(GRAND JUNCTION DAILY SENTINEL) An act of generosity backfired on the owners of a local orchard who offered to give some of their peaches away for free.

Don and Marilyn Schanaman, new owners of the orchard at 3415 C 1/2 Road formerly called Rancho Fruita, were unable to sell their first crop of peaches because of small size. Rather than have the fruit go to waste, the Schanamans offered the fruit for free to those willing to pick.

As word spread, the orchard was soon overrun with people wanting free fruit. They did their best to manage traffic and parking in the days following an article which ran in the Aug. 4 edition of The Daily Sentinel.

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