olorado Reader 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. A B C D E F G H I J K L Connecting Colorado educators and students to their food, fiber, fuel, and natural resources.