If you've never pulled your apples from the trees, and you're keen on $1-a-pound pricing a good deal compared to most grocery-store prices drive to Third Street Apples (935 Third St., Penrose) sometime before Halloween. The orchard grows nearly 50 varieties of apples and also sells syrups, jellies, pumpkins-by-the-pound (45 cents), local honey and an assortment of vegetables.
Third Street is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day but Tuesday, and also runs a fruit stand on the weekends at Coyote Coffee Den (U.S. Highway 115 and Sixth Street, Penrose), my favorite southern daytrip pit stop. If you schedule your apple-picking on Oct. 6, you'll catch Penrose Apple Day, featuring a parade, free apple pie at noon and vendors all day. Call 719/372-6283 for more.
A taste of Paonia
The eighth annual Mountain Harvest Festival, held throughout Paonia, will feature a variety of food-related events and activities alongside diverse music from Sept. 28-30. Set in the North Fork Valley region, known for its peaches, organic farms, ranches and vineyards, the weekend festival includes a chili cook-off, homemade pie contest, a pub crawl, winery tours and much more. Visit mountainharvestfestival.com for a complete schedule, directions, pricing and more.
Are you feeling lucky? Or, er, hungry?
The Good, The Bad & The Barbecue is the tough-guy name of a chili cook-off and barbecue happening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 29 at Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson (5867 N. Nevada Ave.). Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded alongside music, a beer garden and you know it the Miller girls. Admission is free; call 487-8005 for more information or visit pro-promotions.com.
Jake and Telly's Greek Cuisine (2616 W. Colorado Ave.), Wines of California Dinner: six wine-paired courses, 7 p.m., Sept. 27, $60 plus tax/tip. Call 633-0406 for reservations.
La Belle Vie Restaurant (1606 S. Eighth St.), Southern Rhone Wine Dinner: five courses paired with 10 wines, 7 p.m., Sept. 29, $95 plus tax/tip. Call 444-8400 or visit vintagespec.com.
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