While last week's snow and this week's predicted rains have made forecasts of drought seem all wet in metro Denver, the threat is still very real to farmers in southern and eastern Colorado. Last week, they planted more than 550 acres of Rocky Ford cantaloupe -- almost a 40 percent increase over las ... More >>
Rocky Ford farmers and growers have spent much of the last year doing damage control, after their melons were wrongly fingered as the cause of a listeria outbreak that actually originated a hundred miles away, at Jensen Farms, and ultimately killed over thirty people. But while doing damage control, ... More >>
What's your favorite homegrown fruit? Those tart cherries that inspired the Tree Line, Marnie Ward's winning Colorado cocktail? The juicy peaches that will be celebrated at the Palisade Peach Festival this weekend? Or the beleaguered Rocky Ford cantaloupe, wrongly fingered last year as the cause of ... More >>
After last year's listeria scare that wrongly targeted cantaloupes from Rocky Ford, the now trademarkedRocky Ford Cantaloupe™ is making a comeback.
That's largely due to the efforts of the Rocky Ford Growers Association, which banded together to adopt new safety procedures, build a state-of-the-a ... More >>
Rocky Ford cantaloupe took a big hit last year, unfairlyfingered by the FDA in the early days of the listeria outbreak in a September 14, 2011 release that warned consumers not to eat Rocky Ford cantaloupes. And never mind that the real culprit, Jensen farms, was more than a hundred miles away.
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