People are all ears for news of the 2013 sweet corn crop, and here it is: The corn harvest is about to begin.
Varying elevations and weather create small differences in the harvest. Thus, the sweet corn harvest is under way in West Point, while northern Box Elder County, western Morgan County and Weber County harvests are barely starting to come in, said Valerie Koyle, a West Point farmer with Mountain Valley Produce.
Mountain Valley is already selling 640 dozen ears of corn every week at the Ogden farmers market, she said. The Koyle family raises Ambrosia, an especially sweet variety, Koyle said, and another early variety called Serendipity.
"We usually have corn until October, but this year we didn't have enough water (during planting)," Koyle said.
The plethora of roadside stands with bushels and half-bushels of corn are not yet open, but growers expect large quantities of corn will be available almost everywhere by Saturday.
Corn is also being harvested in Layton, said Joey Day, a member of the Day Farms family. Banana squash is also available there, along with Anaheim, bell and gypsy peppers.
Not everything sells well, but people like to see a variety of crops, he said.
"There are some things you make money on and some things you grow to make people happy," Day said.
For Thayne Tagge, owner of Tagge's Famous Fruit along the U.S. 89 Fruit Way, the biggest part of the corn harvest starts in another week.
Right now, he's concentrating on the early peach crop of Red Havens, July Flames -- these peaches were named in California, where the peach crop is harvested earlier -- and Crimson Sweet.
Corn is not quite ready in Box Elder County, but watermelon, cantaloupe, and spaghetti, banana, Hubbard and festival squash are looking good, said Dakota Brett, a manager at Grammy's produce stand along the Fruit Way.