About My Dad’s Sweet Corn
My Dad’s Sweet Corn is owned and operated by the Allen Baird family from Tipton County, Indiana. We are a fifth generation family farm with farm heritage dating back more than 125 years.
Dad grew up as a farmer’s son, so he truly has farmed all of his life. Dad took over the family farm in 1965 when his dad passed away. Over the nearly 50 years that Dad has been farming, he has primarily been a grain farmer raising corn, soybeans, and most recently sweet corn.
When I was a kid, Dad always planted a couple acres of sweet corn so that he could offer it to family, friends, and land lords. It wasn’t until 1999 that we began to dabble in the selling of sweet corn. That is when I (Dad’s daughter, Jennifer) began selling the sweet corn in my free time in the Carmel area where I live. I developed a loyal following, and soon transitioned to the Carmel Farmers Market. For the next 5 years, My brother and I sold the sweet corn at the Carmel Farmers Market. As Dad saw the business consistently grow each year, he decided to seriously get behind our part time gig. In 2005, he increased the number of acres dedicated to sweet corn, and we changed our name to My Dad’s Sweet Corn. At the same time, my Uncle Mark (Dad’s brother) moved back to the area after living in Houston for nearly 20 years. Uncle Mark was instrumental in establishing our logo and aiding with several aspects of our marketing efforts.
Since 2005, we have increased our sweet corn acres, and we have also experimented with several different sweet corn seed varieties to better satisfy our customer’s tastes. In addition, we have found ways to expand our growing season, irrigate, and learned ways to battle sweet corn pests, such as raccoons, black birds, and corn borer, in a safe and effective way. It seems that each year is a new learning experience. Our business has definitely been a metamorphosis and not an overnight success. There are always factors that we just can’t control….many of them! We always do the best we know and pray about the rest!
My Dad’s Sweet Corn is probably more about a labor of love from Dad and Mom. Every Friday night, all the family gathers along with friends and neighbors. We pick sweet corn until sunset and Mom fixes dinner for us. Mom fulfills many roles. From nurse, to cheerleader, to cook, to secretary…the operation couldn’t succeed without her. We all work very hard, but in a strange kind of way, it is what my family does for fun!
On behalf of big brother Andrew and little sister Betsy, we feel blessed to be a part of a wonderful family and led by a unique and wonderful Dad!
We appreciate each and every one of our customers. You have been so supportive and encouraging to Dad and his team. We certainly couldn’t do it without you, and we thank you for your continued business and support!