Palisade offers hard work and the right location for those who want to farm
The Colorado Mountain Winefest is winding down today, and as visitors to the festival look around, many of them are perhaps taking an envious look at the charming areas near Palisade and East Orchard Mesa, wondering if they can become farmers, too.
The good news is that yes, there are farm properties available and farming doesn't take an advanced degree from Harvard to succeed.
The bad news is that it takes money to buy farm properties, farm equipment, trees or grapevines and farming is hard, 24/7 work, especially during the growing season. There's also a steep learning curve as someone new to farming learns about plant diseases, preventing bugs, birds or deer from destroying crops, irrigation, winter and spring pruning, as well as harvesting and marketing a crop.
In spite of the difficulties, new people come to the area every year, and through hard work and help from the community, they've learned how to successfully embrace the agricultural lifestyle.
It also helps that the east end of the valley is such a unique micro climate in Colorado, which is why farmers can successfully grow peaches in Palisade and not in Parker. Read more about Palisade, Colorado here.
Palisade sees new activities in housing, business
The Golden Gate gas station, which is right at the Palisade exit and Interstate 70, should be open by May 15. General manager David Collier has hired about half of the 14 staff members necessary for the new store, and he hopes to hire the remaining staff members from the Palisade area. In addition to offering gas and convenience items, the store will also have a full liquor license and plans to offer wine from several different Palisade wineries.
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Opportunities for more lodging and dining are prime-picking in Palisade
There is new activity in Palisade, with several businesses hoping to open in time to provide services to residents and the many guests who come to Palisade in the summertime.
Varaison Vineyards will hold a ribbon cutting for its new cider tasting room and bistro, 13 Brix, on May 13 at 1 p.m., or 1300 hours, if you speak military-style. Andrew West, the cider maker and son of Varaison’s founders, Andrew and Kristin West, has been working on the the bistro for more than a year.
“We’ve been working on the remodel for 18 months; we’ve been trying to do it without digging a sucking hole of debt,” West said. The building, which started out as a convenience store, has also been a video store and stood vacant for almost three years before the Wests purchased it with the intent to turn it into a tasting room for their hard cider, Forbidden Fruit.
When 13 Brix opens, it will have a limited menu, along with five different ciders. In addition to apple with Saigon Cinnamon, the bistro will have pear vanilla, blueberry lavender, cherry and peach ciders, all available for drinking on site or bottled so customers can take their favorite flavor home.
Palisade will soon be able to offer more options for visitors who want to stay in town. There is construction activity underway at Palisade Basecamp RV Resort, where the owners plan to offer two country home units, 12 cabins, 71 RV and trailer sites, six standard tent sites and 13 primitive sites.
“The goal is to have it all open, all at once, but in reality, we may have portions done and ready for opening, while still doing finishing touches throughout the month of July,” said Keith Ehlers, one of the partners in the project. The business has received lots of calls and requests from visitors who are eager to make reservations to stay at the resort, and are willing to stay even if the swimming pool isn’t quite operational or the landscaping isn’t fully installed.
There aren’t a lot of homes available for sale right now in Palisade, and this particular home includes a three-bedroom, 1 1/2-bath home sitting on almost three acres. Although there are no trees right now, there has been on a peach orchard on the property, which has good irrigation water.
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