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Thinking Mitchell’s White Sweet Corn

February 7th, 2009 · 7 Comments

By Garland Pollard

Mitchell’s White cornLovin’ that Tasty Shoe Peg!

For generations, white sweet corn was a staple of the Delmarva and East Coast. And one of the great brands was Mitchell’s Whole Kernel Fancy White Sweet Corn, made by Hanover Foods of Hanover, Pennsylvania. We found a can on the shelves, but we didn’t know if it was still around.

What’s so great about Shoe Peg corn? It’s sweeter and because the kernels are all irregular, it has the feel of something more exotic. And the brand Mitchell’s is way cool; the label is still classic and they have not messed it up.

What’s the difference between white sweet and other corn? First, it’s white, and that makes it very different. We found a telling discussion on Chowhound that tells some more about it. A bit from the site:

‘Mitchell’s’, which was/is a farming family in Perryman, Harford County. The Mitchells have pretty much subdivided and sold all their farmland for industrial development, which probably accounts for the absence of the product in the supermarkets.

So we looked for it. Hanover, on its website, was founded in 1924 and remarks that it is the largest fully integrated food processor in the U.S. They make a number of different brand names. From the website we found the following brands:

  • Bickel’s
  • Superfine
  • Spring Glen Fresh Foods
  • Dutch Farms
  • Gibbs
  • Mitchell’s
  • Myers
  • Bonton Foods
  • Draper King Cole
  • Casa Maid
  • Sunny Side
  • Sunwise
  • Phillip’s
  • York Snacks
  • L.K. Bowman

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Tags: Brand History · Grocery

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Doug Dobey // Feb 7, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Clipped from our Facebook conversation:
    Funny you should mention that. We have a Mitchell’s White Shoe Peg Corn can on our kitchen sink counter. It’s currently holding a couple of vegetable brushes. And before you ask, yes, I bought it for the graphics.
    [To answer] your question[,] I remember liking it just fine, as I recall it was a fresh, crisp and tasty shoe peg corn. But then what else would you expect from a can that has the word “fancy” written right on it?

  • 2 Harold Huey // May 31, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Looking for White Shoe Peg in a number 10 can or larger: frozen or canned.

  • 3 WHM // Jul 2, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    ‘Mitchell’s’, which was/is a farming family in Perryman, Harford County…

    My Grandfather sold his farmland, which was sharecropped, as well as the cannery and labels in the 70’s. Unfortunately that was before my time as I am now trying to get back onto a hobby farm and grow some of the family legacy.

  • 4 David Eminizer // Oct 25, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I’m 56. When I was a little kid, we ALWAYS had Mitchell’s Shoe Peg corn for every big occasion…..any big holiday dinner……it was for special occasions. I loved it and still do. Also their great hominy. And I am so glad that they haven’t messed with either of them…….they are still the same as always.

  • 5 Patricia Pearce // Aug 15, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    There is miss -information here…. Mitchell’s corn in Perryman, MD. Was owned and operated by F. O. Mitchell and Bros. That stands for Fredrick O’Neill Michell. Although the cannery was shut down and the label was sold to Hannover around 1987…. Hundreds of acres are still there being farmed in Perryman by the Mitchell/Pearce family.

  • 6 Tom Rudzki // Sep 11, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Are there any locations for FRESH shoe peg corn in Maryland?
    I remember my father raving about the wonderful fresh shoe peg corn in the Aberdeen, MD area when we lived there in the 1963 to 1965 timeframe.

  • 7 Norton Howe // Sep 26, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    My great aunt, Anna Gallion Bonnett, lived at 119 Bon Air Avenue and worked for F. O. Mitchell & Sons for about 60 years. Every year we received a case of canned shoe peg corn. It made the best corn pudding I have ever tasted. My uncle would drive to Perryman every year during canning season to get several grocery bags full of fresh corn and bring them back to our family in Richmond.
    I have wonderful memories of summers in Aberdeen and going to school there in the fall of 1947, awaiting the construction of our home in Richmond when I was ten years old.

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