For more than 30 years, Pete has been growing some of the best sweet corn around. In 1988, he planted a variety called Silver Queen on one-eighth of an acre, and he sold the harvest from the back of his pickup truck. He has since upgraded from the truck, now growing over 10 varieties of sweet corn on 50 acres each season. Pete estimates that he has grown roughly one million ears of corn since he started, and it just keeps getting sweeter!
Pete began dairy farming on the Jones’s farm, now the current site of Bayard Rustin High School, in 1986. Deciding to concentrate solely on growing produce, he sold his cows in 1992 and opened his first stand. In 2000, Pete moved his operation to Westtown School. Built on 170 acres of the school’s land, the large farm stands on the north side of Street Road/Route 926 and grows some of the finest produce in the area. In addition to sweet corn, Pete also grows other fresh produce including over 20 varieties of tomatoes, as well as strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Many other fresh vegetables are also grown on the farm and can be found in store seasonally–a wide selection of eggplants, summer squashes, peppers, onions, garlic, and beans to name a few. Chefs and foodies come from all over the tri-state area to purchase our renowned produce, which is harvested daily to ensure optimal freshness and flavor.
Pete, who is an active (and longest-standing!) member of the Chester County Food Bank, designates over 5 acres of land to grow for the less fortunate members of our community. In 2017, that 5 acres yielded approximately 150,000 lbs of produce for the Chester County Food Bank. Working hand in hand with local volunteers and other farmers, it is Pete’s view that no one should go hungry.
“It’s frustrating to live amidst all of this wealth and see people hungry. Hunger shouldn’t happen here with this soil. We have enough resources to make this problem go away.” – Pete Flynn