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Walt's Look Around: Delta Corn

SUNFLOWER COUNTY (Mississippi News Now) -

Tom Pitts and his folks at Delta Corn have been raising and selling sweet corn in Indianola for several years. 

They’ve just wrapped up the sweet corn harvest near Arcola.  They will take the corn that’s left over back to their store to sell.  It’s about a block east of the B.B. King Museum.

Rockiell Woods was home in Shaw for the 4th of July holiday, and stopped on his way back to Jackson to get corn. It’s a tradition with him now. He loves it. “Yeah it is, it’s excellent corn. Actually I’ve tried it, you can actually shuck it and eat it right off the cob.” said Woods.

The sweet corn patch is bigger than just raising ears to sell by the side of the road. Tom Pitts said people all over the country are sampling the sweet corn from the Delta patch right now.

Tom said, “We ship corn up the east coast. We sell in Washington D.C., Chicago, New York City, all the way into Canada, down into Florida, over into Texas and up into Oklahoma.”

They were loading a trailer full of it the day I was there. It was headed for Vancouver.

The Delta is full of corn.  But the vast majority of it is field corn, not the sweet corn you find in this particular patch. What’s the difference? My junior high school Principal, Mr. Solomon would tell you to “Look it up!”

The variety of corn is not the point of this story.  It’s what’s grown in the field next to it that surprised me. All sorts of  leafy vegetables.

Pitts said, “We’ve added all sorts of greens. We grow collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, parsley, broccoli, squash. We grow others as well.”

They can grow greens in the Delta 10 months out of the year. And just like the corn, the greens are chilled, packed, loaded and shipped all over the country, from right here in Mississippi.

Growing vegetables down in the cotton patch is something new, but it’s caught on big with this Delta planter.

And odds are, the sweet corn and greens in the produce section of your big-name grocery store came right here from this patch in the Delta.

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