BIO Organic Producer – Feldhof
“You only achieve big goals step by step.”
Unloading the empty apple crates
Working is even more fun in good weather
Spreading joy in the organic-farming community
Only the bright red apples are picked, the others must be left to ripen
Even the dog has responsibility
Andreas Schuster manages Feldhof farm together with his wife. They are based in the village of Vezzano, which is close to Silandro, the administrative centre of Val Venosta. The farm has been in the family for generations and lies at the foot of the Monte Sole mountain, in a perfectly sun-kissed spot. The warm, protected climate means that Vezzano is the top wine-producing village in the Val Venosta. The Feldhof farm is nevertheless specialised in apple growing. Andreas was a late starter as far as farming is concerned. He only realised after he left school that his main passion was for agriculture. Today, his orchards contain Pinova, Golden Delicious, Braeburn, Red Delicious and Topaz. The plots are all next to each other. This is important for organic apple farmers because it reduces the amount of time spent travelling from one parcel to the next, as well as minimising the proportion of land at the edge of the plantations. Andreas signed up to certified organic agriculture in 1999. "That's how I managed to avoid having to use synthetic agrochemicals. But the quality of my apples has increased all round!"
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 image of the Red Delicious is difficult to resist. Seeing red can be really nice. And the red flavour is even more beautiful!
October - May
dark red colour, conical shape, oblong
juicy with very white pulp
sweet, very aromatic with relatively slight 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 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
refreshing with very crisp, juicy and firm pulp
Balanced proportion of sugar and acid
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