Written by Fresno State News
Fresno State’s renowned campus-grown sweet corn will be available for the first time this year at 7 a.m. June 8 at the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market.
Customers can choose from the traditional yellow and white varieties of the market’s most popular product.
Corn will be sold at 50 cents per ear throughout the summer while supplies last. To save time and avoid the crowd, customers can also purchase a pre-bagged dozen ears of yellow or white corn for $8 on Friday and Saturday.
“This is an exciting time every year for the Gibson Farm Market and the Central Valley,” said David Sieperda, campus farm manager. “The cold, late winter weather pushed the growing season back a few weeks, but we should now be well stocked through August if not longer for our loyal customers. Our vegetable crop unit is the perfect example of how special our campus farm is by showcasing an array of high-quality and fresh products at the farm market, while also teaching our students about modern agricultural production methods.”
The store will have special weekend hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Last year more than 200 shoppers lined up outside the Gibson Farm Market on the first morning of sweet corn sales. If that occurs again this year, groups will be let in periodically to remain within the building’s capacity of 40 customers at a time. Extra parking is available in the dirt lot north of the market.
More than 800,000 ears were sold in 2017. Shoppers purchased a record 38,586 ears on opening day last year and a record 78,473 ears during the opening three-day weekend.