Rocky Ford was kind of like our version of “locally grown” back then. But as Colorado’s agricultural commissioner, John Salazar, reminded me recently, the Rocky Ford cantaloupe is known around the world.
That’s not politician boilerplate.
Salazar recounted a conversation he had with an Iranian. The man, upon hearing Salazar was from Colorado, starting talking excitedly about Rocky Ford cantaloupes.
Melon diplomacy, anyone?
Of course, the listeria outbreak linked to Colorado cantaloupe grower-shipper Jensen Farms has made abundantly and sadly clear the reach of the Rocky Ford cantaloupe.
As of Nov. 9, people had been sickened in more than half of the states in the country — 28. And if it comes out that someone in another country fell ill after eating a Jensen cantaloupe, it probably won’t come as much of a surprise.