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We are serious about Sustainability!

— An Ela Family Tradition —

Ela Family Farms is the first certified 100% organic, fourth-generation orchard in the Rocky Mountain West. Being able to bring you fruit is a joy! We look forward to seeing you this summer and fall at our
Farmer’s Markets


We are a zero food-waste business

We have developed an educated clientele at farmers markets (you!) which buys not only market-grade firsts but also buys the canning-grade imperfect fruit. Any fruit damaged further than that we use in our own commercial kitchen and even those scraps go to a pig farmer up the road. Nothing we harvest is wasted.

We use very minimal off-farm inputs

Our use of off-farm inputs (to nourish the trees) is minimal. We grow cover crops in between the tree rows which adds nutrients to the soil, helps create stability for complex soil ecosystems, and improves water retention in the soil

We use solar power

We supply about 80% of our electricity from our own PV solar panels – the maximum our local utility will allow us to install. And our commercial kitchen’s heat is largely supplied by hot-water solar panels mounted on its roof

We conserve water

Our irrigation system is the most water-conserving possible (entirely drip and micro-sprinkler) while also being almost entirely gravity-powered

We are at or close to carbon-neutral

A leading climate researcher has used our farm as a case study and found us to be at or very close to carbon-neutral

We are community-oriented

We are very involved in community development from local-scale mentoring to serving on state and national boards pertaining to organics, research, and health

Farm News

Come Camp & Tour 2024!

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We are hosting our annual spring farm tour on Sunday May 5th from 10:00 AM until noon and we would love to see you on the farm! Also, come the night before, Saturday May 4th, to camp out under the stars and wake to birdsong among the trees in the orchard. Bring…

What makes it a new year?

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a single luminaria, one of 127 this year, casting a gentle light onto the snow around it When we think of a new year we think of new beginnings, of light or maybe hope refreshed, of energy reinvigorated. What is the most powerful marker of those things, and when is…
Nascent peaches still surrounded by the remnants of their flowers.

Glorious spring

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Spring on the farm is a glorious time, especially this year after a winter with such an astounding snowpack. Inevitably the new life brings contemplations of life and years which have come before. Some aspects feel like kindness. Some are bittersweet. In all aspects, spring is a conduit of connection.…

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.

Enjoy our fruits all year long!

Our fresh organic fruit is available year-round online in the forms of Jams or Jellies, Fruit Butters,  ApplesaucesDried Fruits, & Artisan Gift Packs.

Other ways to participate

We are looking for ways to share more about where and how your food grows. See the button below – offering live video virtual learning and on-farm experiences this year!

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 100% 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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