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By Thomas P. Huber

I've got said luscious wines and succulent fruit and delightful dinners. yet there's not more evocative adventure of the 2 valleys than the scent of new-mown hay within the fields at nightfall. If someone have been to shut their eyes, they can now not inform in the event that they have been in Provence or the North Fork Valley. That candy, earthy scent is a part of the wonderful thing about those areas.

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Others are indicators of the diverse ethnicity there and in the rest of the United States, such as the Middle Eastern restaurant on the main street. But what is most visible is the move to take the ubiquitous pasture of the valley bottom and create small, organic “farms” on two to three acres of land. After spending a considerable amount of time in the valley, I began to see these small vegetable and flower operations interspersed with orchards and newly planted vineyards. Even some of the lower-elevation piñon-juniper woodlands are being cleared for grapevines and organic vegetables.

In the North Fork nearly every crop needs to be irrigated, including grapes, and no comparable regulations prohibit vineyard irrigation. Some irrigation is from center-pivot irrigation sprinklers and some from movable pipes, both of which draw water from underground aquifers. Most farmers and ranchers in this area, however, use surface water running through canals and acequias that get their water from the Grand Mesa and other surrounding mountains. Skill is required to align the grapevines or other crops so the running water flows down the rows and wets each plant equitably.

These cliffs are over 2,000 feet (700 meters) long and 330 feet (100 meters) high and were abruptly created during a violent collision between two tectonic plates around 35 million years ago. When one visits either the Vaucluse of southern France or the Golden Triangle of western Colorado, he or she cannot help but 25 Places notice how warm it is during the parched summer months, with the intense sunshine and few shading clouds. One day in Apt after a leisurely outdoor lunch (sitting in the shade, of course), we returned to a car that had an inside temperature of 130° F.

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