MONTROSE – Mattics' Orchards Premier Produce stand – a longtime staple at the corner of Main Street and San Juan Avenue in Montrose during the summer months – is moving down the street.
Hopefully by the end of next week, the produce stand will be up and running in an empty lot north of the Shell service station at Main and San Juan, about a half block from where the stand has been operating since the mid-1990s, said owner Kerry Mattics, whose farm is located near Olathe.
"We have an agreement with Parish Oil to use the empty lot next to the Shell station on the (Highway 50) bypass," he said. "We'll be setting it up as soon as possible."
Mattics said he is working to get power for his coolers, and he needs to level the lot before he sets up his 22-by-60-foot produce stand.
When the stand opens, Mattics expects to have sweet corn, turnips, beets, yellow squash, potatoes and garlic available for customers. He'll continue to carry Hartman Gardens' jams and jellies, but has yet to determine if he'll be carrying Rocking W Cheese products. He also could have cherries, apricots, cucumbers, early peppers and peaches, he said.
Overall, the harvest season is going well this year, Mattics said.
"It's a little on the dry side, but tomatoes, chilies and corn all like the heat," he said. "The cool season stuff didn't do quite as well cause we were hot early, like peas and radishes, but it hasn't been too bad."
He said a few orchard crops in the valley got frost damage, but overall, he believes the region will have a decent fruit crop this year.
Mattics’ stand will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m on Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.