There's No Catch, Just Corn: Farmer Gives Away Free Sweet Corn At Roadside Stand

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. - You might have seen the viral Facebook picture, or the actual man himself in Fair Haven on Sunday, or Monday.

For the past two days, Ron Taylor, a lifelong Vermonter, set up a pop-up sweet corn stand in Fair Haven.

Driving through Vermont in the summer, it's a common sight, but the retired New York State Corrections officer's sign for sweet corn is a bit different.

"We wrote in red spray paint, it says 'free sweet corn,'" said Taylor.

Taylor has been wanting to do this for quite some time, and now, he has the that, and the right harvest for it.

Taylor tells says he's given away almost 100 dozen ears of corn in just the past two days. He explained why he picked corn, over other vegetables.

"Not everybody eats tomatoes, not everybody eats squash, very few people that I know of don't eat corn," said Taylor.

His stand if kind of play by "ear," and he hopes this summer won't be a one time deal.

"You never can count on anything, who knows what might happen, so if uh, if, everything goes according to plan, I'd like to do it, yes," said Taylor.

In case you were wondering, there's no catch, but there are reasons why Taylor says he does it.

"It's just something I chose to do, for myself. It's a selfish thing I want to make me feel good, and it does. (laughs) But also, just to prove to people that there are nice people in the world and you don't always have to do things for money, you can just do it out of the kindness of your heart," said Taylor.

Taylor is hoping for some rain to grow more corn and be out again this Saturday, and for a few more weeks after that.


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