Organic lychee from Rancho del Tío Esteban

1.50 kg/doos

Organic lychee from Rancho del Tío Esteban

1.50 kg/doos

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Specificaties
Inhoud van de doos: 1 doos bevat 1.5kg van organic lychee
Variëteit: Pink kwai mi and Wai Chi
Pink kwai mi (August): orange or reddish skin, hard, rough and with small bumps; small round fruit, sweet taste with a hint of acid, white pulp with a small stone
Wai chi (August): reddish or purple skin, hard, rough and with small bumps; small, round fruit, sweet taste with a hint of sour, white pulp with a small stone
You will receive a mixed box with both varieties
Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2018
We do not store fruits in cold chambers, they go directly from the tree to your doorstep
The box includes some extra fruits, in case some of them arrive damaged
Our farm is not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size
One kilo contains between 40 and 60 fruits (the box contains between 60 and 90 fruits depending on the size)
If you keep them in the fridge, they can last up to 7-10 days in good condition
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Biologisch
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Esteban Gonzalez
My name's Esteban González and I live on the farm that today bears my name. This farm belongs to one of my nephews. When I retired, after years working in hospitality and construction, I agreed with my nephew that I'd move into the farmhouse on the property. He was happy to let to me as this agreement benefits us all. I couldn't have a better place to spend my retirement, and he's happy because the house is being looked after and because I'm happy. I don't have a partner at the moment and I didn't want to spend my retirement in my apartment. I wanted to live in the countryside, so it was great when this opportunity popped up. I live in an agricultural area, and although I wasn't able to work as a farmer in my youth, I always wanted to. I'm an active and inquisitive person. After so many years working, I couldn't just sit back and do nothing, so having a vegetable garden and a few chickens provides me with physical activity, healthy food and something to do. I usually get up early and go for a walk around the farm to look for the workers who come every morning. We're friends and I'm glad to have their company. I like to stroll through the fields and if I see that something isn't working well, such as a broken tap or something else, I immediately tell them so that they can repair it. I love spending time looking at the trees and listening to the birds. You learn a lot from nature if you look at it in the right way. I'm retired now and life has changed a lot since I was young. My family used to buy fruit, vegetables or oil directly from the farmers, but this isn't as common anymore these days due to the lack of connection between the farmer and the customer. I think that it's an amazing idea that CrowdFarming has reintroduced this direct sales opportunity on the internet. It's good for the farmers, as we receive a fair price for our work, and it's good for the consumers, who receive a fresh and organic product while supporting sustainable agricultural activities.
Rancho del Tio Esteban
Rancho del Tío Esteban is a family farm that is very close to the old quarter of Velez-Malaga, a stone's throw from the town's old Muslim fortress. It owes it name (literally, Uncle Esteban's Ranch) to an old farmhouse that we restored when we took over the farm. I decided to live here full time so that I could lead a quieter life, grow my produce and look after my chickens. Living on this farm means that I'm in a rural environment but just a short distance from the town. And when I moved in, my family started to refer to it as Uncle Esteban's farm. The farm has been owned by the family since 2014, when we recovered it from a derelict state. It now has two main crops, lychees and avocados, which we planted in line with organic farming practices at the very outset. In the surroundings, there are other almond, olive and avocado farms, in addition to the nearby town of Vélez-Málaga. Our farm uses a modern drip irrigation system. We get the water from the irrigation community of the Viñuela reservoir, and we also have a well. The amount of water needed by each tree varies according to the weather. In winter we can use around ten litres per tree per week, while in summer this rises to around thirty litres. What's more, we put straw on the ground at the base of all the trees. This organic padding reduces water loss due to evapotranspiration, thereby reducing the need for irrigation. Our region has a microclimate that favours the two main activities in the area: tourism and subtropical fruit farming. These two activities are the driving force behind the local economy and create the most jobs. When buying the farm, we decided to start growing crops according to EU organic standards, so we currently have the organic farming label. We control pests by fostering natural enemies that grow among the grass (which we let grow) and by using authorised products. As it's an exotic species, the lychee doesn't tend to be attacked by pests here in Spain. When we can, we shred the remains of wood and leaves to use them together as soil cover. The padding that we use at the base of the trees makes it more difficult for grass to grow. If it does, though, we cut it mechanically so that it's incorporated into the soil as organic matter. We allow natural enemies of pests to live and insect biodiversity to exist in this grass. Two people work permanently on the farm. When there's a greater workload, for example when pruning or harvesting, we take on extra staff. The permanent workers have been with us for several years and the temporary workers usually return each year. All of them are paid according to the industry agreement. We select the fruit manually from the tree. Both the lychee and the avocado produce little waste. So little fruit is discarded that we can't develop any line of work. We eat the lychees ourselves and we give the avocados to friends and family, or take them to the local market.
Technische informatie
Adres
Rancho del Tio Esteban, Vélez-Málaga, ES
Hoogte
60 m
Team
3 men
omvang
15 ha
landbouwtechnieken
Organic farming
Irrigatie
Drip irrigation
Veelgestelde vragen
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