Each year in August the Delta County Fair showcases the best from our farms and ranches. 4H kids show everything from Angora rabbits to Angus cattle. You can view the art of quiltmaking, sewing, canning, and of course the ever famous pie baking. Call 970-234-3971 for information about the Fairgrounds.
The 2007 Agriculture Census reported that 77% of all apples in Colorado, 71% of all cherries in Colorado and 53% of all pears in Colorado are grown in Delta County. In fact, there are more than 2,500 acres of orchards across Delta County. Whatever your farm-fresh fancy, there is an orchard to suit your taste!
Farmstays are beginning to become popular in Colorado and we have properties that have opened their doors to families and travelers to share in the farm experience. What is a farmstay: click here for a great page on the topic.
http://www.9news.com/news/article/267314/344/Bed-and-breakfast-embodies-agri-tourism Visit this link for a nice interview with one of our Farms.
Delta County is rich in agricultural history. The county has always had a culture of small farms, orchards, and ranches. Profitable farms and orchards have been the backbone of the countys' economy for more than one hundred years.
Settlers arriving in the County found an abundance of water, volcanic soils, plenty of sunshine, and a moderate climate. The area was prime for fruit orchards in the upper east end and prime for row crops and vegtables to the west. Many of the gold camps in the higher mountains served as buyers for the crops. Elaborate irrigation systems were built by hand that are still in use today. The county thrives because of this.
Today the county holds dear the fertile land and the irrigation systems. The land is still the Countys lifeblood. Delta County boasts an increasing number of organic and sustainable farms and orchards. The farmers here take great pride in their crops and are always reserching new methods of food production. A combination of the soils, hard work and dedication of the Countys agricultural population has lead to a large variety of quality fruits, vegtables, dairy and meat products unsurpassed anywhere in the United States.
We invite you to sample and take home our products. We would also ask you to respect our lifestyle, water and lands. These are our heritage and the future for the next generation. Much of the produce is organically grown. View the list from the Colorado Department of Agriculture to find Colorado Farmers Markets on your travels or Valley Organic Growers Association for Markets on the Western Slope.
Many Delta County farms have value added products: Fire Mountain Fruit makes jellies, jams and syrups; Green Valley Herbal produces herbal teas and lotions. Other specialties include Leroux Creek Applesauce, Big B's Fresh Apple Cider, and Highwire Ranch Elk Antler Velvet.
National awards have been won by cattlemen for their conservation efforts in the North Fork Valley. Several marketing co-ops have been formed by ranchers to sell branded beef. Much of the beef is grassfed and produced organically.
Bison, ostrich, poultry and elk are also raised in Delta County.
Homestead Beef located in Paonia carries products from many of these ranches – elk, lamb, beef and salsas made from local fruit orchards. Hardin's outside of Hotchkiss also carry local elk and bison meat plus other products from the county.