Cafe Society

Rocky Ford cantaloupes are sweeter and safer than ever this year

After last year's listeria scare that wrongly targeted cantaloupes from Rocky Ford, the now trademarked Rocky 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-art packing shed, hire a full-time safety manager and adopt LeafTrack scan technology that checks each melon. The state also pitched in $175,000 for an image campaign, which included the Rocky Ford Cantaloupe™ Creations Cook-off on the 16th Street Mall on August 1, Colorado Day.

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Natalie Gonzalez