Sweet Corn

Simple sweet corn prep

Heading southeast from Columbus to the Ohio River there are more than 20 Witten Farm Markets dotting the landscape. The Wittens are known for selling a lot of produce – tomatoes, melons, strawberries and even flowers – but fresh-from-the-cornstalk sweet corn is their specialty.

They claim to have the earliest sweet corn harvest in the state and are proud that ears picked from their fields under spotlights at 2 a.m. will be sold at one of those produce markets when it opens later that same morning.

“We had maybe 12 or 14 farm markets six years ago,” said co-owner Scott Witten, who runs the produce farm with his brother, Tom, and sister, Julie. “Now we have 22.”



Kelli Milligan Stammen is director of publications for the Ohio Farm Bureau.