Festival celebrates Florida sweet corn

04/18/2011 08:11:25 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

Doug Ohlemeier

Todd Mills (left), vice president of Elberta Crate & Box Co., Bainbridge, Ga., helps Shaun McKinstry, farm manager of JEM Farms, Belle Glade, Fla., unload crates of corn at the Sweet Corn Fiesta April 17 in West Palm Beach, Fla.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Nearing the peak of their season, Florida corn growers shucked, cooked and served to consumers crates of their commodity at the 11th Sweet Corn Fiesta.

The April 17 festival, which celebrates one of the region’s leading crops, saw high participation, with corn shucking and eating contests.

“Every year this event has grown. The people just keep coming and coming,” said Cindy McKinstry, event co-organizer and co-owner of JEM Farms, Belle Glade.

McKinstry said the event at the South Florida Fairgrounds’ Yesteryear Village, helps promote the region’s sweet corn to consumers who may not know that the county they live in grows a lot of corn.

“This is a great show,” said Bryan Biederman, assistant sales manager for Pioneer Growers Co-op, Belle Glade. “It’s a opportunity for us to bring the corn harvest from the field to the local community. It lets them know what we’re doing in the western part of the county and brings awareness to the local community beyond the Glades about the spring corn that we produce.”

The Florida Sweet Corn Exchange and the West Palm Beach County Farm Bureau sponsored the event.

Florida’s sweet corn deal peaks in volume by mid-May and runs through late May.



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