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GROWING NEWS:
hand-tended organic fruit tasting like real fruit should


The peaches are here, the peaches are here!
Once again Mother Nature has proven me wrong – peaches are starting about ten days earlier than I expected.  We are excited! All our markets are open (thanks for your patience Fort Collins) we are rarin’ to get juice dripping down your chin.

Everyone has been enjoying them on the farm.  We’ve already had peaches and cream, peach smoothies, peach smashes (the adult version with gin) as well as the usual just bend over and eat them right now.  Join us and start enjoying them as well!

The starting time for the peaches surprised me.  Normally I can look at the bloom date and predict the pick date within several days.  Earlier blooms = earlier harvest, later blooms = later harvest.  This year our bloom was slightly early, but pretty close to what I think of as normal.  Yet, this is the second earliest ever that we have been picking these varieties.  I don’t know why – I can only speculate that the heat has something to do with it.  Mind you, I am not complaining even though it has us scrambling a bit!

For other fruits, it looks like a few of the candy-like Shiro plums  will be ready for the weekend of July 28th and 29th.  The very first heirloom tomatoes have started – I have to admit we’ve been keeping them pretty much for ourselves, but once they start it usually means larger quantities aren’t far behind.  It is hard to believe we are already ratcheting through the season and it is only mid-July.

In other news, water is still the buzzword in this part of the country. It is extremely tight and Steve’s daily routine is to look at our ditch flows and make sure we are using every bit. Through careful management, our hope is that we will be able to water the trees reasonably into early September.  Other ditch systems in the area have already finished the season and more and more brown is showing around the valley.  It is a little disconcerting…

Finally, our peak season CSA share pickups will be starting the weekend of August 4 and continue into October.  Thank you to all who signed up!  Your early infusion of trust in us has helped to take care of the crop until we can start the markets.

As always, we guarantee everything we sell so if we don’t hit the mark on something, please let us know.  Enjoy the bounty of summer and
we hope to see you at the markets this weekend!

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Located on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains outside of Hotchkiss, Colorado, our ninety-nine acre organic fruit farm is dedicated to growing the best-tasting peaches, apples, pears, plums, cherries, and heirloom tomatoes around.  We are the only certified organic, fourth generation orchard in the Rocky Mountain West – the mouth-watering fruit we grow is the result of generations of farming wisdom, innovation, and experience.

All our products are certified organic. They are made from fruit we grow on our family farm. We only use fruit picked at its peak of flavor. And, best of all, we don’t add any sugar or other flavorings to our great tasting applesauces, fruit butters, and cider. For our jams, we use a reduced sugar recipe that lets you taste our fruit.

We ship our organic fruit gift packs throughout the country, sell directly at farmers markets on the Front Range, and sell wholesale to specialty food stores and gourmet restaurants throughout Colorado. From “Oh-my-god” delicious peaches (a phrase we hear often at our markets) and crisp, munchable apples to our tempting line of organic jams, sauces, dried fruit, and applesauce, we are growers who hang our hat on outstanding flavor.

We invite you to use this site to learn more about us, read about our family farming heritage in the history section, and find some great recipes. If you’re here for fruit, head right to the “find our fruit” or “fruits we grow” pages; or order one of our fantastic fruit gift packs. You can also learn of the farmers markets, CSA’s (community supported agriculture), and retailers where we sell our fresh fruit and see what people are saying about us.

Thanks to Bill Powers for original music, and to
Joe Baran and Mignon Macias for video.

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