EVA-Apples: Hi Karin, how time flies. Now it´s summer, we have 30° and above and we are in your EVELINA orchard. Your main task in June and July is the thinning. Please explain us, what exactly you are doing?
Karin: Hi, I´m very happy you are joining us today in our orchard. Today you can watch me and my staff at one of the most important tasks during the year. As spoken we are currently thinning the trees manually. Our focus is to pick those apples wich are too much on the tree, which are damaged or misshapen.
EVA-Apples: What exactly is the advantage/outcome of this intense manual work? What is the advantage for the consumer?
Karin: Well, of course there are the EU regulations and standards which we need to obey on the other hand we have the requirements of our retail partners. It is my aim to produce only best fruit which is flawless, without any mistakes and in a certain size. Everything else out of this category is not sellable. That´s why it´s so important to make sure that we leave only a certain number of apples on the tree. This gives the tree the chance to relive and spend open the possibility to give the remaining fruits more nutrients so these apples can grow better, and also develop better inner qualities and taste.
EVA-Apples: Looking at the orchards this must be an enormous time investment?
Karin: That is true. But we should not forget the June drop which can be supported by various measurements. Is the June drop not good, we of course need some more time. For out orchards it takes some hundred, well I even think some thousand hours.
EVA-Apples: Your staff is currently working in the orchards. You are saying you have two squads. What are the individual tasks of each squad?
Karin: Yes, that´s right. We are currently in an orchard, where my workers are on an automatic driving hydraulic lift to work on the top of the trees. So, this ist the area you can´t reach from the bottom. The other workers are walking through the orchards take care of the bottom parts of the trees.