Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Doggone Good Corn

A few weeks ago I went to Bradley, Ark to shoot art for a package about a
Mennonite family that grows sweet corn on their farm. In addition to the images, I gathered sound and produced an audio slideshow of the package. My first clue that the corn was as good as advertised became apparent after seeing one of the family dogs pick up a discarded ear from the ground.

I shot images of Scott and Sheila Koehn and the rest of their family as they were sorting out a load of the fresh picked corn. I was looking forward to making some nice images of the family walking through the fields picking the corn by hand...........until I found out that they had acquired a mechanical corn picker recently.

After spending the morning shooting images of the process I returned to town and met the family in the afternoon as they arrived for the Shreveport Farmer's Market. The truck load of corn sold very quickly after dozens of loyal customers swarmed the table to buy the fresh sweet corn.

I bought a dozen ears and can honestly say that it is the best tasting corn I have ever eaten.


themask222 1/29/2009 12:18 AM  

Came across this blog whilst doing some browsing for sweet corn related issues.

We know the Koens from Bradley very well and were visiting with them this weekend in fact.

Even helped them bag and sell some sweet corn last season.

You may or may not know that the particular flavor of Mennonites that they belong to (Holderman Mennonites after the founder) do not normally believe in having their pictures taken. They have no wedding photos or baby photos and even disable the cameras on any cellphones they have with that feature.

We are from the Bossier/Shreveport area and had to buy a few copies for the "Bradley Bunch" when this article came out. We also had the Koens around to our place to check out the article online. (Internet Access is also not something that they generally subscribe).

We really like the family and generally their people are very friendly and hospititable.


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