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PHOTOS: Harvesting season at Harvey Gap Melons

Magdaleno Pone carries a watermelon back to the trailer during the early morning harvesting at Harvey Gap Melons.
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Harvesting season is in full swing at Harvey Gap Melons located just south of Harvey Gap Reservoir. The local, family-owned business started three years ago when they recognized the need for fresh and locally grown watermelons.

“One of the main reasons we did this was because there are just no good watermelons in the stores,” Harvey Gap Melons Co-Owner Cohen Small said. “By the time they pick and ship them from wherever they are at they are already on their last legs by the time they reach the store.”

Magdaleno Pone places a watermelon in the trailer during the early morning harvest at Harvey Gap Melons.
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Lauro Ponce carries a watermelon to the truck during the early morning harvest on Tuesday at Harvey Gap Melons.
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The cool nights in the valley cause the fruit to be uniquely sweet, similar to Palisade Peaches. Harvey Gap Melons offers cantaloupes and three varieties of watermelons: Sugar Baby, Crimson Sweet, and Jubilee.



Melon stands can be found in Silt, New Castle and Glenwood Springs and are easy to spot with the classic farm truck stands. This year Harvey Gap Melons anticipates harvesting 15,000 melons; a 7,000 melon increase from when they started three years ago. Harvesting starts the last week of August and runs till October.

“We pick them fresh every morning for every stand,” Small said. “That way people get the best watermelons possible.”

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A Jubilee watermelon grown at Harvey Gap Melons.
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13-year-old Cade Small helps with the early morning harvesting at Harvey Gap Melons on Tuesday morning.
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A Crimson Sweet watermelon is harvested at Harvey Gap Melons before being taken out to the farm stands.
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Elyse Small helps her dad Cohen rearrange watermelons in the trailer during the early morning harvest at Harvey Gap Melons.
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Lauro Ponce carries a watermelon to the trailer during the early morning harvesting on Tuesday at Harvey Gap Melons.
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Magdaleno Pone helps with the early morning watermelon harvest at Harvey Gap Melons on Tuesday morning.
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Lauro Ponce helps with harvesting watermelons early Tuesday morning at Harvey Gap Melons.
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Visual Journalist Chelsea Self can be reached at 970-384-9108 or cself@postindependent.com


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