Strawberry season has come and gone, and now farmers are out in the fields harvesting their sweet corn. Jerry Suter, of Suter Produce, says he and the kids have found this year's corn crop not only held up in the heat, but thrived in the sun.
5:45 in the morning when Jerry Suter and 25 of his young hired hands get ready for a day of picking. Hiring local high school and college students to help take care of his fields, Jerry says without the kids, none of it would be possible.
Grateful for the opportunity to have a summer job, Nicole Lang has been helping out on the Suter Farm for the past three years. A recent graduate from Bluffton University, Nicole is happy to be working for Jerry, as it allows her to make some extra money as she gets ready to face life after college.
All of the hired hands take part in the early morning pickings, whether they walk the rows and pull ears of corn, or spend the day up on the trailer bagging the corn up for sale. Talking with the workers, its not about the money, its about the people they work for and with, just ask Cory Huber who has worked in the fields for the past 6 years.
Jerry's strawberry crop was picked early this year due to the weather, and this years corn is no different. Although the corn is being picked early, the stretch of sunny days led to ears of sweet corn with an extra, sugary crunch.
With dozens of bags of sweet corn picked every morning, be sure to look for it at Suter's stands found in Lima, Ottawa, and other various locations.