Farm News

Hurray for the Sentinels!

Did you know? Fruit trees go dormant - kind of like hibernating - in the cold of winter. Just like people, some trees are more tolerant of cold and some less so. That tolerance manifests as resistance to freeze injury. Uncertainty begins when warmer weather starts to set in with…
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April 11, 2019
Farm News
April 11, 2019

CSAs are open for you to buy in!

CSA shares are available from Ela Family Farms in Hotchkiss, our nine Front Range Farmer’s Market locations and a Tuesday pick up at Potager Restaurant in Denver.  We also partner with like-minded vegetable farms who offer an optional Ela CSA fruit share alongside their veggie shares.
Farm News
April 11, 2019

Annual Ela Family Farms Tour & Orchard Feast June 8th & 9th

Join us for a Western Slope weekend of winery tours! Saturday night dinner in the orchard, Sunday morning Ela orchard tour and lunch on the lawn. Mark your calendars for June 8th & 9th!
Farm News
February 4, 2019

Winter Update 2019

Winter time is here ~ snow is on the peaks, we are able to cross country ski around the orchards, and temps have dipped into the negative numbers at night! What else are we doing, you might wonder? We’re making dried fruit, cider, applesauce, and fruit butters. We keep the ingredients…
Farm NewsStewardship & Community
February 4, 2019

Gold Award from CO State Environmental Leadership Program

Ela Family Farms has been awarded Gold Status by the Colorado State Environmental Leadership Program for our efforts in community, land, air, and water stewardship. As part of those actions, we make every effort to reuse materials, and we invite your participation! We hope that you, like we, can continue by…
Farm News
July 22, 2016

The Color Purple

Sometimes it is really hard to wait, but the wait has been worth it.  After starting, then stopping, then hemming and hawing, sweet cherry harvest began in earnest ten days ago.  It is tricky to decide when cherries are ripe.  As they ripen, cherries first turn a straw color, then a pink,…
Farm NewsStewardship & Community
May 20, 2016

Bee Cause

We are going to raise our hands in the air and say it loud and clear - We support the Bee Cause!  Why?  Because!   Because bees are the quiet workers on the farm.  Without their work to pollinate apple, cherry, pear and plum flowers we would not get to enjoy…
Farm News
March 30, 2016

Waking up to spring

The end of March and the start of April always marks the start of new life on the farm.  And, the start of the worry of frost season. The feel of the farm air has changed from the continual chill of winter to the moist scents of spring.  Alfalfa and…
Farm News
September 25, 2015

“A” is for …

On a Friday afternoon when we should have coolers overflowing with apples and I should be trying to organize boxes and boxes of fruit to send to our various markets and wholesale accounts, it turns out that the farm is strangely quiet.  This year "A" is for absent, not apple.…
Farm News
August 28, 2015

Dog pile!

Mother Nature has a serious case of the grumpies this year.  She has been kind to us for so many years, that I guess it is to be expected that she might get out of the wrong side of the bed at some point.  But it is starting to feel…
Farm News
July 16, 2015

When the fruit grower goes silent…

On the day that we are starting to pick our peaches, I am finally sitting down to write the story of this spring.  This year, 2015, has everyone around here shaking their heads and muttering that we have never seen a year like it.  Yet, as they tasted the first…

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