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Zuegg Michael

BIO Organic Producer

„Nature knows no compromise, just consequences“

My story

The Moaracker farm is situated in the municipality of Castelbello/Ciardes at the sunny side of Val Venosta. My family has farmed the five hectares of our farm organically since 2007 and in 2015, the „Moaracker“ farm became a Demeter farm based on biodynamic cultivation. My father Andreas Zuegg says: “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.”

We have the honor and luck that we can develop and fulfil ourselves with the farm. We grow Gala, Topaz, Kanzi, Bonita, Natyra, Pinova, Red Delicious, Braeburn and Golden Delicious apples as well as pears by sticking to the strict Demeter guidelines.

Soil fertility and circular economy are central themes of our work: The use of nature-friendly products such as horn manure, horn silica or compost preparations help us. We improve soil fertility with the help of specific sowings and strengthen the resistance of the apple trees with homemade homeopathic remedies. Because only food that solely consists of natural ingredients can completely feed people and revitalize both the body and spirit.
 

Where I live

My harvest
 
Bonita
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.
Availability
January - May
Appearance: 
opaque radiant red colour on creamy background, homogeneous shape, very smooth shell
Features: 
juicy and crunchy bite
Taste: 
aromatic with pronounced acidity
Royal Gala
The elegant precocity
The tasty gala appears every summer in its reddish yellow shell and the new apple season begins.
Availability
September - March
 
Appearance: 
smooth shell, spherical shape, slightly conical, pale yellow base colour with bright red and striped cover
Features: 
crispy and juicy with firm pulp
Taste: 
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.
Availability
October - September
 
Appearance: 
greenish yellow to golden yellow
Features: 
juicy with very fine and soft pulp
Taste: 
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.
Availability
January - April
Appearance: 
red to dark red, rustic appearance
Features: 
good texture and juiciness, crunchy and compact
Taste: 
sweet and sour with pear and citrus aroma
Pinova
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.
Availability
January - July
 
Appearance: 
Bicolour, yellow to greenish, at least 30% of the fruit is covered with a bright vermilion colour
Features: 
refreshing with very crisp, juicy and firm pulp
Taste: 
Balanced proportion of sugar and acid
Nicoter / Kanzi®
Balanced freshness
With its proper balance of sweetness and acidity, the juicy Nicoter / Kanzi® offers a harmonious taste experience and a lot of energy, almost like music for the palate.
Availability
October - July
 
Appearance: 
red base colour with yellow secondary colour, rounded shape
Features: 
compact, firm pulp, very crispy and juicy
Taste: 
balanced ratio of sugar and acid
Topaz
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.
Availability
January - May
Appearance: 
basic yellow tone with red striped components, round shape with flattened calyx
Features: 
crunchy pulp with pleasant cream colouring
Taste: 
acidified with sharp acidity
Braeburn
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.
Availability
November - May
 
Appearance: 
Roll shaped with a smooth and shiny surface, golden yellow base, scarlet to dark red with stripes
Features: 
very juicy with firm bite and firm pulp
Taste: 
pleasant proportion of sugar and acid, very refreshing
WA38 / Cosmic Crisp®
Heavenly taste
Heavenly attractive in appearance and taste. Pleasant summer fruitiness with aromas of green grass, kiwi and gooseberry.
Availability
February – April
Appearance: 
Dark red-purple blush on a yellow-bright base color.
Features: 
Very crunchy, particularly juicy and with a hard paring.
Taste: 
Sweet-sour; balanced taste. Aromas of green grass, kiwi and gooseberry.
Pears
Sweet treats
Pears are fruits with ancient origins. The Greek poet Homer described them as a sweet gift from God. In the sunny climate of Val Venosta, these fruits develop an enveloping sweetness and an aromatic heart. The pear is considered a versatile and vitamin-rich fruit, as well as easily digestible, to be enjoyed at any time of day.
Appearance: 
Spherical, pear- or bell-shaped, with green, sometimes yellow or reddish skin
Features: 
Crisp, fleshy or juicy and soft flesh
Taste: 
Sweet, with intense aroma and low acidity
 
 

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