Updated August 28, 2015
We are now open for the season. We are currently picking McIntosh and Gala. On Saturday August 29 we will allow limited picking of Honeycrisp. This is only a small crop and won't last long. On September 5 we will open most of the rest of the orchard which has a small crop of Jonathan, a decent crop of Haralson, and a few other varieties in small amounts. There are some hail scars on many of the apples, but they taste as good as always.
We still have a few peaches from Palisade by the box or by the pound. We have lots of Bartlett pears.
The bees produced some honey this year!
On November 10 after weeks of pleasant weather the temperature dropped to 14 below zero. Unfortunately some of the heritage varieties from moderate climates like Roxbury Russet, Ashmeads, and Hudson's Golden Gem were still green and growing and were killed outright, along with Granny Smith trees all over this area. Some others lost their flower buds for this year's crop. The northern varieties were smarter and shed their leaves earlier - most of them did just fine. We planted 130 new trees this spring, mostly Honeycrisp, Autumn Crisp, Champagne, Jonathan, Empire and Cortland.
We planted pumpkins at the end of May and they are doing very well with all the moisture this year. Pumpkin patch will open September 12.
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Please ask first before unloading your dog to accompany you. We usually allow dogs, but they must be on a leash due to the number of other visitors, children, loose chickens and pet cats around the farm.
Remember, this is an outdoor activity conducted on a working farm. Please dress appropriately and wear suitable shoes. The ground is uneven, there are irrigation ditches, fallen apples are underfoot, weeds obscure the ground, you may encounter insects, and the weather can change rapidly. If you come prepared you will be safe and have more fun. We do not allow ladders, and tree climbing is not permitted.
Third Street Apples is a five acre working apple orchard located in the small community of Penrose, Colorado. We are one of only a few "pick-your-own" apple orchards east of the continental divide, with over 40 varieties of apples, a pick-your-own pumpkin patch with our own home-grown pumpkins, beehives, a small store, and a variety of dogs, cats, and chickens. We offer a real slice of country life with no admission charge and no frills. Our form of "entertainment" is a quiet afternoon with the family picking apples, and absorbing the sights, sounds (and occasional smells) of an agricultural community. We think its wonderful when people take the time to learn a little about our disappearing farming heritage. Bring a picnic lunch (we do have picnic tables and a portable restroom) , and be sure to bring a camera.
Penrose was established in 1909 on land owned by Spencer Penrose who made a fortune selling goods to miners at Cripple Creek and Victor. He developed the Beaver Park Land and Irrigation Company as a means of providing food, including beef, vegetables and fresh fruit for the mining communities and for his resort hotel at the Broadmoor. In its heyday there were nearly 3,000 acres of fruit trees in the area, and the orchards were profitable in part because apples ripen about two weeks earlier here than in the upper midwest. Two fruit packing houses once shipped apples from Penrose to Chicago by the trainload- today there are less than 100 acres of managed orchards in all Fremont County. Changing climate, competition from other areas like eastern Washington State, and changes in the availability of irrigation water have made orcharding more difficult than it once was. Fortunately there are still a few orchards for you to visit.
Third Street Apples was once part of a larger orchard known as Singing Hills. The original orchard was planted in about 1910, replanted by John Molello in about 1949 (the big old trees you see in our orchard are part of this planting). In about 1982 the big standard trees were "interplanted" with semi-dwarf trees. Since Lance and Gail Tyler purchased the orchard in 1997, additional plantings were made in 1999, 2003 and 2006. There are now about 500 trees in the orchard, with 30 different varieties including many old-time "heritage" varieties as well as the familiar grocery store types. Since different apples ripen at different times from August into November, you will have to plan more than one trip to sample them all!