Address: Longmont CO
About Us / YA YA Farm & Orchard History: Taken from their website:In 1896, Percy Goss moved to the farm. He "bachelored it" for four years before he married Jennie and they began farming on what is now the YA YA Farm & Orchard. In 1934, they gave their son, Jim, the graduation gift of an apple orchard. This orchard always produced amazing apples. When the Goss family relocated in 1979, the orchard was left and fell into neglect.Not only did the Goss family leave their mark with their apple orchard, but with the Percheron Draft Horses they farmed with. The Gosses raised hay, corn, sugar beets, barley, and maintained a dairy. Jennie related how much more complicated their life became when they started farming with tractors. After the hay was in the barn, the horses went to the pasture and the tractors went to the shop for repair.In November 2003, the Yager's moved to the farm. The graduation gift of time past was again to be a gift from Percy and Jennie. Having grown up on a dairy farm in upstate New York, Michael held many fond memories of apple picking and cider making. His memories include warming up by a crackling wood stove with a big glass of hard cider on a blistery winter day. Growing up in Denver, Sharon had yet to experience the simple, yet abundant, joys of farm living.100 years later, Percheron Draft Horses once again grace the farm. They are responsible for eating the apples that are picked up off the orchard floor, some farm work and producing gleeful smiles on hay rides.Spring 2004 was the beginning of the 4-year project of pruning and rejuvenating the orchard. The original orchard, the South Orchard, is made up of Old World (heirloom) apples, particularly the McIntosh.Blessed with an abundant Fall 2005 apple crop, YA YA Farm & Orchard was a vendor at the Longmont Farmer's Market. With much delight, many customers shared their fond memories of apple picking. Feeling blessed by their gift from the Goss family, the Yager's were compelled to share with all who desired to pick apples.In 2006, the North Orchard (formerly a cherry orchard) was planted with newer apple tree varieties. It was also in 2006 that YA YA Farm & Orchard opened as a U-Pick-It orchard. Spring 2009 - major orchard expansion - 700 trees will be added as the hay field transitions to apple orchard over three years.