BIO Organic Producer
“Nature talks to us and we have to listen to it.“
Erhart picking apples
Carefully emptying a picking basket of organic apples
Zita and Erhart having a meeting
The small apples are separated out
Time for a team apple break
Erhart Tapfer's farm is a proper family business in the hamlet of Stava, near Naturno. In the recent past, it was a traditional livestock farm, but now it is a small, specialised fruit estate. The orchards are laid out on Tablà hill. The main assistance here is provided by Zita, the farmer's wife. Erhart takes over the farming at the weekend because he works for the rest of the week at a drinks suppliers. On weekdays when the children are at school, Zita spends a lot of time in the orchards with the Golden and Red Delicious trees. "I love being outside!" she says. In intense periods of work, relatives help them out, especially at harvest time. Erhart and Zita's apples have been organic certified since 2007. For Zita, it's about farming with nature. "It's the only way!" and this husband and wife team are convinced of that. Farming organically is a small contribution to being able to pass on an environment in good working order to the next generation. "Nature shows us exactly what she needs and if you understand her, something profitable can be obtained, for both sides."
Where I live
The image of the Red Delicious is difficult to resist. Seeing red can be really nice. And the red flavour is even more beautiful!
October - May
dark red colour, conical shape, oblong
juicy with very white pulp
sweet, very aromatic with relatively slight acidity
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.