ACROSS SOUTHERN MINNESOTA, signs pop promoting sweet corn. Fresh. From the field. Tasting of summer.
Some farmers sell at local farmers’ markets or to grocery stores. Others vend from pick-up trucks, beds heaped with piles of sweet corn.
Others park a wagon roadside,
secure a payment box thereon and trust customers to pay on the honor system.
Shove bills into box, bag your corn and go.
I love those stands—the unmanned ones that show people still believe in the goodness of other people. Trust. Honesty. Goodness. Virtues seemingly lost on too many these days. But still present in rural Minnesota.
And I love stories, like the one posted at a sweet corn stand along Minnesota State Highway 3 between Dundas and Faribault.
Stories that make customers want to buy, and then return.
© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling