Photo of the week: Requiem for an orchard

Dixon Orchard photo Steve Collins

Historic log cabin at Dixon'a Apple Orchard, summer 2010, photo/Steve Collins

Our Photo of the Week is the historic (over a 100 year old) log cabin, that still stood at Dixon Orchard in the summer of 2010.  Today it is gone, a casualty of last summer’s Las Conchas Fire.

For almost seventy years, Dixon’s Apple Orchard was a fixture in the Northern New Mexican town of Peña Blanca. This week they announced they were closing. Owners Jim and Becky Mullane and their kids were dealt a lousy hand. Last year, they sustained heavy damage from the huge and devastating Las Conchas fire that broke out at the end of June. They picked themselves up and soldiered on. Then came the rains. With no vegetation to absorb the water, flooding ensued. They brought in what they remained of last years’ apple harvest, and sold it off in one weekend, off site. There’s apparently only so much people can take. They made the closing official this week.

The orchard was a popular place when they opened for harvest each fall. Their Champagne Apples were legendary. They will be missed.


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2 Responses to “Photo of the week: Requiem for an orchard”

  1. Payje
    April 16, 2019 at 11:21 am #

    Sad sad sad. This just breaks my heart. I watched the story on the news last summer, and it really touched me… I was glad they were trying to hold on, but like you said there’s only so much that people can take. It is tragic when pieces of history like this are lost.
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    • Billie Frank
      April 16, 2019 at 4:12 pm #

      It is. They are lovely people and the orchard was a treasure. We were invited for a concierge brunch in the summer. The old buildings were really charming, they had the cleanest most charming outhouses I’ve ever seen and they orchard, nestled in a protected valley was an oasis in the high desert.

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