The Story of Bear Paw
Bear Paw is an heirloom popcorn developed by Glenn Thomson of Vermont. He grew and distributed the variety from the 1930s to the mid-1960s when his health declined.
This popular variety was served in New England homes and movie theaters and was even featured in the Vermont exhibit at the World's Fair.
Glenn's daughter, Ginny, shared stories of how her father would serve cocoa and cupcakes to the local boys hired to help harvest the corn in the fall. She would sit on her father's lap as a batch of Bear Paw corn was popping over a coal burning stove.
Corn, or maize, is thought to have been domesticated by the Olmec and Mayans and trade helped to spread the crop through much of the Americas by 2500 BCE. Corn and maize spread throughout the world after European explorers and traders brought it home with them.