This morning specifically, Joe and the team picked sweet and spicy banana peppers, eggplants, sweet corn, Yukon gold potatoes, tomatoes, and pickles, as well as called partner farmers to place fruit orders. There aren’t a lot of fruits raised directly on the farm, so Jerry Smith Farm supports other farmers to bring in Georgia peaches, plums, apples, Michigan blueberries, and more. When we need a bushel of a crop-we send someone out to pick it. Whatever produce is a priority that day is picked, washed, and if it’s sweet corn it has to be cooled.
“This brings us to about 8 am,” Joe explained, it’s around this time that the first wagon is ready to go, and the corn is brought up to the Country Store and Green Acres to be cooled down. We pre-cool the corn so that it isn’t hot when it is sold wholesale to grocery stores and vendors. Today there were 60 bins of corn, but tomorrow there will need about 100 bins of corn picked. Jerry Smith Farm picks and transports about 4-5 semis full of sweet corn a week!
“We always have to plan ahead. Even today, one of my workers, she’s wonderful, asked if we were picking orange or red tomatoes today. But just in case it does rain in the next few days I needed her to pick the pink ones too. So we have inventory that will be red by Saturday in the Country Store in case we need those red ones and it does rain. A big part of our job out here is guessing, planning ahead, staying on top of what we need, and making sure we do all of that while keeping everything as fresh as we possibly can,” said Joe.