At Seasons Farm Fresh we believe that every fruit tells a story. Our goal is to bring these juicy, flavorful stories to customers so that they can be savored as long as possible. Since every story has a beginning, let us tell you about ours on the farm....
Every fruit begins their life with seeds and soil. The effect ofterroir gives a unique quality to the same fruit grown in different regions. Weather it be rich, volcanic soil in St. Lucia or loamy, sandy soil in South Florida, this environment imparts an essence on all living things. Understanding the symbiosis between plants and their environments helps to guide us in our search for the best growing regions across the Caribbean basin and beyond.
Once we locate an area, the next step is to learn about the human element in farming. We select the best farmers who have intimate knowledge of the land and local cultivars so we can export the best possible product. These individuals have often been farming the same land for generations, which gives them a distinct advantage in knowing how all of the biotic and abiotic factors of that specific ecosystem dictate when and where to plant. This type of knowledge is acquired over generations and can play a major factor in the success of a farming venture.
Depending on the locale, our partner farms use a wide range of farming methods and practices that fit their specific situation. In the Lesser Antilles the farms are relatively small (20 acres). Gasoline and machinery are very expensive in this part of the globe; therefore, almost all labor is done exclusively by hand using basic tools. Planting is done with picks and shovels, weeding accomplished through machete work, and pruning with manual shears. Thankfully an abundance of rainfall, sunshine, and rich soils allows for minimal input of fertilizers and pesticides.
For more commercialized products, such as limes and rambutan, farming is done on a more mechanized scale. The groves in Colombia, Mexico, Honduras, and other mainland nations are much larger (hundreds of acres). This economy of scale and accessibility to newer technologies allows for modern growing, maintenance, and harvest methods to be put in place. The result is more uniform fruit, in both appearance and taste, able to reach market.