Put simply, fruit from the western slope of Colorado is so delicious because of the warm days and cool nights. The hot Colorado summer sun heats Palisade’s Mesa and rock formations. The warmth radiates back onto the trees into the early evening, extending the fruit growing days. By morning the natural temperature of Colorado’s altitude dips to its low, bringing the sweetness to the fruit.
The area has a 178 day growing season and 78% sunshine!
And, there’s more. Produce, especially those famous Colorado peaches we sell at Tony’s, taste so good because…
- When produce is sold local, it ripens on the tree, not on a warehouse dock or transport truck. The fruit can stay on the tree 4-5 days longer. It’s the BEST way to ripen fruit.
- Did you know one limb may have 20 or more blossoms? The farmers Tony’s Market chooses hand prune these blossoms and baby fruit to about 4-5 per branch. Taking most the fruit off produces less fruit, BUT the fruit it produces is larger, sweeter, and more flavorful.
- When there is no mechanical removal of peach fuzz or waxing of the fruit you have less handling and less bruising.
Featuring Black Bear Orchards
Brian Cox and his wife, Rebekah, own and operate Black Bear Orchards, a 100-acre Peach, Cherry, Pear, and Apple Orchard in Palisade, Colorado. They grow 12 varieties of peaches alone! Brian is a second generation peach farmer and knows nothing other than growing some of the greatest organic stone fruit in Colorado (or the NATION).
Side note: we are pleased to have also brought Brian’s first crop cherries to Tony’s!
Brian is a second generation peach farmer and knows nothing other than growing organic stone fruit. We are pleased to have also brought Brian’s first crop cherries to Tony’s!
Next time you are in Tony’s Market, stop by and see what Colorado produce we have waiting for you.
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