the tree to your home as fresh a s possible and without any suffrage, we put a lot of efforts into our packaging. The apples will travel well-protected in several layers of recycable paper in a recyclable cardboard box.

When will you receive it?

The harvest period is from September to November, but some varieties only develop their optimal taste after a short storage period, which is why we ship some varieties a little later, thus extending the shipping period from September to December. Please find under "Additional analyses" the PDF with more details about the individual varieties and the estimated harvest period.

Why should you adopt?
Know who, how and where your food is produced. Source your food in a conscious, direct and consistent manner.
Buying without intermediaries allows the producer to obtain better prices. This helps generate better jobs and social standards in rural areas.
When you adopt something, you allow the producer to ensure the sale at a fixed price and to produce on demand. This also avoids wasting food that is grown without being sold.
It supports producers who strive for environmentally friendly packaging and cultivation practices.
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