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Astfäller Martin

BIO Organic Producer – Becknhof

„Organic every day, for everybody.“

My story

When he is working in his orchards, Martin Astfäller has an amazing view of the many castles in the village of Laces. He inherited the farm which is a family business in the truest sense of the term, because Martin's favourite helping hands are those of his father and wife. He converted to organic farming in 1998. He first learnt about organics at the South Tyrol technical college for fruit production, viticulture and horticulture in Laimburg. "I invest in healthy, natural products. They not only help me, but they are good for our environment in Val Venosta and for everyone who eats my apples." For him, organics stands for sustainability, environmental logic and a way of farming which aims to build a better future. Perhaps that is why Martin gets so enthusiastic about the autumn. That is when he can harvest what he has worked on for the whole year. The first variety to be harvested is Gala, and when he finally takes a bite out of one it all comes flooding back to him: this work really does make life sweet.

Where I live

My harvest
The bittersweet lady
Beauty meets acidity: This bright and smooth crossover between Topaz & Cripps Pink makes the pests stay away, therefore, it is especially popular in organic farming.
January - May
opaque radiant red colour on creamy background, homogeneous shape, very smooth shell
juicy and crunchy bite
aromatic with pronounced acidity
The elegant precocity
The tasty gala appears every summer in its reddish yellow shell and the new apple season begins.
September - March
smooth shell, spherical shape, slightly conical, pale yellow base colour with bright red and striped cover
crispy and juicy with firm pulp
refreshing, sweet with little acidity
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!
September - July
dark red colour, conical shape, oblong
juicy with very white pulp
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.
October - September
greenish yellow to golden yellow
juicy with very fine and soft pulp
sweet with delicate acidity


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