Colorado Reader Sept. 2019: Colorado Grows World-Class Produce
Colorado Grows World-Class Produce
Colorado farmers and ranchers are often known
for growing crops like corn and wheat, or raising
livestock like cattle and sheep. However, many
farmers in our state grow the fruits and vegetables
found in local grocery stores and farmers markets!
Farmers who grow fruits and vegetables are also
commonly known as growers or producers.
Colorado is home to many different growing regions,
which are areas with certain weather and soil
conditions that are suited best for specific agricultural
crops. From north to south, east to west, the climate
in Colorado can vary greatly throughout the year.
Cool nights and warm days on the Western Slope
allow farmers to grow crops like sweet corn,
peaches, apples, and wine grapes. The northern
Front Range is known for favorable soil conditions
and well developed irrigation systems, where
farmers can grow vegetables like lettuce, cabbage,
spinach, carrots, onions, potatoes, sweet corn,
and pumpkins. The southeast corner of Colorado
experiences hot summer days, making the growing
conditions perfect for melons, onions, and chili
peppers. Finally, farmers in the San Luis Valley are
especially known for growing potatoes, thanks to
their mild summers and high altitude (7,600 feet!).
Can you identify these Colorado products? Write the name of the fruit
or vegetable in the space below each picture. All of the items pictured
below are also listed on the Colorado Produce Calendar on page 7.
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