Har­ward Farms picks, de­liv­ers its pro­duce fresh daily

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SPRINGVILLE – They’re picked fresh, early each sum­mer’s day, and most if not all the suc­cu­lent ears of corn seen by mid-morn­ing at lo­cal Har­ward fruit/veggie stands are gone by sup­per­time.

If not, they’re given to the Utah Food Bank.

“We pick fresh every morn­ing so you’re as­sured it’s fresh and good,” Jake Har­ward told Serve Daily. “We choose [to plant] good va­ri­eties for the best sweet­ness.”

Le­nard Har­ward be­gan farm­ing and feed­ing beef cat­tle in Springville in 1945. To­day, his son Jud, and Jud’s two sons – Lenny and Jake – have ex­panded the fam­ily’s west Springville oper­a­tion into a large, di­ver­si­fied agri-business.

Jud heads the hay pro­duc­tion and mar­ket­ing di­vi­sion as well as the straw mulching for for­est fire recla­ma­tion di­vi­sion.

He and Lenny to­gether boss the high mois­ture corn milling oper­a­tion.

Lenny han­dles the agri-spray­ing di­vi­sion and the DeKalb Seeds oper­a­tion.

Jake’s work is clos­est to that of house­hold con­sumers. He heads the fresh veg­eta­bles and pro­duce di­vi­sion, the road side stands, Jaker’s Jack-O-Lan­terns each fall, and agri­cul­tural fer­til­iz­ers op­er­a­tions, as well as the an­nual “Lit­tle Hands Farm Camp” in June.

Jake spent a few min­utes with Serve Daily one re­cent sunny sum­mer’s morn­ing to talk about Har­ward Farms’ road­side stands.

All its acreage is in west Springville, the third-gen­er­a­tion farmer said: 180 acres in corn; 50 acres in water­melon and can­taloupe; 20,000 tomato plants.

“It’s a good cli­mate here, good soil, good wa­ter,” Jake Har­ward said. “We’re still farm­ing some of the same ground our grand­fa­ther [Le­nard Har­ward] did. There are lots of houses be­ing built but we’re still farm­ing around them.”

The Fast­lane va­ri­ety of sweet corn is be­ing har­vested as July flows into Au­gust. Har­vest­ing of all Har­ward’s sweet corn va­ri­eties starts in mid-July and ends in late Septem­ber.

Har­ward’s dis­tinc­tive dark green stands are scat­tered from South Salt Lake City to Delta, with two stands in Springville, two in Span­ish Fork and one in Payson. The har­ward­farms.com web­site in­cludes a map that shows the 25 stands’ lo­ca­tions.

The stands are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon­day through Satur­day.

Pat Robert­son sorts pro­duce at the Har­ward Farms stand on Hwy 89 by Chevron sta­tion in north Springville.

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