Shipments of Rocky Ford Cantaloupes have begun rolling into grocery stores in Denver and across Colorado’s Front Range.

The shipments are coming in a little later this year, but Rocky Ford Growers Association spokeswoman Diane Mulligan says there’s a high volume of the Colorado fruit available.

“This cantaloupe this year is absolutely the sweetest ever,” said Mulligan on the CBS4 Morning News.

Mulligan says you can actually credit some bad weather early in the growing season for those high sweetness levels this year.

“We had those really serious hailstorms that were down in Rocky Ford and so they lost about 30 percent of their crop and they had to replant and replant,” she said.

The melons first began arriving about two weeks ago and they should be available in stores through the end of September, barring an early frost.

Source: CBS Local (Denver)