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Salute to Idaho Agriculture: Northview Orchards

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BUHL, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — A day on the U-Pick Farm is enjoyable for the entire household.

For this week’s Salute to Idaho Agriculture, we head to Northview Orchards, which has been a Southern Idaho fixture for half a century.

Northview Orchard has been a fixture alongside the Snake River Canyon rim for over half a century.

“My grandparents put this in, in the 1950s,” stated Kent Reinke, Owner of Northview Orchards.

The orchard spreads throughout the rim of the canyon on the north finish of Buhl, with 1000’s of bushes rising all kinds of fruits.

“Have about 2,000 trees. I’ve got 25 kinds of apples, 20 kinds of peaches, cherries, apricots, nectarines, plums, pears, kind of a mix of everything,” stated Reinke.

In a phrase, the orchard is very large, the workers, not a lot.

“Just me. My folks come and help when they can,” stated Reinke.

The lack of overhead has its advantages.

For one, the just about nonexistent labor prices imply Reinke can cost a miniscule sixty cents a pound for u-pick fruits. But managing the who orchard of bushes, weeds and fruits turns into a multi-year activity.

“Do as much as I can and then, what I don’t get done I start the next year,” stated Reinke.

Additionally, the work is inconsistent.

This yr’s chilly, late spring meant Reinke’s work schedule has been late and unpredictable.

“This year it’s hard to tell when stuff going to be ripe, everything’s running 10 days to two weeks late. Weeds are terrible this year cause of that cold, wet spring, stuff coming up that I haven’t seen since I bought the place,” stated Reinke.

Regardless, the orchard carries on… and you may get your fruit Monday via Saturday from 9-6.

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