Demeter organic apples from Saint Félix

4.00 kg/box

Demeter organic apples from Saint Félix

4.00 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 4kg of Demeter organic apples
Variety: Akane, Elstar, Crimson Crips, Story, Delisdor
Red, orange, yellow, or white in colour... apples of different sizes, beautiful and imperfect, for eating, baking or preserving
Depending on the month, we harvest the varieties that we find to be at their optimum point of ripeness; please find the variety descriptions and their respective shipping period in "Additional Analysis"
Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2016 and biodynamic farming certified by the Demeter label since 2021
The fruits are harvested when having reached their full maturity, as they cannot be harvested gradually though, we store the fruit in cold storage and send it to you little by little
Shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics
Our farm is not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size
One kilo contains between 7 and 8 fruits (the box contains between 25 and 30 fruits depending on the size)
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)
It is a climacteric fruit, harvested when it reaches physiological ripeness but continues to evolve after harvesting until it is ready for consumption
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Additional analyses
Michel André
I was born on the farm, and when I was little, I used to follow my father to work. I already liked nature, the calm of the countryside, the sunrises and sunsets, the sound of birds, and so on. What fascinated me was seeing the result of his efforts at harvest time. A lover of apples since day one, it came about quite naturally that I wanted to work in the same sector, especially with fruit. After studying agriculture, I did an internship in the United States in arboriculture for 3 months where I discovered a new vision of agriculture and how far ahead this continent was of ours in many areas, such as, for example, performing rigorous thinning of the trees to obtain a better quality fruit. This experience helped me a lot, and in particular it instilled in me the desire to try new crops, even to become a pioneer in certain actions. In particular, I am very happy to say that we are one of the first in our region to cultivate pistachios that will bear their first fruits in 2 years if everything goes well. We have also just started a photovoltaic agri project by putting tilting umbrellas on an apricot field. These great projects are possible thanks to a methodical organisation of daily life, whereby each member of the family has their work: I take care of the crops with my employees, my son-in-law takes care of the marketing, my son does the maintenance and my wife, with the help of my daughter, of the administration. They are also made possible because we know how to keep and maintain the tricks of the trade that have worked well for generations, like the orchards of several varieties that we maintain on the same plot. We also make use of gravity watering, which contributes to supplying the groundwater with water from the Durance, which is thus filtered and becomes drinkable. What I especially like about this outdoor job is going off on a bike, equipped with a shovel, to monitor the orchards and especially their watering. And what could be more wonderful than to meet hares in our fields again (for they had disappeared)! Another proof that our way of cultivating serves nature well: insects are present in large enough quantities for swallows to continue to nest on our old workshop.
Saint Félix
Saint-Félix is a family affair. My grandfather bought the farm and farmland around the year 1935. My father and I continued its development. In the early 1990s, I founded the Saint-Félix company to be able to work as a family with my wife, son, daughter and son-in-law. Felix is the first name of the justice of the peace of Cavaillon who built the Saint Felix castle in 1833 north of Cavaillon in the plain of Durance and Coulon. The castle has become the family home and our estate extends all around. We are located 2 km from Durance and Coulon, near the woods and biotope. These very fertile alluvial soils allow for the cultivation of all fruit and vegetable crops. The crops have changed over time: my grandfather and father cultivated melon and various vegetable crops, such as potatoes and carrots. A lover of fruits since day one, my passion turned very quickly to fruit trees, I planted apple trees then cherry trees, apricot trees, plum trees, quince trees and most recently pistachio trees. We have long been aware of the inconvenience of chemicals, which is why we started the organic conversion in 2001 and finished it in 2015 throughout the whole farm. With the support of all the people working with me, we also switched to biodynamic farming in 2021. Our action is focused on improving soil life for a greater diversity of flora and fauna. The direct consequence of this is a better resistance of trees to diseases and external threats, such as rodents or aphids. The water used for cultivation comes from the Saint Julian canal, which is fed by the Durance. It should be noted that each tree requires between 10 and 15 litres of water per day between May and the end of September. To control water consumption, we use three methods: drip irrigation, sprinkling and gravity watering. The latter, which consists of flooding the soil from time to time for deeper water penetration, is an ancestral technique that we still use, in addition to the other two. As we practice natural sodding, the grass is kept between the fruit trees. It serves as a refuge for ladybirds, which are predators of aphids. It contains clover and poppies to enrich the surroundings of trees and help protect them. Natural sodding thus maintains a natural ecosystem close to the wild. The grass is shredded just at the time of the fruit harvest and redeposited at the feet of the trees as compost. We also use a pest control method, sexual confusion, to eradicate the codling moth which is a parasitic worm in apples. We release a pheromone (same smell as the female butterfly) so that the male is disturbed and thus the development of the codling moth is limited. During the asbestos removal of roofs and their insulation, our operating buildings were covered with photovoltaic panels in 2011. Energy harvested in this way is less polluting. In addition to the family members who have been present since the beginning, the operation has created 9 full-time jobs since 2014 in positions as varied as secretaries, accountants, order handler, parking manager and delivery driver. The stability of their situation and the inclusion of a disabled person strengthens our team. In addition, to manage the farm in high season, we need the assistance of about forty seasonal workers still hired under the terms of collective agreements for agriculture. From May to November, they work in orchards, from May to June they harvest cherries and apricots and help with manual thinning work, and finally, from August to November, they participate in the apple harvest. The apples you receive are chosen with the utmost care according to their ripeness and taste. As for the unsold fruit, we make juices and compotes and the pruning remains are crushed and placed in the orchards as green fertiliser.
Technical information
Address
Saint Félix, Cavaillon, FR
Altitude
70m
Size
67ha
Cultivation technique
Organic and Biodynamic Farming
Irrigation
Drip and gravity-fed irrigation
Size
4 women and 4 men
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