A popcorn developed by Glenn Thompson of Vermont. Glenn grew and distributed ‘Bear Paw’ throughout New England from the 1930s until the mid-1960s. This popular variety was served in New England homes and movie theaters and was featured in the Vermont exhibit at the World’s Fair. When Glenn’s health declined and he was no longer able to keep up production, ‘Bear Paw’ became hard to find. His daughter Ginny has fond memories of the popcorn. She tells how her father hired local boys to help with the harvest; when work was done for the day, the boys were often invited in for cocoa and cupcakes. Ginny and her children remember sitting on Glenn’s lap while the corn was popping over a coal burning stove.
(Zea mays) Plants 4-5' tall; attractive purple coloring on husks and stems; pearly off-white kernels; 4-5" ears are often flattened and split at the silk end, giving them the appearance of a bear’s paw.
Sow outdoors in full sun after danger of frost has passed. Plant seeds 4" apart and 1" deep in rows 36-48" apart. Seeds will germinate in 4-21 days. Thin to 8" apart. For good pollination and full ears, plant in blocks of 3-6 rows instead of one long row.