This Autumn we welcomed the Fairtransport ship Nordlys to Portuguese, French and English shores to complete a second shipment of 2,245 litres of the finest Portuguese olive oil.
We are reducing the supply chain to its simplest form: Farm – Ship – You and pioneering a movement for COMMUNITY SUPPORTED SHIPPING.
By using sailing vessels to cover the largest part of the distance from farm to plate, we are not only reducing the use of fossil fuel in transport but creating work for these traditional trading vessels, opening up unique markets for small family farms and enlivening quiet ports. In the process we are taking international trade back to a human scale whilst offering the highest quality products at the best possible price (with a fair share to all)…
“How?” you say. By asking our community and customers to become part of the adventure. By pre-ordering and paying in advance for your olive oil, we have a better idea of how much to order and do not have to front the cost fully ourselves, a real help for a small business. By committing to pick up your order from the ship when she arrives, buying oil as a collective or through a local food cooperative, you take care of your share of storage and onward distribution. By buying in bulk, we supply the oil in 5 litre bottles as we receive them from the farm, we significantly reduce the need for excessive fancy packaging – it’s what’s inside that counts.
With Sail Cargo, international products become as good as local and therefore a natural extension of a healthy, sustainable food network. Sail Cargo can bring diversity to a local market with foods from different climates, bioregions and cultures without supporting the inherent pollution in the default shipping industry or the poor working conditions suffered by sailors in many of these container ships.
This is why we make every effort to choose products that are produced in line with our ethics, so that the goodness runs from soil to serving.
This year we shipped olive oil produced in Portugal. Our new collaborator and friend, Marije of Passeite, who is an olive oil sommelier, farmer and restaurateur, has brought us the very best oil from regional farmers – the Reigado Family and Caixeiro, from the YEP cooperative. We work with growers who are passionate about the land, the people they support and the cultures they preserve. This quality of production is reflected in the exceptional quality of taste, and we believe that this should be the standard, not the exception, which is often made available only to those who can afford “luxury” prices.