The Orchards

During the 1990′s there were about 1800 fruit trees on the property. Over the years since, that number has dropped, first due to neglect by previous owners, and then in favor of the current vineyards. But that still leaves us with hundreds of fruiting trees, some as much as 40 years old. Depending on when you visit between May and October, (and by the grace of good weather) you’ll be treated to dozens of varieties of cherries, apricots, peaches, peachcots, plums, apples, pears, and even walnuts. Care and maintenance of the trees is a full time job on the high desert — especially in an organic environment. Watering, pruning, thinning fruit, picking, and shipping or preserving takes up a part of each day. And then there’s the treat of a walk through the shade of an apple or cherry tree on a hot day, and reaching up for a sweet mouthful….

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