Imagine a place so welcoming, so homey, that it’s like you’ve taken, “a trip back in the past.” That’s what Big B’s Fruit Company is all about. Imagine rows and rows of organic fruit trees nestled sweetly in the hills of the Western Slope of Colorado. A fruit-lover’s paradise exists, and it can be found at Big B’s Fruit Company in Hotchkiss, CO.
This summer, Tony’s Market CEO, Daniel Rosacci, visited Big B’s to meet owner Jeff Schwartz and tour the orchard. “All of your team members are always welcome with us as friends & family,” Jeff told Daniel. This further demonstrating the hospitality and kindness of Big B’s.
“Jeff is just the nicest guy in the world,” Daniel recalls. “He was out walking us around the fields on crutches!”
Not to worry, though! Jeff has plenty of help. He and his family not only work the fields and run the business; they live right on the farm to be closer to the day-to-day operations and, of course, the fruit!
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“WHEN YOU STEP INTO DELICIOUS ORCHARDS, YOU STEP INTO A TIME WHEN EVERYTHING IS SIMPLE: GOOD FOOD AND GOOD FRIENDS ARE ABUNDANT AND ENTERTAINMENT IS A ROPE HANGING FROM A TREE BRANCH. COME ENJOY OUR FRESH PRODUCE, HOMEMADE CIDERS, AND JUICES. SWING FROM A TREE AND SIP LEMONADE. EAT HOMEMADE PIE. RELAX AND ENJOY.” – Big B’s
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, so stop by Tony’s to support Big B’s with a purchase of their delicious cider. (The spiced cider is great hot or cold, so it’s the perfect option for our unpredictable Colorado weather!)
Bob Kokes planted The Big B’s orchard in 1965, featuring a diverse selection of apples, cherries, pears, peaches, plums, and nectarines. He and Bernie Heideman started the juice company in 1973, making it an even older Colorado staple than Tony’s, which was founded in 1978.
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