Palisade peaches hit fan in flap over signs

While this year’s peach harvest is in the books, there’s a bitter taste lingering in Palisade’s court system.

Peach growers Renee Herman and Pamela Carey, both cited by police on suspicion of disorderly conduct, are scheduled to appear next month in Palisade Municipal Court to defend against allegations rooted in the promotion of peaches.

On Aug. 10, the peaches reportedly hit the fan.

“It should be noted,” a Palisade police officer wrote in a report on an incident between Herman and Carey “that there is an ongoing controversy in Palisade concerning signage soliciting the sales of produce.”

Renee and Bruce Herman own Herman Produce, 753 Elberta Ave., which includes a nearby fruit stand.

On Aug. 10, Renee Herman told an officer she watched as Carey placed a “peaches” sign on her property at the northwest corner of Elberta Avenue and G 4/10 Road, according to the officer’s report. Herman said Carey replied with vulgarity when Herman told her to take it down, the report said.
Herman claimed she was “pinched” in the chest as the dispute became physical. Herman said she may have pushed her away.

Carey, meanwhile, explained she twice placed “peaches” signs at the northwest corner of the intersection of Elberta Ave and G 4/10 Road on Aug. 10. Twice they disappeared that same day, she said. So, she decided to place a third sign there and hold another sign while standing at the southwest coroner of the intersection.

Carey claimed Herman “came at her with the golf cart” and she had to run out of the way to avoid a collision, the report said.

“Ms. Carey told (Herman) that if it was not illegal she could stand on the corner and hold her sign,” the report said. “She claims that Ms. Herman approached her with her fists up and hit her on the upper left arm and pushed her backward.”

Carey admitted shoving Herman back.

There was one third-party account to police: Witness David Walker told an officer that Herman was the aggressor and repeatedly struck her, “even when the woman backed away,” the report said.

The Hermans told police they have the right to remove signs from the northwest corner of the intersection, which they said is private property owned by the family.

“(Carey) was told it was not illegal for her to hold a sign soliciting her business as long as she stood on the southeast, southwest or northeast corners where there are town sidewalks,” the report said.

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