Back in the 1970s, Don Baird, his wife Kathy, and their two young kids, Trevor and Jennifer, began farming a small 12-acre parcel in Corralitos, California. They grew apples and avocados, kept bees, and raised chickens. They brought their produce to the San Francisco farmers market and proudly sold their apples to Martinelli’s Apple Cider.
A few years later, Don (old man) Baird moved our family back to Oregon (his home state) and found the perfect orchard property in Dayton. He filled the young orchard with all kinds of apple trees, but he also planted several acres of Suncrest and Flamecrest yellow peaches, thanks to the brilliant suggestion of a friend at the local nursery.
These days, the orchard includes many varieties of peach, cherry, nectarine, apricot, plum, pluot, and apple trees, and they are now able, with the help of close friends and extended family, to bring their fruit to over 15 farmers markets in Oregon.
Stop by to say hello the the family and pick up some of their freshest fruits!
If you have purchased tokens at the market this year, there is a good chance you have met one of our amazing volunteers, Laura Bartroff! By day Laura is the Marketing Communications Specialist at the Portland Art Museum. On weekends she can be found playing ultimate frisbee with her team Breakers Mark, seeing movies, cooking, eating, and enjoying the outdoors. Although not a Montavillan, she lives nearby in Richmond and enjoys the bike ride from her house.