Sweet corn and new potatoes; now that says summer!  This sweet corn was started in the greenhouse on April 29.  Yes, we start all of our sweet corn in the greenhouse and then transplant it into the fields when it is 4 weeks old.  We do this for several reasons and the outcome we strive for is that all of the corn from each planting is ready to harvest at the same time.  We want perfect germination and one plant every ten inches.  By starting it in the greenhouse and transplanting it out we assure just that.  We also want a jump start on the weeds.   Shortly after we transplant the corn we are able to cultivate between the rows to rid the patch of weeds.  Obviously this whole process is labor intensive, but the end result is delicious!

Look at that sea of sweet corn!  The Monday afternoon crew walks behind ‘The Veg-Veyor’, through the corn field, harvesting ears of corn.

Look at that sea of sweet corn! The Monday afternoon crew walks behind ‘The Veg-Veyor’, through the corn field, harvesting ears of corn.

Each ear placed on the conveyor and gets lifted to the wagon

Each ear placed on the conveyor and gets lifted to the wagon.

For two hours the tractor sets the pace and the crew keeps harvesting.

For two hours the tractor sets the pace and the crew keeps harvesting.

Back at the packing shed the wagon gets unloaded by Elizabeth, Clara and Leah and the corn gets moved into coolers.

Back at the packing shed the wagon gets unloaded by Elizabeth, Clara and Leah and the corn gets moved into coolers.

The new potatoes are harvested differently than the storage potatoes.  New potatoes are dug from the ground while the plant is still green and growing.  The skins on new potatoes are so tender because they have not yet cured which happens after the green growth has died.  We use a different machine to harvest new potatoes, one that simply lifts the potatoes up and lays them on the surface.  A crew of people then scurries behind and picks up the potatoes and places them into crates.  The soil that the potatoes are growing is is very sandy, nice and soft to crawl through.

David  lifting the potatoes out of the ground, with a little help from the tractor and digger.

David lifting the potatoes out of the ground, with a little help from the tractor and digger.

Randy picking up potatoes.

Randy picking up potatoes.