Type “Penick’s Sweet Corn” in an internet search bar, and you’ll immediately pull up a number of news articles about the business.  

Penick’s Sweet Corn is a central Iowa staple and has been around since 1992, when Mike Penick and his wife, Tracy, started growing sweet corn as a way to earn money for their two daughters’ college funds.

To start, they planted about an acre of sweet corn on their farm in Carlisle. 

Once it was ready, they picked it and sold what ...