BIO Organic Producer – Kofelhof
“Organic apples are my real inspiration.“
Three generations in the family vegetable field
An organic apple orchard ready for harvest, with Coira Castle in the background
Relatives muck in at harvest time
Harvest time is the best time to work
This professional painter is an organic farmer at heart
Roman Telser lives in Sluderno in the upper Val Venosta with his family. His apple orchards are close to the village, above which towers the well-preserved mediaeval Castel Coira. His father built the Kofel farm up and his parents and wife still give him all-round support to enable him to continue his job as a painter. Cows, pigs and chickens add lively colour to the farmyard, and organic apples thrive in the orchards. The siblings also help out at harvest time. It's the period in the working calendar which Roman likes best. He is still relieved though when his hand-picked delicacies arrive at the cooperative unharmed. He cares most about his organic apples. In 1997, Roman switched from livestock farming to fruit. At the same time, he chose to implement organic principles. His neighbour inspired him and Roman rose to the challenge. As an organic farmer, his main focus these days is on sustainability. "So that everything stays the way it is," he says.
Where I live
The versatile gold piece
To be consumed fresh, baked, cooked, stewed and toasted, the apple of New York really is worth gold.
October - August
greenish yellow with crimson basic colour, striped and covered in faded red
juicy with loose, crispy and slightly grainy pulp
bittersweet with a balanced ratio of sugar and acid