The Waiting Time

in answer to Jane

the orchards and vineyards
are still bare;
late winter winds
rattle branches
below the snowy
bluffs of Horse Mountain
and farmers pace
like anxious fathers
in hospital corridors,
checking the heaters
and plucking buds
to see which still
contain the sweet
promise of fruit.
The pruning has been
done. The ditches
are burned. All
is clear, except
what lies ahead
and, on this hazy
Saturday, there’s nothing
to do but take out
new clothes, hide eggs
for the children,
and wait.

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A Horse Cart Tour of Clark Family Orchards Slide Show

Agritourism is very popular in Europe and is gaining a following in the United States. Tours and activities provide a fascinating glimpse into the vital and complex art of farming.

The next time you visit the Grand Valley, Colorado, be sure to include a Saturday morning. During the summer (July 19-August 29 in 2009), Clark Family Orchards offers a free, informative and entertaining tour. A horse-drawn tram leaves the family fruit stand (3929 US Highway 6 & 24) at 9 AM and 10 AM on Saturdays only.