Richly Rooted: Fremont County Agritourism

    Fremont County’s agricultural roots run deep.

    Nourished by the Arkansas River, plowable rich soil and a year-round moderate climate, Fremont County’s orchards, farms, ranches and vineyards have been a success story from the start.

    The area’s agricultural heritage reaches back to when local farmers provided fresh fruit, vegetables and more to regional mining camps. Records show that in 1888, Fremont County produced and shipped more than 700,000 pounds of apples, pears, grapes, plums, peaches and strawberries.

    Today’s visitors can dig into the local agricultural bounty at the state’s oldest orchards, where Colorado’s original apple trees and grapes were planted. Taste the freshness at a pick-your-own apple and raspberry farm, sip pressed ciders, and explore pumpkin patches and corn mazes each autumn.

    VIP tasting at the Winery at Holy Cross AbbeyShop farm stores and stands and support the hard-working families and farmers dedicated to the region’s rich soil. Head to Fremont County farmers markets and enjoy your pick of the crop or order from farm-to-table-inspired menus at many of our family-owned restaurants. Don’t be surprised to find locally raised fish and grass-fed beef among the tasty entrées.

    When it’s time for a glass of vino, area wineries invite you to wander their tasting rooms and vineyards. The tasting room at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey is open daily to sample a flight of multi-award winning wines. Or reserve a spot for their VIP wine and cheese tasting in the park, or on the tasting room terrace, for $25.00 per person. This includes a private hostess and a sampling of all wines, as well as artisan cheeses and breads, fruits and chocolates to best accompany each wine.

    Dig in, taste it all and enjoy the fruits (literally) of our labor!

    Cañon City Farmers’ Market is held every Tuesday, June through September, 8am to 1pm at Veterans Park.

    Local Farmers, Bakers, Artisans & Nonprofits gather weekly to connect with the community & visitors. Call 719-671-2519 for more info.

    photo courtesy > Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center, Cañon City, CO