Community Celebrates Last Palisade Farmers Market
KREX News Room
PALISADE, Colo. After a little rain people were out enjoying, themselves at the last farmer's market on Sunday.
Farmers say they're preparing themselves for next year.
They say that the last winter’s frost was strong and most of them have protection.
“I put in heaters in the orchard and that helped quite a bit,” said Steven Sheer, owner of Aloha Organic Fruit.
“We were able to save a bunch of our crops this year with the two wind machines that we have at Z's Orchard,” said Carol Zadrozny of Z’s Orchards.
Some customers were even shocked to see a lot of produce this year.
“I was very surprised at how much stuff seemed to do very well. I know the peaches were hit real hard. But overall I say we are very fortunate,” said Chris Henson, customer
Unfortunately for Barbara Bikki, she could not use her wind machines.
“We could not turn them on because of the fierceness wind," said Bikki.
Bikki has been in this industry for 56 years and she said the harvest was very different after losing 70 percent of her crops.
“It will leave a dent on fruit that is still on a tree, some of them might escape because of the leaves and the branches,” said Bikki.
However, she says she is very blessed to be able to sell as much has she did.
She also has a message for the winter season.
“The farmer is always ready, we never give up,” said Bikki.
Farmers say they can't predict what's going to happen this winter. But hope to continue to be lucky.
Many farm owners invite folks to stop by their orchards and shop at their markets.