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9/18/21-And that's a wrap! We picked the last corn of the 2021 season! Corn and honey will be available in Hoopeston, Rantoul, Tilton, and Attica. This is the last corn of the season. The last chance for you to freeze some for the winter. Don't delay getting to the stands today to get your final taste of summer sweetness! Stock up on honey for the winter! Thank you to all of our loyal customers for once again supporting our family farm. Remember if you take care of your corn, keep it cool, shuck it and put it in a Ziploc bag you can stretch how long you can enjoy this last batch of Sweetcorn. Have a great weekend!

9/17/21-Today we have corn and honey available in Tilton and Rantoul. Tomorrow we will conclude our 2021 sweetcorn season and we plan to have corn in Tilton, Rantoul, Hoopeston, and Attica. They corn will be limited and there is no more after that so don't delay in getting to the stand to get your last bit of summer goodness! We are thankful and blessed by our loyal customers who have become friends over the years.

9/16/21-After today there is about a half a patch left.  It's going away quickly.  Hard to believe that just 2 short months ago there was corn as far as the eye could see and now just a few rows stand.  Don't rely on being able to get your corn tomorrow.  If you see us out you should take advantage of it.  The yield gets smaller every day especially when the deer and coyotes also love fresh sweetcorn.  Today we have corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, and Rantoul.  Stock up on that honey! 

9/15/21- And then there was one.  One final patch for the 21 summer season!  When we went out today we found the yield was a little disappointing, but truly not uncommon for late season corn.  The later it gets the harder it is to grow sweetcorn.  Today we have corn and honey in Rantoul and Tilton.  You should treat each day like it might be the last one for the stand nearest you!  While we would like to have all the stands open every day for the next 4 days the yield is just not going to allow that.  Also, take this opportunity to stock up on honey for the winter.  It doesn't go bad and makes a great gift.  We do offer honey sales in the off season, but it is harder to get it to you.  Take advantage of this one last summertime treat and come see us at the stands today.

9/14/21-Well we tried and it is still on the young side to pick enough for all the stands. We will waste too much of it if we pick it today and since this is the last patch we stopped. Toby thinks the heat from today will be enough to help finish it off and there will be enough to pick for multiple stands tomorrow. Today Hoopeston has a very small amount of corn and of course honey.

9/10/21-Just a reminder no corn through the weekend and we will make decisions the first of the week on the last patch. Have a great weekend!  A big apology for no updates the last couple of days.  Our terrible internet service was down yet again.  We would love to switch but not a whole lot of options out here in the country.  Write down our office number 217-339-2487 and call it if there is not a blog post.  We update it each morning after 8:30.  Thanks for your understanding.

9/7/21-Good morning! Today we have corn and honey available in Hoopeston and Tilton. We have made a tentative plan for the week. It is subject to change based on yield of the remaining rows. We started out next to last patch this morning so the clock is winding down on the 2021 season.

Tentatively-
Wednesday- Tilton, Rantoul, and Attica
Thursday- Tilton
We don't believe that the last patch will be ready by the weekend and it is looking more like we will start it sometime next week and it will last 4-5 days and the season will be done.Alls tands open at 10am.
 

9/4/21-Today we have corn and honey in Hoopeston and Tilton. The corn is VERY limited. Do not delay getting to the stand or you might miss out. There will be no corn on Sunday or Monday. We might be able to pick on Tuesday but it's too far out to determine that yet. The Tilton stand will open at 10am and the Hoopeston stand I hope to be there around 9:30 so that you can get your corn before the parade. Thank you for supporting our family farm and have a great weekend! Take time out to support the local festivals this weekend! These are run by volunteers and we need to show everyone our support!

9/3/21-Happy Friday! We went out and picked this morning and just as we suspected the corn is limited. Hoopeston and Tilton will be the only stands with corn and honey today. There will be VERY limited corn tomorrow and we are not sure if there will be enough for Hoopeston and Tilton tomorrow or just one or the other. That will be a barnlot decision after we get done picking. Stands open at 10am. No corn on Sunday and we will have to wait and see if the next patch progresses enough to pick on Monday. There's not a lot out there and we don't want to waste any of it.

9/1/21-None of the stands will be open today or tomorrow.

8/31/21-Today we have corn and honey in Tilton, Attica, and Rantoul. This is the last day for the football corn for the season. This is the only time this week we will be in Attica. None of our stands will be open on Wednesday or Thursday. The corn for this weekend looks amazing. It will be limited so make sure you get to the stands early. All stands open at 10am Illinois time.

8/30/21-Hello Monday!!! Just as we suspected, the corn this week is going to be very limited. We are finishing the last of the footballs today and tomorrow and our next patch is our late season corn which provides much better protection from ear worms. The bug pressure is high this time of year and we unfortunately have some worm damage on the ends of the corn we picked today and tomorrow. The weekend corn looks great, just not much of it! This is the plan for the week (SUBJECT TO CHANGE). Today we will have limited corn and honey in Hoopeston, Tilton, and Rantoul. Tomorrow we hope to add the Attica stand but no promises. There will be no corn on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday we plan to have the Rantoul, Hoopeston, and Tilton stands open with limited corn. This will be Rantoul's corn for the weekend. Saturday we plan to have corn in Tilton, and hope to have some for Hoopeston but do not count on it. As the week progresses we will walk the patch and do a yield count and make some final decisions. No one would like there to be tons of corn for us to sell this weekend more then us, but we don't have any control over that so we will be thankful for what we have. We will not reserve corn, it's too hard for our stand people to do that. Just make sure you are at the stands early. All stands open at 10am Illinois time.

8/28/21-Today we have corn and honey available in Tilton, Rantoul, and Hoopeston. No Sunday corn sales so get your weekend corn today. We started the last patch of "footballs" today and picked half the patch today. Toby feels like the yield was good enough that we will honor the freezer special deals today (buy 5 and get the 6th one free). Don't put off getting that corn in the freezer, our season is winding down. We are down to 3 and a half patches left. Hard to believe! Have a great weekend!

Important notice-We cannot stress enough how limited the corn is going to be starting today through Labor Day. Normally our patches are between 56 and 72 rows. The patch we are started today is only 24 rows and we picked half of it today.  The patch for Labor day weekend is only 16 rows. We can't control the weather and this is what we will have. No one would love to have tons of corn to sell over the holiday weekend, but it will just not be in the cards this year. The days of having every stand open with plenty of corn are over for now.  We will have 2 other patches after Labor day. One that was half drown out by the rain in June and our last one. We don't know when they will be ready exactly at this point but our season will conclude about mid Sept. Don't delay getting to the stands or you might miss out!

8/27/21-Today's picking was challenging and so it took us a little longer to get it picked and we may run a little late to our stands. Please be patient with us as we are trying our best. Stands open as close to 10am Illinois time as we can get there. Tilton, Attica, Rantoul, and Hoopeston will be open with corn and honey. Attica this will be your weekend corn so make sure you plan accordingly. This corn is excellent for freezing. Tomorrow we will start the last patch of "footballs." All the other corn we will grow this year is our late season corn that has more insect protection.

Here is some helpful information on how to keep your corn. 

I am a learner, in and I like to think most people like to be learn interesting and helpful things once in awhile. We get asked a lot, "How long will the corn keep?". While we all know that fresh picked is the best, there are some ways to keep corn in good shape when you need to keep it, travel with it, or need it on a day we aren't open.
1. Keep it in cool. In the fridge is best, because heat, once corn is picked is the enemy. That sweet goodness starts to turn to starch as soon as it's picked and by keeping it cool you slow down the process. That's why we keep the corn in the shade all day at the stands too!
2. To shuck or not to shuck that is the question? Well, if it's only going to be a day or two you can be leave it in the shuck. If it's going to be longer then that we recommend you shuck it, out it in a Ziploc bag and keep it in the fridge. Those husks will wick the moisture out of that ear and it in won't keep as long. Again, keep it in cool!
3. But how long will it keep? Well we have family that travel to Illinois to get corn and they take coolers of it home. They keep it cool and treat it right and we have been told that it will keep over a week.
Hopefully this little bit of knowledge will not only help you when our corn supply is short or you have an event coming up, but also when there are only a couple of you and you think a dozen is too much...now you know how to preserve that fresh corn pretty easily.

8/26/21-While the rain was very helpful, the wind didn't do us any favors. It made picking slower and harder, but we are grateful that we have corn to pick and sell today. Sometimes, many times conditions are not ideal, but we are thankful. Today we have corn and honey in Hoopeston, Tilton, and Rantoul. The Attica stand will be open tomorrow along with the other stands. All stands open at 10am. Take advantage now of our freezer special (buy 5 dz get the 6th one free). This special will only last as long as we have plentiful corn. We should have a clearer picture of what the next week will look like sometime today and we will post about that. If you want to freeze corn the next couple of days will be ideal for that. You will get the most bang for your buck! It is some work, but it will be absolutely worth it this winter when the snow is flying.

8/25/21- We did a little scouting when we went out to pick this morning and what we thought we had planted for Labor day weekend Mother Nature had other plans for. The corn is getting ready faster then normal because of all the hot weather so Labor Day corn will be limited. Don't expect to have every stand open every day and the yield will also be limited. I know that it's over a week away, but we wanted to prepare you. If you haven't put corn in the freezer yet, now is the time. Don't delay. Today we have corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, and Rantoul.

8/24/21-Happy Tuesday! Today we have corn and honey in Hoopeston, Tilton, Attica, and Rantoul. We only have a patch and a half of the "football"type corn left and then we will switch to our late season corn. If you want to put corn in the freezer do it sooner then later! The Attica stand will be open today and Friday. This is all fluid and based on corn and staffing availability. The corn season will last until the middle of Sept, but the corn is Sept will not be plentiful. The season will wind down quickly.

8/23/21-As the season progresses the patch size that Toby plants gets smaller, and that results in less corn to sell. It's the natural progression of our season. Our patch sizes are getting smaller so we may not be at every stand every day. We truly do not know what each day will bring until we get out there and pick it. There may be a drowned out spot where the corn didn't grow as well. Some parts of the field may be younger then others and result in having some corn not ready to be picked and sold. Make sure you take advantage of getting your corn when you see us out and don't rely on us being everywhere every day. Today we have corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, and Rantoul. The plan is to have corn in Attica on Tuesday and Saturday. This is subject to change based on availability and if our new grandson decided to make his arrival. All stands open at 10am and close at 5 or when we sell out. Don't delay, get your corn today!

8/21/21-Today we have corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, Rantoul, and Attica. No Sunday corn sales so get your weekend corn today. Have a great weekend!

8/20/21-It's finally Friday! We had a cancelled Dr appointment so that meant a change in plans. We will have corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, Rantoul, and Attica. All stands open at 10am Illinois time.

8/19/21- Today we have corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, and Rantoul.  The Attica stand will be open again on Saturday.  All stands open at 10am Illinois time.

8/18/21-Today we started the 9th patch of 13. Hard to believe we are over half way done with our sweetcorn season. Today we have corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, and Rantoul. The Attica stand will be open again on Saturday. Thank you for you patience as we work around doctor's appointments and schedules. All stands open at 10am Illinois time. Have a great day!

8/17/21-Today we have corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, and Rantoul.  The Attica stand will be open again on Saturday.  All stands open at 10am.

8/16/21-Welcome to another week! Today we have corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, Rantoul, and Attica. The Attica stand will be open on Monday and Saturday this week. We appreciate your flexibility this year. As the Rantoul folks know, Jenna is expecting a baby anytime now and she has weekly Dr appointments, but is still helping us out by selling corn, so we have to shuffle staffing around as needed. All stands should know that things are fluid and we are doing our best to make sure that stands are open. All stands open at 10am Illinois time.

8/14/21-Today we have corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, and Rantoul. This corn is excellent so don't miss an opportunity to have some. No Sunday corn sales so get your weekend corn today. All stands open at 10am.

8/13/21-Wow just Wow! Toby made a declaration last night after eating this patch that it's the best patch of the season so far. Lots of good sun, heat, and the right amount of rain has helped this patch develop into really good corn. If you haven't put any in the freezer make your plans to do it soon. Today we have corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, Rantoul, and Attica. All stands open at 10 am Illinois time! Attica this will be your weekend corn so don't delay in getting there.

8/12/21-Good morning! Due to a severe thunderstorm and lots of lightening we were only able to get a little bit of corn picked before we headed back in for safety reasons. Today Tilton will be the only stand open with honey and corn. Tomorrow all 4 stands should be open. Sorry for any inconvenience, but the safety of our crew is our first priority!

8.11.21-We have corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, and Rantoul. The Attica stand will be open again on Friday. All stands open at 10am.

8/10/21- Today we have corn and honey available in Tilton, Hoopeston, and Rantoul.  The Attica stand will be open again on Friday.  All stands open at 10am.

8/09/21- Today we have corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, Rantoul, and Attica.  The Attica stand will be open on Monday and Friday this week.  All stands open at 10am Illinois time.

8/7/21-Happy Saturday! I don't know about you, but this has been a long week, but a good week. We are so grateful for our loyal customers who have kind words for us each day at the stands. Today we have corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, and Rantoul. This corn is by far the best we have had all year and would be perfect for freezing. Remember no weekend corn sales so get your weekend corn today.

8/6/21-Just as we thought...today's corn is even better then yesterday's. Today we have corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, Rantoul, and Attica. All stands open at 10am Illinois time.

8/5/21-OH MY GOODNESS!!!! This patch is amazing. We just started a new patch today and it was fun to pick! Today it's a little on the young side as most first days in a new patch are, but make plans on Friday and Saturday to get this fabulous corn in your freezer! I can't believe it's already August and the days keep ticking away. You do not want to miss out on this patch, but it needs another day or so. Perfect timing for weekend corn freezing! Today we have corn and honey available in Tilton and Rantoul. All stands will be open tomorrow!

8/4/21-Today we have corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, and Rantoul. Our Attica stand will be open on Friday. All stands open at 10am Illinois time. Many of you have been asking about how long our season will last this year. We did miss a couple of plantings in June due to all the monsoon rains, and we we may have some gaps, but we should still have corn through the middle of Sept.

8/3/21-Today we have corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, and Rantoul. Attica stand will be open again on Friday. All stands open at 10am Illinois time. This corn is excellent tasting and would be great for freezing.

8/2/21-Today we have corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, Rantoul, and Attica. The Attica stand will be open on Monday and Friday this week so plan your week accordingly. All stands are now equipped with a honey tasting kit so you can have a taste test of the honey before you buy it. All stands open at 10am Illinois time! Have a great day!

7/31/21-Today we have honey and sweetcorn available in Hoopeston, Tilton, and Rantoul. Remember no Sunday corn sales so get you weekend corn today. It's going to be a beautiful weekend for cooking out and what compliments a cookout better then fresh picked sweetcorn.

7/30/21-Good morning! Our Attica, Hoopeston, Tilton, and Rantoul stands will open at 10am Illinois time with sweetcorn and honey. The condition of this corn is much improved and is excellent tasting. The weather has cooled down and it's the weekend and would be a great time to take advantage of putting some corn in the freezer for winter.

7/29/21- We started a new patch today and found it to be a little on the younger side and with the weather forecast to be either raining or very hot and sticky we only picked a little bit today.  Corn will be limited at stands so make sure you get there and get your early and so that my sweet family can be home before the storms or heat are too bad.  Corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, and Rantoul today. 

7/28/21-Today we have honey and sweetcorn available in Hoopeston, Tilton, Rantoul, and Attica. All stands open at 10 am Illinois time. We didn't get as much corn picked today so make sure you get to the stand early to get yours today.  We apologize for not updating the website yesterday.  Our internet service, Watch communications, is VERY unreliable and doesn't work half the time.  Unfortunately we can only update the website on our home computer and not our phones so that limits us when the internet is down.  Remember you can always call our office number and listen to our message.  Just copy down the phone number and give it a call next time the website is not updated.  217-304-2277

7/26/21-Today we have corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, Rantoul, and Attica. Just a reminder that the Hoopeston stand has moved to the old car wash just east of the corn of RT 1 and 9. The Attica stand will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this week. If you are thinking about putting some corn in the freezer, this corn will be excellent. It is tender, yet a good yield on each ear.

7/24/21-Today we have corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, Rantoul, and Attica. All stands open at 10am Illinois time. Remember no Sunday corn sales so make sure and get your weekend corn today. For those of you that have been wondering this is the first day in the variety that we call the "footballs." It is our regular full season corn and is excellent for freezing. When we got to the field today we were pleased with what we found and the yield and quality look great! Have a great weekend!

7/23/21- Today we have corn and honey in Hoopeston, Tilton, Rantoul, and Attica. Don't forget that our Hoopeston stand has moved to the old car wash just east of Rt 1 and 9 on Rt 9. All stands open at 10 am Illinois time and close when we sell out. Don't delay getting your corn today!

7/22/21-It's a great day to buy some Lingley Brothers Sweetcorn!" Today we will have corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, and Rantoul. The Attica stand will be open tomorrow (Friday). In regards to the Hoopeston stand, we have a new location! A huge big thank you to the Reutters for allowing Megan to move her stand to the old car wash in the Hoopeston Plaza just around the corner of Rt 1 and 9 to the east. Please be patient with us as we work out the kinks in our new location! We sure do appreciate everyone who helps out our family farm by allowing us to set up our farmstands and sell our produce. It's so wonderful to be part of communities that value other local businesses! Have a great day!

7/21/21- Today we have corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, and Rantoul.   All stands open at 10am. We apologize for the lack of posting the last couple of days.  Our internet service was down and we can't update the blog on our phones, we can only do it on our computer. If you don't have facebook you can still call our office number after 9am and get the daily update.  That number is 217-339-2487.  We appreciate you patience.

7/17/21-We are back! It was muddy, but we got it picked. Today we have corn and honey available in Hoopeston, Tilton, Rantoul, and Attica. Remember no Sunday corn sales so get your weekend corn today. Just a note...Jenna ( Rantoul stand) has a new truck to haul the trailer so don't be confused. Always look for the Lingley Brothers Sweetcorn sign to make sure you are getting our picked fresh today sweetcorn! Have a great weekend!

7-16-21-None of our stands will be open today.

7/15/21-Today our Hoopeston, Tilton, and Rantoul stands are open with honey and sweetcorn. All stands open at 10 am Illinois time and close when we sell out or 5pm. There is a chance we will not have corn tomorrow depending on the weather,  We are already very close to not being able to get into the field because of all the rain and if we get anything measurable in the overnight it will make picking impossible.  It will be an in the morning decision so you will have to check in with us in the morning.

7/14/21-Today our Hoopeston, Tilton, and Rantoul stands will open at 10am with corn and honey. Please be patient with us and our Attica stand we will open that stand soon, but we are working out all the first of the season kinks.

7/13/21-Welcome to the 2021 Sweetcorn season! It was a wet and muddy one out there today, but we got it picked. The Hoopeston, Tilton, and Rantoul stands will be open today with corn and honey. All stands open at 10am Illinois time and close when we sell out. Remember the Rantoul stand is now across from the Dairy Queen and the Hoopeston stand is in the HIcksgas lot. The Tilton stand remains in the Family Dollar parking lot.

7-12-2021-

It's that time of year again! We will start our sweetcorn season tomorrow (July 13th). As with any business this year we will be met with some changes that you should be aware of. As you know we are a family farm. We employ family and close friends to pick and sell for us ensuring that our quality remains high. This year at some of our stands we will be moving some people around. You may see a new face, but be assured they are still part of the Lingley Brothers crew as long as you see the familiar signage. All of our stands are equipped with signage that represent our family farm. Our Hoopeston stand will have an adjustment in location. The progress for the new truck stop is coming along nicely, but will mean that we will need to move our stand in Hoopeston just south to the Hicksgas lot. We will try this location and see how it works and it may need to be adjusted further, but we will let you know. 
The Rantoul location will be moving this year as well. It will be in the lot across from Dairy Queen on 136. This year we will not have tomatoes for sale at any of our locations. Over the winter we lost the plastic on one of our tunnels, have expanded our bee and honey operation, and just did not have the labor force that it takes to grow that many tomatoes. It is our hope that we can reorganize over the next year and figure out a way to bring the tomatoes back. We also have made the decision that we will have to have a price increase this year. We try very hard to keep our cost down and our quality high so that we can pass that savings on to our customers, however with fuel, inputs, etc going up continually we will be raising our price this year to $6 a dz, and $3 a half dz. We have not raised our prices since 2013, but unfortunately the time has come. While there are some changes at Lingley Brothers this year there are many things that will stay the same. You will still see our family and friends that have genuine investment in our family farm manning our stands. We will still be open Monday -Saturday from 10-5 or when we sell out. We will still provide updates on our Facebook page (Lingley Brothers Sweetcorn), our website (www.lingleybros.com), and our office message (217-339-2487) that you can check after 9 am each day to see what stands will be open. Most importantly you will still have all of us working hard all summer to provide you with the best products that we can. Things like the weather are out of our control, but you are guaranteed that we will do our best every day. We value our customers and our reputation. Word of mouth is our best advertisement so please let your friends and neighbors know about our business, our website, and have them like our Facebook page. See you soon!

7-3-2021  Well another season is about to get started! We are about 9-10 days out from the first corn being ready. Of course, its just a guess but the cool April and part of May didn't give us quite the boost in growth for an early start. As we get closer to the 12th, we will begin to post a little more often. Have a great Independence Day!

 

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Toby Brown

Toby is the owner of Lingley Bros. Sweetcorn since 2000. A 1989 graduate of Hoopeston East-Lynn High School, he began farming in 1993, the sixth generation farming the ground he lives on. He and his wife Paige have four children:  Jenna, Katie, Josh and Megan. Together they raise 48 acres of sweet corn, 900 tomatoes and a half acre of green beans. In addition to farming, Toby is an Elder at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Hoopeston, an officer on the Rossville Area Fire Department, assistant 4-H leader of Hoopeston Boosters 4-H club and a beekeeper.

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