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Photo Essay - An Apricot's Journey

We’re always super nervous for our first apricot delivery. Even if a growers crop makes it through late season frost, they are still very susceptible to hail and wind damage. So when we got a call from our grower saying they were going to begin harvest, we jumped at the chance to see it for ourselves, something we’ve never done before. We made the trip to the Palisade area in Colorado to see something new (to us).

Photo Essay - An Apricot's Journey
We parked at the farm and followed the growers to where the organic apricots grow, a half mile away. They were in a hurry given how small a harvest window apricots have. We were just happy to be out of the cellar and took it slow.
Photo Essay - An Apricot's Journey

The pickers were hard at work picking by hand when we get to the apricot rows. This farm uses over a dozen pickers all summer long for their organic fruit orchards.

Photo Essay - An Apricot's Journey

This year we ordered 10,000 lbs of Colorado organic apricots! This trailer was loaded when we arrived with 4 of the 18 bins they had yet to pick.

Photo Essay - An Apricot's Journey
Perfection apricots on the left, and Riland apricots on the right. Perfection is usually the variety you’ll see in a grocery store and are nice and big with a soft wax like skin, while Riland apricots are much smaller and velvety with an amazing fruity aroma. We’re making a blend this summer that will be 100% Riland, something we’ve never done before.
Photo Essay - An Apricot's Journey

Row after row of hand picking, it’s finally break time. While the harvesters rested, so did these ladders.

Photo Essay - An Apricot's Journey
Spiders are one of the many bugs you’ll encounter in the fields, you’ve got to be careful where you walk!
Photo Essay - An Apricot's Journey

Once the bins are filled on the trailer they are forklifted off and loaded onto a gooseneck trailer for delivery to us in Glenwood!

Photo Essay - An Apricot's Journey

24 hours or less after harvest, the apricots are delivered to us!

Photo Essay -  An Apricot's Journey
We unload them one by one with a rented extend a boom forklift. Burlap sacks are used to cover the delicate apricots during transportation.
Photo Essay  - An Apricot's Journey

This was the largest single fruit delivery we’ve ever got, so I had no choice but to take a cheesy picture.

Photo Essay - An Apricots Journey

Once we got all the apricots inside, we wait for them to ripen to juicy and liquid perfection. Then comes the real hard part, hand processing 10,000 pounds of organic apricots!