Fresh strawberries and blueberries at the Corn Crib Farm Market. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
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You’ll find fresh fruits, veggies at Corn Crib Market

The Corn Crib Farm Market in Springfield Twp. got its start as a hay wagon.

Restaurant: The Corn Crib Farm Market

Location: 4122 Springfield-Jamestown Road (St. Rt. 72), Springfield

Contact: www.corncrib.net | (937) 328-3391

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Background/Overview: Jerry and Mary Beekman are Clark County natives who own and operate the Corn Crib Farm Market in Springfield Twp.

The two met as adults, when he was hospitalized with a gallbladder ailment and she was assigned to be his attending nurse. They reminisce that when he recovered two weeks later, he asked her out on a date. He arrived for their date in his beloved 1951 Chevy truck he’d named “Evelyn.” Coincidentally, her mother’s name was Evelyn, so she was immediately impressed!

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The Corn Crib Farm Market on Springfield Jamestown Road. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
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They married in 1972, and two children followed. Not surprisingly, he chose to name their daughter Evelyn and she named their son Jerry Jr. Decades later, he retired from International Harvester and she retired as a nurse.

In the mid-1980s, the couple began selling sweet corn from a hay wagon, before expanding to vend other produce from an old corn crib building on their farm; thus, the name of their business became “The Corn Crib.”

Ultimately, they outgrew the old farm building, so they constructed the “Corn Crib Farm Market” to be in a country motif and settled on land up the same street as their farm. It specializes in an extensive list of seasonal home-grown produce and local Amish products. One of four grandchildren, Jacob, and Mary’s best friend, Dee, assist in the owners’ promise, “Everything is served with a smile, and we guarantee our products!”

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Fresh produce for sale at the Corn Crib Farm Market. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
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The Menu:

Home-grown Produce (Picked Fresh Daily)

Fruits (Seasonal): Blackberries; Black Diamond Watermelon (Seedless); Cantaloupe; Georgia Peaches; North Carolina Peaches; Plums; Strawberries.

Vegetables (Seasonal): Cucumbers; Green Beans; Green Bell Peppers (Sweet); Green Cabbage; Onions: Candy Onion (Gourmet White Sweet Onion), or Vidalia Onion (Georgia White Sweet Onion); Potatoes;

Fruit/Vegetable (Seasonal): Tomatoes: Amish Tomato, Beefsteak Tomato, Brandywine Tomato (Late Season), or Heirloom Tomato (50-year-old Seed, w/No Genetic Changes); Squash; Sweet Corn (Bi-color, Triple Sweet).

Amish Products (Locally Sourced): Honey; Jams; Maple Syrup; Pickles.

Baked Sweet Goods: Apple Dumplings — $2; Fruit Turnovers — $2; Small Fruit Pies (5-inch) — $4; Large Cookies (Dozen) — $4 to $5; Cinnamon Rolls (Seven) — $5.50; Sweet Pecan Rolls (Seven) — $6.50; Large Fruit Pies (9-inch) — $10.

Brown Cage-free Eggs (Large): $2.75 (Dozen).

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A variety of sauces, pickles and other vegetables for sale at the Corn Crib Farm Market. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
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Hours:

Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mother’s Day through Nov. 1)

More Information:

The Corn Crib Farm Market has no indoor or outdoor seating.

Telephone two days before scheduled pick-up of homemade baked goods and/or brown cage-free eggs.

Jerry Beekman’s elaborate scenic artwork is on display throughout the market. Each framed original piece is for sale from $50 and up.

Bedding plants and hanging baskets are also for sale to further beautify your home.

Look for local restaurant profiles by Glenn and Kim Creyts every other week in “Life.” For inquiries regarding this column, and “Restaurant Profile” ideas and suggestions for future columns, please contact Glenn and Kim via e-mail: glenncreyts@att.net.

The interior of the Corn Crib Farm Market. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
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