I am Karl-Wendelin Spinner and I practically came into the world as a fruit grower. I always did my homework at school, but then I always wanted to get out into nature and I really did all the work, which I often no longer have time for today. After graduating from high school, I successfully completed my training as a horticulturist specializing in fruit growing at the Lehr- und Versuchsgut Ebersweier. After a short practical phase, I continued my education to become a technician for fruit growing and fruit utilization (Staatl. Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt für Obst- und Weinbau Weinsberg).
Since I actually enjoy everything on the field from planting to care to harvesting and the logistics of our fruits, I am responsible for everything in the cultivation. Logically, of course, I love everything that has to do with technology in the fields and also in the office. My latest favorite toy is our new PremiumTractor with Autotrac steering, which not only ensures straight rows, but also makes the work easier.
The best moment is simply when the strawberry harvest starts soon and I can smell freshly pickled straw in our strawberries, because then it starts soon! ... and because I then of course daily look after our strawberries, I always know exactly where the first red strawberry is and I then also enjoy in peace and quiet quite enjoyable, before the harvest really begins and it is over with the rest. To be honest, I do this with all fruits, except the pumpkins, which I then bring home first.
My name is Christine Spinner and I am a qualified bank clerk. Before I met my husband, I worked at the Sparkasse Offenburg. In 1999, I left my job there in order to manage and develop the fruit-growing business together with my husband Karl-Wendelin. Today I am mainly occupied with direct marketing and everything that is connected with it. Of course, I also take care of the delivery bills, invoices, etc.
What I particularly enjoy every year are our pumpkins. Here I select the many varieties in winter and always try to include the proven and also new varieties. The many shapes and colors I find simply fantastic and also the different flavors are always fascinating.
The best moment is simply when we have opened our "giant strawberry" on the B 28 in summer and fall and I see so many familiar faces shopping with us again. And then, of course, is the moment when I'm allowed to try the strawberries and cherries first.
My name is Anna-Franziska Spinner and I am 21 years old. I graduated from high school in 2019 and started my dual study program in the field of business administration and trade at the Edeka Südwest headquarters in Offenburg directly afterwards. The great advantage of the dual study program is the combination of theoretical content and practical application. Time goes by so quickly and I will graduate this year with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Of course, I still enjoy helping out a bit at home with my parents. This includes working in the office as well as in the field. I like to take on organizational or creative tasks. Especially in summer I enjoy selling at the stand and having contact with our customers.
In my free time, I like to go to the gym or do something with friends to balance things out.
The best moment is simply when I can be the first to go to the strawberry field and nibble the first red strawberries. And even if many think that at some point you have enough of all fruits, I can disagree, because that does not apply to me!
Our grandma Anna may not be missing of course, she is our good soul on the farm. Together with her husband, our late grandpa Karl, you have created the foundations for our business. She takes care that our family does not starve even in the stressful time and does everything that is left on the side or for which no one else has time.
She really enjoys preserving our fruits. The specialty of our grandma Anna are the many different jams, jellies, etc. that she cooks throughout the summer. Every now and then she comes up with a new creation, so that the variety of varieties is always growing. In addition, she helps us in the direct marketing and is always there when it is stuck somewhere.
The best moment for her is always when our customers rave about one of her fruit spreads. Of course, now that she is retired, she also enjoys spending her free time in the home garden, where she lovingly tends her vegetables and flowers.
Our saleswomen are mainly used in the peak season, the strawberry season. This stretches to the period from about May to June.
It is especially nice for us when we find saleswomen who also enjoy selling our delicious fruits and they stand behind our products. Because you have the responsibility to sell our fruits, which we have raised, cared for and harvested with many hands and love for almost a whole year.
This job is a seasonal job, so we usually have students or housewives in sales.
It is also exciting to see that many of our saleswomen, who once worked with us during their semester breaks, are now also successful in management, education or in social professions and we were often able to accompany these personalities for several years on their life's journey.
As a representative of our saleswomen we would like to mention our Chiara, who has helped out wherever she can during her school or semester breaks from the time she graduated from high school until the end of her master's degree. And also Arzu is a faithful saleswoman on whom we can rely for more than 10 years. Of course we must not forget Annette, who is indispensable for strawberry sales, and Karin, who paints the funny Minions on our pumpkins in her spare time in autumn. At this point, a thank you to all our saleswomen.
If you would like to be a part of our SALES TEAM, please apply for a job with us! This is what you should bring with you: Fun in customer contact, attachment to our fruits, desire for varied days and a great personality: You can also look under jobs, there you will also find all vacancies.
Our harvest workers who have been with us for years are irreplaceable. While in the foreground you can only see the freshly picked red strawberries or crisp apples, in the background many hardworking harvest helpers are active. Without them, it wouldn't be remotely possible to get the work done in the field. Most have been coming to us for many years and have already formed their circles of friends, which understandably brings fun and enjoyment to the work when away from home. In the past, most of our harvesters came from Poland, but now we have more Romanian harvesters and in 2021, we also had our first Ukrainian harvesters.
We appreciate their work very much, because not everyone is willing to work outside even in unpleasant climatic conditions.
That's what we particularly appreciate about our harvest workers: More than 1,500 kilometers, a 20-hour bus ride and more than 2 months away from home and family - unimaginable for many of us!
But many of our harvest workers take it upon themselves and earn their money here to be able to provide a better life for their families at home or to build up their own existence. Unfortunately, we also lose dear employees who understandably look for a job after a few years in their home country, after their house is built or their company is up and running. They proudly show us their beautiful new house and their family, and then we can't be angry about their dismissal.
That harvest workers don't have to be able to do anything and don't have to have any knowledge is a myth: because many of our harvest workers are qualified workers or even students. But in their home country it is difficult for them to find well-paid work. The work here with us is not as primitive as one might think. Many jobs also require a lot of skill and thinking outside the box. So the employees always give us little information about the plant, for example, where there are a few aphids or caterpillars right now, after all, they also check every single plant every day while working and give out an alert early so that we are warned and take a closer look.
As EU citizens, they also have free access to the labor market in Europe and can work in all industries. This puts us in direct competition with industry, crafts or other fruit growers. So it is up to us to take care of the employees so that we always have enough.
Even though most of the harvest workers are employed for a short period of time, we always take out a private health insurance for them, so that they are well taken care of in case of illness. The employees who work here longer are, however, quite normal social insurance, like any other German worker, for example, with the AOK or Techniker Krankenkasse.