Tuck into some juicy summer reading...

Years ago, when I was introducing my West Coast husband to Colorado, I arranged several vacation trips to the Western Slope and the San Luis Valley. I didn’t want him to think that Denver and the Front Range were all that my home state had to offer.

One August, meandering from Aspen and the Maroon Bells to Durango and the Great Sand Dunes, we drove through Delta. Spotting a fresh peach stand by the side of the road, I exclaimed, “Stop the car!” My husband, who knew nothing about the vineyards and orchards of the Western Slope, wound up happily eating about half a dozen peaches that afternoon, grinning and wiping juice off of his chin.

This issue of Roaring Fork Lifestyle celebrates the many fruits of our Western Slope harvest. You will learn about how the Heritage Fruit Tree Project is finding and saving historical trees planted by the pioneers who settled our valley, and in Parting Thoughts, Jean McBride’s paean to Palisade peaches should bring a smile to your face. You will learn about how and why the millennial generation is starting community-supported farms in this valley. And you’ll find a great beer vinaigrette recipe courtesy of the Glenwood Canyon Brewpub.

Those who don’t like food – if that’s possible – will find other articles that should whet their appetites. Frequent contributor Andrea Palm-Porter takes us for a ride on a stand-up paddleboard and looks at the equipment needed for that sport. Our Water & Woods feature dives into the topic of building a waterfall in your yard.

You’ll learn about most advanced veterinary CAT scanner on the Western Slope – one that can be used to scan not only cats, but dogs and other beloved pets, improving their care. You’ll meet singer/songwriter Jim Hawkins of Glenwood (you may already know him as co-owner of the Four Mile B & B). And in Good Times, you can take a look at new outdoor art in Carbondale and the art that got Basalt into the Guinness Book of World Records.

It should make for juicy summer reading. Enjoy!