For those who love to pick up some fresh corn on the cob to go with their backyard barbecues, pickings have been a little slim in Western Massachusetts early this summer. The cool, rainy weather across the region earlier in the year delayed the local growth of the crop.
Despite the slow start, McKinstry Market Garden in Chicopee remains optimistic that the hot summer days ahead will create a better crop when the peak of the season comes over the next month.
"It started late, but it looks very good in the field and it's growing nice," said Bill McKinstry, president of McKinstry Market Garden. "Hopefully, we don't have any gaps in between planting. We make quite a few plantings a year to keep it fresh and sweet on our stands."
Weather conditions like Thursday's - sunny, non-humid days in the 80s with cool nights in the 50s - are ideal to retain the corn's natural sweetness.
McKinstry knows that a little patience is key and customers shouldn't worry about the slow start. As the summer goes on, the corn will get better.
"Later in the season, into August, we'll have longer ears and you'll get more for your money then." said McKinstry. "If you wait until September or October, it will be even sweeter with the cooler nights."
McKinstry Market Garden is located on Montgomery Street in Chicopee, and is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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