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Niederfriniger Michael

Organic Producer - Radamhof

„You need a free mind for organic.“

My story

Being an organic producer without any enthusiasm or passion is not possible, as you constantly have to think, watch, analyze and decide. Without any distractions. For a long time, my attention was on other things. I’m a trained pastry cook and both during my apprenticeship and later as a pastry cook I always resisted the work at my father’s farm. Then my only intense contact to apples was preparing an apple strudel where I could highlight the sweet Golden Delicious apples.

But then everything – job and private life – changed within a relatively short time: some kind of stage at an organic farm, two children, I sold three small orchards to buy a larger one, attended a course for soil practitioners, planted new varieties and finally took over the farm from my father at the age of 32. So I unexpectedly gave up my job as a pastry cook and now I have a free mind for being a full-blood organic producer. It’s fun. Especially analyzing the soil. If it’s wet, I plant lucerne, whereas buckwheat is rather for dry ground. And if the soil is hard, I use organic seeds for plants that grow horizontally and loosen the soil. It’s fascinating. I didn’t know all that when I was a pastry cook but today it feels like I’ve done nothing else.

When I carefully influence the sensitive balance between useful insects and pests, I always have the perfect taste of the future apple in mind – it could hardly be otherwise for a former pastry cook. I’m especially proud of my favorite variety: Natyra. I can taste this late variety only three weeks after the harvest of Golden Delicious apples, but so the anticipation for the first bite is even longer. Then it may be that I return to my old job as a pastry cook for a short time. But only if I’m asked to prepare a ten-tier wedding cake tasting of apples that’s designed by my wife. These are the moments when both worlds merge and stimulate each other. The most important thing: I only produce what I personally like best. Because this gives me a feeling of absolute happiness.
 

Where I live

My harvest
 
Bonita
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.
Availability
January - May
Appearance: 
opaque radiant red colour on creamy background, homogeneous shape, very smooth shell
Features: 
juicy and crunchy bite
Taste: 
aromatic with pronounced acidity
Royal Gala
The elegant precocity
The tasty gala appears every summer in its reddish yellow shell and the new apple season begins.
Availability
September - March
 
Appearance: 
smooth shell, spherical shape, slightly conical, pale yellow base colour with bright red and striped cover
Features: 
crispy and juicy with firm pulp
Taste: 
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!
Availability
September - July
 
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
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.
Availability
January - April
Appearance: 
red to dark red, rustic appearance
Features: 
good texture and juiciness, crunchy and compact
Taste: 
sweet and sour with pear and citrus aroma
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 - July
 
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
Topaz
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.
Availability
January - May
Appearance: 
basic yellow tone with red striped components, round shape with flattened calyx
Features: 
crunchy pulp with pleasant cream colouring
Taste: 
acidified with sharp acidity
 
 

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