Once a year we roll out the red carpet and give our customers and friends the grand tour of our orchard. We try to schedule in late April or early May, in time with spring blooms or spring growth and warming weather! We start the tour at 10 a.m. We walk, talk, and look at all aspects of our farm. As long as Mother Nature is kind to us this spring frost season, we will look at the blooms and newly growing apples and peaches. The tour ranges from how we pack and cool the fruit, to our commercial kitchen, to how we grow our fruit. We’ll look at how we graft trees, run a wind machine and look at our newest trees. The best part of the tour? It’s free!While the tour of our farm and of our area wineries is free, we do charge for our catered Saturday evening dinner and the box lunch after our farm tour on Sunday. We try to use local foods wherever possible and feature chefs that we work with throughout the season. Click the links below to sign up for our food offerings.
This year’s dinner is sold out!Click here to read more about the Annual Farm Tour.
Dinner in the Ela Family Farms Orchard
Prepared by Peter Knapp, PJ’s Eatery, Hotchkiss
Saturday, April 28th, 5:30pm
Adults – $98
Gluten free and Vegetarian options available-same price
Kids Under 4′ Tall – $20
Guests bring their wine find of the day
Mung Bean Dosa, Caramelized Onion and Parsnip, Roasted Five Spice Garbanzo Bean, Ela Farms Pear Jam
Kale-Frisee-Spinach Salad, Shaved Radish, Edamame and Pomegranate Seeds, Parmigiano Reggiano, Citrus-Dijon Vinaigrette
Balsamic Marinated Beef Sirloin, thinly sliced, served over Farro with Roasted Butternut Squash and Asparagus finished with Ela Farms Peach-Plum Glaze.
Vegetarian Entree: Same as above with Grilled Tempeh in place of Beef
Cinnamon, Browned Butter Apple Tart with Fig and Toasted Hazelnuts finished with Creme Anglaise featuring Ela Farms Apple Sauce
Coffee, creamer, sugar
As always, Colorado weather is variable. Please dress appropriately for cooler evening temperatures. Should Mother Nature decide that the weather will be inclement, we will move the dinner indoors to our packing shed for your dining comfort.
Our farm tour dinner sold out for 2018! Despite a very short bit of rain, the evening was delightful. Look for our farm tour dinner again in Spring, 2019.
Catered Lunch for this year is SOLD OUT.
You are welcome to bring your own brown-bag lunch,
or call us at the farm (970) 872-3488 if you’d like to be on the waitlist.
Lunch for after the April 29th, 2018, farm tour. This year’s lunch will be hosted by PJ’s Eatery, Hotchkiss, CO
Adults – $25 Kids Under 4 ft tall – $12
Vegetarian or Gluten Free Option Available
Hotchkiss’ Famous Elk Lasagna
Italian Salad with black olives, pepperoncinis, pear tomatoes and red onion
Ela Apple Spritzers