Apples take root on Aberdeen site

History is repeating itself on the chunk of land between Highway 6 and Aberdeen Road known as the Spicer Block

Coldstream agricultural is going back to its roots.

History is repeating itself on the chunk of land between Highway 6 and Aberdeen Road known as the Spicer Block.

Up until recently, the land was used as forage for Coldstream Ranch’s cattle. But the ranch recently sold off the land and there are plans to plant an apple orchard, which the property was originally.

“It’s going back to what it used to be,” said Mayor Jim Garlick.

Coldstream Ranch’s Ted Osborn notes this isn’t the first repeat of history as tree fruits are making a comeback lately.

“We see a resurgence of apples and cherries and different fruits,” said Osborn.

As for Coldstream Ranch, Osborn says the ranch core is remaining and the sale is just a continuation of original plans for the property.

“When Lord Aberdeen bought it in 1891 his idea was to develop it and sell it off,” said Osborn, mentioning ownership changes on outlining lands in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.

“It’s just what happens over time, land appreciates in value and some peripheral lands are sold off.”