Produce GAPs Harmonized Audit – An all-industry effort including growers, shippers, produce buyers, government agencies, audit organizations and other stakeholders with the goal of “one audit by any credible third party, acceptable to all buyers.” www.unitedfresh.org/food-safety/gap-harmonization-initiative/
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) & Good Handling Practices (GHP) – GAP and GHP are voluntary audits that verify that fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled and stored as safely as possible to reduce risks of food safety hazards. www.ams.usda.gov/services/auditing/gap-ghp
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) – We strive to manage pests in a way that is beneficial to the consumer, grower and the environment. IPM helps us achieve these ideals.
Yes, we do. We have a mixture of both conventional and organically grown orchards. It takes three years of organic farming for an orchard to be certified organic by the government.
No we do not. New varieties of apples are created by cross-pollinating two or more varieties of trees to get the best qualities from each "parent" tree. This is the way it has been done for centuries.
Yes, we do. We sell bags and boxes of "seconds" out of our Gleed, WA facility. Availability changes weekly.
Select apples that are shiny, bruise-free and firm to the touch.
Apples have a natural wax coating on them when grown to protect their high-water content. After harvest apples are washed and brushed to remove dirt and debris before being packed. This cleaning process removes the natural wax from the apple so we apply a food grade wax to protect the apple. These waxes come from natural sources, are certified safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and can be rubbed off or brushed briefly under cold running water to clean.
Apples should be stored in a refrigerator to slow ripening and maintain flavor.