Organic spring vegetables from La Oizéenne

6.00 kg/box

Organic spring vegetables from La Oizéenne

6.00 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 6kg of organic spring vegetables
Variety: Sirtema, Chioggia, green and purple kohlrabi
1 x Organic new potatoes (between 1.5 and 2kg): first variety consumed in the year; enjoyed for their melt-in-the-mouth flesh, softness and slightly sweet taste; should be stored in the fridge drawer and consumed within 5-7 days
1 x Organic beetroots (between 1.5 and 2kg): root vegetable with a round shape and purple colour; raw, it has a very mild and slightly sweet taste; cooked, it has a more pronounced taste for beetroot purées, beetroot and apple soups; can be stored wrapped in newspaper in a cellar or in a kraft bag in the fridge for several weeks
1 x Organic green and purple Kohlrabi (3 pieces): heirloom variety; white or slightly green/purple with a bulbous shape; smaller than other cabbages; taste tinged with hazelnut notes; can be kept for several weeks in a dark cellar or in your fridge's vegetable drawer
Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2021
Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics
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Pierre Leroy
Our farm was founded in 1824 by my great-great-great-grandfather, who grew apples and owned certain varieties. The operation has always been led by the Leroy family. From generation to generation, we have developed our crops and harvested new ones. I have always lived in the heart of orchards. I remember spending whole days on school vacation on the farm while my father and grandfather picked apples together. I always asked him when I could ride the tractor! I have always felt destined to work on our farm and on the family land. For this reason, after graduating from high school with a specialization in arboriculture, in 2009 I entered the family farm as a duo with my father Philippe, from whom I learned a lot about growing apples. Today, Leroy en Sarthe apple trees cover around 100 hectares, where different types of fruits and vegetables are grown. My father, brother and I are all responsible for the farm, but each of us has a specific role. Philippe, my father, takes care of the cultivation of orchards, he monitors the growth of apple trees throughout the year, their water supply, their state of health, the facilities in the orchards. My brother Simon is in charge of production, supervises manual sorting, controls packaging, and is responsible for the conservation of apples. I supervise all internal activities, in particular the administrative part with the management of orders, human relations, recruiting seasonal workers; and outdoor activities to monitor orchards, sow and plant vegetables according to seasonality, mowing, the size of the apple tree, etc. Joining CrowdFarming gives us the opportunity to create a close link between you and our farm. For us, it is a way to inform you about our cultivation methods and to discover our daily life while bringing you high-quality apples and pumpkins full of flavor.
La Oizéenne
Our farm, « La Oizéenne », was created in 1824, at a place called le Châtaignier, Oizé en Sarthe. For 8 generations, our lands have been passed down from father to son. Apples were our first crop. Since then, we have diversified by growing fruits and vegetables of various varieties. As a family business, we are committed to promoting the economy and creating jobs in our city. Thus, we employ around thirty people, living in Oizé or in the neighbouring municipalities, many of whom have followed us for many years. Thanks to them, we perform a manual sorting of apples in order to guarantee quality apples to the consumers. In our orchards, 5 hectares have been dedicated to apples certified as Organic Farming since 2016, the other apple trees respect an eco-responsible orchard approach. We have been cultivating our land for 200 years. We want to ensure longevity and cultivate for many more years, which is why we have opted for Organic Farming, which seems to us the method most suited to our wishes. We cultivate our land with respect for the environment. Thus, for the growth of our apple trees, we are equipped with a weather station in order to know the needs of our trees. You should know that during its growth a tree needs 800mm of water per year and later in vegetation 600mm of water per year. We obtain this water by drilling and reserving water, this water is then used by a sprinkler and drip irrigation system. At the same time, for our organic cultivation, we do not use any chemicals and favour mechanical weeding 2 to 3 times a year and one mowing per year. We promote biodiversity within our orchards by limiting the applications of phytosanitary products, by limiting mowing, by creating flowery fallows to attract pollinators and beneficial insects. When we prune our trees, the pruned wood is crushed directly in the orchards to limit the spread of pathogens. The harvest is done by hand and in order to guarantee quality apples, the sorting of the apples after harvesting is also done manually by our local employees. We grow our organic squash on 15 hectares of land. All our squashes are grown organically. Thanks to our weather station, we can foresee if this plot will need water in case the rain does not allow for the necessary water supply. However, the squash requires little water and is a hardy vegetable. With the weather we have had for the last two years, there has been no need to install an irrigation system. At the same time, for our organic cultivation, we do not use any products and favour manual or mechanical hoeing. Hoeing allows us to remove weeds that hinder the development of the squash plants. The soil is also more aerated to allow water to infiltrate to the roots. We have 2 hectares of farmland for sweet potato cultivation. The sweet potatoes have been grown organically since 2020 and are plants that produced after the last frost. We plant the tuber sprouts in sandy soil and carry out maintenance work by hand: hoeing just like the squash, removing weeds and, before harvesting, we pluck three quarters of the leaves to optimise the sweet potato's ripening and make the plant accessible for the sweet potato harvest. Again, the weather station on the farm helps us to know exactly how much water the plant needs in real time. At the same time, we have redone the entire irrigation network. These two elements now allow us to have better control over the water supply. The sweet potato is irrigated using a sprinkler system, obtained by drilling. We are limiting waste by making apple juice or mashed apples from our leftover harvest.
Technical information
Address
La Oizéenne, Oizé, FR
Altitude
85m
Team
19 women and 5 men
Cultivation technique
Organic agriculture
Irrigation
Drip irrigation
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