The Roaring Fork + Farm Map brings Carbondale’s farming and ranching stories to life and into the hands of Carbondale visitors. Travelers want to understand more about the food on their plate or the beverage in their glass and Carbondale is rich with authentic ways to connect to the land. Whether it’s enjoying a cocktail made from locally grown grains, dining on vegetables from local gardens, or even being up-close with cattle on a ranch visit. Click to see the details of our farm map!
The deep roots of Carbondale’s agricultural history and ranching culture come to life as Carbondale Tourism launches a new visitor experience designed to give tourists a greater connection to the local food and farming scene. The Roaring Fork & Farm Map is a printed pocket guide to Carbondale’s agritourism which includes guest ranches, public gardens, farms, visitor attractions, and experiences, along with restaurants and retailers that were identified as specifically supporting the local food movement through menu items or connections with local farmers.
The map describes the heritage of agriculture to visitors. Carbondale’s history has long been rooted in the production of quality, local food. Beginning with the Ute Indians who hunted the fertile lands, later in the 1880s, settlers began to harvest the land, supplying regional mining communities with beef, potatoes, and grains. At that time, the Roaring Fork Valley produced more potatoes than the entire state of Idaho. Today, Carbondale’s unique ranching and farming legacy continue to thrive. This “gastro-renaissance” is driven by young farmers and ranchers who are carving out boutique and micro-farming projects while developing relationships with custom-grow chefs, brewers, and distillers resulting in unique flavors from the local terroir, while minimizing the distance food travels from farm to fork.
The map guide highlights include:
- Farm-To-Table Eats: A listing of food and dining options that specifically emphasize local flavors and produce, which reoriented from a gourmet vegetarian restaurant to become a locally-sourced grocery selling only what’s available from local farmers and suppliers. Landmark Café serves breakfast and lunch, with a farm stand, special events, and supper clubs, with chef Flip Wise’s sourcing philosophy supporting local farmers.
- Local Libations: Highlights of Carbondale’s unique locally-produced beverage scene including the renowned Marble Distilling Company, the most sustainable distillery on the planet, a pioneering zero-waste distillery offering tasting room and luxury lodging. Carbondale Beerworks is a local’s brewpub with locally sourced sustainable bar fare, local brews, and spirits.
- Public Gardens: Carbondale has an array of public parks and gardens which showcase edible plants and produce. The Pioneer Garden is a demonstration vegetable garden featuring heirloom and historic varieties planted by the original pioneers that settled Carbondale in the late 1880s. The Carbondale Food Forest is a permaculture park featuring heritage fruit trees and medicinal plants. The Latino Folk Art Garden is located along Carbondale’s ARTway, providing an interactive outdoor space with a Latino history story sculpture, mosaics, hammocks, and gardens.
- Farms + Ranches with Visitor Experiences: The starting point for any Carbondale visitor is the Thompson House Museum, an 1885 historic house museum owned for 100 years by the descendants of pioneer Myron Thompson. Sustainable Settings is a leading biodynamic ranch and educational center, offering classes and workshops, farm-to-table dinners, and produce. Cedar Ridge Ranch is a new edition to Carbondale’s agritourism scene, offering luxury glamping, farm tours, and fiber art workshops.
- Additional Farms + Ranches: Visitors can enjoy produce and meat from many farmers and producers who supply many regional restaurants and retailers: local ranchers Nieslanik Beef Farms and Potter Farms, renowned vegetable producers, Wild Mountain Seeds, and water buffalo ranchers, Rocking TT Bar. The true breadth of Carbondale’s ranching culture is also highlighted in the map guide, modern-day Carbondale ranches are the setting for event venues and healing centers, such as Smiling Goat Ranch, 13 Moons Ranch, and Spring Creeks Ranch.
“The Roaring Fork + Farm Map brings Carbondale’s farming and ranching stories to life and into the hands of the Carbondale visitors,” said Andrea Stewart, Executive Director of Carbondale Chamber of Commerce and Carbondale Tourism. “Travelers want to understand more about the food on their plate or the beverage in their glass, and Carbondale is rich with authentic ways to connect to the land—whether it’s enjoying a cocktail made from locally grown grains, dining on vegetables from local gardens, or even being up-close with cattle on a ranch visit.”
The Roaring Fork + Farm Map will be available through the Carbondale Chamber & Tourism Visitor Center, local lodges and hotels, and through restaurants and small businesses in Carbondale and The Roaring Fork Valley. The map’s artwork was designed by local artist Sarah Uhl. The agritourism project has been funded by Carbondale Tourism, with support from Carbondale Creative District, along with a grant from the Colorado Tourism Office Destination Development CRAFT program.