BIO Organic Producer
On his way home
Closing the hail net in early summer
Thinning out deformed and small apples
Controlling useful insects
Thinning out by hand in summer
Parcines is close to the spa town of Merano and is protected by the imposing mountain peaks of the Texel Group. Josef Schiefer's orchards surround the village. He now runs the business, which he inherited, with his wife. Before owning the farm he worked in a bank, but he soon gave that up to attend the South Tyrol technical college for fruit production, viticulture and horticulture in Laimburg. He now grows organic apples and describes himself as a "farmer with passion". He has many different varieties in his orchards. Because they all ripen at different times, Josef is able to spread his work out well throughout the year. For him, working with nature is a privilege and the harvest is a tangible reward for a whole year's work. His neighbour played a key role in supporting him in his decision to convert to organics in 2007. These days, Josef Schiefer is happy that he made the move. Because "healthy food," as he puts it, "makes healthy people".
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 - March
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 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 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.
October - 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