After a good year in 2020, Bottura opted to stop using mulching films on its 20 hectares of pumpkins. "We want our production to be even more eco-friendly to make it stand out on the market," explains owner Luca Bottura.
Placing the films, then collecting and disposing of them takes a lot of time. "Most of all, I am trying to be more environmentally friendly. Of course something must be done against weeds, and I will do so mechanically."
Bottura uses rotary harrows and weeders, some of which he designed together with his father, so they are perfect for what they need.
"But there is more in store for 2021, as we are waiting for the authorizations needed to produce our own pumpkin mostarda. We will work with a specialized laboratory and use our best pumpkins."
"We mostly sell to wholesale markets, where pumpkins are promoted by quality shops, stalls and greengrocers. We also work with the Padua and Verona markets."
Around 90% of all pumpkins are placed in crates and only 10% is commercialized in bins. Varietal segmentation contributes to making a crop profitable. In addition to local variety "Cappello del prete", which holds the De.Co. certification, the company also grows the Delica and Violina varieties.