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Schuster Andreas

BIO Organic Producer – Feldhof

“You only achieve big goals step by step.”

My story

Andreas Schuster manages Feldhof farm together with his wife. They are based in the village of Vezzano, which is close to Silandro, the administrative centre of Val Venosta. The farm has been in the family for generations and lies at the foot of the Monte Sole mountain, in a perfectly sun-kissed spot. The warm, protected climate means that Vezzano is the top wine-producing village in the Val Venosta. The Feldhof farm is nevertheless specialised in apple growing. Andreas was a late starter as far as farming is concerned. He only realised after he left school that his main passion was for agriculture. Today, his orchards contain Pinova, Golden Delicious, Braeburn, Red Delicious and Topaz. The plots are all next to each other. This is important for organic apple farmers because it reduces the amount of time spent travelling from one parcel to the next, as well as minimising the proportion of land at the edge of the plantations. Andreas signed up to certified organic agriculture in 1999. "That's how I managed to avoid having to use synthetic agrochemicals. But the quality of my apples has increased all round!"
 

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My harvest
 
Bonita
The bittersweet lady
This bright and smooth crossover makes the pests stay away, therefore, it is especially popular in organic farming.
Availability
from October to April
Appearance: 
opaque radiant red colour on creamy background, homogeneous shape, very smooth shell
Features: 
juicy and crunchy
Taste: 
bittersweet
Red Delicious
Red seduction
The image of the Red Delicious is difficult to resist. Seeing red can be really nice. And the red flavour is even more beautiful!
Availability
October - May
 
Appearance: 
dark red colour, conical shape, oblong
Features: 
juicy with very white pulp
Taste: 
sweet, very aromatic with relatively slight acidity
Golden Delicious
The classic delicious
Golden Delicious is our main variety and, therefore, the queen of Val Venosta apples. That the most popular apple has a real quality, can be seen in its lovely red cheek. By the way, this is typical of fruits on a hillside.
Availability
October - September
 
Appearance: 
greenish yellow to golden yellow
Features: 
juicy with very fine and soft pulp
Taste: 
sweet with delicate acidity
Pinova
The Val Venosta resistant
The Pinova with its red vermilion-red skin is a typical apple of Val Venosta. Not only is it colourful, it also has a very balanced flavour. Thanks to its long durability, it offers you unlimited fruit enjoyment until the summer season.
Availability
January - June
 
Appearance: 
Bicolour, yellow to greenish, at least 30% of the fruit is covered with a bright vermilion colour
Features: 
refreshing with very crisp, juicy and firm pulp
Taste: 
Balanced proportion of sugar and acid
Braeburn
The juicy all-terrain
For a small snack between meals or used in many ways in the kitchen and bakery: The Braeburn is a true all-terrain. Be patient with it, as it develops its full aroma only after several storage months.
Availability
October - May
 
Appearance: 
Roll shaped with a smooth and shiny surface, golden yellow base, scarlet to dark red with stripes
Features: 
very juicy with firm bite and firm pulp
Taste: 
pleasant proportion of sugar and acid, very refreshing
 
 

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