Not far from our little mountain town to the west lies a vast valley where many fruits and vegetables are grown.
When we arrived in the tiny town of Olathe, Co. there was no doubt where we were as there were corn fields as far as you could see. You see Olathe is famous for their delicious corn. So naturally I ask Tom to pull over so I could take a picture of the corn stalks. I know many countries don’t eat corn, but instead feed it to their livestock, but if you have ever tasted Olathe corn...it could possibly change your mind.
Every once in awhile, right beside the corn fields you would see a field of huge beautiful sunflowers. Naturally I wanted a picture of these too. Poor Tom, but hey he has gotten use to me yelling stop!
Why the sunflowers in corn country you ask. Well, maybe you didn’t but I will tell you anyway. The corn crop leaves an excess of nitrogen in the soil and the farmers use to plant soybeans in rotation with the corn to neutralize the soil, but soybeans can be problematic, so sunflowers apparently are. the answer, and it is a crop that has many commercial uses. I certainly think they are a great choice. They were like a breath of fresh air...I finally did get back in the car and we continued our long trek west.....more on that later.