GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — The countdown begins, not the one in the Big Apple, but the one in Palisade.
The Palisade Peach Festival, a valley favorite, is almost here.
One of Palisade’s most well-known individuals is excited.
Dixie Burmeister, Grand Junction resident, says, “you know, you could be blindfolded and you would taste a Palisade peach and as soon as that juice started to trickle down your chin and go on your clothes, you go this is a Palisade peach, it’s sweet and juicy.”
On Wednesday, crews cleaned, prepped, and sprayed about 100 cases of peaches just in time for the festivities.
The peaches don’t just make your taste buds happy, money from the festival helps generate economic growth vitally which is important to the Western Slope.
Burmeister added, “it’s very important to celebrate. We want to celebrate our growers, those who grow them, those who pick them, and those of us who eat them by the way.”
A key player in the area, STRiVE, who owns Alida’s Fruits and works with those with disabilities, says the community involvement is the most important.
Doug Sorter, with STRiVE, says, “it was really great to bring that piece into our organization as that community-supported, community-focused type of business, so we can all work together to bring that agricultural, the peach business, STRiVE is a great organization as well.”
Burmeister also says, “it’s a tradition that everyone looks forward too and it’s our biggest event over here. You know we have the best peaches in the world.”
Those peaches wouldn’t be the best without, “the days of sun, the good ole Colorado days of sun kiss those peaches the tender loving care by our growers,” according to Burmeister.