Bruce Talbott is a fifth-generation fruit grower in the Palisade area of Mesa County. Within the family organization, he is responsible for all vineyard and orchard operations.
Talbott’s Mountain Gold includes about 550 acres of owned and leased farm ground. It packs its own peaches as well as packing fruit for other producers in the area. Talbott’s Mountain Gold processes fresh apple cider which is sold under both its own label and other private labels. Bulk juice is supplied for repackaging or fermenting and used in its own hard cider business.
Talbott’s fruit production is conventional with mostly sprinkler irrigation along with some drip and furrow irrigation. The Palisade Peaches on the operation are known for their sweetness by Coloradoans and are marketed through wholesale channels to the upper Midwest. Wine grapes not processed by Talbott’s support the Colorado Craft Wine industry and are sold to 25-30 different wineries.
During his time on the CFVGA Board, Talbott served two terms on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee and two terms on American Farm Bureau’s Labor Committee. He also was president of Mesa County Farm Bureau and continues to serve on the board of Child and Migrant Services in Palisade.