The Corn Harvest has Officially Begun, Farmers Send Crop to Stores

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Every year Coloradans look forward to their first bite into some Olathe sweet sweet corn.

“This is the first field of this season and as you can see, we now have to harvest by hand,” said John Harold with Tuxedo Corn Company.

The Olathe based company employs 130 people to pick and package their 90 acres of crop, they’ll then ship out to other parts of the country.

“You can buy our corn in Anchorage, Alaska, all the way to Roanoke Virginia and all points in between,” added Harold.

Harold said he grows about 37 million ears of corn each year, with much of that traveling thousands of miles. He also said this year brought him a little bit of a scare because of an usual Spring.

“The process has been rather difficult this year, because the Spring is rather cool and when it came summer it came summer,” he added.

The heat of Summer that struck in June was a great lever as to how the rest of the season looked, which is crucial for those planning the annual sweet corn festival.

“There aren’t very many festivals that provide something like this, and to provide Olathe sweet sweet corn for free is very rare,” said Lynett Yolian, chair of the Sweet Corn Festival.

Harold told News Channel 5 the corn harvest is always ready around mid July, so everything is right on time.

The Corn Festival is scheduled for August 6th. This year, the committee has decided to incorporate, more family fun and free activities.

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