Fresno, Calif., (June 6, 2017) – The first day of sales for the 2017 harvest of Fresno State sweet corn, Friday, June 2, produced record results with 38,586 ears sold (the previous high was 36,892 ears in 2016).
This includes 36,134 ears of yellow corn and 2,452 ears of white corn in 77 bins for a record total corn sales of $15,834, reported Jeremy Lewis, manager of the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market on campus.
The sweet corn for the first day sold out at 5:01 p.m., two hours before closing time yesterday. Sales resumed today at 8 a.m. until closing at 6 p.m. or supplies run out and again 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday before summer hours begin on Monday.
Corn is scheduled to be available everyday through Labor Day. The student-run market is located at 5368 N Chestnut Ave north of Shaw.
Fresno State’s campus-grown sweet corn will be available for the first time this year at 7 a.m. Friday, June 2, at the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market (5368 N. Chestnut Ave.).
Customers can choose from the traditional yellow and white varieties of the market’s most popular product.
Corn will be sold at 40 cents per ear throughout the summer with supplies expected to move fast. A dozen-count bag of yellow corn will also be available for $6 during opening weekend to save customers time.
The product was first grown on campus fields in 1981 and was first sold to the public in 1982.
Sweet corn is raised on the 1,000-acre University Agricultural Laboratory that sponsors 22 enterprises and provides student-made dairy, food processing, fruit, horticulture, livestock, meat, nut and wine products to the Gibson Farm Market.
About $1 million in products are sold each year at the market to support Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology students and programs.
The store will resume its normal summer hours on Monday, June 5: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.