Yes it is. George and Ruth Ahrens founded Twin Gardens in Harvard, IL in 1954. The farm is currently managed by 3rd and 4th generation family members and the focus remain, as it was on day 1, on QUALITY!
During corn season, which begins approximately July 20, check the Countdown To Corn timer on the Home page. During corn season, here in Harvard we are open seven days a week, including Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Our farm stand is located at:
Twin Garden Farms Roadside Market 23017 W IL Rt 173 Harvard, IL 60033 (815) 943-7448
(Located 1.5 miles west of the intersection of IL Rt 14 and IL Rt 173W in Harvard.) See Google Maps
Our Roadside Stand in Harvard is now equipped to take credit cards; we are happy to accept cash and your personal checks also.
Mirai can also be purchased at:
Remove husks and silk. Place the ears in enough boiling water to completely cover them, and boil for 2-1/2 to 3 minutes — avoid overcooking.
Remove husks and silk and rinse with water. Lightly wrap or cover ears with damp paper towels or napkins, and cook at full power for 2 minutes per ear. To ensure that the corn is evenly cooked, turn it once halfway through the cooking cycle.
Grilling (it’s delicious!)
For grilling, keep the husks on the ears of corn, but remove exposed silk and any long “flag leaves” that may be attached to the ears. Soak the ears in cold water for one hour — this allows the corn to steam on the grill for excellent flavor. After soaking, place the ears on a hot grill (don’t stack them). While cooking, rotate the ears 1/4 turn often, until husks are blackened and kernels have turned darker yellow.
Remove husk and silk. Blanch corn by placing ears in boiling water for 2 minutes. Remove the corn from the pot, cut kernels from cob. Package the corn immediately in freezer bags, and place in freezer.
Mirai® will last 7 to 10 days in the refrigerator with the husks left on.
Absolutely — it’s delicious!
Our current hybrid, TGI Mirai®, was developed at Twin Gardens with sweet corn breeder Dr. J. David Mackenzie, and is in our opinion, the finest quality hybrid of sweet corn available in the world.
Yes it is!
Yes, by communicating with our farmer’s marketer, or with our farm office. See our Contact page for our contact information.
Absolutely not! TGI Mirai® Sweet corn is a hybrid. A hybrid which is also called a cross breed, is the result of the mixing of genes through natural selection.
Yes we do.
We can’t guarantee that both yellow and bicolor sweet corn will be available every day. One day we may have yellow, another day we may have bicolor, and some days we have both. Most customers love both, but you may gladly call ahead to check.
Our corn is sold six ears in a green mesh bag with Twin Gardens Inc. label.
Yes we do. Dacy Airport is approximately 1.5 miles from Twin Garden Farms.
Sure, call us, we’re happy to help. (815)-943-7448
On average 71 days depending on weather and soil conditions. When silk appears on the ear, it will be approximately 21-24 days until maturity which is key to the maximum sweetness.
Isolate TGI Mirai® from other corn varieties to prevent cross-pollination which can change the sweetness and quality of the harvested ears.
Corn seed, available at our Online Store, can be planted following instructions on our Grow Your Own Mirai Sweet Corn page.
Plant TGI Mirai® Sweet Corn seed in a well prepared seedbed when the soil temperature is above 55 degrees and there is no danger of frost
Rows should be 30 inches apart.
On average the ear is between 7 and 8 inches long and has 16 rows of kernels.
No, this is a hybrid. But we sell packaged Mirai® seeds at our Online Store.
Our Corn season is approximately the third week of July to the third week in September.
Yes! Twin Gardens Inc. takes pride in bringing you the best quality sweet corn available.
100% Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed!
Yes, you can buy in quantities of 1/2 dozen (6 ears per package).
We sell a large variety of fresh vegetables grown, in our garden here in Harvard. We also sell, when in season, watermelons, cantaloupes, tomatoes, and much more.
No, our projected harvest is around July 20.
TGI Mirai® is an American product, developed in Harvard, IL in the 1990s.