Organic Producer - Schmitthof
“Organic from generation to generation."
A special little place
Getting to work
Harvesting the bright red apples
One last look at the full crate
Using a lift means they can reach all the way to the treetops
Meinrad Ratschiller runs the Schmitthof farm in Alliz. The farm is on the dry Monte Sole mountain, where water is rare and valuable. Meinrad is a trained mechanic and he farms in his free time. He has turned his love of nature into a second living, and he is proud of the fact that he can maintain all his equipment himself in his barn.
"Some day," he says, "I will go full time, that is, when there is finally some land to rent on the Monte Sole." Meinrad carefully converted all his plots to fruit and vegetable production several years ago, even though his parents and grandparents believed in livestock farming. Meinrad is now the third generation in his family to manage the Schmitthof. Apricots and cauliflower were the first crops to be planted here, but as time passed, apples took over.
These days, Meinrad plants the varieties which he believes are best suited to the demanding site. Pinova do especially well here. Meinrad has been organic ever since he started farming apple orchards. Six of his neighbours also converted their farms to organics at the same point. They all had similar questions and were able to help each other.
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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
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.
January - June
Bicolour, yellow to greenish, at least 30% of the fruit is covered with a bright vermilion colour