APPLES: ZESTAR (1.5 lbs)
1.5 pounds of Zestar apples. (These apples are less dense than some others we've sold, so two pounds will generally include more apples than you might get with other types.) Zestar is an early apple that boasts a nice balance of sweet and delightfully tangy flavors. Some even swear they detect a hint of brown sugar to them! These humble apples may look plain, but they're packed with flavor and actually contain more vitamin C than an orange! And that tang makes them perfect for recipes like baked apples and apple crisp!
These Zestar apples are grown by Beech Creek Orchards in Tallapoosa, GA, which strictly adheres to an Integrated Pest Management program. (See below for information about what that means.)
1. What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive
approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense
practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life
cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in
combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage
by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people,
property, and the environment.
2. How do IPM programs work?
IPM is not a single pest control method but, rather, a series of pest management
evaluations, decisions and controls. In practicing IPM, growers who are aware of
the potential for pest infestation follow a four-tiered approach. The four steps
o Set Action Thresholds
Before taking any pest control action, IPM first sets an action threshold, a point
at which pest populations or environmental conditions indicate that pest control
action must be taken. Sighting a single pest does not always mean control is
needed. The level at which pests will either become an economic threat is
critical to guide future pest control decisions.
o Monitor and Identify Pests
Not all insects, weeds, and other living organisms require control. Many
organisms are innocuous, and some are even beneficial. IPM programs work to
monitor for pests and identify them accurately, so that appropriate control
decisions can be made in conjunction with action thresholds. This monitoring
and identification removes the possibility that pesticides will be used when
they are not really needed or that the wrong kind of pesticide will be used. o Prevention
As a first line of pest control, IPM programs work to manage the crop to prevent pests from becoming a threat. This may mean using cultural methods, such as rotating between different crops, selecting pest-resistant varieties, and planting pest-free rootstock. These control methods can be very effective and cost-efficient and present little to no risk to people or the environment.
Once monitoring, identification, and action thresholds indicate that pest control
is required, and preventive methods are no longer effective or available, IPM
programs then evaluate the proper control method both for effectiveness and
risk. Effective, less risky pest controls are chosen first, including options such as targeted pheromones to disrupt pest mating, or mechanical
control, such as trapping or weeding. Only if further monitoring, identifications and
action thresholds indicate that less risky controls are not working, are
additional pest control methods employed, such as targeted spraying
of the least harmful pesticides possible.