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Fresno State corn goes on sale Friday

Last year, corn lovers lined up for first harvest at Fresno State

Last year, the doors of the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market opened with a line numbering around 200 waiting to load up on the freshly harvested yellow and white corn. Video by John Walker/jwalker@fresnobee.com
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Last year, the doors of the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market opened with a line numbering around 200 waiting to load up on the freshly harvested yellow and white corn. Video by John Walker/jwalker@fresnobee.com

Fresno State’s beloved sweet corn arrives Friday at The Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market.

Doors to the market, 5368 N Chestnut Ave., Fresno, open at 7 a.m. and shoppers will have three varieties available: white, yellow and bi-colored.

The store is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

David Sieperda, Fresno State’s farm manager, expects a bountiful crop this year, thanks to great growing weather.

“We are pretty happy with how things look and we should have plenty of corn until the beginning of August,” Sieperda said.

Despite the long season, Fresno State’s sweet corn always causes a frenzy on the first few days of its arrival. To help keep the lines flowing smoothly, the market is offering a dozen ears of pre-bagged corn for $5.

Also, the market is limiting customers to 50 ears of corn per person for the first few days. Next week, the limit will be lifted.

“We just want to make sure we don’t run out during those first few days,” Sieperda said.

Prices are the same as last year, at three ears for $1.

Sieperda is so pleased with the crop that he expects the farm to surpass last year’s sale of 616,000 ears.

“We have a good opportunity to reach a million ears of corn,” he said.

To contact the Gibson Farm market, call 559-278-4511.

Robert Rodriguez: 559-441-6327, @FresnoBeeBob

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