After the tree-killing freeze of October 2020, you – our community – came together with the most soul-touching support for our farm and orchards. You showed us we really are connected, and reaffirmed our belief that it is human nature to care about each other. Thank you. You’ve made a difference.
It will be a few years before we can fully fill in the gaps left by the trees which died from the freeze. But we are building back, bit by bit. We were able to replace a couple acres of lost trees in 2021 and they grew beautifully.
As last season went along some previously planted peach trees surprised us by surviving when we thought they were likely to die, and sadly some peach blocks we’d thought had survived actually just gave up their last gasp.
In the spring of 2022 we are hoping to replant another 4-7 acres of peaches. We are doing a dance of happiness and hope for what was a better fall, a winter with moisture, and with luck a mild and wet spring. CSA fruit shares will be on offer again this coming year!
We invite your farm-forward involvement in three ways:
Adopt a Tree (or Three!)
As climate change makes harsh weather events even more impactful, we know no single family can go it alone. Be part of the resilience backstop, supporting organic fresh food in our local supply chain at its roots.
Join our fruit CSA this year!
We will be opening our fruit CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in early April. Enjoy your weekend coffee and know your fruit will still be waiting for you at the market, no need to hurry for the opening bell! Enrollment will be limited to 300 shares this year.
Other ways to participate
We are offering virtual learning and on-farm experiences this year, looking for ways to share more about where and how your food grows. See the buttons below!
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
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.
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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.
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