Sweet Corn



 Old fashioned non-hybrid sweet corns do not have the high sugar content of the modern super sweets, but they do have a true corn flavor and are nice and sweet when eaten soon after picking.  They do not have the sugar enhancer gene or other genes that allow them to get sweeter the longer they are stored. They should only be tried on a limited basis if you are not familiar with the old fashioned flavor.  Ear length is measured with husk removed. We are excited that  we will continue to bring back more old fashioned heirloom sweet corns and we are working on a few others of our own breeding. We decided to take pictures of mature ears and not when they are young and tender to show the degree of sweetness each has. The more shriveled the kernels the sweeter the corn. Many  are excellent ground and used for cornbread that is superb. UPDATED FOR 2020


A very early sweet corn I obtained from a seed company in Alberta Canada back in 1982. It does not  always do well here in Iowa as it prefers cooler growing conditions. Here we get too warm at night and it seems to not enjoy that. Typically here it will start to tassel when about 1 foot tall then  grow rapidly and have a tall thin stalk reaching over 3 to 4 feet tall. Ears are within a few inches of the ground which can be a problem here with heavy rains and wind. Truly suited for a northern short season climate. In 2019 I planted on July 10 on the east side of some tall trees so it would be in the shade during the hot afternoons and it did well. First edible ears were the end of August and it as dry  for seed and harvested by mid September. Pkt. ( approximately 50 seeds) $2.75. Certified Organic Seed.


Anasazi- 85 days - A very diverse strain that has 5 to 7 foot stalks, with 8 to 12 plus rows of multi-colored kernels.    1 oz. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed


Ashworth - 70 days - 5 foot plants, nice 6 to 7 inch golden yellow ears.  Introduced in 1978 by Fred Ashworth. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Baxter’s Yellow

Baxter’s Yellow- 70 days-  4-5 foot plants, nice girthy ears for small sized plants. This one dates back to the 1800’s and was developed in Maine at a time when open pollinated varieties were a mainstay. Pkt.  ( 50 seeds) $2.00 Certified Organic Seed. Limit 1 pkt. 

Black Aztec

Black Aztec- 80 days - 6 foot stalks, 7 inch ears of white turning black kernels.The corns that turn from white to purple black are  true indicator of the days when you could tell how edible a corn was. Before the modern long keeping varieties a person could go to the market or their garden and pull back  the husk and if it was a bright white you knew the corn was young and tender if it started changing to darker colors then you knew it was getting older and tough. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.00; 4 Pkts. $8.00;  1 lb. $15.00 Certified Organic Seed

Black Mexican

Black Mexican- 82 days-  6 foot stalks, with 8 to 10 rows per 7 to 8 inch ear.  Starts out pure snow white and turns to purple then black.  Eat as a sweet corn when white. Dates to 1863. 1 oz. Pkt. $1.50; 4 Pkts. $5.00; 1 lb. $15.00   Certified Organic Seed

Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers - 70 days - A very productive, strong stalked variety that is a creamy color when edible, ripening to a blood red color with occasional purple red (dried blood) colored ear.  While sweet, it is not super sweet and makes a good grinding corn as well. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.50; 4 Pkts. $8.00 Certified Organic Seed


Buhl - 81 days-  7 foot plants that yield  up to 2 ears of nice tender sweet golden kernels.  This is the best for flavor and vigor of any we offer.  The plants are uniform enough to be confused for a hybrid.  Consistently voted the favorite by rats, skunks, opossums, raccoons, field mice and most people.  We have to fight for every seed. We were the first to make this widely available and are so pleased to see it offered in so many locations now. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.50; 2 Pkts. $4.00 Certified Organic Seed

Clem Bennett

Clem Bennett- 75 days - 6 to 7 foot stalks, 12 to 14 rows of yellow kernels on 9 inches ears. Plants hold up well to wind and rain.  Heirloom variety. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Country Gentleman-

Country Gentleman- 77 days-  Introduced in 1890, unique in that it has no rows, the kernels are everywhere on the cob. 1 oz. Pkt. $1.50; 2 Pkts. $2.75;  4 Pkts. $5.00


Dorinny - 65 days - A Canadian selection of Golden Bantam with usually 2 ears on very short, thick stalks.  Ears are about 6 inches long. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Early June

Early June- 65 days- an old Oscar Will variety developed for the harshness of the upper Midwest. Plants average  4-5 feet tall with up to 2 5-6 inch ears with white kernels. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020

Early Pearl

Early Pearl-  65 days - Nice, stalky, 5 foot tall plants produce up to two six inch white kerneled ears.  1 OZ. PKT. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Golden Bantam

Golden Bantam - 80 days - Traditional 8 row type.  The first widely accepted yellow sweet corn.  Introduced by Burpee in 1902. 1 oz. Pkt. $1.50   Certified Organic Seed

Golden Bantam Improved

Golden Bantam Improved- 75 days- 6 foot stalks with 7 inch ears each having 12 to 14 rows per cob.  This did very well in a rather harsh isolation garden during a very dry time.  1 oz. Pkt. $1.50 8 oz. $10.00 Certified Organic Seed

Golden Gem

Golden Gem - 65 days - Stalky, 4 to 4.5 foot tall plants with 6 inch ears. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed . 

Golden Giant

Golden Giant-  75 days-   6-7 foot stalks with nice sized 7 inch ears of deep yellow kernels. Nice sweet corny flavor. Not super sweet like modern hybrids but nice fresh sweetness. Good stalk standability.  1 oz Pkt. $2.00 8 oz. $12.00 Certified Organic Seed

Helwig Sweet

Helwig Sweet- 65 days - 3 foot stalks, short plants with tiny, yellow kerneled ears.  An Iowa heirloom sent to me years ago from Willa Helwig from Monona, Iowa dates to prior to 1936.  1 oz. $3.00 Limit 1 pkt. Certified Organic Seed

Honey Cream

Honey Cream- 67 days-    5 foot stalks with 2 5-6 inch ears with white kernels. This is an old Jungs variety.  One of the few I could get a crop on when I lived in the Panhandle of northern Idaho. 1 oz Pkt.  $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Luther Hill

Luther Hill- 70 days - 4 foot plants, do best in cooler growing seasons.  White seeded, 4 to 6 inch ears. This variety was extremely popular in New Jersey some years back. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

Midnight Snack

Midnight Snack- 77 days - 5 to 6 foot stalks, 12 to 14 rows of yellow turning black kernels on 7 inch ears.  Developed by Dr. Meader, introduced in the 1980’s, discontinued by most companies soon after. Another casualty to the “super sweet” generation.  It is a quality sweet corn, but just is not a “sickenly” sweet corn. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.00; Certified Organic Seed

Northern Lights

Northern Lights- 55 days- another one of my creations for early seasons. Just a few days later than Yukon Supreme, this variety  has similar parentage. Plants are about 4 feet tall. Many of the kernels have an aurora on them like the Northern Lights. Kernels are either white or yellow at edible stage and as they mature they get a halo of blue or red around the edge of many of the kernels. Unavailable for 2020.


Nuetta- 57 days- a traditional old Mandan variety that will return in 2021.  Had a good crop this season but delay in harvest and a herd of opossums cleaned most of it out.

Orchard Baby

Orchard Baby- 60 days- 3 foot plants, tasty and  sweet, 3 to 4 inch ears. Old Oscar Will variety.  1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed Sold out as of 4/10/2020

Oregon Evergreen

Oregon Evergreen - 85 days - A very flavorful, late white sweet corn.  Excellent uniformity. Plants get to be about 8 feet tall.  1 oz. Pkt $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Painted Hill

Painted Hill - 73 days - A selection of Dr. Alan Kapular from a cross of Painted Mountain and Luther Hill.  Multicolored 7 inch ears on 5 to 6 foot stalks. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Pease Crosby

65 days- a white seeded variety that gets about 5 feet tall. Pkt. ( 50 seeds) $3.00  Certified Organic Seed


55 days- short 3-4 foot plans and old Oscar Will variety. When it was named the name meant "Little Black One" . It is an early short sweet corn that is white when sweetest and then turns black as the seeds mature and become less sweet. These corns that did this were an excellent type in their day to show the customer that the corn was at prime edible stage if it is white and then as it becomes older and tough it turns from white to pale purple to deep dark color.  Pkt. ( 50 seeds)  $3.00 . Certified Organic Seed

Rainbow Inca

Rainbow Inca- 82 days - 6 to 7 foot stalks, 8 to 14 rows of multi-colored kernels on 7 to 8 inch ears. Stands adversity well and produces nice sized ears. While not particulary sweet at the immature stage, it makes a great ground cornmeal for a slightly sweet cornbread   1 oz. Pkt. $2.50 1 pound $20.00 Certified Organic Seed

Reverend Morrows Purple

Reverend Morrows Purple-  80 days- Reverend Morrow was an early member  of the Seed Savers Exchange from Minnesota. I lost this on in the 1990’s to  insects in my seed jar and was so pleased to see Kathleen Plunkett -Black of Plum Creek Seeds in Wisconsin offering it. It is a high yielder of nice full ears that ripen to a mix of purple and deep orange kernels. Plants are about 6 feet tall.  1 oz. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed


Robinson- 80 days - 7 foot stalks, large ears of yellow kernels. An Idaho heirloom sent by Kent Wenkheimer from the Kamiah , Idaho area. Grown by a farmer in that area for many years.    1 oz. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Stowells Evergreen

Stowells Evergreen- 84 days- 8 foot tall stalks producing 2 nice 8 to 10 inch ears with white kernels.  Dates to an introduction of 1848. 1 oz. Pkt. $1.50; 2 Pkts./$2.75 Certified Organic Seed


Sunshine- 70 days  5-6 foot plants that have nice 6-7 inch ears of yellow kernels. This is another old Oscar Will variety.  UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020

Texas Honey June

Texas Honey June -  85 days- 8 to 9 foot plants that produce 2 to 3 ears of about 5 inch length.  They appear much longer because they have very long, tight husks that make them almost totally ear worm resistant.  Planted on July 6 in 2020 it  grew fantastic in late summer heat. Delicious ears in late September and early October and still ripened a seed crop by mid October.   1 oz. Pkt. $2.00  1  pound  $20.00 .Certified Organic Seed  

True Gold

True Gold-  75 days-  A nice modern developed sweet corn that has 6 to 7 inch ears of small kerneled pale yellow color. Plants average 6 feet tall. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Wapsi Bantam

Wapsi Bantam- 80 days-  7 foot tall plants with good standability. A continuous cross and selection of Golden Bantam and Golden Bantam Improved to create a nice sized ear, productive and  good flavored corn. Ears are large and broad. 1 oz Pkt. $2.00 2 pkts. $3.75 Certified Organic Seed

Whipples White

Whipples White- 80 days- 6 foot tall plants, 14 rows of white kernels on fat 7 to 9 inch ears.  Dates to 1919. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020

Whipples Yellow

Whipples Yellow- 80 days- 6 foot tall plants, 14 to 16 rows of deep grained yellow kernels on fat 7 to 9 inch ears.  Very impressive yields and fat ear size. Dates to 1921. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Yukon Supreme

Yukon Supreme -49 days -  Early and productive. Plants average about 4 feet tall and produce nice 5 inch ears that are well filled and tasty for an early corn. Kernel color is yellow with some white. When properly weeded and cared for this is a good choice for early fresh sweet corn.  In 2002 the crop was planted June 17 and was ready to eat on August 1 (45 days). . I would have never believed it had I not written it down! In our “cold” summer of 2009, it was planted on June 29 and ready to eat on August 17 (49 days). In 2016 I planted it on July 11 and it was ready August 28 ( 48 days) .  In 2017 with a cool August it was planted on July 3 and first edible ears were August 25 ( 53 days). A bit later this past year, but ear quality was excellent. A Sand Hill Preservation Center introduction in 1999. Be prepared because this variety sells out quickly. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed (Limit 2 pkts.)  

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