The Belle Glade corn season kicked off right on time on Monday March 30th. Adam Chernow of Schmieding produce says: “The sweet corn has been going for a couple of weeks already, but the winter crop didn’t have the strongest yields due to weather. But thus far the spring and crop is coming in with excellent quality.”
Good demand and quality on Belle Glade corn
Obviously, we are in uncharted waters, but the demand for the corn has been relatively steady, Chernow says. “Consumer demand has stores looking to stock healthy options, and produce is an important part of that. Given the stay at home directives, many shoppers are cooking more meals at home versus eating out and as a result, buying more produce.” Sweet corn isn’t as dependent on the foodservice industry as some other products and so far hasn’t suffered much in terms of loss of demand due to the restaurant closures. “If anything, it’s prepackaged, canned corn that is being hit by the foodservice closures, but not the fresh corn,” says Chernow.
The Belle Glade spring corn crop is set to run through the end of May and so far has seen good quality and weather. “Then in June we start phase two of the corn with the Georgia and Alabama crops, which will run through early July,” Chernow explains.
“On the logistics side, we owe a debt of gratitude to those who continue to make the deliveries and are putting themselves at risk to take care of all sides of the business,” Chernow concludes.