Rocky Ford Melons
Rocky Ford Melons are legendary for their characteristically sweet and juicy taste. Ever since the first planting in 1887, Rocky Ford Cantaloupes™ have been the standard to which growers around the world aspire. Our growers work hard to employ best agricultural and farm management practices, but we can’t take all the credit. That’s because we are truly blessed with the right climate and growing conditions that make Rocky Ford so special.
Our Special Climate
Here in the Arkansas Valley, our growing season (from planting in May through the final harvest in early October) is marked by unusually hot days and cool nights. This wide variance in temperature acts to accelerate growth and sugar levels, “sealing-in” melon ripeness. In addition, because of our high altitude (4,200 feet), our fields are closer to the ultraviolet light. This too creates a positive effect on melon ripeness. Lastly, we are blessed by the nutrient rich soil of this ancient fertile valley.
Our Rocky Ford Grower Association members currently grow several types of melons. Click below to learn more: