We are so glad to live in a place where farmers are busy and the local Farm to Table movement is strong. Wisehart Springs Inn has two full kitchens so there’s plenty of space for you to prepare your own culinary works of art if you want to gather your own local ingredients. See the Valley Organic Growers website here and our own favorites listed below.
Small Potatoes Farm bakery and produce
Princess Beef – Grass Finished Beef
Princess Beef began in 1999 with a cow named Princess, which had been given to Cynthia Houseweart by Steve and Rachel Allen. Princess was raised by Cynthia at the Allen Ranch near Crawford, Colorado. It was with Princess and her calves that the idea of selling homegrown, grass-finished beef was created.
Thistle Whistle is a 16-acre farm in Hotchkiss Colorado. We are organic but not certified. We grow veggies and have milk goats, chickens, dogs and boys.
Desert Weyr – Lamb, Mutton and Apples
At Desert Weyr we develop and implement sustainable systems to conserve the rare and endangered animals that provide so much for us. Our primary goals are the conservation of genetic resources and promotion of sustainable agriculture systems. We currently work primarily with Black Welsh Mountain sheep. We also work to conserve the old apple trees.
Lamborn Mountain Farmstead – Goatmilk, Lavender Products and Highland Cattle Beef
We have lavender and lavender products for sale, goat milk soap, goat shares (which enable locals to receive goat milk), and halves and quarters of tender, good tasting, grass finished highland cattle beef.
Our vineyards cover 4 acres of our 54 acre farm. We grow two hybrid varieties—Chambourcin and Cayuga. All of our grapes are raised organically. The vineyard is in the West Elk American Viticultural Area (AVA) and we share grapes, knowledge, experience and the occasional glass of wine with the other vintners in the area. We use local fruits when in season to make small quantities of delicious fruit wines.
Homestead Market – Game Processing, Retail Game Meat, Produce, Beef and Local Products
Homestead Market is located in beautiful downtown Paonia, Colorado at the south end of Grand Avenue. Our store is packed with all of our all natural meat products as well as a wide selection of Elk, Buffalo, Lamb, Chicken, and Fish. We also carry a selection of fresh produce, farm eggs, and cheeses. Within our store you will also find a variety of spices, coffee, teas, honey, sauces, jams and jellies.
Since its beginning, fifteen years ago, the Trading Post’s purpose has been to facilitate the mutual support between local farmers and local community. Recognizing the treasure that is our farmers, farms and the highest-quality food they produce, our aim is to provide a place for people to enjoy, share and learn about them. We also believe that its lasting strength, the ability of this community to adapt and thrive is measured by the quality of the connections within it. At the Trading Post we forge these connections at our grocery counter, in the kitchen, over lunch in the restaurant, in the classroom, and out on the farm.
Delicious Orchards – Local produce, Big B’s Juice, Café
Delicious Orchards, the home of Big B’s Juices, has a beautiful farm store with great local organic products, a café serving delicious food made from local ingredients, a camp ground nestled in the orchard with views of the surrounding mountains, and guests can come by and hand pick organic cherries, pears, peaches, and apples. Delicious Orchards and Big B’s Fabulous Juices are proud to support local sustainable agricultural and land stewardship.