Eagle Creek Orchard is an organic orchard under the incredible stewardship of Linda and Rob Cordtz, two of the most gracious, curious, interesting people I've ever met. I first started visiting their orchard around 2011. Every year, I look forward to eating their beautiful peaches, cherries, apricots, apples, and pears.
The orchard specializes in tree-ripened and hand-picked fruit. The fruit trees are watered from Eagle Creek which flows clear and cold directly out of the Wallowa Mountains. 1200 fruit trees cover the five-acre orchard which has been Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth since 2008.
This year, since I've moved into the area, I offered to help with their orchard tasks. I told Rob, "I don't know what you need, but I'm a quick learner". So they brought me on board! Now, I'm part of a team that will thin and harvest pit fruit through the summer and maybe into fall. This morning, standing on my ladder, shears in hand, I felt really connected to my food source and so appreciative of the gorgeous fruit that Eagle Creek Orchard produces every year.
There is a place en route to the orchard where you can see my Mama's farm from across Eagle Creek. I pulled over and snapped a few shots of her home and of the creek that irrigates this beautiful valley.