When Scott Alsum was growing up on his father's dairy farm, he never expected that the small patch of corn that his father planted to help generate a little extra spending money would lead to a career. After graduating from high school, Alsum attended MATC, where he studied dairy management. After 20 years of milking cows, Alsum lost his job and was unable to find work in other fields due to his strong specialization in dairy. While working odd jobs, his father became sick and asked Alsum for help around the farm, including the small plot corn.
At the time, Alsum and his wife were also putting five children through school, including a son who had developed a strong interest in agricultural business. Alsum's son, who's won numerous state and national awards for agricultural entrepreneurship and sales, began selling corn as a job during high school. With his son involved in the business, "sales skyrocketed," and Alsum found himself making a career out of the patch of corn that once paid his allowance.
Today, Alsum Sweet Corn is a large family affair operated by Alsum, his wife, and their five children. The farm is located in Randolph, Wis., and consists of 450 acres of cash crops, which are not sold at markets, 100 acres of sweet corn and 15 acres of other produce such as beans, cantaloupe, zucchini, and peppers.
Alsum Sweet Corn can be found at the