“Our growers have been farming the Arkansas Valley for generations. For some of us, that’s five or six generations.
In 2011, we formed the Rocky Ford Growers Association to strengthen and protect the reputation of these world famous melons. Rocky Ford Cantaloupe™ has officially been trademarked to ensure the best, and safest quality.
For our growers to label their melons as Rocky Ford Cantaloupe they must be a member of our association and produce melons within the boundaries of the Rocky Ford growing region. This growing region has now been defined as Otero County and Crowley County South of the Colorado Canal.”
We all enjoy the visiting the farmer’s market to sample his goods. Here are a few things to keep in mind to keep you and your family safe.
Consumers should follow safe food handling practices when purchasing, preserving or storing foods in order to protect their family’s health. Certain people, such as infants and preschool children, pregnant women, those 65 years or older and those with compromised immune systems are at a greater risk.
- Always wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after handling.
- Before eating or cooking, wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly under running water. Scrub gently with a clean produce brush.
- Wash the produce, even when you will be peeling the produce before you eat it. Bacteria could be present on the outside of items like melons and can be transferred to the inside when you cut or peel them. Dry with a clean towel or cloth.
- Cut produce with a clean knife; peeled fruits or vegetables should be refrigerated within two hours of peeling them.
Food Safety Resources
- Rocky Ford Grower’s Association Food Safety
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
- Colorado Department of Agriculture
- Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association