Farms, Ranches, AgriTourism

Over 300 days of sunshine

Delta County is thriving as an agritourism hot-spot. Here are just five reasons why Delta County is cream of the crop when it comes to farm-fresh fun.

All in the Family

According to the 2012 Agriculture Census there are 1,250 farms (covering 250,761 acres). That adds up to more than one farm for every square mile in the entire county! Plus, more than 90 percent of all farms in Delta County are operated by a family or individual. Farming is in our blood here. Dedication to the land, the soil and the water, produce some of the highest quality food in Colorado. You can taste the efforts in our juicy apples, succulent peaches, award winning wine and the savory meats.

Crop Calendar

This handy tool will help you seek out the season for your favorites.

Corner on the Market

Delta County is ahead of the game when it comes to growing produce. In fact, there are more than 2,500 acres of orchards across Delta County. Whatever your farm-fresh fancy, there is an orchard to suite your taste. Here is a list of the crops and peak harvest dates:

Pick up these locally-grown goodies at Delta County’s farmers markets:

Delta Farmers’  Market
4th and Meeker Street
Wednesdays, 8  to noon       Saturdays, 8 to noon



Hotchkiss Farmer’s Market
Creamery Arts Center
July – September
Saturdays, 10 a.m. -3 p.m.
Paonia Farmer’s Market
Edesia Warehouse
395 Clark Avenue
Thursdays, Noon-6 p.m.

In Vino Veritas

Delta County is home to 16 wineries, five tasting rooms, three breweries, a distillery and two hard cider producers. Visit our wineries page for more information.

You are my Sunshine

Delta County boasts an average of 300+ days of sunshine a year, practically guaranteeing your outing in Delta County’s great outdoors to be bright and beautiful. Take advantage of the sunlight to explore Grand Mesa, one of the world’s largest flat-topped mountains; the Black Canyon National Park North rim; or on the Gunnison River’s Gold Medal waters.

Farm Heritage Celebrations

Delta County’s agriculture heritage is on display throughout the year at the county’s numerous agriculture-related festivals and events. For example, Paonia’s Cherry Days and Delta’s Deltarado Days (both held in July) are among the longest-running festivals in Colorado. Cedaredge is host to the Little Britches Rodeo in July, it is the longest running Little Britches Rodeo in the Country. Other events include the West Elks Wine Trail in August and Mountain Harvest Festival in Paonia in September. Visit our calendar of events for details on these events and other things to do in Delta County

Farms for Fun

See animals like you see in the movies at High Wire Ranch. You can see them from the roadside or call High Wire and ask about their tour schedule or buying their meats. Pet lambs and goats, learn about felting, find the freshest produce and see a farm in full production with green houses, chicken coops and pig stalls at the Living Farm. Then you can eat at their cafe a mile into town.

Farm Workshops

There is nothing like learning from the pros. Several farmers and producers offer workshops and classes to teach you about growing, preserving, prepping and eating the finest crops you can find. Cedaredge to Paonia, there is something going on to pique your curiosity and your taste buds.  Check out our Workshops Page to find out more on farm related offerings and check out the Calendar for other distractions while you are here.

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