Peaches in the Spring

There are two places I know for sure peaches are famous. Georgia peaches and Palisade (CO) peaches! Last year I was fortunate to explore the peach farms, the farmers markets and taste those, sweet, juicy peaches, right off the tree. (Read all about the 2017 Peach experience here) This year, I decided I’d take it a bit further and start my adventures during the Spring and follow these trees through their growth.
Palisade (CO) peaches 2017
Peach trees in all their glory!
I have been able to get some amazing photos of different orchards, some including apple trees (cause I am a city girl, I have no idea how to tell the difference). Wonderful smells: I mean, the orchards have a wonderful dirt smell. Not a dry dirt smell, but a nice, delicate dirt smell. Some really cool old barns, new houses and and even a watch tower. Don’t ask.
 February
February 8, 2018
Palisade Peach Orchards Mt Garfield in the back
February 8, 2018
Palisade Peach Orchards
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Barn (PS…the Mt isn’t fake, just looks like it)
02/22/18
Snow Grapes

The wonderful thing about Colorado is you never know when Mother Nature will through a wrench into things. This was great for the orchards as they needed the moisture and it wasn’t a freezing snow.

March 03/08/18

Palisade Peaches
Peach Orchard Mt Garfield in the back (taken at a different angle than 020918
Palisade Peaches
Peaches in the making
Barn
Another cool barn

 

Celebrated my birthday 33118 by touring Palisade and getting up to date Peach photos

 

Palisade Peach Blossoms
Beauties (NOT Mt Garfield in the back)
Peach Blossoms
One of my favorites
Peach rows
Love the “tunnel” on this one!
Peaches
This is my most favorite right now!

The last picture in this set is my favorite. It was just at sunset, there was smoke from the areas controlled burns in the background making it look a little smoggy. The tops of the peach trees just tell a story. The turbine in the middle is to help keep them from freezing if there happens to be a random frost and behind is the farmhouse which belongs to these peaches.

 

There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye; There is no fragrance in April breezes till breathed with joy as they wander by.
William C. Bryant

DK

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Where in the World Wednesday: Palisade, CO

I’m not a farmer, don’t know I would ever want to be one. However, I have found one of the most peaceful places is Palisade, CO. and I love driving through, stopping at the produce stands, walking through the weekly farmer’s market and driving past the local orchards. We were on another mission for Peaches. Tomatoes. Zucchini. Anything good looking. When you stop at the stands you may be faced with several dilemmas: will you purchase local honey and jams? Will you find the right looking fruit and veggies you are looking for? What else will you find?
Driving to Palisade, just a mere 8ish miles from the house, we decided we should take some pictures of the fruit trees lining the road. We found lots of peaches, some pears, some apples and lots of grape vines for the many wineries here. We will take a tour of the wine country another day, but it’s hard one to take when you don’t drink at all, let alone wine.
One stop we found dried beans and peas, bunches and bunches of them. Pinto, green and yellow split peas, chickpeas, navy beans, kidney beans, you know what this means, right? Have to go back and get some for soups! We also found cucumbers, tomatoes, beets and lots lots more! Which makes going to farmer’s markets during the week more fun! I’m like a kid in a candy store! Oh wait, that’s down on Main St! A good old fashioned candy store!
Back to the Peaches and Palisade 
Palisade was named for the cliffs near the town and is known for its peach orchards and wine vineyards. With a 182-day growing season and 78 % sunshine, Palisade has been named “The Peach Capital of Colorado”
Located just off of Interstate 70, Palisade, has a friendly, small-town atmosphere and is within minutes from world-class medical services, shopping, dining and entertainment. It is also just a short drive from the Grand Mesa, where you can find year round activities. Palisade is situated along the Colorado River and sets in between the mountains and vistas where you can enjoy the views from every direction.
We were in search of  Indian Blood Cling peaches, only we called them blood peaches, not very appetizing sounding for sure. However, it is beautiful!
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Photo from Willis Orchard Company https://www.willisorchards.com/
We found the people who ran the little stops don’t know a whole lot about what varieties are in the store, which was a little disheartening, but we also found out there are a TON of peach varieties! So, we just did our best to find which ones we wanted to try out. We found a new variety called, Content, brand new this year and it was darling! We had to get some of those. I fell in love with the Red Globe peaches purely on the size of these bad boys! Mom found her tomatoes and we were off, there’s only so much fresh smelling veggies and fruits one can handle, it’s kind of a pleasing foreign scent, but nothing like this city slicker is used to.
With our fruit in hand we decided to call it a day and head back to the ole homestead. We will be back, Sunday’s for farmer’s market and August 17- 20, 2017 for the Palisade Peach Festival, maybe then we can find the ever elusive Indian Blood Cling peaches.
“Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.”
― Alice Walker, Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology