hand-tended organic fruit tasting like real fruit should
With the exception of cherries and plums, our fruit crop (fingers crossed) is looking good! After the gauntlet of spring frosts, peaches, pears and apples came through in mostly good shape. It is nice to see fruit on the trees, including the much-loved heirloom varieties. Sadly, cherries and plums took a harder hit from frosts – we will have very few cherries at the markets this year. Plums are variable – the earliest (Shiro) and last (Italians) to ripen look good though Fortunes and Elephant Hearts are very thin. In between, with light crops, are Santa Rosa and Black Amber. So we will be able to bring you some plums, just not bunches.
Interestingly, though the trees bloomed earlier than normal, it’s looking like our harvest timing will be close to normal. We are expecting to bring you the first juicy peaches ready to eat in the middle of July, and the first taste of fall apples in late August.
Water is certainly a concern in our area. It looks like we should have just enough to get by. We are certainly being very careful with how much and where we are irrigating! There was basically no snowpack and therefore spring runoff didn’t really happen. We have had to start using our reservoir water a month earlier than normal and our allotment in the reservoirs is just over half of normal. It’s a crazy time with climate extremes!
We’ll be watching our water use closely and celebrating having the most water-conserving irrigation already in place for all of the trees we love and care for. We are focusing on keeping everything well watered, skating the edge of using as little as possible while keeping the trees healthy. Our surrounding rivers and creeks have flow rates that resemble late August, not mid-June. Summer rains would be very helpful!
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.
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Joe Baran and Mignon Macias for video.