Tastes of Colorado: Fall Harvest

Cool nights and sunny days make Colorado crops, such as melons, peaches and corn, fresh and full of flavor. Take a tour of the state as we show off our homegrown harvests, which typically begin in August.

By: Colorado.com Staff Writer
Updated: February 20, 2024

Meander through U-pick farms to experience these sun ripened treasures straight from the source or visit one of our many farmers’ markets across the state. Either way, your taste buds will thank you.

Palisade Peaches

Named after the Western Slope farm town (which is also synonymous with wine, as it's the heart of Colorado wine country), Palisade peaches are a delightfully sweet treat that is rich in flavor. Sinking your teeth into the soft fruit will send sugary juices dripping down your chin and over your hands — but the small mess is worth the giant reward in flavor.

Rocky Ford Melons

Rocky Ford in southeast Colorado is one of American’s premier melon-growing towns. Often, when people think about the best slice of cantaloupe they’ve ever had, it conjures up images and memories of outdoor barbecues and family gatherings. Relive these moments in the Rocky Ford area or other farmers' markets across the state, where this fruit is sweeter than your fondest memory of it. And don’t forget to sample the watermelon while in town whether you pick your own from the vine, or stop at a roadside farm stand, Colorado melons are delicious.

Pueblo Green Chiles

Just south of Colorado Springs, the town of Pueblo is famous for making taste buds stand on end when visitors take a bite of the town’s green chiles, which can only be grown in this region of Colorado. Hot, medium or mild, Pueblo’s chiles lend a little kick and a hearty flavor when eaten plain, mixed into an entrée or atop a tortilla chip. And if you think there’s a limit to what chiles can do, consider Pueblo’s flavorful concoctions, such as green chile jams and jellies, breads, stews — and even beer. You’ll soon discover that whether they're fire roasted, barbecued or baked, Pueblo green chiles kick anything up a notch or two.

Apples & Apple Cider

Each summer, the Front Range brims with orchards sprouting green, yellow and scarlet apples. When the season comes to a close in autumn, cider mills churn out delicious apple cider. And nothing goes with a glass of fresh, sweet cider like scenery showcasing the area’s fall colors. Check out the Colorado Farm Fresh Directory to find a farmers' market serving up this delicious fall treat.

Olathe Sweet Corn

In the town of Olathe, situated near the western boundary of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, some of the finest sweet corn in the nation is grown. Cobs grow heavy on the stalks in the area, and when tasted, the kernels seem to melt in your mouth. In fact, the corn here is so sweet and tender that using butter is only an afterthought.

Colorado Farmers’ Markets

At farmers’ markets, food vendors from around Colorado congregate, making these spaces the perfect chance to taste the best of the state in one location. See heat radiate off the dull black finish of Pueblo chile roasters, hear the pop of their seeds and smell the smoky aroma of charred pods. Explore an explosion of colorful harvests, from Rocky Ford watermelons and Palisade peaches, to farm-fresh tomatoes and sweet corn roasted in the husk as you peruse the market. 

Find a farmer’s market in almost any of Denver’s neighborhoods during the spring and summer months — and for markets in other towns, explore our farmers' market listings or try the Colorado Farm Fresh Directory. And check out our Culinary, Farm & Ranch Activities for more food-focused fun.

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