The Rocky Ford Growers Association is very fortunate to have weathered the 2011 crisis that so deeply impacted our growers and the cantaloupe industry. When we began last year, 2012, we did so with uncertainty and trepidation. The crisis was still fresh in everyone’s mind. We didn’t know how the year would turn out. But we we’re fortunate. People everywhere, throughout the state, rallied around us, supporting us through thick and thin. The Colorado Department of Agriculture and our state leaders paved the way. Our retail customers like King Soopers, Safeway, and Whole Foods endorsed us and promoted our cantaloupes all summer. And most importantly, we can thank all of you who bought our sweet and juicy cantaloupes! With our recent shed expansion and enhanced cleaning procedures we will continue to improve on our commitment to safety. We will make sure that we maintain our spotless safety record as we grow and pack our melons. Again, thank you for your support!
– Michael Hirakata, President, Rocky Ford Growers Association