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Monday, August 20, 2012

Fruita in Capitol Reef

The historic town of Fruita (settled in the 1880's) was gobbled up when Capitol Reef
was made a national park in 1972.
Today a one room schoolhouse, farmhouse, barn, outbuildings and a cabin are all that remain of the town.  Settlers had planted fruit orchards and now the approximately 2,500 trees are under the care of the Park Service.  The park orchards boast 341 different kinds of fruit trees and some nut trees.  Most of the orchards are fenced and are only open at harvest time.  The fruit is U-Pick and all is priced at $1.00/pound.  A beautiful grassy campground is in the middle of a few of the orchards and the park service allows campers to pick and eat fruit while they are camping.  One orchard in our campground was full of Red Delicious apple trees but they were still hard and green.  Surprisingly, many campers were filling sacks full of them.  There are herds and herds of mule deer roaming the campgrounds and orchards, eating the windfall and the grass under the trees.  They were surprisingly unafraid of visitors.  Even the wild turkeys seemed to take the 2 legged intruders in stride.  I was a bit alarmed at how many of the campers were picking up apples from the ground considering the deer roaming on the grass.  I'm guessing that they have not heard of E-Coli.  On a lighter note.....Ginger Gold apples, a cousin to Golden Delicious, were ripe and ready to harvest in the Jackson orchard. 
We picked and purchased 18 lbs. and after eating a lot of apples out of hand, I made something delicious with the rest.
Stay tuned.


  1. Hi Bonnie!
    Looks like you all had a wonderful time!

    We love to pick fruit in Fruita too!
    It's always so much fun to go down to the park, pick fruit and enjoy the beauty.

    Last year, we picked apples in Fruita to make apple butter with.
    It turned out so delicious.

    How lucky we are to have a great place like Capitol Reef so near to us.

    Have a great week!

    Smiles :)

  2. Oh my goodness, what a lot of apples! We have one apple tree that will have a few apples for us to pick, but nothing like the orchards you describe. Looking forward to what you made with your apples. Sauce? Pie? I hope it's pie.

  3. Oh, I can't wait to see the "delicious" you make, Bonnie!
    I am waiting impatiently for the fall apples.

  4. People were always surprised when they came to our orchard that we didn't use drops when making cider. It really isn't safe if deer have been in an orchard. All our drops are picked up and dumped at the back of our orchard to compost. When we make cider, we always pick from the trees and wash then before pressing.