For The Cortez Journal
The Colorado State University Extension's annual apple "U-Pick" harvest is Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the CSU Southwestern Colorado Research Station, about 18 miles north of Cortez.
To get there, take U.S. 491 to Road Z and turn west. The station is the first place on the left after Road 17.
The "U-Pick" will offer 40-plus varieties of fruit at 50 cents per pound on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is limited quantities of fruit this year because of a late freeze, so arrive early. Also, a hailstorm this has damaged some of the fruit. Pickers must bring their own containers, and should wear footwear appropriate for the weather and orchard conditions. No pets are allowed in the orchard. Ladders also are not allowed, but pole picking baskets will be provided. There will be no early sales.
For remaining fruit after Sept. 19, call Abdel Berrada, research center manager, at 970-562-4255.
More information: 970-565-3123.