Gilcrease Orchard is located North of Las Vegas at 7800 N Tenaya Way. You can sometimes find them at the Farmers Markets, or you can pick your own produce offering a diverse choice of fruits and vegetables at their 60 acre farm.
The Gilcrease Orchard is located at Tule Springs. Tule “Springs” is a natural artesian spring making this a great area to grow in. This is a unique fertile area of the valley where the ground is much less hard.
The property has an over 90 year history. In 1920 Leonard & Elda Gilcrease and their two sons Bill & Ted came to the Springs and purchased 900 acres to farm and raise livestock. Leonard came from a farming family, but couldn’t endure the hardships of the Great Depression and left Elda and the boys to return to California in 1929. Elda however, persisted. She ran the ranch with her sons until her death in 1968.
Ted took up the farm while Bill followed his interest in arts and birds. They had been growing alfalfa and in the 1970’s decided to create a community orchard. Bill studied the best apple varieties to grow in this climate and which were best for the environment. They ran this as a “pick and pay” orchard. As they grew older they wanted to see the orchard continue and created the Gilcrease Orchard Foundation in 1997. In 2009 they hired Mark Ruben as the director and he has managed the Orchard ever since.
They created the Gilcrease Orchard to be a place where families could bring their children to see a bit of farm life, to pick vegetables right from the plants, hoping to teach the new generations an appreciation for healthy food and an appreciation of the earth. They have field trips and tours available. See Family History
This is a close as you can get to Farm to Table without owning your own farm. You pick the produce yourself. You have a couple of options, You can walk in at no charge pick what you want and then pay at the entrance by the pound generally for what you pick. They now have a Large Parking lot outiside the entrance. They sometimes have picked produce at the entrance. It is highly suggested you get there as early as possible to get the best choices and fall is their busier season.
They have seasonal hours and produce changes with the season.
Visit Gilcrease Orchards Website to see hours and seasonal Produce they have available.
We are going to start a weekly series of recipes and idea’s using the produce from Gilcrease. Stay tuned through fall as we pick fresh seasonal produce and show you how to make weekly meals and some interest ways you can use fresh farm to table produce.