The temperatures are rising and kids are getting antsy for summer break. There are lots of fun activities for you to explore outdoors just a short drive from Denver. It’s also a great way to see a bit more of our beautiful state and support local farms.
Colorado is probably best known for Olathe Sweet Corn, Rocky Ford melons, Palisade peaches, and Grand Junction wine grapes. But you don’t have to travel to the Western Slope–there are plenty of small farm operations just a short drive from the ‘burbs, where you can experience a little bit of the country life and pick your own fruits and veggies. It’s a great opportunity to get your hands in the dirt (it’s good for you! Because science!) and I can’t think of a better way to entice kids to eat their veggies, than when they’re picked perfectly ripe right off the vine.
Here are five of the best along Colorado’s Front Range, in no particular order:
Be sure to check individual websites and call first, as weather, pests, and over-harvesting may affect availability
Open June-October, Tue/Thu/Sat from 8am-1pm. Located at 136th Ave and Potomac in Brighton. Free admission, pay for what you pick. Prices vary by item. Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherries, cucumbers, herbs, and flowers. More items available in the market including farm-fresh eggs, honey, jams, and vegetables.
Open Sundays in August from 10am-2pm. Regular season opens August 22: 10am-3pm Wed-Fri and 9am-3pm Sat & Sun. U-Pick is by reservation ONLY, please call 303-485-5585. Located at 6914 Ute Hwy in Longmont. Cost is $12/peck bag (holds 5-7 lbs of apples). Over 120 different varieties of apples, many heirloom.
3. Miller Farms
Fall Harvest Festival begins Labor Day through mid-November, 9am-6pm daily. Located at 13912 CR19 in Platteville. Admission is $20/adult, $15/kids which includes petting zoo, corn maze, other activities, and 5 bags of pick-your-own produce. Potatoes, carrots, onions, beets, Indian corn, squash, peppers, and the list goes on!
Opening August 2nd, Wed-Sun from 9am-4:30pm. Located at 1190 1st St. in Penrose. Free admission, hayrides, and berry/apple containers; fruit is priced per pound. Apples, berries, and pumpkins in the fall.
Open every Thursday and Saturday from 9am-noon, June through first frost. Located at 915 West Cheyenne Road in Colorado Springs. No admission charge, pay only for what you pick. Vegetables, herbs, salad greens, and more.