Have some apple Qs? We have some apple As!
The Good Stuff
Usually, we’re in the camp of “make peace, not war,” but when it comes to battling harmful illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, we want our army of antioxidants standing behind us. Since most of an apple’s antioxidants are in their peel, make sure to keep the skins on when you’re slicing and dicing.
Bad Cholesterol, Bye
Deemed the “miracle fruit” by researchers at Florida State University, it was discovered that older women who ate apples every day had 23% less bad cholesterol (LDL), and 4% more good cholesterol (HDL) after just six months. Apples also reduce inflammation levels. Both high cholesterol and inflammation are key factors in heart health, so eating apples is a win-win in the fight against cholesterol and heart disease.
Healthy #AF (Apple Fiber)
You want fiber? We’ve got fiber! A medium-sized apple contains 4 grams of fiber, which is 16% of the recommended intake for women and 11% of the recommended intake for men. Since apples are low in calories, they’re a great option to help you reach your fiber goal without loading up on cals. Eating fiber also slows digestion and makes you feel full. If you’re trying to trim up, eat an apple to stave off hunger and get your fix of fiber and nutrients.
“She’s A Brainiac, Brainiac”
Play chess. Learn something new. Get plenty of sleep. Keep your stress in check. These are all great steps to maintain a healthy brain and prevent debilitating diseases like dementia. Consuming apples, especially apple juice, is also a great way to reduce the risk of neurodegenerative disorders and protect those precious brain cells.
Calcium and Vitamin D have been the recipients of strong-bone hype for years! A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that calcium and vitamin D should make room for apples, too! The research suggests that older women who eat plenty of fruits, including our beloved apples, may have a lower chance of bone fractures. Strong apples = strong bones.
Slim and Trim
Apples are no fad diet. Several studies have shown that low-calorie, high-fiber foods promote fullness, reduced calorie intake, and weight loss. ENTER THE APPLE! Next time those chips are calling your name, reach for a snack that will make you happy to the core!
All the Nutrients
Fiber and Calcium and Potassium, oh my! Apples are nutrient-rich powerhouses packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Fiber, Calcium, Potassium, and Phosphorus. These nutrients help bodies resist infectious illnesses, maintain red blood cells, prevent bad cholesterol from increasing, build strong bones, and keep the nervous system in good health. Boom!
These days, we’re doing everything we can to protect ourselves from illnesses like diabetes, Alzheimers, and cancer. Apples are a key contributor in helping avoid all of those diseases, and several studies have shown that eating at least one apple per day can significantly reduce the risk of ovarian, mouth, colon, throat, and breast cancer.
Not only do apples taste good—now we know they can even help you breathe. A UK study found that eating two to five apples a week gave people a 32% lower risk of asthma than people who ate less.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are your apples organic?
Yes! Apples are not organic. Why is that you ask? Let us explain. We grow our apples in a very unique region in New York that has a very wet climate. Because of this, it’s very difficult to grow organic because pests love wet weather. Instead, we give a “light touch” when it comes to pesticides and fungicides to protect our product.
We use crop consultants and university-based research from Cornell University to help us integrate pest management effectively into our growing practices so we can use the least amount of pesticides as possible–making sure to follow all state and federal regulations.
What are your sustainability practices?
Yes! Apples and our growers have a shared value–we work with Mother Nature, not against her by:
- Re-investing in upgraded, efficient packing facilities and energy-saving equipment.
- Improving labor efficiencies in orchards to reduce impact to the soil.
- Minimize the use of pesticides by replanting with dwarfing trees at closer planting density.
- Increasing the use of harvesting and work platforms that are easier on the environment.
- Enhancing use of corrugated packaging with recycled content.
- Streamlining shipping logistics to reduce fuel consumption.
- Investing in ways to reduce our packaging.
Through our membership with 1% for the Planet, we support The Giving Grove and National Young Farmers Coalition. We hope to create a lasting community that cares about our land and the future of farming.
My local grocery store doesn’t carry Yes! Apples. How can I change this?
What’s the best way to keep my apples fresh?
- Wash and fully dry your apples.
- Refrigerate your clean apples! When refrigerated, apples can last 6-8 weeks!
- Store apples separately from other produce.
- Toss apples in lemon juice to prevent browning. Pro tip: choose slow-to-brown varieties like EverCrisp®, Gala, and Ambrosia so you can cut ahead and save time!
What does family-farmed mean?
Family means everything to us. Whether it’s supporting family farms or our very own Yes! Apples family, our business is rooted in doing what’s best for the apples we’re sharing with your family.
To us, "family farm" means the owners of the farm work directly on the farm in the day to day operations—and many of these farms are multi-generational! By saying "Yes!" to these family farms, we’re supporting the legacy of the apple industry and laying the groundwork for future generations.
Do you sell your apples at farmer’s markets?
We love farmer’s markets, and while our apples are picked by our farmers, they are sold in retail stores. If you’re looking for a farmer’s market or pick-your-own apples, you can find some great resources here.
Can I pick my own apples?
We pride ourselves on picking and packing the best tasting apples you’ve ever had. That means you’ll need to leave the heavy lifting (picking) to us. If you would like to pick your own, take a look at these fine farms.
Where can I find Yes! Apples?
We’re proud to sell the best-tasting apples in the country at retailers across the nation. Click here to find your favorite stores!
Are your apples GMO?
Nope! No GMO apples are grown in NY state. All of our cross-breeding (for example, SnapDragon®) is done through natural processes, conventional cross-breeding (crossing together plants with relevant characteristics and selecting the offspring with the desired combination of characteristics), or by working with professional agricultural breeders.
How do you protect the bees?
Bees are our BFFs. They are vital to everything we do when it comes to growing the perfect apple. We do everything we can to keep bees safe and healthy, including:
- No spraying during pollination and bloom.
- Growers and consultants pay attention to bee health.
- Some growers set aside special bee habitats on the farm.
- Limit or not use pesticides that are toxic to bees.
Do you perform food safety audits?
We are committed to providing only safe, exceptional fresh fruit that exceeds our customers’ expectations. Here’s why you can trust every bite of a Yes! Apple:
- All of our growers and packing facilities receive third-party food safety audits benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative.
- All audits are proactive, preventative programs, based on hazard analysis of each facility.
- Continuously review and update our food safety practices by investing in new technologies, equipment, staff training (and re-training), and facility enhancements.
- Stringent procedures in-effect throughout entire supply chain.
- Full-time, experienced food safety and quality assurance coordinators on staff.
- Traceability back to individual packing sheds to ensure transparency.