Palisade peaches: inside look on packing process

By: Taylor Temby Email
By: Taylor Temby Email

Walking through the grocery store these days, you may recognize some popular local fruits. Though peaches are grown right in the valley, a lot of hard work goes into putting them on store shelves.

Many people may not know the in-depth process it takes to get the peaches from the trees to your supermarket. At Talbott Farms, there are between 30 and 40 people working to make sure those peaches get to stores from Texas all the way to Minnesota.

They don't have to share, but with peaches this good, why wouldn’t you spread the wealth? Talbott Farms in Palisade sends its peaches to supermarkets across the state, but in other states across the country. Those include Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska the Dakotas and Wyoming.

Peach growers like the Talbotts have been sending their juicy fruit back to the Midwest for years.

"We still today, 100 years later, ship fruit into the Midwest from the Palisade area," Charlie Talbott of Talbott Farms said.

But when ChaTalbott says “ship,” don't think it's just picking a peach and boxing it up. These peaches get the royal treatment.

"We’ll weight it, identify it, and then we'll put it in the packing process," Talbott said.

Leaves are removed, peaches are rinsed and then it's onward to be sorted, washed and stuck with stickers. Peaches are sorted and packed according to their size and quality.

"From there we will palletize it and prepare it for shipment to various destinations,” Talbott said.

It's a lot of work, no doubt, but the Talbott’s want the fruit to look uniform and arrive fresh to wherever they end up.

"Most typically they are harvested and packed same or next day, and on the truck the day they're packed or the next morning," Talbott said.

These Palisade peaches are seen in stores across the state and country, so the Visitor and Convention Bureau is hoping some people will see them and be inspired to make a trip.

"Come here to visit them at the source. To go see the orchards, to go see the Talbott’s as you did, and to come spend some money in Mesa County," Mistalynn Meyeraan with the Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau said.

Whether off the tree or in a shopping cart, they're juicy, delicious and fresh.

"We’ve got some really good support in the retailers over on the Front Range,” Talbott said.

Life is peachy with Palisade peaches. Talbott’s peaches can be found at City Market, King Soopers, Albertsons, Safeway and even Sprouts.

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