Demeter organic "Red Prince" apples from Bio-Obsthof Lefers

4.00 kg/doos

Demeter organic "Red Prince" apples from Bio-Obsthof Lefers

4.00 kg/doos

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Specificaties
Inhoud van de doos: 1 doos bevat 4kg van Demeter organic "Red Prince" apples
Variëteit: Red Prince
Bright red, fruity taste, impressively sweet and crunchy
“Red Prince” is the perfect family apple: with its fruity sweetness inviting you to take a bite; especially popular with children!
Biodynamic farming certified with by the European Organic Farming and the Demeter label since 2017
Contrary to other fruits, apples cannot be harvested gradually and need to be harvested in a short period when having reached their full maturity; in order to avoid food waste and to ensure farmer’s economic stability, they are first picked fresh from the tree and later kept in cold storage, never longer than the current season (maximum of 12 weeks storage)
Harvested on request, 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 4 and 7 fruits
Apples taste best at room temperature
The best place to store is in the fridge (up to 3 weeks) or in as cool a place as possible, they will keep very well for several weeks; our suggestion is always to move the apples from the fridge to the fruit bowl for the following day
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Cord Lefers
Hello, I am Cord Lefers. I grew up with fruit growing and tractors from an early age. My enthusiasm for the "green sector" grew through the family ties that grew stronger when spending hours together sorting apples, and also due to the passion I've had developed for forklifts and tractors. It was not difficult for me to decide to train as a gardener. My specialisation in fruit-growing was obvious and enabled me to discover various other farms here in the "Alte Land" region, but also at Lake Constance. After my training I had acquired the basic knowledge for the optimal care of fruit trees - I've learned a lot about fruit production! To deepen the knowledge, to further integrate business management and to be able to train myself, I attended a two-year master's course. After completing the examination and several practical trips abroad to broaden my horizons, I was then a master gardener specialised in fruit growing. My father Gerd Lefers and my long-time colleague Dieter Gerken went through the same training and together we now tend to each and every tree. Every day Dieter roams through the fruit trees and checks them. Together we make decisions about the work to be done and coordinate our team and the work assignments. At the same time I also have to keep an eye on our beautiful farm shop, take care of the office chores and make sure my dog doesn't leave the farm as it prefers go exploring in the village. It was the year 2012 when I took over the farm from my father. I felt I wanted to work even closer with nature and decided to go for the organic and Demeter certification. This brought new challenges year after year. What do we do with the weeds? How do we deal with fungal diseases like scab? How do we ensure an optimal nutrient supply? Even my father and Dieter, who had been practitioners for many years, experienced many surprises and learned new lessons on fruit growing after decades of experience. That was an exciting time. However, I think it will continue to be just as exciting: the effects of climate change will cause many more voluntary and involuntary changes and adaptations. CrowdFarming gives me as a fruit grower and my staff direct feedback: Do you like it? What would you like me to do as a farmer? The appreciation I experience helps me to stay enthusiastic about my work even in these difficult times with climate change, more expensive commodity prices and far too much bureaucracy.
Bio-Obsthof Lefers
Our Lefers fruit farm shines bright from afar as you drive through the tranquil village of Jork. A red and white half-timbered building (“Fachwerkhaus”) with a huge apple figure in front of the entrance leaves no doubt about which fruit our farm is all about. This fruit farm in Jork is my home, where my family has been growing fruit for about 250 years: Apples in particular, but also cherries, plums and pears grow here, in smaller quantities. My family lives and loves thoroughly the apple tradition of the __"Alte Land" region__. Hardly any other region in Germany is as famous for delicious, fresh, tangy apples. We are lucky that the maritime North Sea climate ensures a balanced sugar-sourness ratio in the apples. Thanks to our location in the glacial valley of the Elbe river, we benefit from rich and heavy soils of clay and loam that store not only water but also nutrients well. Great conditions for the quite demanding fruit trees. __Our home in the Alte Land region__ The farm has been family-owned for about 250 years. In the past, animals have been grazing under the large-crowned trees. Today, we work with smaller trees that offer more uniform and better fruit qualities. The smaller tree size ensures that all apples ripen under sun and similar conditions. The apple trees grow for about 20 years before we replace them with the next generation of trees. Our home, the __"Alte Land" region__, is a natural-cultural landscape thousands of years old. Thanks to the proximity to the water bodies and the many extensive orchards, animals feel particularly at home. We have set up birdhouses for different songbirds in every orchard, as well as various stations for wild bee hotels, including mud supply/building material (for mason bees). We also care for kestrels and buzzards, owls and stone choughs with various nesting aids. In return, they help us and keep the mice in check ;-) Our farm is located in the countryside, however very close to Hamburg at the same time. And, even though we are still in Lower Saxony, we belong to Hamburg's suburbs. Most people here live directly or indirectly from fruit growing, or work for the big companies in the Hamburg area. In my family, however, there has only ever been fruit growing as far as we can trace it back. I took over the farm in 2012 as the 8th generation. In 2017, I converted the cultivation to biodynamic farming. I wanted to ensure that we continue working with nature and not against it. Since then, I feel a more intense tie between nature, the tree and me, the fruit grower. __What does biodynamic fruit growing mean? __ Here and there it might look wilder and untidier than in clean, strictly conventional orchards! We have sown flowering strips between the tree rows. This extra portion of biodiversity interacts with its surroundings and makes certain treatments against pests unnecessary. Weeds and grasses that compete for nutrients and water are regularly cut or mulched. Surface water is collected via our irrigation reservoir. Many dragonflies live and reproduce here. We use the water up to twice a year, depending on the weather: In spring, it is used for frost protection sprinkling to protect the sensitive flowers from the cold temperatures at the beginning of May. In the dry years, we use the collected surface water with the help of drip irrigation in a targeted way to save our trees. As you can see, there is a lot of work during the year. I am lucky though to count on a great team for support: In addition to me as the plant manager, two experienced and trained craftsmen in fruit growing and an apprentice are in charge of the trees. For example, we execute two prunings per year (winter and summer). All the branches and leaves from autumn are chopped up and composted directly on site. The soil organisms help us to convert all this natural material into new humus, which then immediately helps the trees to produce new beautiful apples. 5 other people help me with the distribution and the farm shop. During the harvest, our team grows dramatically and we are supported for a few weeks by 16 harvest workers, some of whom have been helping us with the apple harvest for many years and are all paid at least minimum wage. They mostly come from Romania and live with us on the farm during that period. If there is one thing that hasn’t changed over the centuries: Every single apple is still picked by hand and carefully placed in the boxes. The "character apples", as I call them, are apples that are not suitable for the fresh market. They get a second chance and become delicious apple chips, apple juice, apple puree or a tasty cake. For your box, we selectively harvest only the ripe fruits from the tree, so we have to harvest in several passes. This is more time-consuming, but tastier! This way we always pick only the big, red ripe fruits! We hope you’ll enjoy!
Technische informatie
Adres
Bio-Obsthof Lefers, Jork, DE
Hoogte
0 m
Team
3 women & 5 men
omvang
25 ha
landbouwtechnieken
Biodynamic & Organic Farming
Irrigatie
Drip irrigation
Veelgestelde vragen
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