Greetings Everyone ,
The day is finally here where we open our U-pick operation! Seems like it has been an eternity in coming. There has been fruit in it for a few years but between weather events and just self-inflicted operational issues, we just haven’t had it together. Not sure I do this time either, but we are going forward!
Our “normal” operations will be Saturday & Sunday from 9 am - 4 pm. We will open this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, August 11 & 12 from 9-4pm. No reservations required! The U-Pick address is 42135 Weld Co Rd 43, Ault, CO. See website (www.masonvilleorchard.com) for map.
Highly probable will be open Saturdays and Sundays starting August 17. I say “probable” since this early in the season, the fruit ripening dictates our schedule. To answer your question “yes,” it is early… we picked some varieties at the end of July, a 1st for us… many of our varieties are 2 weeks ahead of normal, probably due to weather. So here is what we will have this week… U-pick apples, Pristine, Williams Pride, Dandee Red, State Fair & Zestar… and Summercrisp Pears. Will also have available for sale already picked Ubileen Pears, Summercrisp Pears, Early Italian Plums, Pristine Apples and some Red Haven Peaches. The Ubileen Pears and Early Italian Plums could not wait until the U-pick opened, we had to get them off the trees as they were dropping… picked a number of Summercrisp Pears, but there are some still left in the orchard. The Red Haven Peaches come from a friend of mine on the western slope, very nice peaches at a good price. U-pick prices: $10 per basket (roughly 5 lbs), $35 per ½ bushel, $60 per bushel…… 2nds for pressing $25 (limited supply).
Will also have our full line of Jams, Jelly, Preserves and Fruit Salsas available along with Papa Joe’s Honey (Loveland) and Rocky Mountain Salsa (Fort Collins). We do not sell foods/snacks but you are welcome to bring your own to munch on. We do have bottled water and soft drinks for sale.
There are a few rules for the U-pick and here they are:
(1) Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash. Please pick up after your dogs.
(2) If you plan to purchase apples and press into cider, you must bring your own cider containers....a bushel is required to operate the press. 1 bushel of apples will produce between 2 - 3 gallons of cider (varies with variety).
(3) Park at the back of the orchard. The hay wagon will pick you up from the parking area and take you to the starting point (country store) for instructions on which line to pick.
(4) Have fun, it's an orchard!
(5) Checks, cash and credit cards are accepted.
(6) Whatever I make up along the way!!
For those of you who are interested in when we start our Farmer’s Markets in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Longmont & Boulder… looks like we are targeting August 18th, assuming we can get enough help to get it rolling.
If you have any questions, let me know.