Organic pomegranates from Maison Tamisier

5.00 kg/box

Organic pomegranates from Maison Tamisier
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 5kg of organic pomegranates
Variety: Bigful
A variety recognisable by its intense red colour, very sweet and aromatic with translucent seeds, also called arils that contain almost non-existent pips, so that the whole seed surrounding it can be eaten!
Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2017
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
Our trees are not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size
One kilo contains between 3 and 4 fruits (the box contains between 15 and 20 fruits depending on the size)
If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 2-3 weeks in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge)
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Laurent Tamisier
My name is Laurent Tamisier, and I am a man who relishes a challenge. I have a lively temperament, and I decide things fast and correctly. That is what I did at the age of 22, when I had to quickly take over the family business following the death of our father. After graduating with a Technology Degree [DUT] in Business, I was a novice in fruit cultivation. I had to teach myself how to go about it, and I decided to make all our production organic. I saw the merits of organic as being self-evident. Through agriculture, I had a means of improving the health both of people and of the environment. Ever since 2000, I have been planting my first organic apple trees, followed by pear and plum trees. My brother Sylvain joined me in 2008 at the end of his Agribusiness studies. Naturally, he takes care of marketing the produce, while I concentrate on production in the orchards. With two of us on the job, we make twice the impact! We share a taste for challenges. Our day-to-day life at Maison Tamisier differs during the season. There are 20 of us working all the year round, reinforced by a few seasonal workers during the fruit-picking period. The administrative work, which combines trade, accounting and marketing, is overseen by seven people. They are Lolo the accountant, Nico and Thibaud in trade, Laureen in marketing, Julie in quality control, and Aurore and Stéphanie in the administration. In the packing station, Paulina supervises a team of 8 people: Jeremy and Teddy in dispatch, Maria and Rafal in packaging, and Pepe, Manu and two seasonal workers in the preparatory operation. Thierry is my faithful adviser on the ground. Thanks to his 40 years of experience in tree cultivation, the two of us steer the team as regards the work to be carried out in the orchards. The team comprises Max, Charlotte, Lukasz and Xavier. They have no difficulty in finding things to do... What with pruning, mowing, crushing, opening and closing the nets, bending branches, phytosanitary treatment, thinning out, fertilising and watering, their days are very busy! In this job, you can innovate all the time, and that's what I like most of all. My brother and I are farming entrepreneurs, and whenever I run out of projects, I feel depressed! :D
Maison Tamisier
For me, apples and pears are a family affair! Hence the name of the enterprise, Maison Tamisier. I have been cultivating them since 1998, after inheriting them from my father and ultimately receiving them from my grandfather, who planted his first apple trees in 1951. Ever since 2000, I have been planting my first organic apple trees, followed by pear and plum trees. My brother Sylvain joined me in 2008 and took charge of the marketing. Breaking the mould of our production habits, a new project was born in 2017 with the planting of Pomegranate and Persimmon ("Kaki" or "sharon fruit") trees. With some forty varieties, some very early and others very late, the harvest can be staggered. Plum harvesting starts about 15 June, and the time for pears comes round in mid-July, followed at the beginning of August by the apple picking, which will end in early December for the later varieties. Meanwhile, in October, the Kakis and Pomegranates are collected in several "sweeps". During the harvest period, I walk the orchards every day. Every morning, we decide what to pick, plot by plot, tree by tree. In organic growing, the primary aim is to produce fruit that has real flavour. We analyse the sugar level, the size of the fruit, its firmness and its colour. But we select them, above all, with our taste buds! Each year, when harvest time comes round, our faithful pickers return to us. Some have been coming since 1991. We support local employment and maintain strong ties with our seasonal workers, most of whom are housed on the estate during the five-month harvest period. After that, the tree pruning runs from 15 October to 15 March. The orchards are located at the heart of the golden triangle of South-Eastern orchards, bounded by the Alpilles, the Luberon and Mont Ventoux. Here, the plain of the Durance spreads its clayey-silty soil in a sun-drenched climate, yielding fruit that is more flavoursome and sweeter. By drying out the orchards, the Mistral prevents certain diseases and helps to provide ideal growing conditions that have for centuries made this region one of the most favourable orchard areas in Europe. In 2017, we decided to set up a methanation unit that takes in any rotten fruit left over from our operation, as well as organic waste from other companies in the region, and produces both electricity, which is sold back to EDF, and heat that enables us to grow exotic fruit in greenhouses. This facility and the 2,500-m² photovoltaic energy park give us total control of our energy footprint. The unit now operates as a positive installation, a structure that is sustainable. Our energy balance is positive: we produce more than we consume. That is something we are proud of. Another important step before fruit is methanated is that any that does not meet the standards of our specifications (often too large or too small, split or twisted, but not rotten) is sold to industrial manufacturers and turned into stewed fruit, juice or other processed products. Our concern for the environment can also be seen in our orchards. Animals and plants are my natural allies! You can often hear birds singing there. I set up shelters for them. Perched in a poplar, a nesting box for birds of prey houses the buzzards, hawks or owls that are fond of the voles that eat tree roots. Other shelters welcome the chickadees that feed on codling moths, Lepidopterans that lay their eggs inside fruit, or the bats that are fond of aphids. During the flowering season, I set up beehives to encourage pollination. As for the plant life, cypresses and poplars weaken the force of the Mistral. To shelter the auxiliary troops that feed on pests, I have also planted biodiversity hedges (alternating bay trees, hazels, Judas trees, black elderberries, etc.). We guarantee perfect traceability for our products: the company is certified as Global Gap for the orchards and as IFS Food High Level for the packing station. No pesticides have any contact with our fruit, either while it is growing or after it is picked. The compost and manure that are the only fertilisers I use come from local organic farmers and from by-products of our operation after processing by the methanator. White nets resembling canopy bed curtains protect the fruit from attacks by codling moths. Finally, sensors placed on the tree trunks enable only the quantity of water that the plant needs to be taken from the collective irrigation channels by a drip-feed device, thus ensuring very good water distribution and limiting wastage. A tree needs on average nearly 300 mm of water a year, but this varies according to the year, the fruit variety and the soil quality of each plot. In 2020, I pursued my ideas on excellence in our production method by converting our orchards to biodynamic agriculture and by gaining Demeter certification. It differs from organic farming by its dynamic aspect, which adds an energising dimension to organic methods. In practice, this approach consists of using specific "preparations" for the soil, plants and compost and of heeding lunar and planetary rhythms. Through these initiatives, biodynamic agriculture aims to generate a more resistant and more autonomous ecosystem. We intend to go on producing healthy fruit while developing soil fertility and promoting a diverse, autonomous and sustainable environment.
Technical information
Maison Tamisier, L’Isle Sur La Sorgue, FR
20 women, 30 men
350 ha
Cultivation technique
Organic and Biodynamic Farming
Drip irrigation
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