Fincel's to Begin Selling Sweet Corn in Dubuque on Friday

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter


By Katie Wiedemann

DUBUQUE, Iowa - A wet and cold spring delayed the start of the selling season for a popular Dubuque family business.

Frank Fincel said he wasn't able to plant his much sought after sweet corn until April 17th, weeks later than a typical year. On a typical year, FIncel picks and begins selling the corn before July 4th.

A soggy spring pushed back Fincel's planting date. Three weeks later than usual. "It took longer for the ground to thaw for us to be able to get the tractors out in the field and plant," Fincel said.

Fincel's first day is as tumultuous as the weather itself.Just last year, the corn was ready by mid-June. "It's complete opposites one year to the next, " said Fincel.

New this year, the family will sell corn from a tent in Van's parking lot in East Dubuque, Illinois. That's in addition to the daily stand the the Blind Society parking lot and the Saturday morning stand at Dubuque's Farmers Market.

The first ears will go on sale starting at 8:00 am on Friday, July 12th at the Blind Society lot.

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