Wednesday Jul 29 2009 comments Salle Orchards, photopage By: by Karina Williams -A +A Billie Jean Salle, co-owner of Salle Orchards finds a large ripe Kiowa blackberry. Nicholas Salle, co-owner of Salle Orchards drives a tractor to the watermelon patch to pick the tasty fruit for market. Ripe peaches are being picked by the lugs (flat boxes) and taken to local area farmers markets. Rafael Gonzalez picks ripe white nectarines off the tall trees at Salle Orchards Wednesday morning. Nectarines should be picked in the morning when it is cool to prevent bruising on the fruit The large Kiowa blackberries on the right are almost the size of walnuts, but are a bit tart and best used for cooking. The sweet smaller triple-crown blackberries are great for eating off the bush. Billie Jean Salle, co-owner of Salle Orchards, finds a ripe watermelon at their Wheatland farm. Billie Jean and Nicholas Salle?s niece, Teagan Yelton, 19, of Colorado, has helped on the family farm every summer sense she was a little girl. Fifty acres of the Salle Orchards are beautiful large walnut trees. Jorge Gonzalez reaches for ripe white nectarines from one of the hundreds of fruit trees on the Salle Orchards farm. Deep purple plums at Salle Orchards ripen on the tree until ready to eat. Blossoms on the zucchini squash look similar to lilies and are edible. Izel Flores brings a bucket full of nectarines to the packing area after being picked fresh off the trees at the Salle Orchards in Wheatland.