The Fountain Hills Sweet Corn Market is now in its 7th season and residents cannot wait to take home fresh-picked produce.
Betsy Hess, the market founder and organizer, grew up on a farm in Michigan and remembers how passionate people were about picking and eating sweet corn through the summer corn season. When she met Mesa farmers Mark and LeeAnn Freeman seven years ago, she got the idea for bringing a farm stand to Fountain Hills.
The market runs through the entire month of June and sometimes into the first week of July. Customers can expect the same items they loved last year: non-GMO sweet corn, AZ sweet onions, tomatoes, watermelons, cantaloupe, squash, fire-roasted chilies (when they become available), and raw honey. The produce is picked at 3:30 in the morning and ready to be purchased in Fountain Hills less than five hours later.
Other food vendors will also be on-site, such as The Tamale Store, Good Living Microgreens, Waffle Love, Sip Blend and Brew, and few new food trucks. There will be live entertainment on Saturdays and other specials throughout the month.
Betsy is adding extra precautionary measures for the safety of customers this year. There will be additional shade tents for people standing in line. Social distancing markers will be on the ground throughout the checkout line. Plastic food handling gloves will be provided for those who would like to select their own produce. Customers are encouraged to bring their own reusable bags.
Also new this year, curbside pickup will be available only on Wednesdays with advanced orders. Home delivery service in Fountain Hills is available on both Wednesdays and Saturdays with advanced orders and a $2 drop-off fee. For curbside pickup or home delivery, or any other questions about the market, call Betsy Hess at 480-227-6113.
You can find the Corn Market in Smith Family Chiropractic’s back parking lot located at 11673 N. Saguaro Boulevard. It is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 – 11:30 AM through the end of June.