We ripen our apples naturally without plant growth regulators or ripening agents. Our apples are cleaned and packed on our family farm. We do not apply wax, food grade shellac, or any post-harvest pesticides to the apples. Our fruit is about as clean and natural as is possible in our Midwestern climate. Our farm is not free from spray. Our organic fruits are grown using products approved by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).
We practice Integrated Pest Management by monitoring pests and diseases. This allows us to produce high quality fruit while using a minimal amount of organic fungicides and insecticides. We want to produce the best apples possible while being environmentally friendly and economically feasible.
Today our farm is all organic and we are certified by MCIA organic services- www.mciaorganic.org. Becoming certified is long process that involves very strict record keeping. Orchards have to be thirty-six months without a prohibited substance before they can be certified organic. If you are interested in our transition process, click on the ‘Organic Farm Plan’ button in the drop-down menu. You can read the Farm Transition Plan that we submitted to MOSA in 2007. Following the plan are the annual updates that we submit to our certifier.