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Aug 2, 2010 6:37 PM by Jeannette Hynes

Cantaloupe: how sweet it is

It's melon time!

Cantaloupes from Rocky Ford are ready for harvest and the sweet treat is popping up at farmer's markets, supermarkets, and in summer salads.

Farmers say this year's harvest is about two weeks behind what's typical.  That's because farmers planted late because of a cool spring.  Plus hail storms didn't help the cause.

It's time for harvest now, and farmers are looking forward to a good one.

"We really want nice warm weather. Dry weather would be even better. Cool nights help the sugar content in cantaloupe. We just keep our fingers crossed that the clouds and rains go somewhere else," says Gail Knapp of Knapp's Farm Market.

Knapp adds that she's not exactly sure why Rocky Ford produces amazing cantaloupes, but she credits good soil, hot days, and cool nights.

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