Festival draws sweet corn lovers

04/28/2014 09:45:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The 14th Sweet Corn Fiesta brought lots of sun and many visitors to Yesteryear Village in the Palm Beach County Fairgrounds.

Volunteers prepare corn at the Sweet Corn Fiesta in West Palm Beach, Fla., on April 28.Doug OhlemeierVolunteers prepare corn at the Sweet Corn Fiesta in West Palm Beach, Fla., on April 28.“God, country and Florida sunshine sweet corn” was the theme of the April 27 event designed to help educate consumers about the importance of corn to Palm Beach County’s economy.

Event co-organizer Anne Holt, co-owner of Belle Glade-based Twin H Farms, said increased advertising helped the show attract more visitors than last year.

“People are asking questions and they want to know where the corn is,” Holt said. “This gives us a chance to tell them to go to their local grocery store and request it. As most of the corn is grown 25 miles west of here, there’s no excuse for any of the grocery stores in south Florida to not have fresh sweet corn.”

John Hundley, president of Loxahatchee-based Hundley Farms Inc., how more snowbirds were remaining in the state before returning to the Northeast.

Nick Basore (left), and Geoff Taft deliver crates of corn at the Sweet Corn Festival in West Palm Beach.Doug OhlemeierNick Basore (left), financial analyst with Belle Glade, Fla.-based TKM Bengard Farms LLC, and Geoff Taft, assistant sales manager with Pioneer Growers Co-op, deliver crates of corn at the Sweet Corn Fiesta in West Palm Beach, Fla. “The show educates a lot of people who come to this state that there is sweet corn available and it’s something people want to eat,” he said. “This event is good for awareness of what we do as an industry.”

Show sponsors included Sunshine Sweet Corn Farmers of Florida, South Bay-based Hugh H. Branch Inc., Loxahatchee-based Hundley Farms Inc., Oviedo-based Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc., the Belle Glade-based Growers Management, S. M. Jones & Co. Inc., Knight Management Inc., Pioneer Growers Co-op, Roth Farms Inc., TKM Bengard Farms LLC, and Elberta Crate & Box Co., in Bainbridge, Ga.

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