Baird Family Orchards is one of the founding vendors at the Moreland Farmers Market. A native Oregonian, Don Baird purchased his orchard in Dayton, Oregon in 1979. Before the explosion of farmers markets in the area, Don and his young son Trevor got their start selling fruit to Portland police officers and judges. Nowadays, you can find Baird at many farmers markets throughout the Portland area. The family operation grows apples, peaches, cherries, nectarines, apricots, plums, and pluots.
Trevor is now grown with a family of his own. If you are lucky, when you come across his booth at the market he might just hand you a slice of his juicy fruit. Sweet Sue is my favorite, but try them all and select your own preferred slice of sun-drenched fruit.
I have been turning Baird peaches into pies, crisps and muffins, canning them as peach butter, and freezing them for smoothies for years. You might say they are a tradition around our house every summer. And I am not the only one – many a neighbor has asked me when that nice guy with the fabulous peaches will be back at our local market. Go tell your neighbors the good news and hurry down to the market.
In China, where peaches originated, the peach is a symbol of longevity and good luck. When Trevor hands me my first bag of peaches this year, I know my kids and I will feel lucky that we have a family farmer dedicated to bringing us the best quality fruit in the Pacific Northwest!