[Market-farming] Popcorn Sheller

Richard Robinson rrobinson at nasw.org
Mon Aug 20 16:42:04 EDT 2012


I don't know the answers to any of your questions, but you might take a look at the corn sheller information from the D lab at MIT, which has developed a very low tech (and amazingly effective) corn sheller. Their intent is to make this and other low tech inventions buildable by peasants throughout the world. I went to a workshop that included a demonstration of the hand-held models, and a bicycle-powered one that formed the basis of a one-person business: someone riding around to local farms, then putting up the kickstands and shelling the corn.

  Richard Robinson
  Hopestill Farm

On 8/20/2012 at 4:35:23 PM, andrea davis wrote:
>   I'm growing popcorn for the first time this year and it is looking
> beautiful!  I had intended to just sell it by the ear to my CSA but now I'm
> thinking it would great to sell it at farmers' market too.  I was thinking I
> could still sell it by the ear but then put it through a hand crank corn
> sheller right there at the market.  I am wondering if anyone on this list has
> done something like this before and if they have any advice or suggestions?
>   Also I have looking to purchase a hand crank corn sheller.  Most our
> priced around $270 like this one from Lehman's but then I found one at
> Pleasant Hill for $80, seems like a big price difference and of course I'm
> leaning towards the cheaper one.  Any popcorn sheller recommendations?
>  I'm also trying to figure out how to make a box to hold the sheller and an
> efficient way to operate it at the market.
> Thanks in advance to everyone on the list for your help,
> Andrea
> Quarter Acre Farm (that is truly 3/4 of an acre)
> Sonoma, CA

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