DV Burrell, founder of Burrell Seeds, moved to Rocky Ford from Iowa in 1896. Shortly after arriving in Rocky Ford, he noticed a shortage of the Rocky Ford Cantaloupe seed, which had become in high demand. The quality of the Rocky Ford Cantaloupe was exceptionally good and in 1897 over 100 railroad car loads of cantaloupe had been shipped to St. Louis. That same year the Denver market became temporarily glutted by several car loads. These melons were returned to Rocky Ford to be cut for the seed. DV Burrell made the purchase and this became his first experience in the seed business in Rocky Ford, Colorado.
After selling seed on an empty lot in Rocky Ford for a few years, he built The Rocky Ford Seed House in 1901. Today that building still stands, along with additional buildings in Rocky Ford. Over the years, DV’s family has owned and operated The Rocky Ford Seed House and stayed with the traditions he started 116 years ago.
We have been in business for over 100 years. The commercial grower is our major outlet, proving the quality of our stock. No seedsman can hope to survive the critical judgment of the trade unless his product consistently delivers.We will make you glad you ordered seeds from Burrell. We are Old Fashioned because we care about our customers.
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