Where there was once stalks of sweet corn, Sakata Farms will plant pinto beans, onions and grain.
Owner Robert Sakata said at one time sweet corn was about 80 percent of the farm's production. Now, the farm's equipment for planting, harvesting, de-husking and wrapping the corn will be sold at auction.
"Even the old school bus is going to go," said Sakata. "That’s what we used to transport people back and forth to the fields."
Each season 45 to 50 seasonal migrant workers, Haitian workers from Florida, were hired to harvest the sweet corn for Colorado stores.
"We would have to pay for transportation from Florida to Colorado; we had to find housing for the six weeks they were here and then the transportation back to Florida," Sakata said.
The expense and the changing landscape were factors in the decision to stop producing sweet corn.
"People that are here 12 months out of the year are having a hard time finding affordable housing and for us to try to find housing for just six weeks was extremely difficult," he said.
With all the growth happening around his farm, he says housing farm workers was the toughest part.
The farm is surrounded by a Walmart, an IHOP and lots of traffic.
"People are in a hurry, they have places to go and tractors only go 20 miles an hour so they get a little frustrated with our equipment on the roads," Sakata said. "It’s kinda sad to see it all empty now."
He said it's time for a new season, “we’re all proud to live in Colorado and it’s been really exceptional to have all that support from people wanting to buy our product."
The farm equipment auction will be Saturday at Sakata Farms, 384 East Bromley Lane, in Brighton.