Peach Picking in Palisade, Colorado

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Iis Palisade peach season.  Probably the best peaches I have ever sunk my teeth into.  Super juicy, fragrant, and simply delicious.  If you haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying a Palisade peach, let me give you the low down on theses delectable treasures.  The Grand Valley, where the peaches are grown, has hot days and cool nights which are a perfect combination for bringing out the natural sugars in the peaches and growing big fruit.  I grew up eating peaches in California, and no offense to California but the peaches were always very dry, mealy, and tart.  They were picked too early for transport and were not given enough time to develop enough natural sugar (thanks visitgj for this information).  So, you can imagine my amazement and pure joy when I bit into a chin-dripping Palisade peach for the first time.  Yummy!  image

There are two types of Palisade peaches, cling and freestone.  Both terms refer to the way the peach sticks to the pit.  Cling peaches stick to the pit and freestone peaches don’t.  I like both but prefer freestone peaches when cooking.  They are just easier to cut into when making cobblers or adding them to my overnight oats.

imageWe usually buy our peaches at the local Farmers Markets or we take the short drive to Palisade and buy them at the various orchards.

Recently, we decided to pick our own peaches.  We randomly stopped at Mt. Lincoln Peach Co.  We went later in the day and on a weekday so it was quiet, which I love.  When we arrived we received a box for gathering the peaches, we were also given a map showing which trees were ready for peach picking, and we were on our way.  It was a fun experience.  The orchards are green and lush with tons of ripe peaches that are extremely fragrant.  While picking peaches, a perfect view of Mt. Garfield, the Bookcliffs, and the Grand Mesa can be seen in the distance.  Helpful tip:  wear closed toe shoes, preferably tennis shoes.  The orchards were a little muddy and I was wearing a pair of dressy flats, not a good idea!image

A city girl, it was really neat seeing chickens and roosters nearby making the whole experience “a little country.”  I loved it.  imageThe pick your own peaches at this location were $1.00 a pound.  We ended up buying $8.51 (to be exact) worth of peaches.  We went home and I immediately made peach cobbler.  So good!

 

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There are many orchards and “you pick” orchards in Palisade, please visit– visitpalisade.com for more information.

If you haven’t had a Palisade peach yet, don’t worry, Palisade peach season usually runs until September.  Also, you can celebrate Palisade peaches at the annual Palisade Peach Festival, August 17-20, 2017.  For more festival information please visit–palisadepeachfest.com

Check out–“Selecting the Perfect Palisade Peaches,” at visitgrandjunction.com

Please leave a comment letting me know your thoughts on Palisade peaches.

Mat Kearney in Fort Collins

We went to the Taste of Fort Collins (https://lovelivingincolorado.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/taste-of-fort-collins/) on Sunday.

http://tasteoffortcollins.com/

If you haven’t been I highly recommend going next year.  I found discount tickets for the event through Living Social.  I am a big Mat Kearney fan and he was the music headliner on Sunday.  Our tickets through Living Social ended up costing $15.00 each.  I don’t know many concerts that cost only $15.00.  Mat Kearney was fantastic!  His lovely voice was just as impressive at the Taste of Fort Collins as it is on the radio or on a CD.  Mat Kearney got the audience involved and at one point he even ran through the crowd.  The pictures below are of Mat Kearney at the Taste of Fort Collins.  (Please excuse the grainy quality of the pictures I was using my phone to take the pictures).

Mat Kearney running through the crowd!

The crowd at the Taste of Fort Collins watching Mat Kearney.

We did eat at the Taste of Fort Collins.  We had a great tasting gyro, some oysters, and a spicy chicken sausage sandwich.  But the real reason we attended was to see Mat Kearney

If you are a Mat Kearney fan he will be back in Colorado at the Red Rocks Amphitheater on September 19, 2012.

http://www.redrocksonline.com/CalendarEventDisplay.aspx?id=170306

**The High Park Fire was visible from I-25 on the way to Fort Collins.  These pictures are of the sky above a Taste of Fort Collins.  By the time we left Fort Collins the smell of smoke was pretty intense.  A prayer to those fighting the blazes.  Also a prayer to those affected by this fire.

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20831039/high-park-fire-colorado-wildfire-near-fort-collins?source=rss

Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland, Colorado

I am not quite sure where to begin.  Frozen Dead Guy Days has been recommended to us more than once.  We have not made it to Nederland……yet!  However, if you are visiting Colorado in March you may want to schedule your trip around this festival.  According to the website http://frozendeadguydays.org/ the festival is going into its 11th year and in 2007 it was named by the Chicago Tribune as one of the country’s top 100 festivals not to be missed and in 2010 they won the Colorado Governor’s Award for best promotional event.

The event surrounds Grandpa Bredo who died in 1989.  He is still in Nederland frozen solid.  Grandpa Bredo has been cryogenically preserved.  I know this sounds strange but this festival is a really big deal.  At the festival they have coffin racing, a parade of hearses, live music, polar plunging, and the list goes on.  I read over the Frozen Dead Guys Days story (http://frozendeadguydays.org/aboutfdgd) and I am gathering from the story that Grandpa Bredo doesn’t “come out” for the festival but instead people can have a celebratory drink up at the Tuff Shed where he takes up residence.

This year’s festival was March 2nd-4th 2012.  We will plan to go next year.  It is one of those things that you have to see to believe!

Nederland, CO