Stemilt is the largest organic tree fruit supplier in the United States. Stemilt's founding family, the Mathison's, have farmed their Stemilt Hill homestead since settling there in 1893. Tom Mathison founded Stemilt in 1964 on the premise that consumers should have access to fruit with rich flavor. In 1914, the Mathison’s planted their first apple, cherry and pear orchards atop the Hill, where high-elevation microclimates offered superior growing conditions for tree fruits. A true pioneer, Tom sought better growing practices, built modern packing and storage facilities, and was an early adopter in both organics and sustainable agriculture. In 1989, founder Tom Mathison began transitioning a large number of acres from conventional to organic. Today, Tom’s children and grandchildren carry on the traditions that he began - operating efficiently and effectively in order to deliver the best eating experience to consumers with the least impact on the environment. Tom’s grandson, West Mathison, serves as Stemilt president and interim Chairman of the Board. Stemilt owns several packing houses, and not only grows, but packs and markets for other eastern Washington growers.
Gala apples are one of the most common varieties of apple. They are a cross between the Cox Pippen, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious. </br> </br> Gala apples are a great snacking fruit as they are low in calories, high in water content and offer a fair amount of vitamins A, C and B. They also contain a dietary fiber known as pectin, which has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and help prevent heart attacks. They also contain trace amounts of boron, which has been touted for its ability to help build strong bones.
Granny Smith apples are crisp, juicy, and tart. They originated in Australia in 1868 and were cultivated by Maria Ann 'Granny' Smith. </br></br> Granny Smith apples are high in cell repairing antioxidants. They are also a good source of soluble fiber, which has been proven to help lower cholesterol, control weight, and regulate blood sugar. Granny Smith apples contain vitamins A and C, as well as a trace amount of iron, most of which is located in their skin.
A sweet and crisp apple with a pink hue. An all time favourite at The Organic Box.</br> </br> Pink Lady apples are rich in dietary fiber and contain vitamin A as well as a quarter of your days vitamin C needs. An average Pink Lady apple contains between 50 and 60 calories and has a high water content. They also contain boron, which helps to strengthen bones and pectin, which aids in digestion.
Gala apples are always a crowd pleaser. Their dense flesh is creamy yellow and crisp, offering a mildly sweet flavour and flora aroma. Gala’s that are allowed to reach the peak of their sweetness on the tree will have a deeper red hue and a slightly sweeter flavour.