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.
According to the 2007 Agriculture Census there are 1,294 farms (covering 252,530 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.
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:
|Cherries||71% of Colorado's cherries||Mid-June–Mid-July|
|Apples||77% of Colorado's apples||Mid-Aug.–Nov.|
|Grapes||2nd largest grape harvest in Colorado||Sept.–Mid-Oct.|
|Peaches||2nd Largest Peach Harvest in Colorado||Aug.–Mid-Sept.|
|Pears||53% of Colorado's Pears||Mid-Aug.–Sept.|
Visit our maps page for a downloadable map of farms and ranches in the region. Or, pick up these locally-grown goodies at Delta County's farmers markets:
Delta Main Street Market
4th and Main Street
Wednesdays, 5-8 p.m.
Paonia North Fork Farmer's Market
3rd & Grand Streets
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Delta County is home to 12 wineries, five tasting rooms, two distilleries and two hard cider producers. Visit our wineries page for more information.
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; the Gunnison River's Gold Medal fly-fishing waters; or simply hit the road and take in the views and vistas from one of Delta County's scenic byways, such as the West Elk or Grand Mesa.
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.