Our July Fresh & Local comes a little bit early but I wanted to make sure you had time to take advantage of this seasonal treat (especially for The Fourth)! Last year was my first visit to the Nowakowski Sweet Corn Farm and although it has been a completely insane summer I could not and simply would not miss this yearly opportunity to stock my freezer with fresh sweet corn.
The Nowakowski’s great grand parents originally started in Mcloud, OK in 1948, built a barn in 1951, and were officially established at their current location in 1962. In 1978 they began experimenting with different corn varieties in their garden until they found a favored seed type.
Often called “The Sweet Corn Man”, Greg Nowakowski, is shown with his son Josh and his two grandsons. They help run the family farm from everything to sweet corn, wheat, soy bean, hay, and even a small patch of pumpkins and gords!
The Nowakowski’s own and rent more farm land then they can keep track of. It’s hard to believe that some of the land they have been renting for the past 67 years! Still to this day their “contract” remains the same… an honest word and a good handshake.
Harvested and sacked the day you pick it up, it doesn’t get any “fresher” than this! The Nowakowski’s enlist local helpers looking for extra firework money and avoiding summer boredom.
Even the tiniest of helpers have an important role to play.
And their guard dog, Gunther, well… he’s making sure the fan remains on. Yep, it’s still working!
So I’ve stocked up on my corn have you? I swear it’s the best corn I’ve had and growing up in the Midwest, I’ve had a lot of corn! If you are near OKC you’ll want to make a special visit VERY soon! It’s looking like they may only have enough corn to last until THIS Wednesday, and that is IF they do not sale out before then! So take the night off and enjoy a leisurely drive out into the country. For $10.00 a bag it’s definitely worth it AND the corn can be eaten right away or frozen for the winter.
Get the latest hours and location on the Nowakowski’s Sweet Corn by visiting them on facebook. And tell Tammy we said hello!
From the Farm
Find more “fresh & local” produce in our 2011 Summer Guide to OKC+ Farmers’ Markets
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