How Do You End Being a Popcorn Farmer? — Carleton Place Farmer’s Market



That’s right farming popcorn. Call me stupid– but you could have fooled me!
The telltale tassels are the giveaway; tassels on sweet corn and field corn stand upright at attention. But popcorn plants are noticeably different — they have floppier tassels.

But since that’s just a superficial variation, in order to get a deeper look at the differences between farming corn and popcorn we asked Lanark County farmers Brent Fetterly and Janice Tulloch from Diamondbrook Farm about common popcorn stories and misconceptions: like whether, for instance, on a hot day a popcorn field would just start exploding. They laughed and said no.
But after doing some research, apparently that has happened — at least sort of. In 2010 in Kentucky, a popcorn farmer’s crop burst through its kernels, which had formed at very high temperatures and then filled with water, causing the rupture.


That said, popcorn typically pops after being dried; the heated kernels retain a modicum of moisture that turns to steam, expanding corn into the pop zone.

Kernels that don’t pop? At least among in-the-know popcorn farmers, they’re called spinsters or old maids. Somewhere in the middle are parchies, the nickname for kernels that as much as triple in size without popping. Wow… Just Wow… You need to come to the Carleton Place farmer’s Market to see it for yourself.


Diamondbrook Farm is located at Prestonvale, between Ferguson’s Falls and Balderson. A part of the farm is dedicated to grain crops, but we specialize in apples, sweet corn and a variety of squash They have Apples , squash and popcorn are available at the farm .  DUE TO A LATE MAY FROST THEY WILL NOT HAVE APPLES AVAILABLE THIS YEAR. There were a few last week however at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market.

Brent Fetterly and Janice Tulloch

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1251 Prestonvale Rd Lanark

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Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

7 Beckwith St.
Carleton Place, Ontario
(613) 809-0660

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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