Each year, a highlight of the late spring/early summer market season is the arrival of the first load of Silver King corn from Chase Family Farms. Several years ago, Rudy’s Happy Patch Market was selected as the only local off-site distributor for the Oglethorpe farm’s nationally known corn. Chase family matriarch and operation leader Mrs. Ellen Chase chose the market at Perry Wellness Center because of the center’s work throughout southwest Georgia.
Last Wednesday, the first load of this year’s corn arrived at Happy Patch, and the enthusiasm level in the atmosphere rose noticeably. As the bins arrived, the ears of fresh corn were placed in 12-count bags and quickly stored in a large cooler. Signs were quickly erected to draw attention to the latest arrival.
“Many refer to the calendar for the change of seasons,” said PWC founder and CEO Stuart Perry. “But at Happy Patch Market, it is not summer until the first arrival of Chase corn.”
Stuart also previewed another milestone when he added, “The next highlight will be the arrival of Buchanan tomatoes. We have many other local vendors, but these two seem to bring in another level of customer trade.”
For $5 a dozen, market customers can now enjoy fresh ears of Silver King corn to celebrate the bounty of a June summer in southwest Georgia.
In today’s photos, Tyshaun Thomas and Debbie Bisallion advertise and prepare the newly arrived Chase Farm corn.