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T HE ENTERPRISE HOW SWEET IT IS! Your Complete Source For Plainfield News Since 1887

PHOTOS BY SUZANNE BAKER/ ENTERPRISE STAFF

p It’s easy to grab fresh sweet corn in Plainfield. Farmers in and around Plainfield pick sweet corn early in the morning so the ears are available for purchase that day at area farm stands. u Farmers often stagger planting their sweet corn crop so it can be available at its sweetest from midJuly through Labor Day.

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Despite slow start, sweet corn crop this year is ‘fantastic’ By Suzanne Baker Enterprise reporter

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his year’s sweet corn crop has farmers grinning ear to ear. “We are seeing phenomenal yields,” said Frank Keller, owner of Keller’s Farmstand in Plainfield, Oswego and Naperville. Likewise, Zach Siegel of Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm in Crest Hill says his family is harvesting a bumper crop this summer from the 70 acres dedicated to sweet corn of the 400 total acres of

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corn. Phenomenal and bumper were not exactly words farmers were using just a few months ago when the cold and wet spring weather forced farmers to plant later than usual. April was among the wettest on record in the Illinois. “We had so much rain in the spring,” Keller said. Despite a late jump out of the gate, the sweet corn crop was able to catch up rather quickly during June and July with sporadic heat and dry

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