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The Tiny Colorado Farm Town That’s Now A Southwest Food Destination

Colorado is famous for growing some delicious produce and meats. Do you crave juicy peaches? Check out the Western Slope town of Palisade! Sweet and crisp corn? Olathe is the place for you! Zesty chiles? You are going to LOVE Pueblo! While these towns are some of the Centennial State’s most popular food destinations, you may not realize that Colorado is also home to not only the best melons in the country, but the world:

Located in southeast Colorado lies historic Rocky Ford; a friendly community of just under 4,000 that was once home to such famous tribes as the Ute, Kiowa, and Comanche. Named for a rocky ford near the original town site, Rocky Ford was originally incorporated by O.S. Fowler in 1887 as a place for farmers to come together to grow fresh produce. Because of its close proximity to the Arkansas River, Rocky Ford boasts lush farmland that has served not only multiple generations of farmers, but the region as a whole via its sweet watermelons and cantaloupe. Thanks to this sweet and juicy bounty, Rocky Ford has earned the title of “The Sweet Melon Capital of the World” and has become a summertime destination for locals and out-of-towners alike!

Are you ready to visit Rocky Ford? Make plans to attend the Arkansas Valley Fair from August 16th through the 20th! For more information, please visit the fair’s official website.

Annie
Annie is a freelance writer, content editor, and marketing whiz with a background in broadcasting and a passion for chicken nachos. When she isn't gushing about her love of Colorado, you can find her chasing after her two adorable sons and/or dreaming up a new home improvement project for her husband.