Rita Collins delightedly forages deep into a peach tree to pick as her husband, Chris, watches at Howard's Orchard. Some customers come in July to pick their own peaches and then return in October to select ripe apples.
"This place is hard on you," says owner Jim Howard. "It's like having a baby. You can't go off and leave it." He does most of the farmwork himself. But last Wednesday he played some tunes for children visiting the Catalina orchard and farm.