If you see a perfect field, it is not organic. Our fortune stems and grows from imperfection.
Neatly scattered between Altamura and Matera, in the Murge area, there are farms that grow many of the organic products signed by their producers for AMÍO: lentils, chickpeas, barley and spelt. Amber-coloured fields are lined up like the squares of a chessboard with ancient veins: walking here is a delight and discovering the secrets of nature seems to be simple.
This land offers some of
our organic products
Apulia and Basilicata told by
What Italy is
The fields are extremely active and the lentils are surrounded by many other forms of life: a real triumph of colours and movement.
We are here during the harvest period, but only a few machines are already in operation. We ask why. “We have already started harvesting in one field, but not in the others. Day after day, we check how the lentils are growing and when they are ready, we harvest them.
For better or for worse, this is what organic means. Observing, sowing and waiting. Waiting for everything to go well, for nature to be generous year after year and continue to yield quality crops. This is man’s role. Man cannot decide the times: man’s work must be integrated with that of nature, from sowing to harvesting.
As we approach these cities, the predominant colour is no longer amber but white, which is at its purest in Altamura and Matera.
These two cities, near but very different despite their similarities, are two of Italy’s true gems. It is impossible not be amazed by them.