First Family Visits

Obama Family Tours High Country Orchards and tastes the famous Colorado Palisade peaches

Excerpt from Article in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
First family visits Palisade peach orchard

By KENT MINCER and PATRICK BAHR/The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Saturday, August 15, 2009

While President Barack Obama was in the Central High School gymnasium Saturday explaining his health care reform package to concerned citizens, the rest of his family was visiting another part of the Grand Valley.The president’s wife, Michelle, and their two daughters, Sasha and Malia, continued their Western vacation with a tour of a Grand Valley peach orchard.

The three were given a tour of High Country Orchards in Palisade by the High family, who own and run the orchard. "Special guests made a request. We provided that," High Country Orchards owner Theresa High said. High and her family gave the first family a quick tour of the operation. The Obama motorcade used C 1/2 Road off 32 Road to reach and exit the orchard.

High’s son Matthew said the Obamas were given the same type of tour any other visitor to the orchard would be given. "There was nothing different about it," he said. The idea, he said, was that the family wanted to continue their vacation and enjoy a visit to one of the amenities western Colorado has to offer. "They wanted to get away," he said, joining other family members in saying they wanted to respect the Obamas’ privacy concerning details of the tour.

It was brief, although none of the Highs took note of how long the tour lasted. "I think they had a really nice time," Theresa High said. Asked if the Obamas picked any peaches, she said, "I think they did."

"I think it’s a good thing to have Palisade peaches in Washington, D.C.," High said, although the Obamas were headed to the Grand Canyon after their brief stop in the Grand Valley.

"It was an exciting day," she added. "I think we represented Palisade well."

The events planned for the trio were under wraps to the public.