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Beverage Producers, Farmers Hope To See Agritourism Grow In Delta County

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Laura Palmisano

In 2013, tourists spent more than $17 billion dollars in Colorado. And, agritourism is one industry that’s drawing visitors to the state.

In Paonia last Wednesday, local beverage producers and farmers discussed what they could do to increase agritouirsm in Delta County. 

About 30 people are at the Hive Paonia. There are vineyard owners, cider producers and farmers.

They are discussing challenges they face when it comes to attracting visits to the area. 

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Delta County beverage producers and farmers met at the Hive Paonia to talk about ways to increase tourism.

"We are in a geographically remote place so getting people to come here is probably our largest challenge," Revolution Brewery owner Gretchen King says. 

Her fellow food and drink producers at the meeting agree their biggest problem is getting people to Delta County because it’s not well-known.

They also say there needs to be more communication between businesses and cross-promotion so they can work together to increase agritourism in the area.

Rob Kimball owns 5680’ Vineyards.

"What we’ve all come to realize over time is that we are far from cutting up a pie," Kimball says. "We've got such a small pie and we need to grow it. And the best way of growing this pie is through the whole community."

Economists estimate in 2012 agritourism had an economic impact of $1.8 billion on the state. Local food and beverage producers at the meeting hope that by collaborating, they can bring more of that economic activity to Delta County. 

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