Want to pick a peck of peaches? And tomatoes, corn, pumpkins, cucumbers, berries, peppers, kale, kohlrabi & plums?
Make a day-trip to visit our a few of our favorite growers.
Of course, our harvest starts with growers and ranchers right here in the RFV. On your way to the North Fork Valley, stop at nearby Sustainable Settings right outside of Carbondale on Highway 133. Rose LeVan is always happy to welcome visitors of any age who drop by their biodynamic farm and learning center. Try their biodynamic eggs, honey, meats, veggies, and shares of raw milk.
The Farm Runners Station
The Farm Runners Station in Hotchkiss is the home base of a cooperative C.S.A that delivers shares of vegetables and fruits to delivery sites and restaurants throughout the Western Slope. At the Station, you’re likely to find Katie Darlington, Lauren Traylor, and Alissa Schwartz, who serve an outstanding farm-to-table breakfast and lunch menu. Try their handmade gluten-free quiche made with farm-fresh eggs or zippy ginger-kale salad. Be sure to save room an organic chocolate cupcake in a variety of decadent flavors, including GF, by Blue Sky Baking Co.
If you’re searching for You-Pick options, time your trip to coincide with an annual fundraiser for the North Fork School for Integrative Studies. For $35, you can fill-your-whole-BYOBox.
Stay for dinner and make reservations at Salt.Pollen, a new foodie destination in downtown Paonia. Chef Marcus Parrot and restaurant manager Bonnie Barker have teamed up to offer a date-night-worthy dining experience that makes the most of the restaurant’s light-studded pear tree garden patio. Imagine: live outdoor music with a glass of local Storm Cellar Pinot Gris Rosé. You can’t go wrong with Marcus Parrot’s grilled Hotchkiss Colorado Pastured Pork chops with peach relish, followed by a peach cobbler with Western Culture Chevre custard. YUM!
Ask longtime Roaring Fork Valley locals Jeanne and Pat Hayes about their next chapter, Hummin’Bird Farms, and they’ll tell you about their 27 acre dream, which they are developing with their son Connor Hayes, who graduated from BHS and CMC. This year, they welcomed some harvest weekend help from cousin Sarah Murray and Clay Shiflet and their sons. You’ll find their peaches and berries in your Farm Runners C.S.A. box •
By Kathryn Camp, Mountain Parent editor
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