Minnesota ranks No. 1 for producing sweet corn, the belle of the Minnesota State Fair
One of the familiar and beloved venues at the Minnesota State Fair is the corn roast, where hungry hordes brandish and eagerly consume nearly 200,000 butter-slathered ears of bicolor sweet corn each year.
The corn comes from a field near Monticello, an hour’s drive northwest of the Twin Cities, where grower Jerry Untiedt takes great pains to assure that the corn is harvested fresh daily, and at the peak of its flavor.
“Planting corn in May or June and trying to hit a 12-day window at the fair is kind of like shooting at a ¬moving target,” he said.