BIO Organic Producer – Brunnerhof
„In nature, we are the first item in a chain.“
They can reach right into the treetops using the lift
Once harvested, the apples are inspected
Happy with our harvest of apples
Part of the harvest has already been delivered to the cooperative
A couple of crates to keep
Unlike most other farms in the Val Venosta mountain area, the Brunner farm land is in one single, contiguous holding. "As a result, I spend much less time moving from one work place to the next compared with most Val Venosta farmers," says Franz Brunner. He has managed the estate since 1968 and since 2002 he has been organic certified for his production of Gala, Golden and Red Delicious, Braeburn and Fuji apples. He also has vegetables, various different varieties of fruit and berries, herb meadows and a nature pond which all make a colourful contribution to the biodiversity of the flora and fauna. Franz was one of the first to be won over at a fundamental level by organic farming. He learnt about the techniques in the 1970s, when he did a distance learning course, and as a result he converted to organic for the food he was growing for his own domestic consumption. He gained his first practical experience in his own garden. Caring for his environment and keeping it healthy still motivates Franz Brunner's every decision. "We farmers are the first link in a long chain. If we start it off right, it will go on that way."
Where I live
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
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
SQ 159 / Natyra®
Natural talent loaded with aroma
The rustic apple with delicate pear and citrus spices keeps the pests away and impresses by its excellent flavour.
January - April
red to dark red, rustic appearance
good texture and juiciness, crunchy and compact
sweet and sour with pear and citrus aroma
Explosion of intense flavour
The Fuji apple is named after a volcano, but inside the Japanese is very sweet.
November - May
pale pink to dark red, lightly striped colour on a greenish-yellow background, rounded shape
compact and very juicy with high sugar content
very sweet and aromatic
The beautiful acid
Topaz makes biting the sour apple worthy! The aromatic fruit impresses with a pleasant acidity and is also a common variety in organic farming.
January - May
basic yellow tone with red striped components, round shape with flattened calyx
crunchy pulp with pleasant cream colouring
acidified with sharp acidity
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.
November - May
Roll shaped with a smooth and shiny surface, golden yellow base, scarlet to dark red with stripes
very juicy with firm bite and firm pulp
pleasant proportion of sugar and acid, very refreshing