The Roaring Fork + Farm Map brings Carbondale’s farming and ranching stories to life and into the hands of Carbondale visitors. Travelers want to understand more about the food on their plate or the beverage in their glass and Carbondale is rich with authentic ways to connect to the land. Whether it’s enjoying a cocktail made from locally grown grains, dining on vegetables from local gardens, or even being up-close with cattle on a ranch visit. Click to see the details of our 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, 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.
The map describes the heritage of agriculture to visitors. Carbondale’s history has long been rooted in the production of quality, local food. Beginning with the Ute Indians who hunted the fertile lands, later in the 1880s, settlers began to harvest the land, supplying regional mining communities with beef, potatoes, and grains. At that time, the Roaring Fork Valley produced more potatoes than the entire state of Idaho. Today, Carbondale’s unique ranching and farming legacy continue to thrive. This “gastro-renaissance” is driven by young farmers and ranchers who are carving out boutique and micro-farming projects while developing relationships with custom-grow chefs, brewers, and distillers resulting in unique flavors from the local terroir, while minimizing the distance food travels from farm to fork.
The map guide highlights include:
“The Roaring Fork + Farm Map brings Carbondale’s farming and ranching stories to life and into the hands of the Carbondale visitors,” said Andrea Stewart, Executive Director of Carbondale Chamber of Commerce and Carbondale Tourism. “Travelers want to understand more about the food on their plate or the beverage in their glass, and Carbondale is rich with authentic ways to connect to the land—whether it’s enjoying a cocktail made from locally grown grains, dining on vegetables from local gardens, or even being up-close with cattle on a ranch visit.”
The Roaring Fork + Farm Map will be available through the Carbondale Chamber & Tourism Visitor Center, local lodges and hotels, and through restaurants and small businesses in Carbondale and The Roaring Fork Valley. The map’s artwork was designed by local artist Sarah Uhl. The agritourism project has been funded by Carbondale Tourism, with support from Carbondale Creative District, along with a grant from the Colorado Tourism Office Destination Development CRAFT program.
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