From farm to fork: a guide to autumn harvest
For those who seek experiences more than holidays
"Autumn is like a second spring when every leaf is a flower".
These simple words of Albert Camus evoke perfectly the beauty of this season. Autumn is a new humble beginning, in some ways, very much like spring. If we could change the conventional start of the year, perhaps September could be the perfect beginning, when - on the back of the summer holidays - we return to our activities rejuvenated and full of exciting projects.
Nature follows the same rhythm: fields and orchards nourished by the warmth of the sun and by the quenching summer showers, return to bloom in autumn bearing gifts. The simple fruits of the land are the very core of Trentino’s agricultural scene. This little province, that spreads from Lake Garda to the Dolomites, reaps the rewards at the end of each summer: grapes, olives, corn and apples are just a sample of the local production.
The woodland, as well, offers its own precious bounty whilst glowing with a cornucopia of colours: mushrooms spring from the ground and rich brown chestnuts peep through their prickly shells.
If you, like us, are excited about the start of the harvesting season and wish to taste all its flavours, read through our guide to discover all the harvesting events and activities held around the region. Learn about the history of each produce and the stories behind those who have dedicated their whole life to the care and conservation of these local treasures.
Fruit of the land
Trentino’s vineyards cover more than 9 thousand hectares of land. Autumn is for many wineries and growers the busiest period of the year but also a time for celebrations and community engagement. With VendemmiAmo, a project promoted by Piana Rotaliana, you can actively participate in the harvesting and experience first-hand the authentic local tradition of winemaking.
Wild about mushrooms
Walk through the woods foraging between the leaves and the larch needles, keep your eyes peeled while you sniff out that unique smell…hunting for mushrooms can be quite a challenge but also a rewarding experience, especially if you can bring home enough to make a risotto! Mushrooms are not all edible, therefore always ask an expert for advice.
Pomellone, Calvilla, Bianca d'Inverno, Carlona, Ruggine Reale...they all sound like names of local legends, and in a way, that’s no far from the truth: they are, in fact, ancient types of apples that have been reintroduced, through dedication and conservation methods, in the current cultivations in Val di Non. Come and see history growing on trees!
Due to the proximity to Lake Garda, the area brings to mind the heavenly Garden of Eden, boasting an almost Mediterranean-type vegetation and offering bountiful harvests almost throughout the year. Autumn is one of the richest seasons: the olives are ready to be harvested and the highly prized shiny chestnuts are peeping out of their burs. The marroni di Campi are amongst the most famous and finest of the area, therefore an association for their protection has been set up to guarantee their cultivation, harvesting and quality. In some chestnut woods, obviously following the local rules, you can enjoy foraging for chestnuts.