As most of the online reviews say, Hauser and Hauser Farms sweet corn is the best corn I’ve ever tasted! So fresh when in season that most of it’s still being shucked right before your eyes. Other online reviews say they’ve been loyal customers “for over 40 years”. The plump, yellow and white kernels are so good, you can eat this corn raw, right on the cob! But since this irreplaceable treat is even better when cooked, we usually throw the cobs on the barbeque, husks and all.
The corn stand is located at the farm, with heaping trailers full of sweet goodness, picked straight from the fields that morning. Select yours while you gaze out over the next set, growing to perfection. Hauser and Hauser Farms opens at 8am until they run out of that day’s pick, late June through August at 652 Montezuma Castle Highway in Camp Verde. Check their Facebook page or call (928) 567-2142 to find out if they’re open that day.
Many people travel to Camp Verde specifically to pick up corn for themselves and even extra for friends and family. At 50 cents an ear, you won’t want to miss trying it for yourself. If you bring your own reusable bag and buy a dozen ears of corn for $6, you get a free ear (also known as a baker’s dozen). Be sure to bring cash or Yavapai County checks because that’s all they currently accept at the farm, which just reinforces that authentic country feeling.
Claudia Hauser’s Helpful Hints for Easy-Peasy Corn
- Soak the corn in water with the husks on for a few minutes. Grill on the barbeque, turning a few times.
- To remove the silk, dampen a paper towel or terry cloth and brush downward on the cob. Every strand should come off.
Sixth-Generation Family Farmers
Believe it or not, Hauser and Hauser Farms’ famous sweet kernels started with only one acre of corn. The family has been farming for six generations and now farms over 600 acres in Camp Verde alone. They also grow watermelons, pumpkins, and alfalfa and wheat hay.
This family operation recently added a new pecan tree orchard, strategically placed adjacent to the Verde River, in view of the corn stand, and at the gateway of Camp Verde’s gorgeous Pecan Lane. Pecans in Camp Verde are their own story entirely, as we are home to the perfect growing conditions for full, buttery, blond, grade A pecans. Mature, lush, towering pecan trees are a sight for sore-Arizona-eyes. But let’s save that story for another day.
“Growing” Beer Saves 45 Million Gallons of Water
In partnership with the Nature Conservancy and Sinagua Malt, Hauser and Hauser Farms converted 144 acres of land used for summer corn to grow winter barley. These efforts may keep 45 million gallons of water in the Verde River every summer. Corn has a higher return on investment, but it uses more water and puts demands on the Verde River during the summer when flows are at their lowest. Barley, on the other hand, uses less water and grows in the winter when the river is at its highest capacity.
Sinagua Malt, the only operation of its kind in Arizona, processes the raw barley and sells the resulting malt to Arizona craft brewers. Located in Camp Verde, Sinagua Malt was created to provide a market solution for declining flows in rivers and streams. Their directors work pro bono to support farmers and keep rivers and streams flowing. Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. (Gilbert), Wren House Brewing Co. (Phoenix), Coppertop Alehouse (Prescott), Insurgent Brewing Co. (Chino Valley), and O.H.S.O. Brewing and Distillery (Gilbert) are using Sinagua Malt to brew.
Conservation Easement: 595 Acres Protected
Hauser and Hauser Farms partnered with the Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Arizona Game and Fish Department to preserve 595 acres of farm land located on a crucial section of the Verde River. Thanks to the Nina Mason Pulliam Trust, a land agreement will prevent future development on Park Central Farm, preserving natural wildlife and habitat while ensuring that the largest farm in Camp Verde continues to operate. Home to cranes, turtles, otters, and other wildlife, the property is filled with ponds and 230 acres of river-front forest. And now, it will be protected from development forever, which in-turn protects the ecosystem and the river, a critical water source in the desert.
All About Saving the Verde
To further reduce their water usage, Hauser and Hauser Farms worked with the Arizona Nature Conservancy and Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s Change the Course Campaign to convert a carrot field from flood irrigation to drip irrigation. Drip irrigation systems save tons of water in comparison to flood irrigation and run from $1,000 to $3,000 per acre. Farmers in the area pay for their water per acre, so this is all about saving the Verde and leading by example.
It’s a Vegetable… It’s a Grain… It’s a Super Fruit!
Corn is full of fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, certain B vitamins, and even protein and iron. Fresh corn on the cob is considered a vegetable, but the dry kernel is considered a grain. Yet it’s technically a fruit because it comes from the seed or flower of a plant. That’s why we call it super.
Corn in Ancient History
The Verde Valley was extensively farmed by the Sinagua, dating back thousands of years. Many of the irrigation ditches still used in Camp Verde were originally built by these very early residents. Corn provided nourishment for our predecessors and continues to be an important and much-anticipated crop today.
Try Hauser Corn on July 21st
On July 21st, 2018, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) at 277 Route 260 in Camp Verde will host a corn roast with live music, cornhole, and horseshoes (10am-5pm). That same day is a Craft Fair in the Community Gym (8am-4pm), a Farmer’s Market (8am-noon), and $1 off at Fort Verde State Historic Park across the street. The annual Cornfest may be taking a break in 2018, but watch for its return (and volunteer opportunities) in 2019.
As an Arizona native & Camp Verde resident, I absolutely love our little town. From the central location & desert riparian habitat to the history, attractions, & people, I’ve certainly found my home. With a dozen years of professional experience in content writing, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Human Communication & Mass Communications.