Ed & Tawnya Tracey with grandchildren:
Jake & Cole Tracey & Dane & Corinna Ruelas
Jorge, Megan (Tracey), Corinna, & Dane Ruelas
Sean, Tara, Jake, & Cole Tracey
Tracey's Orchard was started by my great-grandfather, Ira Barr, in 1909. His son, Oscar, my great uncle, took over managing in the 1940's.
In the early 1950's, my father, Ralph Tracey started working for the Barr's. In 1953, he and my mother, Connie Barr got married.
Uncle Oscar bought the farm bordering the "home place" in 1957. This is the site of the present day orchard and produce market.
After Uncle Oscar's death in 1976, my parents were able to purchase the farms. My brother, Denny started working full-time with Dad shortly thereafter. I became full-time after graduation in 1980.
In 1997, Dad retired, handing over the reins to the fourth generation, Denny and me, Ed.
The business grew and flourished under the partnership until my brother's death due to a farm accident in 2002. At that point my wife, Tawnya, and I became the sole-owners. Our son, Sean, became full-time at the orchard at that time, and our daughter, Megan, part-time.
Through the years the orchard employed countless aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sister, nephews and nieces, a true family farm. The core value of our family was and is to provide our customers with the highest quality produce nature will allow.
Please stop by and visit us at Tracey's Orchard!
Ralph & Connie Tracey