Salida, Colorado and the greater Chaffee County area is packed with experiences for any type of tourist. Agritourism is the practice of visiting agricultural areas and have real-life experiences in different agricultural environments. It is fast becoming a “must-see” activity for visitors to Salida, Colorado. Get an inside look and hands-on experiences on how some of the areas best local products make it to your kitchen. Experiences of a lifetime, phenomenal shopping and some of the best locally sourced cuisine all await. For those interested in agritourism, Salida offers some of the best opportunities in Colorado for agritourism. The following are just some of the activities you can include in your trip.
Beginning in early spring and through the summer months you can find farmer’s markets stuffed with local fruit, vegetables and homemade goods every weekend on Saturdays in Alpine Park right next to Salida’s vibrant downtown community. However, the best farmer’s market of the year happens in the fall at Shedfest. Organized by the Food Alliance, the last farmer’s market of the season truly is a celebration you don’t want to miss. At this unique event you can “fill your basket and stock your cupboards with the freshest local foods, while you delight in a true Central Colorado experience.” From live music and dancing, to seasonal foods and locally made gifts, this is an event you don’t want to miss.
Goat Dairy Farming
When you travel to Chaffee County, Colorado for an agritourism vacation, make sure you head over to the Jumping Good Goat Farm in Buena Vista. Founded in 2002, this operational goat dairy farm is really something special that you won’t want to miss. Interact with the employees and the goats on the farm when you come for a visit. They have a store as well where you can find out firsthand how amazing the cheese and dairy products from a local goat dairy farm are. The farm offers tours teach you how to properly milk the goats as a truly educational experience. There’s no better place to go for a real farming experience in the area.
Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries
According to the Chaffee County, Colorado Visitor’s Bureau, the fresh Colorado water makes this the perfect place for craft beer, wine, and spirits. The water in Chaffee County is some of the purest you’ll find. This allows the flavors used in the processes to come through much more easily. Places like Wood’s High Mountain Distillery allow you to watch the distilling process in front of your eyes, as well as sample the product. At Vino Salida Wine Cellars, you can book a winery tour and tasting where you can learn about Colorado’s viticulture and sample a locally sourced antipasti plate. There are also a number of places to grab a great meal and enjoy the local craft brew in Salida like Moonlight Pizza and Brewpub.
One fun addition to any agritourism trip is to experience the art of beekeeping. Salida has so many unique treasures, with a world-class beekeeping operation being one of them. The Beekeeper’s Honey Boutique located in Salida has been in operation locally since 1908. Family owned and operated, they offer the public the unique experience of seeing a live bee yard and getting a tour of the operation. The boutique itself has just about anything and everything made as a result of beekeeping that you could imagine. In addition to the delicious honey, soaps, lotions, scrubs, and hand dipped wax candles are also products of beekeeping and make a great gift. The boutique offers a number of gifts and other items that are of exceptional quality. Make sure you add a beekeeping tour to your itinerary when you take your agritourism vacation in Salida.
The Farm to Table Experience
When you visit Salida and Chaffee County, Colorado, you surround yourself with some of the best locally sourced food in America. Locals enjoy the locally grown produce and tourists can get the benefit of local food as well. There are a number of restaurants that offer organic and locally grown food, including local livestock. The Farm to Table initiative in Colorado is alive and well in Salida. Colorado Farm to Table, Inc. is a non-profit organization that works to help feed those in need throughout the area. It also promotes sustainable living by keeping locally grown food local. This is a volunteer-based organization, so reach out to learn more and consider spending some time helping out.
Visit a Fish Hatchery
Colorado Parks and Wildlife owns and operates the Mt. Shavano Fish Hatchery located in Salida. If you’ve ever wondered how fish plays a part in agriculture, this is your chance to find out. Guided tours are available daily where you’ll learn about the business of raising and selling fish as an agricultural business. Colorado has some of the best fishing in the country, however you will find hatcheries are a fascinating part of the agricultural industry.
Visit a Homestead
At the Hutchinson Homestead and Learning Center, you can learn exactly what it’s like to live off the land. This real working Homestead has been a fixture in Salida since the 1860s. Today it is a museum that celebrates the history of high country ranching. The learning center that fosters agricultural and sustainable living education in Southern Colorado. Here you can see exactly how the homestead functioned in its day-to-day activities. Touring the historic ranch house, corrals and farm yard on a guided tour from the visitors center. They also host year-round events, children’s educational programs and preservation resources.
Come Visit Salida
When planning your trip to Salida and Chaffee County, Colorado, there is definitely something for everyone. Whether you’re checking out one of the operational farms or ranches, apple picking at an orchard or touring a local winery, an agritourism trip to Salida will not disappoint. Contact us at Creekside Chalets to get your lodging set for the trip of a lifetime. After days of fun and excitement, come find some rest and relaxation at one of Salida’s best lodging accommodations.