published on May 31, 2016 - 5:24 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
Fresno State’s famous sweet corn set a record for first-day sales Friday, selling 36,892 ears — nearly 9 percent more than the previous high in 2013.

The three varieties of campus-grown corn are hotly anticipated each year, with customers lining up at the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market eager to snap up the first ears of the season for a dollar each.

All together, 26,601 ears of yellow corn, 4,359 ears of white corn and 5,932 ears of bi-color corn were sold, for a total of 65 bins with total sales of $10,799.

Last summer a total of 616,000 ears were sold on campus.

Sweet corn is among 22 enterprises sponsored by the Jordan College of Agricultural Science and Technology at Fresno State. The 1,000-acre campus farm also includes vegetable crops, dairy, fruit, horticulture, livestock, meat and wine units that grow, process and package products.

About $1 million in products are sold each year at the Gibson Farm Market to support Jordan College students and programs. Most goods are produced with the help of 130 student employees and 80 classes that use the campus farm to give students hands-on experience. Other products include wine, meat, ice cream, nuts, salsa, syrups and other items often created and made by Fresno State Food Science and Nutrition Department, creamery, food processing unit and meats laboratory students.
Starting in June, the market’s summer hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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