Schlechter Farms - Part of Willamette Valley Agricultural History
Schlechter Farms is continuing a family farm tradition that dates back to the early 1900's when Jim's grandfather, Joseph Schlechter, settled in the Willamette Valley. Jim started farming in 1971 with wheat and clover seed, but switched in 1978 to sweet corn and onions. Part of the farm is located in Lake Labish, where we grow the red and yellow onions for which Lake Labish is famous.
Our super-sweet corn (both white and yellow varieties) is sold to grocery stores all along the West Coast. We grow a great deal of the sweet corn seen each summer in Roth's, Safeway, Fred Meyer and Winco stores. These same grocery stores also offer our squash throughout the fall season.
Many of the produce vendors at farmer’s markets in Oregon purchase sweet corn from us for resale to their farm market customers. We also supply corn and other vegetables to several of the Willamette Valley farm produce stands. And we operate a produce stand of our own during the corn season from early August through late October.
July 14, 2018 Update - The ears of Corn Are Growing!
The first of ten staggered plantings of our sweet yellow corn has pollinated and the kernels are starting to fill out! We’re estimating that we’re about ten days away from starting to harvest. If this hot weather continues, it may even be less than ten days! Either way, it will definitely be a July opening for our farm stand this year.
June 26, 2018 Update - Tassels and Silks!
Since the previous post on June 9th, amazing things are happening in the cornfield! We noticed tassels developing last week, and this week, we've spotted silks! The pollen on the tassels will pollinate the silks and in about four weeks, we'll taste-test to determine the best date to begin the harvest. We're hoping to open our produce stand the last week of July.
Did you know that each silk corresponds to a single kernel within the ear, and each kernel must be pollinated in order to have a completely filled ear of corn?
May 16, 2018 Update - The Cornfield is Looking Good!
April 21, 2018 Update - The Farmer Planting the First of the 2018 Yellow Sweet Corn!