Harvest time for Olathe sweet, sweet corn

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OLATHE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) Olathe sweet, sweet corn will soon be available to everyone all over the country. Farmers are celebrating another year of sweet corn this summer, as they got to work early Sunday morning on the harvest.

"It's our first day of harvest of Olathe sweet sweet corn," John Harold, who owns Tuxedo Corn Company, said.

Crews were working hard to pick this corn by hand.

"And the reason we hand pick is for the tenderness, machine you can't. It's sweet and fresh," Harold said.

Harold said the harvest came a bit early this year.

"We thought we'd be behind because of the weather in May but the weather warmed up and we caught up," Harold said.

That's good news for those who love the corn.

"It's a big thing for Olathe, we only get to have it for a month or a month and a half and it's one of the best things we have," Lou Cooper said, who owns Busy Corner Market in Olathe.

Tuxedo Corn said it ships from coast to coast, from Roanoke, Virginia, all the way to Anchorage, Alaska.

Getting the corn on ice is essential before the crop hits your plate.

"If we didn't have it you might as well eat field corn," said Harold.

And once someone tries the corn, they become hooked.

"Consumption goes up when they eat this corn because of its tenderness and it's flavor," he said.

Harold said he expects his crews to be out in the fields until the middle of September when harvest comes to an end.

Olathe's Sweet Corn festival is coming up on August 5th.

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