Written by The Business Journal Staff
Fresno State’s sweet corn will be available at the Gibson Farm Market on campus at 7 a.m. Friday.
Ears cost 40 cents apiece and $6 a dozen. The corn will be sold throughout the summer, but supplies are expected to move fast.
“This is a time of the year that we all look forward to at the Gibson Farm Market,” Farm Manager David Sieperda said.
“Our vegetable crop unit takes great pride in carefully growing Fresno State sweet corn and exposing our student workers to the daily aspects of crop management, which is a key part of our University’s mission. An extra reward is seeing the smiles on Gibson Farm Market shoppers as they take home our product to share with friends and families all around the Central Valley.”
Last year more than 200 shoppers lined up outside the Gibson Farm Market on the first morning of sweet corn sales. More than 740,000 ears were sold during the 2016 season, 36,892 of which were sold on opening day and 118,000 ears were sold opening week.
Sweet corn is raised on the 1,000-acre University Agricultural Laboratory that sponsors 22 enterprises and provides student-made dairy, fruit, horticulture, livestock, meat, nut and wine products to the Gibson Farm Market.
About $1 million in products are sold each year at the market to support Jordan College of Agricultural Science and Technology students and programs.
The store will have special weekend hours to accommodate its corn-loving customers. It will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The store will resume its normal summer hours on Monday. Normal hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.