Before the trains arrived, before high-paying mining jobs, and long before construction of the Paonia Project, the industrious new arrivals to the North Fork area planted fruit trees in the rich soil.
"We have such an amazing and rich history when it comes to fruit-growing in the area," said Jaylene Park, a native Paonian whose grandfather was part of that history.
For nearly 60 years, growers have relied on Hi-Quality Packing to store, market and ship the apples, peaches, pears and apricots grown in the area. But the business's new owners, Joe and Pam Davis, have decided to drop packing and focus on retail sales through the Laughing Goat Farmer's Market.
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