GREENFIELD, Ind. — Although the push to support and buy
local food has increased, something was missing.
Co-founders of the Husk processing facility discovered the
missing puzzle piece was preservation.
One year after freezing its first ear of Indiana sweet corn
in its Greenfield farm-to-freezer food processing facility, Husk now sells corn,
green beans and peas year-round across the Midwest.
“It’s truly been an entrepreneurial venture from the start,”
said Nick Carter, Husk co-founder.
Carter, who shared a mutual interest in locally processed
food, co-founded the company with Adam Moody, Moody’s Butcher Shop owner and
fifth-generation farmer, and Chris Baggott, software entrepreneur turned
sustainable farmer in 2010 with Tyner Pond
Carter can remember building a prototype of the plant in
April 2013, signing the lease in June and shucking the first ear of corn on July
The processing facility that is just less than 5,000 square
feet has cutting machines, freezers and specialty equipment. The facility
processes in two months the inventory for an entire year.
Husk partners with local Indiana farmers to provide the food
that is then processed in the facility.
As a way to show consumers the food is local, a code on the
back of each Husk product tells the exact farmer the product came from so that
consumers can contact the farmers if interested.
“Local food supports local economy and local jobs, it’s
sustainable and lets you know where your food comes from,” Carter said.
So what makes the products different?
Carter said the answer is simple. They boil the corn, blanch
it, directly on the cob. The corn is then bagged in those juices and frozen,
which makes a difference in flavor.
The business also is one of a kind — a regional system that
preserves local food.
Husk processing plant also is different from bigger
companies because the processing plant does it all versus, for example, having
separate facilities for corn, green beans and peas, Carter said.
The plant also has the ability to both blanch and freeze the
products in the same facility.
“We do things that are more expensive and more difficult,
but, man, it tastes good,” Carter said.
For more information about the business or a map of
locations that sell the Husk products, including independent retailers, Marsh
Supermarkets, Kroger and others, visit huskfoods.com.