BIO Organic Producer
„Nature knows no compromise, just consequences“
A perch for birds of prey
This father and son are a top team
Sowing the seeds of biodiversity in the apple orchards
Stirring a biodynamic preparation
A fun kind of farming
The Moaracker farm is situated in the municipality of Castelbello/Ciardes at the sunny side of Val Venosta. Andreas Zuegg and Rosl, Michael and Johanna have farmed the five hectares of their farm organically since 2007. In 2015, the „Moaracker“ farm became a Demeter farm based on biodynamic cultivation only. „Agricultural businesses and the food they produce are shaped by the people who live on and off the farm, by their individuality and their sense of responsibility,“ says Andreas Zuegg. „We have the honor and luck that we can develop and fulfil ourselves with the farm.“ Andreas and his family grow their apple varieties Gala, Topaz, Kanzi, Bonita, Natyra, Pinova, Stark, Braeburn and Golden Delicious as well as pears by solely sticking to the strict Demeter guidelines. Soil fertility and circular economy are central themes of their work: „The use of nature-friendly products such as horn manure, horn silica or compost preparations help us,“ explains Andreas. Dedicated farmers improve soil fertility with the help of specific sowing. They strengthen the resistance of the apple trees with homemade homeopathic remedies. Andreas Zuegg is convinced that „only food that solely consists of natural ingredients can completely feed people and revitalize both the body and spirit.”
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 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
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
Nicoter / Kanzi®
With its proper balance of sweetness and acidity, Nicoter / Kanzi® offers a harmonious taste experience, almost like yoga for the palate.
October - June
red base colour with yellow secondary colour, rounded shape
compact, firm pulp, very crispy and juicy
balanced ratio 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.
Dicember - April
basic yellow tone with red striped components, round shape with flattened calyx
crunchy pulp with pleasant cream colouring
acidified with sharp 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