In recent years, there has been a movement to revive local agriculture from a younger generation of farmers and producers, who are collaborating with the community’s long-standing ranching families to lease land for small-batch farm operations. Farm tours and workshops are part of the Carbondale agritourism experience, with new farm stays and restaurants offering visitors a taste and place of the farm. And it’s worth noting that Carbondale’s farm culture is truly instilled in the imbibe culture as well—with the local distillery using locally grown grains for most products.
Carbondale Farm Map
The deep roots of Carbondale’s agricultural history and ranching culture come to life as Carbondale Tourism launches a new visitor experience designed to give tourists a greater connection to the local food and farming scene. The Roaring Fork & Farm Map is a printed pocket guide to Carbondale’s agritourism which includes guest ranches, public gardens and farms, visitor attractions, and experiences, along with restaurants and retailers that were identified as specifically supporting the local food movement through menu items or connections with local farmers.
Farm Visits & Tours
Experience the workings of Carbondale’s farms, meet our local farmers and ranchers. These farms open their doors to visitors and offer tours.
- Cedar Ridge Ranch – Intimate Alpaca Interactions, Horses
- Sustainable Settings – Dairy, Biodynamic Farming
- True Nature Peace Garden – Biodynamic Edible Garden
- Heritage Garden – Pioneer Gardening Methods
- Crystal River Hatchery
Classes & Workshops
From bee-keeping and fiber arts, to biodynamic farming and beekeeping—many of our local farms are renowned centers for agricultural education and craft experiences.
- Cedar Ridge Ranch – Astrotourism, Alpaca Fiber Workshop, Horse Riding
- Sustainable Settings – Bee Keeping, Agricultural Education
Farm to Table Restaurants & Field Dining Experiences
Carbondale is surrounded by a bounty of local produce and for several chefs, sourcing local has never been a trend—it’s just the only way to cook. Several farms pair with local chefs to host seasonal harvest and dinner events. The town’s distillery also supports local agriculture, by sourcing grains from the local farms.
Farm Stays & Glamping
What can be more authentically Colorado than a western welcome by staying on the ranch?
Where to Buy Local
Carbondale boasts two farmers markets: weekly during summer and fall season, as well as a new night market each First Friday’s. Plus Mana Food’s offers full range of locally grown and raised produce all year round.