DRAGONFRUITS WITH WARRANTY. After our extreme disappointment with last week’s dragonfruits, we shall offer dragonfruits from a farmer couple that we trust and like. These dragonfruits are the life story and work of Emy and Jeff of Nueva Ecija. And these pictures and videos were taken when we met them for the first time. The farm was a difficult to get to because of the distance and the quality of the road but it was all worth it.
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What is the story of these dragonfruits? Why do they need rescuing? Aren’t most dragonfruit growers well off? The truth is that in this pandemic, everyone needs help, and not just the poorest farmers. This young couple, Jeff and Emy who we are helping in Nueva Ecija, they need as much help as everyone else. They quit their jobs and invested their entire family savings on their “dream of the dragon fruit”. We all have a dream like that, and when we saw their farm, to be honest we were a little envious. It was created with so much passion and thought…and “last hope” money. Two Million sunk in two hectares, it shows. We’re talking not just about proper concrete posts for the plants to climb but an irrigation/drainage system, lawn mower paths and even rabbits as the source for “cold” organic fertiliser. These beautiful dragonfruits, this is their first harvest ever. The money from these dragonfruits is supposed to start paying for the debt, the bills, and the upkeep of three farm worker families they have taken in to help tend the farm. So what’s the problem? The buyers they were expecting this August, when the dragon fruits came off the plant, they’re gone. COVID, of course and the ones that do come, “Halos hingiin na lang nila”, says Emy. The few retail sales they make to neighbors, same thing. Suddenly these dragonfruits represent ruin and sadness for Jeff and Emy. When we came last Friday, they did not know where to begin to express how happy they felt. We offered to buy everything for the price they need to sell. Everyone does need help, and we were happy to give it.
These are what the dragonfruits look like, they are amazing? They are grown semi-organically, and Amy tells us that soon they will go 10% organic.
SNAP BUY: DRAGONFRUIT + WARRANTY. If these Dragonfruits are not sweet, we shall replace them, no questions asked. Pay only P 999 for 4 kilos.
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