You probably caught the past few front pages, featuring the famous "Olathe Sweet" sweet corn, brought to you by local farmers and migrant workers.
John Harold and crew at Tuxedo Corn will be getting an estimated 500,000 to 600,000 cases of the sweet stuff into grocery stores and other vendors nationwide — as well as providing the signature fare for the annual Olathe Corn Festival.
Yes! The corn festival coming back, and for the 30th year. The fun starts at 10 a.m. Aug. 6 with a parade in downtown Olathe. Check out the details here.
I want to thank Joseph Harold for getting up bright and early this past Sunday and taking the harvest pictures for us. Joe, John Harold's son, is a go-getting young man who has helped the Daily Press immensely over the past several years. Thanks, Joe!
I also want to give a shout-out to William Woody, whose harvest photos (and story) were recently published in The Colorado Sun. William is a longtime Montrose resident, a former Daily Press photographer. When William isn't capturing the world through his lens, he is busy as the city's public information officer. Keep it up, William!
Finally, I need to recognize the farm laborers who provide America with food year-round, not just during corn season.
Once, several years ago, I tried my hand at picking corn in one of John's fields. I was determined that I could do it; thought that although other Americans who showed up to work almost never lasted the day, that I surely would be different.
I lasted 20 minutes. When they tell you it is backbreaking labor; when they tell you it is hot — they aren't kidding. And yet, there all the real workers were, cheerfully teaching me how to bend, twist and toss. I couldn't keep up. I was a terrible harvester, but I learned a valuable lesson that I have not forgotten.
Whether migrant or citizen, these folks do hard work, important work, and without them and the farmers who take on a huge financial risk with each crop planted, we would not eat. I see you all, and I thank you.