When harvest season nears, Colorado’s farms swing open their gates for agritourism and fall fun in the fields. Load up the whole family for wallet-friendly learnin’, pickin’ and eatin’ — all the while supporting local growers and businesses.
Below are a few examples of things to see and do on Colorado’s most fertile lands. For information on other options around the state, check out the Colorado Proud Agritourism Directory.
U Pick/Farm Tours
Create your own farm-to-table menu with a visit to the many farms that are eager to teach people about agriculture this fall. You can choose (and taste!) your produce right from the source for a farm fresh meal.
- Berry Patch Farms, Brighton: Fall crops like apples, beets, carrots, garlic, onions, squash, pumpkins and peppers are ripe and ready. Meet the farm’s chickens, ducks and two cute pigs named Bacon Bits and Pancetta.
- Aloha Organic Fruit, Palisade: Learn the differences between conventional and organic farming as you stroll Aloha’s peach orchards, see how water is brought to the trees from the Colorado River and shop the farm store.
- Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy, Buena Vista: Walk through the dairy’s facilities, spend some time with their happy goats, taste all sorts of cheese, watch the busy cheese-making staff at work and even try your hand at milking.
- Mesa Verde Country Seasonal U-Pick: Make a day of it driving through the southwest region and hit up all the U-pick farms in Mesa Verde Country. Stock up on apples, herbs, pumpkins, corn and squash or consider stopping by a quirky alpaca farm.
- Two working farm museums take you back in time for a peek into Colorado’s farming history: Timberlane Farm Museum in Loveland and the Littleton Farm Museum in Littleton.
Corn Mazes/Pumpkin Patches
The harvest season beings plenty of opportunities for farm fun. Pumpkin picking, hayrides, mazes and other activities make for the perfect fall day.
- Cottonwood Farm, Boulder: Tackle straw-bale and corn mazes, take a wagon ride, decorate a gourd and pick a perfect pumpkin.
- Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, Littleton: The gardens’ massive corn maze twists and turns across eight acres, with a mini-maze for smaller kids and great bird watching opportunities.
- Fritzler’s Corn Maize, near Greeley: More than just a maze, Fritzler’s delights with a mini-rollercoaster ride, pillow jump, duck races, pumpkin canons, go-carts and a haunted maze at night.
- Miller Farms, Platteville: Harvest potatoes, carrots and other vegetables, take a hayride through 180 acres of field, have a picnic and taste some delicious snacks.
- Diana’s Pumpkin Patch Corn Maze, Cañon City: The homegrown, family-friendly vibe at Diana’s has kept locals coming back each fall for one-of-a-kind corn maze games and dense pumpkins begging to be carved into spooky jack-o-lanterns.
Farmers’ markets offer the chance to feast on Colorado’s seasonal fruits and vegetables, and many of the larger ones also have chef demonstrations, live entertainment and kids activities. Colorado Proud’s farmers’ market directory is organized by day of the week for easy planning. A few of the most popular include:
- Montrose Farmer’s Market
- Colorado Fresh Markets in Denver
- Boulder and Longmont Farmers’ Markets
- Alamosa Farmers’ Market
- Cortez Farmers Market
- Larimer County Farmers’ Market in Fort Collins
- Central Colorado Food Alliance Farmers Markets in Salida, Buena Vista, Cañon City