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Schweitzer Erich

BIO Organic Producer – Stockerhof

“A transparent job for a transparent life.”

My story

Stocker farm and its holiday apartments have a somewhat unusual location. They are right next to the pedestrian area in the centre of Silandro, which has the atmosphere of a small town and is the administrative centre of the Val Venosta. The orchards are also within the village's municipal boundaries, but are some distance away from the centre, in a very peaceful spot.

The Schweitzers have now been running the property for three generations. Even though Erich started his career by training in business administration, his love for agriculture kept on growing so he switched courses accordingly. These days he manages his farm by himself. When harvest time comes around, he hires in professional help with the picking.

His favourite job is gathering in his Golden Delicious, Gala and Pinova, after going to so much trouble to grow them. "As a farmer, you experience a different type of contact with the earth. You think a lot more about the consequences of your actions." That is why he did not hesitate to join his neighbour, when he decided to switch his farm to organics in 1998. "I work naturally and healthily. With the help of the organic guidelines, I can now also be completely transparent."

Where I live

My harvest
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
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.
October - September
greenish yellow to golden yellow
juicy with very fine and soft pulp
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.
October - April
red to dark red, rustic appearance
good texture and juiciness, crunchy and compact
sweet and sour with pear and citrus aroma
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


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