It's not clear yet what effect the snow will have on the cantaloupe crop that's just been planted. RFGA member fields are planted in a staggered pattern- every few days- to mitigate damage done by storms like this, and to spread out the harvest at the end of the season.
"The seeds that are still in the ground stand a chance of making it through this storm," says Michael Hirakata, president of the Rocky Ford Growers Association and co-owner of Hirakata Farms.
"We'll have to see what damage is done when the snow melts, and we'll replant any crop we've lost to the freeze," says Proctor Produce owner Matthew Proctor.
Late spring storms like this are all in a day's work for the family farmers of the Rocky Ford Growers Association. Long-range weather forecasts and generations of local farming knowlege help determine planting dates each spring, but Mother Nature always always gets the final word.
But don't worry, any cantaloupe lost in this freeze will be replanted to make sure those sweet, delicious Rocky Ford Cantaloupe start rolling into grocery stores and farmer's markets by mid-to-late July.