Welcome to Ela Family Farms
Cherries have a very light crop, but are maturing rapidly. We will see if we beat the birds to what fruit there is! The first peaches might arrive at the markets on the weekend of July 8.
Other fruits: Peaches have an overall good crop, although there are certain varieties that were hurt more by frost. We expect a 75% peach crop. Bartlett pears are light, but Harrow Sweet pears have a moderate crop. Gala and Honeycrisp apples have a good crop, but other varieties are light. For plums, there are some, but not extensive quantities.
1,800 new apple trees went in the ground April 27th and heirloom tomatoes were planted May 3. The tomatoes are flowering and the new trees have 6″ of growth.
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 and cherries 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.
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Joe Baran and Mignon Macias for video.