|. . . from the 2016 harvest of USDA Certified Organic Apples|
It was exciting to bring a nice selection of apple varieties to the Farmers' Market in the early fall.
We delivered several varieties to our fellow organic farmers Dennis and Bridget to sell at Quest Farm Produce in Almond, N.Y. We also marketed apples at Costa's Shursave Food Shop in Coudersport.
Certified organic apples that had some defects were sold at a reduced price for folks to use for applesauce and other processed foods. (And our pantry is stocked with jars of certified organic applesauce too!)
|Less-Than-Perfect apples make great pie, too!|
In looking to the coming year, it's valuable to remind our customers that the average conventionally-grown apple has more pesticide residue on it than any other fruit or vegetable. According to the Environmental Working Group, pesticides showed up on 98 percent of the washed apple samples tested. Apples were found to have up to 48 different kinds of pesticides on them.
You will pay more for USDA certified apples but you will have the assurance that the apples you are eating are free of harmful pesticide residue.