Lemons from CrowdFarming
I'm so happy with the organic lemons I recently got from the organization CrowdFarming. I am really excited about this new way to buy vegetables straight from the producer.
I have seen plenty of ads on Facebook about something called CrowdFarming lately. Of course, anything with the word farming in it draws my attention and I had to check it out. I decided to go for it and bought 13 pounds (around 3 kilos) of lemons in June. The box was delivered recently and the lemons are absolutely lovely! I'm actually enjoying a refreshing glass of homemade lemonade while writing this. Yum!
The CrowdFarming concept is basically that the customers are also partners (long or short-term) in a given project. It could, for example, be co-owning a tree or an animal. Buying or reserving a share of a harvest means that the farmer/producer gets a better idea of supply and demand, which means more effortless planning and hopefully less waste in the end. I think it's a brilliant idea!
The lemons inspired me so much that I decided to look at other opportunities to invest in an orange tree, a clementine tree, and a French salt mine. The projects are only open for investments during limited periods of time, you can find more information about current projects on the CrowdFarming website.
There are a few products available that you don't need to invest in to buy. Since I didn't quite know how it works and with no previous experience with the organization, I decided to try a box of lemons. I placed the order June 12 and got it July 22. It was super easy and completely hassle-free.
The lemons are organic and they haven't been treated with any pesticides or wax, so I plan to make use of the entire lemons. I will put the lemon peels in the freezer and use them in marmalade later. I can't wait! You can freeze fresh lemons too, in slices or wedges.
Price and delivery
The price is specified in euros on the site. My lemons cost (delivery included) 30 euros and I got it by regular mail. So convenient!
Right now, I'm just waiting to hear back from the CrowdFarming customer service since I want to know how their deliveries of oranges work. A share of oranges is at least 33 pounds (around 15 kilos), and it comes in three separate boxes. I haven't been able to figure out if they will be delivered at the same time or separately. Did any of you try CrowdFarming and do you know more about this? It is quite important for me to know. Salt is, of course, easy to store, but from what I have read, you can store citrus fruits for around 2-3 weeks. It would be quite a challenge for us to eat 33 pounds in just a few weeks, even though I have a large family. I will update this post as soon as I find out more.
More about citrus: My citrus flower tea
Is it better?
A few of my followers on Instagram have asked me if it's better to buy lemons this way. Well, I think that these lemons are by far better than any ones I have ever bought from the supermarket. I also like the thought of eliminating the middle man and getting your produce straight from the farmer instead. Buying, for example, citrus fruits or nuts from producers that are serious about what they do (you can read more about the projects on CrowdFarming.com) feels much better than just grabbing something from the store.
I think that everyone has to decide for themselves what works best, but this way of buying new produce really works for me.