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The time is finally ripe for Iowa sweet corn in the Des Moines metro.

It's been a slow start to the season due to the unusually wet and cool spring. But sweet corn farmers say the higher temperatures of the past 10 days have caught things up quite a bit for sweet corn production.

Most farmers we spoke with will begin harvesting sweet corn for the market in just a few days. And by this weekend through September, you'll find it all over the metro.

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Where to find Iowa sweet corn around central Iowa

Here's where you can find sweet corn in the metro this week:

Grimes Sweet Corn Stand

Grimes Sweet Corn expected to start picking its corn in a few days and will have stands throughout the metro up and running by Thursday and beyond ($7 per dozen or six for $4).

Locations:

  • Ankeny South (In front of Cornerstone Church) — 849 S. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny
  • Ankeny North (O'Reilly Auto Parts store parking lot) — 717 E. First St., Ankeny
  • Urbandale (Next to Bank of America on the northeast corner) — 86th Street and Meredith Avenue, Urbandale
  • South Side Des Moines 1 (just north of Aamco Transmissions parking lot) — Intersection of Southeast 14th Street and Indianola Avenue, Des Moines
  • South Side Des Moines 2 (Dairy Queen store) — 1319 Army Post Road West, Des Moines; Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Grimes (The Corn Patch Restaurant, west side of the parking lot) — 309 First St., Grimes
  • Indianola (La Casa Restaurant parking lot) — 508 N. Jefferson Way, Indianola
  • Johnston (in front of Dr. Alan Swett Dentistry, just north of El Mariachi Mexican restaurant) — 5965 Merle Hay Road, Johnston
  • Madrid (Dollar General Store parking lot) — 100 Southern Prairie Drive, Madrid
  • Norwalk (Dollar General Store parking lot) — 1021 Sunset Drive, Norwalk
  • Perry (Perry Business Plaza parking lot, near McDonald’s and Orscheln) — Highway 141 and First Street, Perry
  • Waukee (across from Broderick Animal Clinic, southwest corner of the intersection — look for the pickup with the green and yellow tent) — Fourth Street and Hickman Road, Waukee
  • West Des Moines (Iowa Lumber & Construction Co., northwest corner of 63rd Street and Railroad Avenue) —104 First St., West Des Moines, Waukee

Or visit the original Christenson Farms at 9780 NW 121st St. in Granger, Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Hours: Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Hours subject to change.

Contact: (515) 986-3437; (515) 249-5501; GrimesSweetCorn.comFacebook

Deardorff Sweetcorn

The Deardorff Sweetcorn Shack will open Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Deardorff Sweetcorn begins supplying local Fareway and Hy-Vee stores on Wednesday.

Location: 20681 290th St., Adel

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact: (515) 993-3156; Facebook

Penick's Sweet Corn Stand

Mike Penick of Penick's Sweet Corn said his roadside stand south of Des Moines will sell sweet corn (13 ears for $7) beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday. The stand is located one mile south on U.S. Highway 65-69 on the east side across from the North River Corn Maze.

Penick’s Sweet Corn will also be sold at the Downtown Farmers' Market in Des Moines beginning Saturday, July 13, on 2nd Street, south of Court Avenue.

Location: 4773 140th Ave., Carlisle

Hours: Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Contact: (515) 681-0279

Downtown Des Moines Farmers' Market

The farmers' market in Downtown Des Moines has several vendors who plan to sell Iowa sweet corn this weekend, but market representatives won’t know for certain which vendors will have any on hand until later this week.

Location: Historic Court District, 300 Court Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Saturdays, 7 a.m. to noon.

Contact: (515) 286-4928; DSMPartnership.com/DesMoinesFarmersMarket; Facebook

Fareway Grocery and Hy-Vee 

Representatives from both Fareway Grocery and Hy-Vee stores said their markets will have sweet corn on a store-by-store basis, but it might be from other Midwestern states for a few more weeks.

Both grocers said it is always a good idea to call your local supermarket to speak to the store director or produce manager beforehand to ensure your local supermarket is carrying Iowa sweet corn.

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