Onondaga (WSYR-TV) - Staff at Delaney’s Farm Stand on Onondaga Hill say the popularity of their silver queen corn ensures that it doesn’t last long in stock.
The dry hot summer of 2012 has made the wait for the prized corn a long one. The farm didn’t receive any significant rain for six weeks, which put a lot of stress on the early crop.
Delaney plants the corn every couple of weeks, so there is always fresh corn to pick. The latest group is doing much better thanks to rain in late July.
"We come up here several times and the sign says one more week or one more day," said Tom Bishop, who comes every summer to buy sweet corn. "It's always sweet and it's always fresh, every time we come here."
The farm’s personnel say recent rains account for an improved crop.
“We did not have experience with this,” said JoAnn Delaney. “We were really, really nervous about our crop. We were lucky, the crop came out and tasted good. Had it not tasted good, I would not have been able to market it.”
Delaney grows 65 acres of corn on their farm on Onondaga Hill. The newest crop will be ready in about two weeks.
Silver queen corn is in high demand at local farm stands. Some are coming from as far east as Manlius, while others are coming from as far west as Auburn.
There are three varieties of corn out right now: yellow, butter and sugar, and silver queen.