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Agriculture in Southwest Colorado

Mesa Verde Country® has a strong agricultural tradition. The Ancestral Puebloans, the first agriculturalists in the area, farmed the valleys and the mesas of Montezuma County, including current-day Mesa Verde National Park, until around 1300 AD. Growing corn, beans, and squash, and raising turkeys, they laid the agricultural foundation for today's farmers, ranchers, and vintners who carry on this long tradition. For Mesa Verde Country®, agriculture is truly a cultural thing!

A visit to Mesa Verde Country® is not complete without experiencing the bounty of the area. Farmer's markets are an excellent way to taste, touch, and savor local flavors. Depending on the season, opportunities abound to U-pick apples, peaches, or pears; or wander a pumpkin patch and select the perfect one. Get up close and personal with a llama or an alpaca, or drive past fields of sunflowers turning their heads to the sun. Purchase grass-fed beef or fresh lamb. Visit a winery and sample some incredible wines, or if you prefer beer, Mesa Verde Country® is also home to several microbreweries. We even have our own distillery.

Several area restaurants specialize in serving local, sustainable cuisine. And special events throughout the year provide an excellent opportunity to enjoy the bounty of the area. Mesa Verde Country® invites you to enjoy the ancient archaeology and the present-day agricultural bounty. When you visit Mesa Verde Country® be sure to

"Touch the Past,            
            Touch the Plenty"


Savor Our Local Bounty!


Anasazi Beans, Artichokes, Asparagus, Beans, Heirloom Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Collards, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Okra, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Pinto Beans, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Spinach, Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips
Apricots, Apples, Blackberries, Cherries, Grapes, Melons, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Raspberries, Rhubarb
Baked Goods, Bread, Flour, Flowers, Honey, Jams & Jellies
Beef, Chicken, Chicken Eggs, Duck Eggs, Elk, Lamb, Turkey
Beer, Juices, Rum, Wine

podcastMesa Verde Country® Agritourism podcast (7 min.)

Ten Reasons To Purchase Local Products

  1. Local products are good for the local economy
  2. Local produce is fresher
  3. Local produce tastes better
  4. Local products have longer to ripen
  5. Local products are better for the environment
  6. Local products keep us in touch with the seasons
  7. Local products come with wonderful stories
  8. Local products protect food security
  9. Local products offer more variety to choose from
  10. Local products support responsible land usage & development

Annual Agricultural Events in Mesa Verde Country®

Touch the Past, Touch the Plenty


Restaurants bearing this symbol local produce feature produce from Mesa Verde Country®.

Restaurants bearing this symbol local brewery feature locally brewed beer.