2019 Ela Farm Tour Weekend – June 8-9 2019
Meet us at any point in our tours! Entire map here.
(All meals include GF / Veg options)
Once a year we roll out the red carpet and give our customers and friends the grand tour of our orchard.
Our 2019 Free Ela Farm Tour is Sunday, June 9th. Curiosity is the word of the day! Starting the tour at 10 a.m., we walk, talk, and explore all aspects of our farm. We’ll see newly growing baby fruits, wind machines and sustainable practices, plus demonstrations of grafting and farm operations. The best part of the tour? It’s free! Come see how we grow!
As the first certified organic, fourth-generation orchard in the Rocky Mountain West, Steve Ela guides a fascinating tour that gives you a glimpse into what it takes to grow fruit in Colorado. Steve is a soil scientist and forward thinking grower committed to growing fruit with outstanding flavor while using sustainable growing practices. Experience Steve’s passion for what he does and learn why Ela’s fruit is so delicious!
A True Locovare Experience
Dine al fresco in Ela’s orchard and experience the extraordinary food producers of Delta County. Along with your local wine & spririts finds of the day, Forage Sisters’ farm dinner immerses you in Colorado’s late spring harvest menu starting with locally baked Rustic Farm artisan breads, Cedar Springs Farm Butter, Deer Tree Farm and Ela Family Farms Fruit Jams, Mushroom and Walnut Pate, Deer Tree Farm Beef Pate, pickled local spring onions, spring pea and mint “smash,” fresh cheeses made from Cedar Springs Farm dairy, beet hummus, and locally grown spring crudités….that’s just the appetizer round!
In past years we have had over 100 people for our dinner in the field on Saturday night and 80 people for the walk around the farm. The food is great, the conversation excellent and it is all capped off by our view of the West Elk Mountains. Every year those that attend comment on all they have learned, how much fun it is to see a grafted trees and how powerful our wind machines are. We hope you can attend the tour this year!
1:00 pm Stone Cottage Cellars vineyard tour & wine tasting (Free)
As one of the highest elevation wineries in the world, Stone Cottage Cellars’ million dollar views and exemplary wines put Colorado wine country on the map. Proprietors Karen & ex-rocket scientist Brent Helleckson built Stone Cottage Cellars from the ground up, stone by stone. Buy a bottle of their wine for dinner and some to take home!
2:45 pm Western Culture Farmstead (Free)
There will be lots of baby goats to play with, fresh goat milk, and cheese to taste here with farmers Dave and Suanne Miller.
4:30 pm Peak Spirits/Jack Rabbit Hill tasting tour (Free)
This Demeter biodynamic vineyard has a couple of New Avalon ciders made with Ela fruit and their award winning CapRock gin is made with our Jonathan apples. Proprietors Lance and Anna Hansen host a relaxed happy hour tasting before our dinner in the Ela orchard.
6:00 pm Ela Family Farms’ Dinner in the Orchard (RSVP)
An evening you won’t forget celebrating good people, good wine and great food al fresco amongst the peach trees. If it rains or is too cold, we will have dinner in the packing shed. $90 includes tax and tip and dessert under the stars. BYOWine or Spirits – Bring your favorite wine/spirit find of the day. Veggie, gluten free, and child options are available. Kids under 4ft. $25. Make your dinner and lunch reservations.
Camping in the orchard is open to anyone interested in making that a part of their farm tour weekend. Please call the office at (970) 872-3488 and let us know if you’d like to tent or bring your camper / RV. There are no hookups but we do have flush toilets, sinks, and beautiful views!
Sunday, June 9th
7:30 am Campers Coffee Station opens ($6) Make your Sunday morning Coffee & Pastries (gf too!) reservations.
Directions from Denver to Paonia
Approximate driving time from Denver to Paonia is 4.5 hours. We recommend that you add in a lunch stop before our Saturday winery tours. We can recommend Dos Gringos in Carbondale or The Living Farm Cafe in Paonia (Breakfast: 9am – 3pm; Lunch: 10am – 3pm Dinner: 5:30pm – 9pm). Or bring a picnic lunch and eat somewhere along the way. We recommend that everyone bring a cooler for wine and cheese finds!
From Denver, take I-70 west to Glenwood Springs. At Glenwood, take Hwy 82 south to Carbondale (about 15 miles). At Carbondale, take Hwy 133 to Paonia. This will take you past Redstone, past Hay’s Creek Falls which is literally next to the highway with a widened shoulder to park on, over McClure Pass, through Somerset (a coal mining town), and down through Paonia. The drive from Carbondale to Paonia is a beautiful part of the West Elk Scenic Byway.
Meet us at any point in our tours! Entire map here. If you get lost, call Regan’s cell 970 623-5587 or Steve’s cell 970 270-0246