Taste of late summer is sweet and fleeting

Produce stand operator Matt Hauser selects Colorado white peaches for a customer in front of Durango High School. In line from foreground are Geri Cramer, Ed Williams, Ginny Brown and Carol Stoner. Enlarge photo

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Produce stand operator Matt Hauser selects Colorado white peaches for a customer in front of Durango High School. In line from foreground are Geri Cramer, Ed Williams, Ginny Brown and Carol Stoner.

With summer comes yearnings for fresh Colorado produce, and with the Palisade Peach Festival taking place this weekend, a number of roadside stands are providing produce at its peak.

MLS Fruit and Gott Brothers Orchard are offering famous Palisade peaches and Olathe sweet corn among other items such as watermelon and peppers.

Matt Hauser, who was helping a constant flow of customers Thursday at MLS Fruit in front of Durango High School, said they drive to Grand Junction every day or two to provide the freshest produce. Hauser also manages a farm in Mancos.

While handing out samples of white peaches and cantaloupe, several regular customers, concerned the stand would end with the start of school, were reassured. MLS will be at the same location on weekends, moving to 30th Street and Main Avenue during the week through Oct. 16.

As summer changes to fall, new offerings will be available, such as apples, blackberries, squash and pumpkin. Green-chile roasting will begin this weekend.

Meanwhile, at the Gott Brothers stand just north of Home Depot, Will Norris passed out tomatoes from Grand Junction to eager customers. The stand is one of six locations Gott Brothers operates in Southwest Colorado and now Farmington.

Vendors at both stands said sales have been swift this year.

Cathy Roberts, left, selects tomatoes, while Adele Rittmueller loads up on Olathe sweet corn at the Gott Brothers stand near Home Depot. Enlarge photo

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Cathy Roberts, left, selects tomatoes, while Adele Rittmueller loads up on Olathe sweet corn at the Gott Brothers stand near Home Depot.

Adele Rittmueller leaves the Gott Brothers stand near Home Depot. Enlarge photo

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Adele Rittmueller leaves the Gott Brothers stand near Home Depot.

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