This past weekend I took Alan up on his generous offer of an orchard tour. The weather was a bit grey, but I was thrilled to finally put a face to a name and see all the great stuff he is growing. I was so into it that I probably tried Alan's patience a bit- I'm sure most tours don't run over 2.5 hours.
I'm not sure how many pictures I can pack into a single post, so I'll start with a few and reply to it over time. I've IDed about 20-25 that I think others could be interested in.
Here's a Goldrush, where you can see how he has kept the fruiting area of the tree well above the ground.
Alan is growing a lot of trees for his business at very close spacing.
Here's another set of them, which appear to be planted in pots.
It wasn't raining when I was in the orchard, but it had rained earlier in the day and you can see what remained on the Valor plums in this pic. We didn't find any more 27 brix ones, but I did have a 23 brix one which was very good. That beats any I've gotten at the farmer's market by 2 brix (and have good size and flavor). And that 21 from the FM was a one year-vendor thing which I haven't come close to again (about 18-19 is normal peak, with some in the 12-13 range).
Alfred apricot espaliered on the side of his house. Aside from the winter protection, the other benefit is that critters don't seem brave enough to empty the tree of fruit due to the location.
Here's one of Alan, in front of a fig, holding ingredients for dinner.
He suggested that I should get in the picture too. Though I don't know that anyone would want that, given I already have a profile pic.