Organic Producer Management: Stephan Kostner
„I love my job thanks to nature.”
Angelika relies on her business manager Stephan when it comes to working her apple orchard
Angelika helps during the harvest
Angelika and Stephan during the apple harvest
Picking apples from the tops gets much easier with the help of the fruit harvester
Stephan and Angelika get along well with each other
Angelika Tumler leases her organic apple orchards in Silandro to Stephan Kostner. His own property is also in the village and is known as "the postman's farm". It was given the name decades ago because his grandfather used to be the village postman.
Stephan runs the farm with the help of his parents. They are both retired but still enjoy working in the great outdoors with a lot of enthusiasm. Golden Delicious, Gala, Jonagold and Red Delicious are all grown here. Since 2009, the postman's farm apples have been grown with organic certification.
Stephan's decision to convert was motivated by health considerations and by conversations he had with other farmers with many years of organic experience. Now he is convinced he is doing the right thing. He says that the extra tasks involved are not a problem for him. He does not mind hard work; it is just stress which he cannot stand. Exactly like his apples. They also prefer growing according to the rhythms of Val Venosta's natural world.
Where I live
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 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