Festivity Sweet Corn presents a beautiful range of colors at the sweet-eating stage, only intensifying as the ears mature. Developed in Oregon, Jonathan Spero of Lupine Knoll Farm created this variety for growers with cool, low-fertility soils in higher latitudes. It is somewhat cold-tolerant and open-pollinated, rainbow-colored, multi-stalked, frequently 3-4 ears per plant. Created with cool soil, higher latitude locations, and low fertility in mind. Most cobs have a blend of white, yellow, red, and purple kernels: fast producing, about 90 days from seed to eating cobs.
Farmer Jonathan Spero crossed ancient Anasazi multi-colored sweet corn with modern corn, then spent seven years selecting and stabilizing this open-pollinated variety. He strove for excellent eating quality while leaving the plants a bit variable. As he explained, " When people depended on their gardens for their food, variability was an important trait. They needed crops with a range of adaptations to get food and seed for the next year despite floods, drought, storm, disease, and pest pressures." Mr. Spero bred this corn as a dependable food that people could grow and save seed for themselves. He pledged it as an OSSI open-source variety.
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