Agritourism: A growing industry in Palisade

By: Stephanie Collins Email
By: Stephanie Collins Email

Ever wonder what it takes to get a peach from the tree to your home? Or what it takes to get a grape into a bottle of wine? Then you might want to take a tour of one of the orchards or vineyards in Palisade.

Eleven year old Keenan High has been giving tours at his family’s farm, High Country Orchards & Vineyards, since he was eight years old. The tours he does are part of the agritourism industry in Palisade which has the single goal of educating people on how their food gets from dirt to dinner plate, “They think that food comes from the grocery stores, once they come up here their eyes light up just to see where it comes from,” says Keenan.

It's not just orchards and vineyards that get involved. Rapid Creek Cycle and Sports has also jumped on the agritourism bandwagon, “for people who want to do an agritour but don't want to do it in a car, they can either come to rapid creek cycles and either rent a bike and do a bike trip or go down and do one of our float trips,” says shop owner Rondo Buecheler.

The recreational sport sop is even working to partner up with some of the wineries in the valley to do wine tasting while you’re on the raft.

The Palisade Chamber of Commerce says that since they started promoting agritourism a few years ago the program is really growing. In the beginning only eight businesses were involved now that number has more than doubled.

Agritours also make for an inexpensive vacation with most of the farms offering tours for free. For a full list of the businesses that offer tours click the link below this story.

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