Connoisseurs of corn from the southern Alberta town of Taber will have to wait until mid-August for their cobs because of the cool spring.

Allan Jensen of Jensen Farms said his main crop won't be ready until sometime between Aug. 15 and 18.

"The regular crop is late, really late. It's a nice crop, beautiful corn, but it's just late," he said. "When it's ready, we will go crazy. We will pick like crazy."

Sharla Dube, who operates the Cherry Pit fruit stand at the Calgary Farmers' Market, said she is a big fan of Taber corn, but customers want corn now. So she has looked west.

"I have some incredible B.C. corn coming from Chilliwack," she said.

Taber, a town about 260 kilometres southeast of Calgary, is known for hot sunny days and cool nights that corn growers say give their harvest a sweet, distinct flavour.