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A RICH HERITAGE WITH A FRESH APPROACH.

Farming, ranching and harvesting is rooted in our culture in Colorado’s Grand Valley.

Early settlers took advantage of fertile plains for cattle grazing and discovered a mild climate and mineral-rich soil that grow exceptional crops, vegetables and fruits.

Building on tradition, today’s farmers combine forces with local entrepreneurs in technology, engineering and manufacturing to bring a fresh perspective to agribusiness. Locally, we produce everything from award-winning wines and craft brews to prime beef – not to mention the famously sweet Palisade peaches.

What Grows Here?

Peaches | Apples | Apricots| Nectarines | Plums | Cherries | Grapes | Raspberries
Tomatoes | Lavender | Corn | Hops | Hemp

A Small Taste of Local Agribusiness

Rooted Gypsy Farms | Kannah Creek Brewing Company | Copper Club Brewing Company | The Produce Peddler | Field to Fork | Bin 707 Food Bar | Colterris | Enstrom Toffee & Confectionery | High Country Orchards and Vineyards

Explore the map below for more agribusinesses in the Grand Valley.

CONTACT

Six Reasons to Grow in the Grand Valley

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Local vineyards produce anywhere between 85 to 95% of the state’s grapes.

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The climate and elevation fosters a 6-month growing season.

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With over 20 vineyards, it’s  considered
a top 10 wine destination in the U.S.
Palisade is famous for its peaches, Colorado's Grand Valley

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From agriculture science to an award-winning culinary arts program, Colorado Mesa University grooms a steady stream of qualified workers.

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It’s located in Mesa County, a designated Enterprise Zone and Colorado’s first Jump-Start “tax free” zone.
The Business Incubator offers a culinary incubator in Grand Junction, CO

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The Kitchen Incubator supports startups in the specialty and gourmet foods industry with education, financing and a 2,500sq.ft. commercial kitchen for shared use.

Explore our Grand Valley Agribusiness Data

Download: GJEP Agriculture, Food & Beverage Industry Brochure
Download: Mesa County Workforce Crop and Animal Production Industry Report

Agribusiness News and Events

  • Industrial hemp is a growing industry in Mesa County, Colorado

Town of Palisade Changes Code to Grow Industrial Hemp

March 22, 2018 - Yesterday, it was announced that the Board of Trustees in Palisade Palisade formally added language to their land use code to allow farmers to grow and process industrial hemp. Here are

  • Hot Tomato in Fruita, CO, starts community for food entrepreneurs

Hot Tomato Launches Community for Food Entrepreneurs

February 20, 2018 - The Hot Tomato Pizzeria in Fruita, Colo., has cultivated an almost cult-like following for its delectable, East Coast-style pizza but owners Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller went through their ups and downs when they

  • 2018 The Wright Award finalists Powderhorn and Hot Tomato

Two Grand Valley Businesses Finalists for The Wright Award

February 13, 2018 - The Hot Tomato Café & Pizzeria in Fruita and Powderhorn Mountain Resort are both finalists for 2018's The Wright Award, which celebrates outdoor-inspired innovative businesses across the state. The winner will

  • Chef Josh Niernberg, who runs Bin 707 foodbar, Taco Party and Dinner Party in Grand Junction, CO, was recently named a FIVE chef.

Grand Valley Chef Named to Prestigious FIVE List

February 6, 2018 - Thanks to our mild climate and natural resources, the farm-to-fork movement thrives in Colorado's Grand Valley. And at the forefront of this movement is Josh Niernberg, the chef behind local hot

PHOTO CREDITS for this page

Header and Reasons 2, 5 – The Produce Peddler
Reasons  1, 3, 4 – Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau
Reason 6 – The Business Incubator Center

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