In 1978, there lived a man who loved sweet corn. His name was Jay, and his affection for sweet corn was so enduring that he and his wife, Marg, planted an entire acre of the stuff. Later years saw the addition of pumpkins and a corn maze, and in 2006, their son Channing bought the farm with his wife, Amy.
Since then, Channing, Amy, and their sons have expanded to transform Strom's Farm into a family-friendly autumn festival come September and October. Fall weekends see wagon rides, pumpkin-tossing contests, hay bales, and fresh-baked treats. Of course, the corn maze is still there, but today it spans a whopping 6 acres. Puppet shows and homegrown popcorn, however, aren't the only passions that guide Strom's Farm. A portion of the proceeds from every autumn festival go to local and national charities.
In a world saturated with cheap potato chips and stale snacks, Spudniks stands apart. Rather than selling crinkly bags of chips and popcorn designed to last for months—thanks to additives and preservatives—they make each without unnecessary chemicals and serve them up to customers fresh and warm. The flavours are better, too—snacks are only seasoned once they're sold, and the shop's varied seasonings come with gluten-free options in flavours such as bleu cheese and chicken wings, mexi-jalapeno, and spicy thai-chili. The finger food selection ranges far and wide, from potato chips and kettle corn to spoutine and spachos, Spudniks' takes on the traditional comfort foods.
The products are also available in sealed packages for retail sale and portable consumption, with each bag actually full of snacks—not the disappointing air pocket or novelty rubber snake that fills other bags. For off-site enjoyment, Spudniks caters events with their warm chips and popcorn.