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The Palisade




42nd Annual Peach Festival Celebrates Palisade’s Agricultural History

variety of activities occur in downtown Palisade By Darralee Mathews, General Manager, Palisade Tribune throughout Peach Festival By a lucky circumstance in the late 1880s some Iowa farmers figured out that the east end of the Grand Valley of weekend. Aside from the activities, the Western Slope of Colorado was a great place to grow peaches. A man named J.L. Oliver planted the first trees in 1891, nearly 120 years ago. Part of Palisade’s secret was enjoy great shopping, dining, and your the “million dollar wind” which blows through the valley and keeps the fruit trees from freezing most of favorite beverage at the Palisade Brewing the time, and much thought and effort was given to the irrigation canals that water our dry valley even Company and Peach Street Distillers. Come join today. For years Grand Junction had a peach day and peach queens, but to be honest, Palisade was too us and discover the ambience, historic charm and busy. Most of the town was somehow involved with the peach harvest. It wasn’t until 1968 that excitement that downtown Palisade has to offer. Palisade claimed its heritage and started its own Peach Festival. Most of today’s peach farmers are still too busy harvesting peaches to attend, but they don’t mind if we celebrate the wonderful

Thurs., Aug. 19 Fri., Aug. 20

Sat., Aug. 21 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Sun., Aug. 22 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

So let’s celebrate peaches!

Here is a local’s guide for visitors to the Peach Festival. This will tell you how to get the most out of your Peach Festival experience. When you get to town pick up a Palisade Tribune. It should have more complete information and some maps you may need in it. The cost to get into the festival at the park is $4 per adult per day. Children aged 6-12 are $3. Kids under 6 are free. Most downtown events are free. No dogs are allowed in the park, not even little ones, please. Festival Opens at Riverbend Park From downtown and several other spots you can catch the free shuttles to Riverbend Park. All you have to do is park your car, get on the shuttle and avoid the congested and confusMusic/Entertainment ing drive. The shuttle comes by about every 20 minutes and drops you right at the park, and Carriage Rides one is almost always waiting when you are ready to go. Agritours are fun and educational for the whole family. One of the most fun things to do Art Demos- Downtown Palisade on a visit to Palisade is the Agritours. Special Peach Festival tours will run all weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Palisade Chamber website ( or can give you all the options. “Feast in the Fields” This year there are two opportunities to take part in special dining events. A four-course gourmet dinner will be held Friday night at Z’s Orchard and Saturday Peach Festival Parade night at High Country Orchard. Both dinners will feature Palisade peaches, wine and produce. Seating is limited, reservations are required. Check out the Chamber’s website for menus and Festival Opens at Riverbend Park more details. Downtown Palisade has lots to offer its guests. All weekend downtown Palisade will have live Carriage Rides music in the Town Center Plaza. The restaurants will offer special peach centered menus for quiet sit down family dinners. Stop in at the Palisade Brewery for a hand crafted beer or the Peach Street Art Demos- Downtown Distillers for a taste of their great vodkas, gin, grappa, whiskey, bourbon and brandy. Our fine art galleries, antique store and other shops will have great deals for the weekend. Music and Friday afternoon from 1 to 8 p.m. at Riverbend Park there will be vendors Entertainment and live music. Peach Cuisine seminars will be offered from 2 to 7 p.m. -Downtown Palisade and all day Saturday. In downtown Palisade there will be music by the Rocky Mountain Ramblers and art demos from 6 to 9 p.m. You can begin early Saturday morning with the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park at Main and Front St. Not only do you get hot, delicious pancakes, ham, coffee and orange Palisade Sunday juice, but sliced peaches all for $5. The Peach Festival Parade begins at 9 a.m. at 3rd and Main. Market The Festival at Riverbend Park opens at 10 a.m. and runs to 6 p.m. There will be live music all day. This year there will be a “beer garden”. There is a peach-eating contest for the kids and seminars on peach cuisine all day. There is also Fruit Grower’s History tent where you can see a vintage travelogue done by the railroad about Palisade peaches. In downtown Palisade there will be music in the Town Center Plaza from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Pedal, Paddle, Pedal - On Sunday a new event is Pedal, Paddle, Pedal, a three-stage race featuring mountain biking, flat-water river racing and road biking. For more information on this race, visit the Chamber website.

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Sponsor Bios Clark Family Orchards

James A. Clark, one of the first fruit growers in the valley, purchased 20 acres of wild land where he plowed and planted peaches in the late 1800s. Every generation since has grown fruit in the Palisade area. Now, six generations and over 100 years later, the Clark family is still actively farming fruit at the East end of the Palisade area. The farm now consists of 100 acres of owned and leased ground, which raises cherries, apricots, peaches, pears, and plums along with a vegetable garden. We sell our produce across the state and the midwest including Oklahoma and Texas. We offer our fruit and veggies for direct pick up at local fruit stand on 3929 Hwy 6, along with jams, jellies, salsas, and more. We also offer tours of our orchards on our shady, horse-drawn, handi-capped accessible trolley wagon.

Alida’s Fruits

Western Colorado’s Premier Gift and Souvenir Shop, Alida’s Fruits specializes in gifts, produce, and products grown and/ or made on the magnificent Western Slope of the beautiful Colorado Rockies. Enjoy a taste of Western Colorado! Come try our newest homemade syrup flavor. “Very Berry” it’s a blend of blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Or, try our new homemade exotic jam flavors, such as jalapeno-strawberry or Smoked Applewood Butter, which was the winning recipe in Alida’s first nation-wide recipe contest via Facebook. com. You can also find Alida and Farmer Bob on, “Jammin’ with

Farmer Bob.” In addition to our allowing us to achieve maxicomplete line of fresh veggies mum results by adding to the and fruits in season, we also of- complexity and flavor of the fer Bolita Beans, Anasazi Beans, fruit. Tasting Room open daily. Blue Cornmeal, and so much (970)464-4959 more! Find us at 3402 C ½ Road on East Orchard Mesa, Palisade Colorado or 500 Main Street, Grand Junction Colorado. (970) Nestled in a lush valley at the 464-8769 foot of Mt. Garfield is Z’s Orchards and Produce. This family-owned orchard produces a wide variety of produce throughout the 182-day growing season. Dazzling zinnia and sunflower fields A favorite saying of Chef/ embellish the orchards and garOwner John Barbier is, “Life is dens. Photographers and artists too short for cheap wine!” John capture the country charm and grew up in the Loire Valley in traces of history. From the first France, where his family had crops of sweet cherries, apricots been making wine for the past and raspberries in early June, to 150 years. His 4.5 acre vineyard, succulent peaches mid-to-late Maison la Belle Vie (French for summer, to the delicious fall “House of Beautiful Life”) was apples, Z’s Orchards and Proplanted 8 years ago. The first duce is dedicated to growing vintages from the estate winery, the highest quality fruit crops were introduced in 2006 and in- in the world. We hope you enjoy cluded Merlot, Cabernet Sauvi- the “‘Fruits’ of our labor!” —The gnon, Syrah, Rosé and Muscat; a Z’s Orchards and Produce Famdessert wine that is traditional in ily. 315 33-3/4 Road, Palisade, the Loire Valley in France. Maison Colorado (970) 434-6267 Visit us la Belle Vie has now added Strait at area Farmer’s Markets or our Merlot, and Strait Syrah and a online market as well www.zs wonderful new Rosé enjoyed by many in France as well as the famous Vin de Peche; a Muscat, fortified with peaches - a recipe from John’s family that has been handed down through the generations since the late 1800’s. A As long-time residents of Hanew addtion is a hand crafted waii we bring the Spirit of Aloha walnut liquor with blackberry to our farm and fruit. “Aloha” is that is simply delicious. Under sending and receiving a positive the direction of John Barbier, energy, Aloha is living in harMaison la Belle Vie has learned mony with oneself and the land; how to grow the best fruit, living with respect. All of this is which makes for the best wine. embodied in our 100% Certified Mr. Barbier’s experience and Organic farmland, fruit trees expertise in winemaking and as and sweet juicy peaches. We well as intimate knowledge of invite you to take a free tour of the arid high-desert region of our Organic orchard and let us western Colorado has helped in illustrate how Organic farming Barbier’s transition from grow- is different from conventional ing fruit in France, to Colorado. farming. See how we enrich the The age-old practice of “dry- land, manage water, and control farming” is still used pests to produce today in our such healthy v i n e - fruit that yard is so perfectly ripe.

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Aloha Organic Fruits

Our 11 varieties of peaches allow us to harvest and ship truly tree-ripened peaches continuously from July to October. Our farm store is a Hawaiian experience. Along with healthy fruits, vegetables and organic juices we carry some of our favorite Hawaiian sweet things. Kona coffee, Hawaiian teas, macadamia nuts and Hawaiian juices to name a few. Did I mention the views? Here on G Road in Palisade one can sit on our store front porch and enjoy Mt. Garfield up close. From the orchard the eastern view of Grand Mesa is overwhelming. Come, enjoy… Aloha!

Kokopelli Farm & Produce

Kokopelli Farm & Produce is a fruit and vegetable market featuring local organic peaches. We also offer vine-ripened tomatoes, squash, beans, cherries, organic produce, honey, jams and jellies, dried fruit and more. Colorado gifts and souvenirs. Kids are invited to play in the corn bin and ride the pedal tractors. Ask us about the “Million Dollar Breeze” during your tour of our organic peach orchards - in an historic setting above the Colorado River. Ride our orchard hoopie, explore the packing shed, and visit our farm market. We are located right off of I-70 Exit 46, just east of Palisade, Colorado. 464-4991 www.

Palisade Peach Festival Guide  

A supplemental publication produced by the Palisade Tribune, and offered to Villager Newspaper readers, introducing the 42nd annual Palisade...

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