Aloha Organic Fruit’s goal to offer you a wider selection of delicious Palisade fruit grown organically is coming to “fruition”
- We leased 6 acres. We’ll plant white and red cherries to augment the existing peach orchard.
- We’re planting 4 new varieties of peaches where old peach trees were pulled out, so we’ll have more ripe peaches throughout a longer season.
- New installation of heaters will help protect our orchards during spring frosts.
What happens fall – winter – spring?
Peach trees need care year ’round to thrive. In fall after harvest, we spread compost throughout the orchard. Pruning trees begins in December. Snowmelt waters in the nutrients and gives the trees what they need to form buds. To control bugs we confuse them by hanging pheremone mating disruptors in the trees. By April, rows of heaters are standing ready to protect the vulnerable trees during spring frosts.
April… the scary month
Growing peaches organically is challenging, then factor in weather. This winter is the coldest on record since 1988. April is known for volatile temperatures, and when it is windy, heaters and wind machines aren’t very effective. Peach blossoms are ready to pop – keep your fingers crossed for a good crop!
Upcoming Palisade events
Palisade International Honeybee Festival – April 12-13
Friday: Blue Pig Gallery hosts bee-themed show, demos, mead (honey wine) tasting.
Saturday: A hive of activity for entire family downtown on the Town Plaza: Bee dancers, Spelling Bee, food & vendor booths, demos, speakers. Meadery tours, free Bee Bus.
Aloha Farm Store opens mid-June
Aloha Organic Fruit
Growers of Outstanding Organic Palisade Peaches in a Natural Environment
3525 G Road – Palisade, CO 81526
Open daily 10-5
Mid-June – early October