organic cherries

organic cherries

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Adopt a cherry tree from the "Venets" farm in Todorovo (Bulgarije) and receive your organic cherries at home. Catherine will take care of your adoption and take its picture. You will also be able to download the adoption certificate, and if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: Although your adoption will be renewed automatically, you will always be informed in advance and may decide to cancel your adoption at any time as long as the preparation has not yet begun.

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Wat adopteer je?

You adopt a cherry tree from our farm in Todorovo (Bulgarije). The cultivation here is certified as organic by the European Union as of 2021. When placing the adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your cherry tree. Cherry trees belong to the *genus Prunus*, which in turn belongs to the rose family (Rosaceae). Most sweet cherry varieties derive from the wild cherry (*Prunus avium*), which is native to the temperate climate zones of Europe, Scandinavia and the Middle East to Central Asia. Both the wild and the cultivated species have their origins in the Black Sea region, where the largest cultivation areas are still found today. Sweet cherries usually grow as a single-stemmed tree and can reach heights of 4 to 15 meters, forming rounded, spreading crowns. The white individual flowers, which are grouped in small umbels, appear between the beginning and the end of April, depending on the variety. Our organic cherry orchard is the heart of our permaculture farm. We created it in 2017 with the support of the Swiss Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (FiBL). We only chose varieties that have proven themselves in organic cultivation because they are particularly resistant to diseases and pests. These include Regina, Merchant and Kordia. This is important because cherries are extremely delicate and sensitive to pests and diseases. Therefore, conventionally grown cherries are very often highly contaminated with pesticides. We only treat our cherries with applications approved for organic cultivation. These are mainly copper-based antifungal preparations and neem- and pyrethrum-based (both plant-derived substances) anti-aphid preparations. We also use hundreds of homemade traps with an attractant made of vinegar, wine and sugar against the cherry vinegar fly, and sticky traps against the cherry fruit fly. So far, however, we have hardly had any problems with aphids and fruit flies. In the case of fruit flies, this is probably due to the fact that we are far from other orchards from which the flies could enter our gardens. In addition, it is very cold in winter and we have heavy clay soil that warms up more slowly in spring, which limits the development of flies (the flies hibernate in the soil). In the case of aphids, the fact that we actively promote biodiversity on our land helps us: as a result of that, insects and birds are buzzing around our cherry orchard and keep the aphid population in check. What is also special about our cherry trees is that they are not covered. Instead, they grow in the open air at the foot of the Balkan Mountains. The result is sun-ripened, sweet and very aromatic cherries. However, this cultivation is very risky: hail destroys leaves and fruits; rain can cause bursting of the fruits when they are almost ripe; starlings pick holes into the prettiest cherries; and the aforementioned fruit flies lay their eggs in the cherries - resulting in worms in the cherry, especially in the later varieties. It is not without reason that most cherry orchards are covered and netted. However, the roofing and netting is associated with enormous costs - and considerable losses in the flavor of the cherries. In terms of taste, a ‘roof cherry’ simply cannot be compared to our sun-ripened cherries. In addition, for us an orchard covered entirely with plastic foil and nets has nothing to do with natural farming. We therefore accept sharing part of the harvest with birds and other residents of our gardens, and harvesting slightly fewer but delicious cherries. Your adoption is 6 years old and its maximum lifespan is 20 years. For as long as you want to keep your adoption, and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew year after year. If your adoption stops producing for any reason, we will replace it with another, and guarantee you the delivery from the production of other units. Your cherry tree produces an average of 5kg of organic cherries each season.

Wat krijg je?

We will send you the box that you choose when placing the adoption. Small box: __2.5kg box of organic cherries__ Big box: __5kg box of organic cherries__ * All varieties are aromatic, juicy, sweet and have firm pulp; ideal for eating directly, for cakes and pies, jam and much more * Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2021 * Harvested by hand and to order, without waxes and preservatives of the skin, shipped in four or eight cardboard trays of 650g each packed in a cardboard box without plastic * The cherries are not calibrated, i.e. sorted by size: Some varieties are bigger, others smaller - but all crunchy-sweet * At room temperature, our cherries will keep for about a week; of course, you can also freeze them and make jam later - preferably together with some sour cherry juice * Important: do not store in the fridge, as the cherries lose their flavour quickly * Harvest times vary from year to year and are only a guide; we cannot guarantee that a particular variety will be in the box The cherries are transported in a refrigerated truck no later than one day after harvest. On the last part of their journey to your home the cherries will not be refrigerated. You should not put them back in the fridge after receiving them, as cherries must not be cooled again once the cooling has been interrupted. Otherwise, they would quickly lose their taste and spoil. At room temperature, our cherries can be kept for about a week. Of course, you can also freeze them and use them later to make jam - preferably together with some sour cherry juice.

Wanneer ontvang je het?

Our cherries are harvested from mid-June to mid-July. We plan to ship the cherries in the second or third week of June. Early cherry varieties include Merchant, Giorgia, and Grace Star. Middle and late varieties include Regina and Kordia.

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