Orchard Valley Farms

Orchard Valley Farms is not only the growing place of just-picked sustainably grown local produce, it’s also a great place to get a taste of the country. Spend the day on a working farm and orchard, nestled in a beautiful river valley surrounded by the West Elks Mountains. You can get your hands dirty picking your own, or just soak up the atmosphere while you stroll the gardens.

Know your farmer, know your food

Farmer and owner, Lee Bradley, has a Bachelors of Science degree in Ag Education and a Masters in Agriculture Marketing and Management from Colorado State University. Since 1991, Lee and wife Kathy raise high quality, nutritious and delicious fruits and vegetables.

From peaches to tomatoes – whether you pick it at the peak of tender sweet ripeness or we do – you can’t get fresher than that at Orchard Valley Farms! Select some fruit, cheese and wine from our farm market, then relax and picnic here along the North Fork of the Gunnison River. We’re a little farther away than your grocery store, but the scenery and the farm experience is worth the trip.

We’re known for U-pick

To find out what is available for you pick, sign up for our e-news. Eat fresh from June through fall: raspberries and cherries are first, followed by vegetables, flowers, herbs, peaches, blackberries, apples and ending the season with pumpkins in October.

Destination: a well-stocked farm market

Stop by our farm market for just picked fruits and vegetables to grab and go. Enjoy eating fresh during the summer and fall seasons! To enjoy seasonal flavors year ’round, check out fantastic, locally produced jams, sauces, salsas, chutney, salad dressings & more in our online store.

Harvest schedule: what & when

These are usually the harvest times the following fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. However – remember Mother Nature is the boss around here…

  • Mid-June – Raspberries
  • Late-June – Cherries
  • Late-July – Early peaches, cucumber, basil, dill
  • August – Peaches, nectarines, blackberries, raspberries; tomatoes, chili peppers, okra, eggplant, green peppers; zinnias
  • September – Peaches, apples, nectarines
  • October – Pumpkins

You pick – a memorable family farm experience.

Paonia’s “soon to be world famous” sweet cherries – you pick – we pick.