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Dallas County Business Spotlight: Grimes Sweet Corn

Grimes Sweet Corn owners Ray and Michelle Christenson prepare for the rush on the first day of sweet corn sales, Wednesday, July 9.  The Christensons have several sweet corn stands in the metro area, including one in Grimes at the Corn Patch Restaurant.  Photo by Jane Hermann • DCN
Grimes Sweet Corn owners Ray and Michelle Christenson prepare for the rush on the first day of sweet corn sales, Wednesday, July 9. The Christensons have several sweet corn stands in the metro area, including one in Grimes at the Corn Patch Restaurant. Photo by Jane Hermann • DCN

Company prides itself on timely harvest and great taste

Once again, Grimes Sweet Corn was one of the first local farms to begin selling sweet corn. Grimes Sweet Corn, owned by Ray and Michelle Christenson, opened stands in Grimes, Indianola and Ankeny Wednesday, July 9 with more stands scheduled to open in the few days following.

The Christensons pride themselves on being one of the first to market each year. According to the company’s website (www.grimessweetcorn.com), Grimes Sweet Corn uses innovative techniques with plasticulture to grow sweet corn faster than the competition.

This year, the Grimes location has moved adjacent to the Corn Patch Restaurant at 309 First St., about 1/4 mile west of the old location at Kum n Go.

Grimes Sweet Corn began on a smaller scale 20 years ago. Ray was bitten by the farming “bug” as a youth and was determined to have a career in agriculture.

In the early 1990s, as business grew, Michelle left the urban career sector to join Ray full time on the farm.

The Christensons set themselves apart from the competition by focusing on a careful variety of selection/superior flavor, timely harvest, diligent crop scouting, pest management and customer service.

Grimes Sweet Corn also offers tomatoes, green beans, cantalope, watermelon, jam, peaches and honey, among other products.

The Grimes Sweet Corn home farm is also available to visit seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 9780 NW 121st St. in Granger, just about 1/4 mile south of Hwy 141.

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