Palisade peaches, Olathe sweet corn, Rocky Ford melons — Colorado grows a bounty of produce recognized nationwide. And, as anyone who has driven on the Eastern Plains can attest, we are a state that owes its heritage, at least in part, to hardworking farmers. While you can shop “Colorado Proud” in most grocery stores, you can also pick your own fruits and veggies. Some fields are open now, others hold off until later in the season.
There are a number of small farms and orchards near the Denver metro area (or at least within an hour’s drive). U-Pick farms offer plenty of space for spreading out and you can be sure the produce you pick is as fresh as it comes with minimal handling by others.
Here’s a list of those we found. Some offer a wide variety of product, others stick to one or two items such as pumpkins.
Be sure to check each farm’s website for current availability, hours and days of operation, as well as fees.
MHOTC Readers Favorite! Wide variety of vegetables including potatoes, carrots, onions, beets, Indian corn, squash, peppers, pumpkins and more.
Open Labor Day through mid-November from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Adults (14+) are $25. Children (4-14) are $15. Group of 10+ people is $20 per person, children under 4 are free.
Cost of general admission allows each person to pick up to four (4) bags of produce each. If you pick over the 4 bag limit, each additional bag is $10 and if you don’t fill your four bags that is your decision – no refunds will be given.
Admission includes activities, antique tractors, petting zoo, corn maze, hay pyramid, pedal tractors, plus the hayride that takes you to the fields to harvest. 13912 CR 19, Platteville, 970-785-6133.
The farm grows corn, hay, wheat and barley, but is known for its beautiful pumpkin patch and vegetable garden. Pick sweet corn, bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, carrots, spinach, beets, eggplant and more.
You may pick straight from the garden by making an appointment with Nancy. For hours and all questions, it is best to call ahead. Open mid-June to November. 4400 Giddings Rd., Fort Collins, 970-493-3853.
More than 150 varieties of apples, as well as pears and plums. Because of limited availability, U-Pick orchard only open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Country Store open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through early November.
Check website or call ahead for dates, hours and what’s in season. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org. 42135 County Road 43, Ault, 80610; 970-760-0279.
The 40-acre farm is Certified Organic. Pick-your-own is limited to strawberries, raspberries, basil, pickling cucumbers and flowers from June through September. No reservations required.
All other produce they pick is available in the Barn Store. 13785 Potomac St., Brighton, 303-659-5050.
Strawberries, raspberries, sunflowers and more. Best picking is available in August and September. They provide the baskets, you find the best berries.
This season all pick-your-own must be purchased online in advance. You will select a reservation time at checkout.
Garden Sweet Farm operates on a membership basis (though fields are open to non-members on select dates) and members get free access to pick-your-own and pay only for the amount they pick.
Berry fields are open to non-members on certain weekends in August and September as supply allows. Flower fields are open July to September for members and non-members alike.
Farm Stand is usually open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Monday. Check the website or stop by the Farm Stand for details on picking and pricing. 719 W. Willox Ln., Fort Collins.
Still deciding if they will open for 2021. U-pick pumpkins, squash, gourds. Typically opens the first week of October. Open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 2005 S. 112th St., Broomfield, 303-465-9565.