Bioland organic pumpkins from Sönkes Süßkartoffeln

8.00 kg/box

Bioland organic pumpkins from Sönkes Süßkartoffeln

8.00 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 8kg of Bioland organic pumpkins
Variety: Hokkaido
When cooked, the Hokkaido takes on a velvety-soft, almost buttery texture and is pleasantly sweet and aromatic
Organic cultivation according to Bioland, certified with the EU organic seal and Bioland since 2017
Can be used in a variety of ways: sweet or savory, for example as oven and pan vegetables, in soups, or as a baking ingredient in cakes and bread
If stored in a dark, dry place, the pumpkins can be kept for several months
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Sönke Strampe
I'm Sönke Strampe, 32 years old and love farming. My family has been involved in agriculture for many generations. So I guess I have farming in my blood. After my school days I completed an apprenticeship as a farmer. Then I moved to Göttingen to study agricultural sciences. Last but not least, I attended a farm manager seminar organised by the German Agricultural Society in order to best prepare myself for my job. My first encounter with organic farming was during my apprenticeship; I spent my second year of training on an arable farm in Celle, which was also just converting to organic farming. The variety of crops and the very simple, traditional way of weed removal immediately inspired me and has consistently been with me during my career. So after my studies, I considered converting the business back home and then actually did it in 2017 with the support of the whole family. You have to get used to a lot of new things, such as the diverse new crops and mechanical weed control. In the first two years in particular, I was sometimes in the field with the harrow a few days too late and had no chance against the overgrown weeds. Then you just had to watch how the chamomile and white goose foot suppressed the grain and, unfortunately, we could only bring in a small harvest. As an organic company, we still needed a special product with which we could stand out from the crowd, and so we came across the sweet potato, which was rarely grown in our country at the time. Together with my wife Anna, we researched cultivation methods and varieties on the web. The first plants were ordered quickly to make an initial attempt at cultivation in the tub on the terrace. Every year, we try out new varieties and techniques and have been able to expand our cultivation steadily with demand. Each and every year, I get more excited when we finally plant our sweet potato plants in the ground at the end of May. Almost every day I check how the plants are developing and dig in the potato dam to look for the roots. During this time, my wife Anna starts on marketing; trying to capture our passion in pictures and videos and sharing it with our followers on our social media channels. Via CrowdFarming, we want you to share in our passion for our organic sweet potatoes. We'll send them to you after harvesting, lovingly wrapped, quickly and easily to your front door.
Sönkes Süßkartoffeln
Our Bioland family-owned business is located in northern Germany, on Lüneburg Heath, between Hamburg and Hanover. The new part of our farm is located on a small elevation on the outskirts of Rieste, a small district of Bienenbüttel and offers a wide view over our fields. We still live on my grandfather’s old farm, a few kilometres away, in the middle of the village – a beautiful place, but our warehouses, machines and fields are now in Rieste. Here, we have a quiet and relaxing place to work, where we also like to enjoy our lunch breaks outside, sitting on our benches. And when we're not working on the farm, we like to set off for a walk through the surrounding heathland. Our local recreation area with small streams and a lot of space. The Strampe family has been living on Lüneburg Heath since 1755. We are already in the 5th generation of a farming family. My grandparents used to grow grain here and, typically for our region, sugar beet and potatoes. There also used to be a herd of dairy cows on the farm. After subsequently relinquishing our grandparents’ business, the opportunity arose in 2002 to acquire a farm in Rieste and to continue the tradition. As a trained farmer, my father took great pleasure in bringing agriculture back into the family and, after his long-term office job, working with nature and in the fresh air again. We started growing grain and various crops again. After I finished my agricultural studies, I came back home and, together with my parents, converted the entire business to ecological farming in 2017. Since then, I have been running the business. My goal is forward-thinking, sustainable management and growing and harvesting special organic products. In addition to sweet potatoes, our organic cultivation now also includes pumpkin, hemp, peas, field beans, grass clover and various types of grain. Because of the various cultivations, we have a balanced rotation of humus-increasing and humus-consuming crops. The grass clover is used to fully regenerate the area and always comes at the end of the crop rotation. As a legume, the clover stores atmospheric nitrogen with its small white nodules in the soil and in the plant, thereby storing many nutrients when growing. At the same time, we can harvest the grass clover growth several times a year and spread it on our other fields as green waste compost for fertilisation. In this way we produce our own fertiliser and maintain the fertility of our fields. In order to get weeds under control, we drive between the sown rows with a harrow and hoe to dislodge the small weeds or separate larger weeds from the ground. If a few weeds make it to harvest, then that's the way it is and they can be left next to the main crop. We love the diversity in our fields. That is why we also try to sow two crops in one field at the same time, let them grow and then later harvest them together. The best example of this is our winter pea and winter barley mix: In autumn the grains are mixed together and sown. There is no cultivation of the fields when the crops are growing. This way, we create a retreat for small game such as hares, pheasants and deer. So rabbits and hedgehogs literally say “good night” to each other! Peas and barley grow together so quickly and widely that they naturally shade all other plants, thereby keeping them small. The soil is then finely rooted and offers ideal conditions for the next crop, often our sweet potatoes. The sweet potato, also called batata, belongs to the bindweed family and is more of a tropical plant. Even if its name may remind you of it, it is not at all related to the potato. Fortunately, the sweet potato is happy with just a little water. Most of the time, we water the young plants straight after they have been planted with our own 60 m-deep well water, and again later when the plants begin to store nutrients in their roots. Even during the droughts of 2018 and 2019, we never used more than 80 l/m² of additional water. With an average annual precipitation of 690 l/year, this is remarkably little. The sweet potato plants cope very well with the new conditions caused by climate change and enable us to continue harvesting vegetables that are atypical for our region. Still, growing sweet potatoes is a challenge. Sweet potatoes are extremely sensitive at harvest time. The skin is very sensitive when harvested and, unfortunately, quickly peels away. Every open area on a sweet potato is a possible entry point for diseases and water can escape from the tuber faster. As far as possible, our aim is to harvest the tubers with no damage. Therefore, a lot of skill and manual work is required. Although we have a harvesting machine that we devised ourselves, it only travels 1 km/h while the tubers are sorted by hand. We also check our sweet potatoes carefully when packing them for the CrowdFarming parcels. Every sweet potato passes through our hands. For you, we only select tubers with corked wounds or, if possible, those with no damage. This leaves us with a small amount of rejected goods, which, however, are far from being thrown away. We don't just throw things in the bin because of a few unsightly spots, or tubers that have not grown the right way. We then try to peel this product thoroughly and use it in other products – for example in our delicious sweet potato soup. Two permanent employees work on our farm and are responsible for all the work in the fields. I am the Operations Manager and take on the planning and organisation. As a counterbalance to office work, I like to be out and about in our fields, I love driving tractors and supporting my employees with their work in the fields. My wife Anna is responsible for marketing of the sweet potatoes. At the end of the harvest, we often arrange a day trip or go out for a meal, so that we can sit at a table together again in peace after a stressful harvest time. In addition, we are always delighted to prepare the first freshly-harvested sweet potatoes together and enjoy them with the family.
Technical information
Address
Sönkes Süßkartoffeln, Bienenbüttel Ortsteil Rieste, DE
Altitude
54m
Team
1 woman, 3 men
Size
245 ha
Cultivation technique
Organic
Irrigation
two drum sprinklers
Cultivated area
500.000m²
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