By far, the most important ingredient that has built the foundation and philosophy of Twin Pines is the amazing strength and support of the entire family. Without the endless hard work and vision of our parents, Joe and Alma, enhanced by the commitment of each and every member of the extended Vansteenkiste family, Twin Pines would not be the kind of incredible place that it has become. If you visit, you will find members of the whole family behind the counter, bagging apples, lifting pumpkins, making doughnuts , directing parking and chatting in the tasting room. We are all here at Twin Pines and we invite you to see for yourself, what we are all about!
Twin Pines is committed to taking care of the land that provides us with the food we eat. We realize that this pursuit is not just about growing good things to eat – it’s about how to grow food in a better way; that is better for our health and for our earth. Twin Pines has reserved a portion of the farm that is completely grown without pesticides. Included in this pesticide-free area are vine crops such as pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, strawberries, nectarines, peaches and assorted varieties of apples. The remainder of the orchard is designated as an IPM orchard (Integrated Pest Management). Mark and Mike have been trained and certified to scout for both good and bad insects in the orchards and gardens, and as a result they can determine when they must use sprays to protect the apples, but more importantly, they are able to determine when spraying is not necessary. We are proud to work hard at maintaining this approach and philosophy of farming.