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Where to Find Iowa Sweet Corn on July 4th Weekend

Where to Find Iowa Sweet Corn on July 4th Weekend
Where to Find Iowa Sweet Corn on July 4th Weekend

If you’re anything like the viral “Corn Kid,” you can’t imagine anything better than sweet corn from Iowa.

Luckily for you, at least three Iowa corn sellers in the Des Moines metro area and some fareway stores say local sweet corn is available now or will be available by the weekend.

Most of the Iowa corn farmers Dan Fillius spoke with will be harvesting corn this week. Fillius is the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialist for commercial vegetables and specialty crops.

This is true if growers have not already completed their first harvest, he said, adding that on some Iowa farms the first corn harvest took place as early as June 24.

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The weather in Iowa was “pleasant” for growing sweet corn, Fillius said.

The biggest challenge is the rain. Although it is good for the development of the plants, it makes harvesting more difficult, he said.

That’s because people often hand-pick the fruit, exposing them to wet, muddy conditions. Buyers should “give growers some leniency” if they come across cobs that aren’t entirely clean, he said.

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An Iowa corn farmer told Fillius that this was the first time he had spotted a European corn borer in the 20 years he has been growing sweet corn. The European corn borer feeds on field corn and other vegetables, according to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Crop Entomology.

“Often you can avoid the corn borer with this first harvest,” said Fillius. “It’s not here yet.”

Sweet corn varieties that kill the corn borer through genetic modification aren’t usually the first to be planted, Fillius said. Corn farmers in Iowa who spray their crops for the pest may not have been prepared so early, he said. Successful sprayings must be done consistently over a 10-day period, and with that much rain, farmers may not have had access to their fields, Fillius said.

His message to the corn farmers?

“If you find one without a worm, congratulations, but that’s not going to happen as often this year with this early corn,” he said.

April brought an average of 4.5 inches of rain statewide, about an eighth to a half inch more than normal, state climatologist Justin Glisan told the Register earlier this year. Since May, Iowa has had above-average rainfall in six of the last eight months, Tim Hall, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ hydrologic resources coordinator, told the Register last month — so much that Iowa is no longer in drought.

Here you can find Iowa sweet corn in the Des Moines metropolitan area.

Deardorff Sweetcorn

To purchase Iowa sweet corn, visit the Deardorff Sweetcorn stand in Adel beginning July 5 around 11 a.m. Deardorff Sweetcorn’s Matt Deardorff said they began planting on April 9 — start dates are based on soil temperatures, which need to be in the 50-degree range and remain consistently warm.

Iowa’s spring has been marked by a lot of rain, which he described as “challenging.” The Iowa corn grower doesn’t know if that’s affected his crop, but he’s noticed that early corn isn’t always the same size, so he waits until July 5 to harvest.

Where: Located near Highway 6 and Highway 169 in Adel in a gravel parking lot near Lincoln Savings Bank

When: Monday to Saturday from approx. 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Farewell

Those shopping at the Fourth of July Christmas markets will expect to be able to buy a lot, but that will mainly happen in stores in southeast Iowa. During the week of July 8thEffective immediately, most Fareway stores in Iowa will offer Iowa sweet corn for purchase, McClane Gill, marketing and corporate communications director, said in an email to the Des Moines Register.

Hy-Vee customers should know that the grocery chain is not giving a specific date or time when Iowa sweet corn will be available in stores, Hy-Vee spokeswoman Tina Potthoff confirmed in an email.

Hilltop Farms

Iowa residents can visit Hilltop Farms in Dallas Center or the corn truck in Waukee to purchase Iowa sweet corn this season, owner Luke Funk confirmed to the Des Moines Register. Hilltop Farms will be open on July 4.

Where: Hilltop Farms, 22018 T Ave., Dallas Center; corn truck, 45 N. Warrior Lane, Waukee, in the VisionBank parking lot

Farm opening hours:

  • Monday to Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: closed

Opening hours of the corn transporter:

  • Monday to Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: closed

Penick’s Sweetcorn

Mike Penick of Penick’s Sweet Corn will be offering Iowa sweet corn for sale starting July 5, just in time for the holiday weekend.

Where: Busy Bee Garden Center, 5901 Hwy 65-69, Indianola and Downtown Farmers Market in Des Moines

When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Busy Bee Garden Center, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Downtown Farmers Market

Know of a place to buy Iowa sweet corn in time for the Fourth of July weekend that isn’t on this list? Email [email protected].

Paris Barraza is a trends and general reporter at the Des Moines Register. You can reach her at [email protected]Follow her on Twitter @ParisBarraza.

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