Masonville Orchard U-Pick
Unfortunately for 2016, our U-pick operation will not be open. We hope to open in the fall of 2017 but it all depends on what Mother Nature throws at us!
History of the U-Pick
Check in periodically and you can see our progress. This will be a unique operation for us. None of our other orchards are really suited for U-pick. We felt we had to start from a greenfield site to set it up the right way. Because many of our great customers inquire about U-pick opportunities, we finally felt it was time to do something about it!! Be patient (as we must be), it will take time, as in years....but should be a good thing once we get it where we want it. Some of the initial trees will be: Sansa, Cameo, Honeycrisp, Snowsweet, Blondee, Empire, Wealthy, Gravenstein, Cortland, Haralson, Arkansas Black, Akane, Norland, Ginger Gold, Yellow Transparent, Pristine, CandyCrisp, Cinnamon Spice, Ozark Gold, KinderCrisp, Zestar, Dandee Red, Redfree, Shizuka, Bella....along with some other unusual varieties (what else would you expect from us!!) There also will be some Asian Pears and Plums too.
Views of Longs Peak and front range from the Ault site. Putting in the water tap....let the fun begin!
Walt digging the holes for the 1st trees. Kevin standing with the 1st trees planted...Cortlands.
500 ft spools of dripline getting ready to be set, over 1 1/2 miles of line just for the first year
Trees with dripline in place. Happy trees finally getting water (must be happy - it's blooming!).
First year blooms look good but rarely produce fruit. This tree is not
big enough yet to support the fruit.
Kevin and the trees before weeding and the weedmats and mulch go in. Walt loading the mulch. Mulching isn't the worst job in the orchard...but weeding
probably is....so mulching reduces how much time we have to spend doing
the jobs we really don't like...ie weeding!
Trees lookin' & feelin' good, no more free loading weeds!! The next step is building a barn for fruit and equipment storage.
The red shed, apple barn is coming together! The cold storage unit is up and running in the red shed.
High fencing around the property to protect the trees and fruit from deer & elk. A few of the 500 additional trees going into the Ault orchard in March 2013.
Dandee Red Akane and Pristine
Winter Banana Cortland