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Food and Wine of the Grand Valley is What I love About Living Here

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX 4000 FA100032580

The weather and the abundant sun in the area makes the Grand Valley an agricultural mecca and it is Colorado's top wine producing area.  With all of the Grand Valley's agricultural riches, it's no surprise restaurants are taking advantage of local growers who supply ultra-local, fresh fare to wineries, farmers markets, and restaurants in the area.  Grand Valley restaurants embodied the locally grown, fresh-food movement long before it was popular.  In recent years, a few ambitious chefs and winemakers have helped turn the Grand Valley region into a legitimate culinary destination.  Bin 707 Foodbar owner and James Beard nominated chef Josh Niernberg's philosophy of "local first, Colorado second, domestic third",  has been serving responsibly sourced fare since 2011.  In addition,  Peche, 626 on Rood and the Winery are just a few of our restaurants that have won awards and made national news.  

The town of Palisade is the epicenter of Colorado's nationally recognized wine production community with over 25 wineries. Palisade is a charming town along the Colorado River and is about 10 miles east of Grand Junction.  TripAdvisor.com has named Palisade as one of the top ten best wine destinations in the nation.  

The Ordinary Fellow Winery, Restoration Vineyards, Carlson Vineyards and Colterris are some of the stand-out wineries.  In the spring, summer and fall, the wineries are packed with locals and tourists, sampling the wines and listening to live music on the lawn.

Besides a thriving wine industry we have a robust craft beer crowd that is making their own recognition.  With 7 breweries, you're never far from a fresh craft beer! Four years ago I helped a couple from Denver purchase a historic brick building in downtown Grand Junction.  After two years, they transformed it into the popular Foam and Folly Brewery.  A different food truck is featured 4 nights a week so you can have a freshly cooked bite with your brew.

During the summer and early fall, we have the best Farmer's Markets  from our rural farms and ranches bringing their goods to town.  Grand Junction Farmers' market is on Thursday, Palisade's on Sunday and Fruita has their market Saturday morning.  Everything from peaches, cherries, apricots, apples, tomatoes, lettuce, corn and more can be found around town.  

 

The Grand Valley also has the "Field to Fork Organic Farm that operates a 20,000 square foot greenhouse,  a two acre orchard, pasture raised chickens for eggs and meat production as well as pasture raised hogs.  They are certified organic by the USDA.

Field to Fork also operates a Supper Club by celebrating the summer farm bounty with an extravagant dinner in the orchard.   There is also a wood-fired Pizza Supper Club that makes the most delicious Italian style pizzas and roasted veggies.

 

 

Kulina Lani Organic Sourdough Bakery

Kulina LanI is the most popular bakery in town.  You can buy their bread in their store, at the Farmers' Market, Field to Fork Organic Farm or Blaines' Market.  All of their breads, pizza and pastry are naturally-leavened with sourdough, no commercial yeast is used.  The bread list is extensive and these are some of my favorites: Double Olive (Kalamata, Green with pimento), Fresh Rosemary with Olive Oil, Fig & Thyme,  4 Seed with Cumin and Old World.

Writing about Food and Wine in the Grand Valley would not be complete without mentioning Peach Street Distillers in Palisade.  From fruit to glass, every spirit they make is hand-crafted right in Palisade.  They start with local fruits and grains that deliver maximum flavor and high proof in a single distillation, and the barrels bring out the unique colors and flavors in each of their spirts.  Peach Street Distiller has a mouth-watering menu of appetizer's, tacos, salads and sandwiches to savor with your spirts.  My favorite is the Jackalope, squares of fresh flatbread with gin, olive tapenade, mozzarella, provolone blend and fresh herbs that is drizzled with fresh local honey.

Now that you know what we have here,  it's time  to visit and sip and savor the flavors of the Grand Valley

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Sandra - I can't recall having a taste of Colorado wine but you have certainly intrigued me with this post.  I will be sure to pay attention the next time trying a glass (or a bottle) is a possibility.  

Feb 28, 2023 02:09 PM
Sandra Mathewson

Michael Jacobs Thank you for reading my post!  My favorite wines from GH are Two Rivers, Restoration Vineyards and Colterris, if you happen to come across any.

Feb 28, 2023 04:21 PM
Michael Jacobs

Sandra Mathewson - thank you.  

Feb 28, 2023 04:37 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Sandra,

What a wonderful post about the food and wine in Grand Valley ! I can see why you love living there..I don't think of drinking a Colorado wine either but I will keep in mind the choices you mentioned to Michael Jacobs  and give them a try.

Feb 28, 2023 04:27 PM
Sandra Mathewson

Dorie Dillard Austin TX Thank you for reading my post about the wonderful Grand Valley.  Yes, our wines are very good and Palisade Peaches are sold in London>  I think I am lucky to live here!

Mar 01, 2023 12:57 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

You have intrigued me as well! Sip and Savor (which should be the name of a local restaurant/bar) sounds like a great way to describe ways to enjoy your area. Thank you!

Mar 01, 2023 04:54 AM
Sandra Mathewson

Kat Palmiotti Thank you Kat!  I'm glad you liked my post.  I hope you can come visit someday!

Mar 01, 2023 12:58 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You had me at wine, but field to fork definitely got me hooked, haha.  The food that is in the stores is so poisonous for us.  I want to be able to get all of my food from a farm that feeds its animals properly and doesn't use anything unnatural.

Mar 01, 2023 05:16 AM
Brian England

I love that, those are the eggs that I want the most, haha,

Mar 01, 2023 03:42 PM
Sandra Mathewson

Brian England Thank you for stopping by and glad you enjoyed my post!  Living in a small town in an agricultural mecca has many advantages.  Nationwide egg shortage, not here!  We can buy pasture raised eggs with the bright orange yolks (not pale yellow grocery store grain fed eggs) for $3.99 a dozen.

Cheers!

Mar 01, 2023 01:04 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

Hi Sandra! As a fellow foodie, your gorgeous area would be right up my alley! I love your photos - by the way, the one of Chef Niernberg looks like a young Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham)!!

Thank you for participating in last month's challenge! I've been at R4 this week and spending a little extra time vacationing so I am a bit behind reading the entries. Happy March!

Mar 02, 2023 02:46 PM
Sandra Mathewson

Debe Maxwell, CRS Thank you for stopping by, I am glad you enjoyed my post!  We are lucky to have the spectacular scenery and abundant food and wine!  I'm glad you made it to R4.   F

Mar 04, 2023 05:48 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

You sure know how to make us want to spend some time in the area.

We would enjoy sampling the wine, beer and good food.

Mar 04, 2023 10:06 AM
Sandra Mathewson

Roy Kelley Good to see you !  I hope you are doing well! 

Food, isn't that how people always get REALTORS to an event or open house !😂

 

Mar 05, 2023 05:41 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sandra, you are lucky to have some very nice wineries in your area.  I went a couple years ago, and brought some home.

Mar 04, 2023 12:40 PM
Sandra Mathewson

Joan Cox Thank you!  We have the wine, you have the restaurants and shopping, perfect trade-off!

Mar 05, 2023 05:42 AM