The freeze last October inflicted serious damage to our trees, when we had the coldest night we have ever seen at that time of year. The temperature bottomed out at three degrees. Before that, our October temperatures had been unseasonably warm. Our trees had no chance to get used to the cold or to harden off…Read the full story here.
We have lost a lot of trees, and we have lost most of our fruit. That’s the hard news. We want to honor your part in our farm. We hope you will understand. Sometimes we laugh, and sometimes we cry. We hope you will stay with us for a better year.
We invite you to ride out the storm with us in three ways:
Commit to joining the CSA next year!
Because of our deep uncertainty about the crop, we are not confident that we can fulfill CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and so are not going to be offering fruit shares this year.
Other ways to participate
We are offering a bunch of virtual learning and on-farm experiences this year, looking for the bright side of having more time when there’s little fruit to harvest. See the buttons below!
Watch these videos of us looking for live wood in the cherries:
- Medium sized branch – a hint of green
- Cutting a large branch, brown
- A live cambium layer is green, but this one is brown. This is what a dead limb looks like.
- This cambium layer has both green and brown, so time will tell if this limb survives.
Please bear with us if we are a little slow in responding lately, and feel free to Contact us with questions.
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Yes our fruit is delicious! It's also certified organic and grown on a zero food-waste farm powered by 80% renewable energy. Ela Family Farms also participates in scientific research projects that support the future of organic agriculture.
I just bit into my first peach from the farmer's market and it was so good it made me come and write this review. Looking forward to more peaches, plums, pears and apples from Ela's.Tuesday Samantha Lee
The best apples I ever ate!!!Kristy Lichtenfeld
Went to the farmers market in Old Town Fort Collins today and met these wonderful farmers. ALL of their samples were delicious, it was hard to choose what to buy. We went with the peach plum jam and were NOT disappointed. The greatest part of this experience was the warmness and kindness from the employees. They were friendly, patient, and helpful. We will definitely be customers again in the future.Kaitlin Farruggia
Back in about 1990, I bought some absolutely amazing Suncrest peaches (from an Eastern Slope orchard's store) that originally came from Ela Family Farms, and I've been DYING to get my hands on some more - I live in peach country in upstate NY now, but NOBODY has Suncrest peaches! There IS no other peach that measures up to YOUR Suncrest peaches!!! Please, someone at Ela Family Farms, SAVE me from my misery!Rebecca Sewell
I purchased 24 peaches online on Sunday, they shipped on Tuesday, and they arrived in Tennessee on Thursday in perfect condition. They are the sweetest, juiciest peaches around, just like I remembered them when I lived in Colorado.Cindy Anderson Craft
Fantastic farm, farmer, and crew. A weekly farmer's market visit for our family for over a decade.Jeff Wright
We will only eat peaches from Ela's. All others taste like plaster. That is all.Susan McAllister