Our land is considered the perfect climate and location to grow the apple varieties that we now farm. We are diversified and have the expected Red and Golden Delicious trees, but we also grow Pinova, Jonagold, Honeycrisp and Ambrosia. Our orchards are erect and structured next to low growing native habitat and rock buttes. This terrain encourages beneficial pests that support our organic program and make it visually a beautiful place to be.
Our newest plantings are 40 plus varieties of Heirloom and Cider apples. Cider apples are an integral part of making a balanced and complex cider. Heirloom Apples work nicely into Cider but it is interesting as apple growers to include these varieties for the romance associated with their place in history. As our production increases, we will pack a box of Heirloom Apples for the holidays.
Pears have a long history of cultivation and all pear varieties are considered Heirloom because they have been cultivated since the 1750’s. Bosc, Bartlett and Anjou all have a long European history. Perry trees can live to be 300 years old and still produce fruit. Our dessert fruit goes to the fresh market and our Perry fruit is grown strictly for Perry, an alcoholic beverage made from fermented pears.
The apricots and cherries that we grow are harvested late in the soft fruit season and are considered to be most flavorful varieties. Eating a ripe, warm apricot right off the tree is truly the essence of summer. Walking through the cherry orchard right before harvest when the fruit is heavy on the branch brings to mind perfection; the fruit is consistently the same color and size, clustered, and just waiting to be picked.