Hirakata Farms releases Worth the Wait Cantaloupe Gose beer to toast end of the 2016 Rocky Ford Cantaloupe™ season

Rocky Ford Growers Association reports near sell out of 4 million cantaloupes during the summer 2016 harvest

Rocky Ford, CO - As the 2016 melon harvest wraps up, Hirakata Farms is releasing a limited batch of craft beer called Worth the Wait Cantaloupe Gose, to celebrate another successful season. The Worth the Wait Cantaloupe Gose is available on tap to the public right now at CO-Brew in Denver. Gose (pronounced GO-zuh) is a light, crisp German-style beer with a slight saltiness to balance the infusion of sweet cantaloupe juice.

The specialty brew is expected to sell out as quickly as the Colorado grown cantaloupe that went into it, so beer lovers are urged to hurry over! This summer, Hirakata Farms Rocky Ford Cantaloupe™ was not only featured in the beer by CO-Brew for the first time, but on the lunch and dinner menus at The Preservery, and in a cheese and beer pairing class at Cheese+Provisions.

The 2016 harvest sent about 4 million Rocky Ford Cantaloupe™ melons to Colorado grocery stores, restaurants, school cafeterias and military base canteens. Hirakata Farms, a fifth-generation family-owned operation that also processes, packs and ships all the melons for the Rocky Ford Growers Association, grew about half of this year’s crop.

This is the also first year Hirakata Farms grew certified organic cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew. About 15% of Hirakata Farms’ acreage is now organic. Michael Hirakata says the organic techniques use similar practices to those his father and grandfather used in generations past.

As the cantaloupe season winds down, the pumpkin season is ramping up. Hirakata Farms is starting the harvest of thousands of Halloween pumpkins for groceries across the nation. The end of the 2016 growing season doesn’t mean a big vacation for the Colorado farming families who grow our favorite melons; planning for next season begins as early as November.

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About Hirakata Farms

Hirakata Farms is committed to bringing our customers safe and quality produce. Our family farm covers more than 1200 acres around Rocky Ford Colorado’s Arkansas Valley. We consider ourselves stewards of this land that we’ve been so very fortunate to farm for more than 100 years. We’re dedicated to using our water and other natural resources wisely to ensure that future generations benefit from our legacy.

We are, and always have been committed to the safety and integrity of our produce. Hirakata Farms is a member of the Rocky Ford Growers Association and the lead packer for Rocky Ford Cantaloupe, a melon which has had a perfect safety record since 1887. When you see the Hirakata Farms/Rocky Ford Growers Association sticker you will know our cantaloupes, watermelons, and honeydews have been grown and packaged following stringent national safety procedures.


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