Delta County, Colo. – Delta County is the epicenter of the Colorado agritourism scene. With more than 281,000 acres dedicated to agriculture in Delta County there are plenty of ways to plan a hands-on vacation experience that won’t soon be forgotten.
Farm and Orchard Tours
Visitors may follow the posted banners along Delta County roads that indicate farms and orchards that are open for tours. A self-guided tour map is also downloadable at www.deltacountycolorado.com.
At Rivendell Farm near Delta, summer visitors are invited to roll up their sleeves and harvest crops of potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, corn and beans. At Paonia’s Delicious Orchards visitors can pick their own fruit, sample local produce and products, and even top off their visit with some wine tasting.
Ranchers raise lots of livestock in Delta County, including cattle, buffalo, elk, llama and exotic fowl. High Wire Ranch in Hotchkiss raises elk and bison. Once a year they host an outdoor Wine and Buffalo Feast in conjunction with a local winemaker. Stop in at The Living Farm and see greenhouses of all types, then pet a resident goat.
Homestead Beef in Paonia carries products from many Delta County ranches — elk, lamb, beef and salsas made from local fruit orchards. Hotckhiss’s Hardins also carry local elk and bison meat, plus other products from the county.
Taste the fruits of the Delta County farmers’ labor at one of the county’s popular outdoor, family-style farm dinners that feature local produce, meat and wine and typically range from $60 to $100.
For instance Zephyros Farm and Garden near Paonia hosts farm dinners every summer. Another notable stop in Paonia is Fresh and Wyld Farmhouse Inn and Gardens, which hosts a communal-style home cooked meal made primarily from organic and locally-grown food every Friday. Saturday Suppers and Sunday brunch – complete with live local music – are also on the menu at Fresh and Wyld. Additionally, the inn offers cooking classes and workshops. Visit the website for a complete list, or to make a reservation.
At Leroux Creek Inn in Hotchkiss, the chef prepares classic French cuisine using local produce and meat or fish from organic farms and ranches in Delta County. This summer the inn will host culinary getaways with several options to fit any timeframe and budget. Call ahead (970-872-4746) for reservations and details. Smith Fork Ranch also serves up local fare with style, and even offers a Culinary Getaway package.
Another notable way to get a taste of Delta County is the Kids’ Pasta Project. Children ranging in age from 10-17 prepare pasta using all fresh, local ingredients and serve up a stunning supper on Monday nights. The proceeds benefit local charities.
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About Delta County
Delta County, Colo., is located on Colorado’s western slope at the base of Grand Mesa, one of the largest flat top mountains in the world. An agricultural and heritage hotbed, this region is home to the communities of Cedaredge, Crawford, Delta, Eckert, Hotchkiss, Orchard City and Paonia.
Contacts: Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970-231-2336, email@example.com
Kelli Hepler, Delta County Tourism Board, 970-874-9532, firstname.lastname@example.org