Stumbling upon a sign for “Fresh Sweet Corn” can feel like finding treasure.
When it comes to finding sweet corn stands — the ones that offer piles of freshly-picked corn for $4 or $5 per dozen on the side of the road — there’s no map.
“There used to be a lot more like this,” said Carrie Han, who sells sweet corn, melons, cantaloupe and peppers out of a small stand, located in the parking lot of the Dollar Tree on Locust Street, Davenport, across the street from the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. “Not anymore.”
To find them, she said, you “just have to drive around or ask around.”
On my sweet corn scavenger hunt, I found long-time farm stands and newcomers such as the one Han works at. She commutes each day, from Muscatine to Davenport, for her “summer gig,” where she welcomes plenty of customers who make spontaneous stops there.
“They’re pretty tickled it’s here and so fresh,” Han said. “It’s just one of those things you want in the summer.”
But, for those craving sweet corn, time is running out.
Saturday will likely be the final day of roadside sales for 23-year-old farmer Travis Smeltzly, who, with the help of his younger cousins, has operated two sweet…