In October 2020 a radical temperature drop of close to 70° Farenheit created a freeze so severe over 20 acres of trees died. After having cut into many smaller branches looking for live cambium (the layer under the bark which transports nutrients throughout the tree), watch Steve finally resort to cutting a large cherry tree limb in his quest to find living wood.
Join Grocer Pete Marczyk in this PBS produced Great Ingredients exploration of what goes into a “tree ripe peach”. If you want to know what a truly tree ripe peach is, watch to the end for the culminating schloop the peach off the tree shot!
Steve answers questions about farming and the farming business in this video interview for the Colorado Social History project.
In this video from the PBS Show called "Tastemakers", you travel to Jack Rabbit Hill Farm in Hotchkiss, CO, where a biodynamic farmer is crafting wines that express his farm’s high-desert environment. Ela Family Farms is interviewed about sustainable growing and local excellence - collaborating with grower Lance Hanson who uses our fruit in Jack Rabbit Hills' eau de vies and liquors.
In this video by the Real Organic Project, Steve shares how he manages his organic perennial fruit orchard with a holistic eye. Grateful for the long view that a multi-year crop like trees gives the grower, Steve and family implement highly sophisticated low-impact practices that “benefit the commons” rather than polluting. Steve shares his secrets to naturally controlling the infamous apple codling moth and green peach aphids – pests that result in the massive use of harmful pesticides in conventional fruit production. In the 1950s, Steve’s grandfather was one of the first to plant cover crops for fertility in a fruit orchard.
This short video, produced by Grocer and Chef Mick Rosacci, looks at our farm and how we produce great tasting fruit. It covers a quick overview of cover crops, water, thinning and picking with a focus on peaches.
While not specific to our farm, this is a wonderful historical view of the Colorado peach industry. This movie produced by the Peach Administrative Council was used to market Colorado peaches in the mid-twentieth century. The film was rediscovered several years ago and digitized thanks to the generosity of Talbott Farms. It includes original time lapse photography of flowers opening, stilt walkers, and icing down train cars before mobile refrigeration was developed. We can only aspire to having cheerleaders picking our peaches in the future!