It is hard to believe that Jacob and Emily (J and E’s Delicious Sweet Corn) have been selling sweet corn for a month now. It was also one month ago that we said good-bye to Karl, our German student and his mom, Angela and brother, Franz. Karl has been a part of our family for the last 10 months! It was great to meet his mom and brother too! It was amazing how much Angela and I could relate just because we are moms!
Last week in a joint effort with the Iowa Food and Family Project, Monsanto, Iowa Food Bank Association, and many wonderful volunteers J and E were able to donate sweet corn to the Iowa Food Bank Association for distribution across the state. The day before the harvesting of the sweet corn took place rain had fallen on a already saturated ground. So, needless to say, it was quite muddy Tuesday morning. We were just thankful the rain held off Tuesday until we had finished picking the last ears. Everyone made it to the machine shed for breakfast right before it began to rain! Special thanks to Hy-Vee for catering breakfast and Farm Credit Services of America for sponsoring breakfast. Following are some pictures and video from the morning.
As I drove the gator through the sweet corn field last Tuesday morning, I could not help but think of the first year (1998) that Jacob and Emily entered the sweet corn business. At that time Kevin was trucking part time which usually involved a two night trip to North Carolina. I remember being quite frustrated one morning picking sweet corn for a rather large order. The patch was a little weedy, the ears were not all ready, and a few had a little extra meat (aka worms) at the top. Last Tuesday morning as I witnessed the many volunteers working together to help those in need it made all those early days worth it! On a side note – I really do not pick much sweet corn any more. Jacob and Emily have grown up in the sweet corn patch and are both experts at harvesting sweet corn!
Special thanks to Joe Murphy, Iowa Soybean Association for the pictures and video!