It all begins with our growers. 

Nature's First Fruit

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A Cooperative of
28 Organic Growers

British Columbia
Canada

Organic
Apples

The Nature's First Fruit label and the packing house Cawston Cold Storage began in 1993 and is comprised of 28 grower-members. Located in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valley of British Columbia, the 28 growers are able to achieve the highest quality standards because of the ideal growing conditions of these beautiful, remote valleys. The two valleys have a dry climate, plenty of water from snow melt from the mountains, hot days and cool nights - the perfect climate for growing premium apples. 

One of the most popular varieties Bridges sells from this region is the organic Ambrosia apple. This variety comes from a chance seedling found in an orchard in the Similkameen Valley of British Columbia in the early 1990s. It is thought to be a cross between a Jonagold and a Golden Delicious. Ambrosia is known for its beautiful color - a rich yellow background splashed with a fluorescent pink to red blush.

 

Their flesh is a creamy white with a delicate texture. They have a sublime low-acid, honeyed flavor, which led to the name Ambrosia, meaning 'food of the gods.' Other great varieties from Nature’s First Fruit include Gala, Spartan and McIntosh.

In 2012, Cawston Cold Storage built a new cold storage facility that holds 8,400 bins of apples, with a combination of 8 smaller-sized storage rooms catering specifically to the needs of the organic market. These smaller storage rooms allow Nature’s First Fruit and Bridges much more flexibility in storing and sales of our B.C. apples, and ensure that the apples are in optimal condition throughout the winter and early spring.

Bridges is proud to partner with Nature's First Fruit to bring their outstanding fruit to the United States market. Learn more at naturesfirstfruit.com.