Culinary Experiences

You travel for new and exciting experiences, so it's only natural that food should be a pleasing adventure as well. When it comes to making amazing food discoveries, Ridgway, Colorado delivers.

  • Community Supported Agriculture Flourishing Around Ridgway
  • A Tiny Town With A Big Beer Selection
  • Fostering Diverse Tastes at Ridgway Seed Library
  • Local Food Producers Share Their Stories
  • Spend A Few Hours At The Farmer's Market
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Culinary Experiences

Ridgway residents thrive on fabulous food, which makes our town a great place for visitors to experience local food culture. From fancy French cuisine to freshly made Mexican dishes, our restaurants offer unique menus and diverse options for diverse pallettes. Keeping up with the farm-to-table trend, many of our markets, restaurants and special events source locally produced meats, dairy products, vegetables, fruits and herbs. We benefit from the plentiful fields and orchards around Colorado's Western Slope.

Spend A Few Hours At The Farmer's Market

Grocery shopping is not just a chore – it’s a special occasion during the summer and fall when the Ridgway Farmers Market opens up. Every Friday from May through October, residents and visitors alike can enjoy a fun morning, afternoon or whole day at the outdoor event.

The market is set up in Hartwell Park, also called Town Park, which is conveniently located in the heart of Ridgway, next to the highway and plentiful parking. The many tall cottonwood trees spread across the park create a cool, inviting place for the whole family. Adults can relax and stroll through the food and art stands, while children enjoy the large playground. The park is also home to several interesting sculptures, a gazebo and many sunny spots as well.

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A Tiny Town With A Big Beer Selection

How many beer options would you expect to find in a town with one stoplight and less than 1,000 residents? In the little town of Ridgway, we are big on adventure and just as big on beer selection!

Whether you call yourself a beer snob or prefer the term beer lover, the length of the beer list found at Ridgway restaurants is sure to please. From good old American standards to Asian and South American brands, local beer variety also includes some unique European offerings as well as local and regional brews.

The establishment that appears to have the largest beer selection is Steps Tavern with more than 40 flavors listed on their website. Several Colorado brews from companies including Telluride, Ska and Palisade brewing companies are available to please microbrew aficionados. Sports fan beers are numerous such as Budweiser, Coors, Miller , PBR, Little Kings, Michelob Ultra, and Corona, as well as the light version of many of those. Plus ciders, fruity malt beverages and a variety of other beers in several shades and textures are on the list as well.

Katie and Spencer Graves of Eatery 66 say, "We try to have a least 15 beers to choose from that change seasonally."

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Fostering Diverse Tastes at Ridgway Seed Library

Gardeners and anyone with an interest in growing their own food should make a stop at the Ridgway Seed Library, a resource available to all who would like to contribute to the seed diversity within our growing region. The local seed library is a free seed project, with a mission to support all who wish to plant seeds, grow food, and try their best at saving seed that has been grown within our bio region. The library curators educate, support and encourage the development of seed diversity for all, wishing to cultivate a culture of learning and sharing.

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Community Supported Agriculture Flourishing Around Ridgway

Community Supported Agriculture or CSA refers to a farming program in which an individual purchases a “share” of the farm’s products for a growing season and then receives a weekly distribution of the products that are in season. This is a fabulous way to get the freshest variety of local organic produce at a reasonable cost while helping local farms to stay in business. Most CSAs offer several sizes of shares to suit the size of your family and your budget.

There are several CSAs in operation in the local area. Contact them to find out what they have to offer!
Circle A Garden (Montrose): circleagarden.com
Buckhorn Gardens (Montrose): buckhorngardens.blogspot.com
Indian Ridge Farm (Norwood): indianridgefarm.org
Learn more about why you should eat fresh, local, organic foods from Dr. Abigail Seaver, ND, who provided the chamber with this helpful information. Visit http://www.drabigailseaver.com/ or call her at 970-626-3188.

Local food producers share stories

Local Food Producers Share Their Stories

Cottage Cuisine

Louise Meier used to lug her fruit, honey and jarring supplies from her house in Nucla to a commercial kitchen several miles down the highway in Norwood to produce her popular jams, jellies and honey. She had to pre-schedule her hours at the kitchen, which often meant working at inconvenient times and always meant limiting how long she could spend in production. Following retail food operator regulations was a bit overwhelming for an individual producer like Meier.

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Visitors Center & Ridgway Area Chamber

The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce is organized to achieve the objectives of promoting business and community development in the Town of Ridgway and the surrounding area. The chamber operates the Visitors Center, which is open from May 1 through October 1.

150 Racecourse Road
Ridgway, Colorado 81432

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Visitors Center and Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce

The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce is organized to achieve the objectives of promoting business and community growth and development in the Town of Ridgway and the surrounding area.

150 Racecourse Road
Ridgway, Colorado 81432

800.220.4959
970.626.5181
raccadmin@ridgwaycolorado.com

Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce. Managed by Peak Media Company LLC

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Extra Info

How about yak meat for a meal? Little Ridgway is home to three yak farms! Not only do they sell their products directly to consumers, but they are served on local restaurant and school menus.

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