Fabulous Colorado Food

by Nancy on July 5, 2012

Bounty of Colorado

I have fallen in love with the North Fork Valley.  This semi-arid valley on the western slope of Colorado yields crisp, acidic grapes on its sunbaked hillside. On the valley floor cherry, apricot, nectarine, plum, apple and peach trees grow along with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

A couple weeks ago I spent a day with my family exploring this rich valley. The photograph shows our “spoils” of the day along with a few other tasty local delights.

At Delicious Orchards Alan and I climbed high up on ladders to pick handfuls of the deep red, sun-warmed bing cherries you see in the foreground of the photograph. We bought 5 pounds that my family devoured in three days. The owners were harvesting bunches of baby golden and red beets. Delicious Orchards has an organic restaurant and also has wine tasting for some of the wineries in the valley. I also bought a jar of Austin Family Farm wildflower and fruit blossom honey.  One word…fantastic!

The two homemade breads you see in the photo came from the Flying Fork Cafe and Bakery in Paonia.  Unfortunately we were in town on Monday when the cafe is closed but luckily for us the bakery was open and we bought the whole grain and rosemary olive oil bread you can see in the photo.

At Stahl’s Farm Market we purchased four very early peaches and some apricots all bursting with flavor. We also bought a small peach pie made by a local which was long gone by the time I took the photograph.

This Gewurtztraminer from Stone Cottage Cellars in Paonia makes the perfect hot weather sipping wine.

We visited two wineries while exploring the valley, Azura and Stone Cottage Cellars. At Stone Cottage we purchased several bottles of Gewürztraminer, a wine we typically don’t care for because of its sweetness. This Gewürztraminer, though, is dry and makes the perfect warm evening sipping wine. We bought three bottles and next time we visit we’ll be bringing home a case.

I couldn’t resist including in my Bounty of Colorado photo some eggs from Joan’s chickens and lettuce from a pot on my back porch. Finally, I put in two bottles of one of my favorite beers, Claymore Scotch Ale from the Great Divide brewery located in Denver. This ale will only appeal to dark beer lovers and is really suited to cold weather and heartier food but it’s one of the few beers lately that has caught my attention.





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