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Dinner in the Orchard: Symms Fruit Ranch

Leah Clark - Friday, June 07, 2013

Symms Fruit Ranch

Caldwell, Idaho

Dinner in the Orchard, a new event hosted by Idaho Preferred to celebrate 10 years of promoting Idaho food and agriculture products, will be held at Symms Fruit Ranch located just outside of Caldwell on July 13th. Diners will enjoy a gourmet meal prepared with the highest quality Idaho ingredients while sitting in a beautiful cherry orchard overlooking the scenic Snake River Valley. Along with a great meal, orchard tour and great company, guests will also enjoy a variety of Idaho wines all sourced from vineyards within the Sunny Slope area. Bus transportation will be provided from Boise and Nampa.

            This year Symms Fruit Ranch will celebrate its 100th anniversary. The Symms established their farm in 1914 with only eight acres of fruit trees and row crops. Their very first year’s harvest was a success and produced plenty of fruit to feed their growing family with some produce left to sell to local grocers. That first year was just the beginning of many years of successful farming .

            Today Symms Fruit Ranch is run by the family’s fourth generation and has grown from 80 acres to over 5,000 acres of fruit trees and farm ground.  The Ranch employs 100-150 employees depending on the harvest season and they ship fruit worldwide. Each year customers from Idaho and all over the world visit the ranch where they are still able to see four of the original fruit trees planted by R.A. Symms.

            As the centennial anniversary of the ranch approaches, the family continues to grow excellent fruit of superior quality and flavor  -  all harvested by hand each summer and fall. The Symms Fruit Ranch harvests cherries beginning mid-June, apricots in early July and peaches in late July through September. Harvesting of nectarines, pluots, plums, prunes, pears and wine grapes starts in mid to late August. The last crops to be harvested are three varieties of onions and nine varieties of apples. Symms fruits are available at many local retail stores, served in local restaurants and school cafeterias, and sold at the ranch during the harvest season. 

We invite you to join Idaho Preferred and Symm’s Fruit Ranch for a beautiful evening out in the orchard. This is a great way to reconnect with your food source, celebrate Idaho’s farmers, food producers, wine makers and chefs. For tickets, please click here

Adapted from the Story in Live.Eat.Local. By Jane Deal 

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