This weekend, events are all about the harvest

By John Peel
Herald Staff Writer

By Darrin Parmenter

Weekends in this corner of the state are never long enough. Between the festivals, arts, outdoors and sports, it’s hard to fit it all in.

Well, Colorado State University Extension is making this weekend all the more challenging. Here’s what’s up:

While it shouldn’t take much of your day, we will be accepting fruits and vegetables for the Project Produce Bounty on Saturday. In fact, we made it even easier: We will also be accepting donations on Friday and Sunday. All three days someone will be here at the Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. As a reminder, this is a great opportunity to have others in our community experience the joy of fresh fruits and vegetables. It is also a great way to get rid of some of the tree fruit that the bears seem to be enjoying this year. If your fruit is ready to be picked (and most likely it is) then pick it! If you don’t have fruit on your tree then the aforementioned bear won’t destroy the aforementioned tree.

I will also be giving a talk on Saturday, “Choosing the Right Fruit Tree for the Durango Area,” from 10 to 11 a.m. at Durango Nursery and Supply. This is a fundraiser for The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado. It’s a great time to plant and a great time to support a wonderful organization. Ten percent of all sales from the entire day will benefit the Garden Project. Durango Nursery & Supply is at 271 Kay Cee Lane, just off La Posta Road (County Road 213) about a mile south of the Rivera Bridge (next to Home Depot).

Lastly, we will hold our annual apple “U-Pick” harvest for two days this year – from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Southwestern Colorado Research Station. The station is about 18 miles north of Cortez. Take U.S. Highway 491 to Road Z and turn left (west). The station is the first place on the left after you cross Road 17. The “U-Pick” will offer 40-plus varieties of fruit at 40 cents (!) per pound on a first-come first-served basis. People interested in picking must bring their own containers. or 382-6464. Darrin Parmenter is director and horticulture agent of the La Plata County Extension Office.

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