Welcome to Ela Family Farms
Get geared up for a full moon orchard dinner, and a family morning on the farm!
Even though I am not sure if it is winter or spring, or if the winter we have had really counts, I am excited to announce the dates for our annual spring farm tour and orchard dinner. Hopefully, spring will be here to stay on April 28th and 29th! We hope to see you here on the farm. Visiting in person is always a fun weekend, giving us a chance for conversations longer than the quick chats at the markets.
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As always, our farm tour on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. is free and there is no need to make a reservation. We will spend a couple hours walking and talking. We will look at how we prune and thin trees, talk about how we manage insects and diseases, show how we pick and pack fruit, demonstrate grafting, and talk about frost protection. It is a great opportunity for me to show you your fruit is grown.
You can ask questions (and I hopefully give answers!), get a hands-on experience, and see the cycle of life on an organic farm.
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 and are only 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 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.