I am Cameron Sheldrake, the founder and creator of Off the Cob Chips.
My childhood eating homegrown vegetables and corn, inspired a love of fresh food.
I was raised on 3rd generation, Earlybird Farm, in the beautiful inlet valley of Ithaca NY.Earlybird Farm was founded in 1959 by my grandparents, Ray and Elsie Sheldrake.
Ray was a noted Horticulturist at Cornell, and helped in the development of double poly greenhouses, Cornell peatlite mix and drip irrigation. Ray’s work has changed the growing industry, helping to make greenhouses more affordable and decreasing plant losses in production, by up to 80 percent.
Almost 6 decades later,
Early Bird Farm remains a family business. My dad, George Sheldrake is known for his extensive array of flowering plants, both perennials and annuals.
Open April - July, the Earlybird Garden Center is the go to place for flowers and vegetable starts.
Open August - September, our road stand has an array of homegrown fruits and vegetables. We are known around the state for our tomatoes, melons and especially, sweet corn.
I have always felt a strong connection to my family farm, I love growing, selling, and eating our fresh produce. During my time at Babson College, a prestigious business school with a focus on entrepreneurship, I developed a snack using my homegrown family favorite; sweet corn.
I launched Off the Cob Chips in January 2013 in 28 Whole Foods in the Boston area and a few stores around Ithaca, NY.
Here is our submission video- this is what caught the attention of ABC's Shark Tank producers!
Since appearing on Shark Tank,
Off the Cob Chips can be found in over 300 locations, including 93 Wegman’s across the North East. Off the Cob Chips are now produced in a family owned and operated facility in Connecticut. Our facility is an allergen-free plant, allowing us to become Gluten-Free Certified.
We are focused on steady growth across the US. We currently have a small team of reps in our biggest cities like, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Philadelphia, Baltimore and DC. I am running the business from Ithaca, and still warehouse on my family farm. I have the help of my partner Molly and our dog team, Chili and Waylon.
I am planning to launch a new line in 2019, inspired by real farm fresh flavors. We will focus on low calorie, high flavor snacks, with absolutely nothing artificial or man-made; No preservatives, MSG, natural flavors, yeast extracts, or any ingredients you cannot find in your own pantry.As soon as we have the product finalized, you will find it here first!
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