Nothing’s sweeter than picking a fruit straight off the vine or tree, and eating it right then and there. And at Kelley Orchards, each product aims for exactly that taste sensation.
Ron Kelley’s family has been in the orchard business since the 1930s, with roots in Southern California’s citrus industry. When Ron moved to Idaho in 1986, he decided to continue the family trade in the Treasure Valley near Weiser, where long summer days and cool nights create the perfect conditions to grow fruit. Ron, his wife Kimi, and their three kids now grow multiple varieties of apples, peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries, pears, berries, and tomatoes, selling at their Barn Store, at the Boise Farmer’s Market, and as pick-your-own to local buyers in Payette and Weiser.
In response to popular demand, the Kelleys recently began offering dried fruit. Drying offers the family a source of income in the winter when fresh local fruit is scarce, and has the added benefit of reducing harvest waste. Their dried apples, apricots, peaches, nectarines, pears, plums, and pluots are produced without the use of sulfur, oil, or preservatives, making for a bite that’s as flavorful as fresh-picked. And for those looking for a sweet treat, they also offer dried cinnamon apples with a light dusting of sugar. Find the fruits of their labor every Saturday at the Boise Farmer’s Market at 11th and Front from 9am-1pm.
Stop by the Albertsons Farmer’s Market to learn more about this year’s Farm Family Today winners.