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'Olathe sweet' sweet corn harvested in western Colorado

"Olathe Sweet" sweet corn should be available soon after photos and videos of the harvest were posted.
Credit: Town of Olathe

OLATHE, Colo. — It's the grocery moment Coloradans wait for all summer long.

"Olathe Sweet" sweet corn is on its way to grocery store aisles across Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.

The corn arrives in stores each August from Olathe, which is halfway between Montrose and Delta on Colorado's Western Slope.

The 33rd annual Olathe Sweet Corn Festival will be held the Saturday, Aug. 5 with free roasted sweet corn, free events and concerts.

An earworm infestation has affected nearly every field in Olathe this year, which is slowing down the harvest, according to 9NEWS partner station KKCO. At the Tuxedo Corn Company, fieldworkers are going through the field once to throw away bad ears and then going through a second time to harvest the good ears.

John Harold, owner of Tuxedo Corn Company, told KKCO that they're throwing away about 45% of their supply: "But really, I want people to know that there's nothing wrong with the corn as far as flavor and tenderness."

Tuxedo Corn Company will have plenty of corn at the Sweet Corn Festival in early August.

Posted by Tuxedo Corn Company on Wednesday, July 19, 2023


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