This inspirational Idaho orchardist treats every fruit like a “Gem”

Gem Orchards grows peaches, nectarines, apricots, apples, blackberries, and raspberries in the heart of the Emmett Valley, Idaho.

Meet Lance Phillips of Gem Orchard. Phillips, as well as the fruit he grows, is considered a beacon of excellence in Emmett, Idaho.

Phillips introduces countless individuals to the unparalleled joy of tasting freshly-grown tree fruits each year at his orchard. He is also admired for his unwavering commitment and leadership in saving and preserving orchards through his local orchardist community, Valley of Plenty.

It is easy to see Phillips’ passion for what he does. He possesses a dedication to quality, a commitment to preserving orchard traditions, and a welcoming personality. He even picked up the nickname, “The ‘Lance-pedia’ of Tree Fruits!”

Gem Orchards continues to redefine the standard for farm experiences under his stewardship, leaving a lasting impression on all who visit.

At Gem Orchards, the love for agriculture runs deep. They are driven by a genuine passion for their craft as a family-owned and operated business. Gem’s commitment to minimal-spray practices and emphasis on sustainable farming showcases its dedication to both the environment and the health of its customers. Gem Orchards is a testament to the importance of preserving orchard traditions while, at the same time, delivering fruit with unparalleled flavor and freshness.

From mid-June through October, Gem Orchards invites visitors to indulge in a safe and fun-filled adventure, where they can unplug from the demands of modern life and reconnect with nature. Time seems to fly as visitors revel in the pleasure of hand-picking their own fruit, whether it be plump cherries, juicy peaches, or succulent blackberries.

For those looking for convenience, the fruit stand at Gem Orchards offers an assortment of hand-picked produce, ensuring that everyone can savor the flavors of the valley.

Story via Idaho Preferred and the state’s Department of Agriculture.

Credit: Guy Hand Productions

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