BIO Organic Producer – Sägehof
“Organic? A healthy break of contemplation.“
Meinrad in his organic apple orchard
Inspecting the crates of apples
The family mucks in
Happy at work
The apple crates are transported by tractor
Säge farm is on the Monte Sole Mountain in Silandro and it has been run by three generations of the Tscholl family. It is exceptional in that its impressive 1,100 metres of altitude make it one of the highest fruit farms in the Val Venosta. Meinrad did an apprenticeship and worked for a long time as a mason. He only took over the farm from his parents much later. Nowadays, he is helped by his wife and children. Relatives also come to help with the picking during the busy harvest period. Meinrad especially enjoys winter pruning. That is when he can shape the trees and directly affect their yield. Besides, it leaves a lot of time for thinking. He has run Säge as a organic-certified farm since 2006. He is now supplementing the apples by farming cherries and rye in a way which is close to nature. Meinrad is looking forward to the new challenges this will bring. Because healthy food is a basic requirement for a good life.
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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 - July
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 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.
January - May
basic yellow tone with red striped components, round shape with flattened calyx
crunchy pulp with pleasant cream colouring
acidified with sharp acidity
The energetic world citizen
These tubers have it all: Not only are they truly nutritious, but they also come in different versions: from soft to solid and compact, they grow in the Venosta Valley so that each recipe has the right potato for it.
beginning of August - end of October
rounded-elongated tuber with brown shell
mild and slightly soft
The sweet seducer
Vitamins and healthy minerals are naturally present in the juice of our cherries. But our farmers make them unique: they allow them to patiently unfold their magnificent aroma and their complete sweetness and then harvest them lovingly by hand. It is really good to eat cherries from the Venosta Valley farmers.
mid July - mid August
round heart-shaped, bright dark red to violet-black with very long stems