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Local sweet corn

Anybody get any local sweet corn yet? Appreciate any reviews you might have. Thanks.

created by bikerdude on Jul 23, 2016 at 05:09:08 pm     Comments: 34

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Bring it on!

posted by upso on Jul 23, 2016 at 05:40:46 pm     #  

I got some at the farmers market last Saturday that was pretty tasty. Not sure which vendor it was but she had quite a few ears already defused so you could see the quality. I thought the price was a little high, 50 cents an ear or 3/$1.

posted by jamesteroh on Jul 24, 2016 at 12:35:36 am     #  

Have seen a few farmers out in Western Lucas County with their stands set up. Much better pricing from the farmers as well.

posted by JustaSooner on Jul 24, 2016 at 01:20:33 am     #  

Keep reporting sightings, folks. Especially of roadside stands!

posted by gamegrrl on Jul 24, 2016 at 09:28:11 am     #  

Had pretty awesome corn from Ciolino's last weekend. Big kernels but as sweet and tender as small kernels.

posted by taliesin52 on Jul 24, 2016 at 11:41:32 am     #   2 people liked this

I'm amazed there is any corn anywhere based on the fields I see around me! Bench's corn is in Miller's Market out in Genoa, 12 for 5.99.

posted by nana on Jul 26, 2016 at 07:20:11 am     #   2 people liked this

For those in the northern locales, I got a dz from Smith Bros. at the corner of Strasburg and Lakeside/Samaria Rd in Erie today. 3.50 a dz and it was like eating candy!

posted by daddyg on Jul 28, 2016 at 07:25:36 pm     #   1 person liked this

I bought white corn from Miller's in Genoa that was from Bench's farm. It was fantastic!

posted by bikerdude on Jul 29, 2016 at 07:08:47 am     #  

I am picking up a few ears from Joyce's market tomorrow. report to follow.

posted by jhop on Jul 29, 2016 at 09:50:29 pm     #  

Little fruit/flower stand on south side of Angola just west of McCord has tasty corn. $4.50/dz for fresh, $1.00/dz for day-old if they have any.

posted by nana on Jul 31, 2016 at 07:09:41 pm     #  

A friend picked up some corn for me from The Andersons on Talmadge. It was tough and tasted old.

posted by gamegrrl on Aug 01, 2016 at 10:30:29 am     #  


posted by upso on Aug 01, 2016 at 10:51:50 am     #  

gamegrrl posted at 10:30:29 AM on Aug 01, 2016:

A friend picked up some corn for me from The Andersons on Talmadge. It was tough and tasted old.

Same for some we picked up Saturday at the Farmer's market from Keil Farm - which was surprising as their corn is normally very tasty. It was disappointing.

posted by Foodie on Aug 01, 2016 at 01:07:58 pm     #  

I really am amazed that there is any corn at all based on the rain we haven't had and the way the corn fields look out here to the east and south. You never see any irrigating booms around here but they are everywhere in Indiana. Do some farmers have underground irrigation or something? Are these stands/stores trucking it in from somewhere far away? We never really know who their suppliers are and just assume teh smaller guys are growing their own but how??

posted by nana on Aug 01, 2016 at 01:36:14 pm     #  

We have a farmer about a mile to the west of us that has had amazing corn so far this year. Huge ears that are really sweet, not gummy or anything. I guess we are lucky and don't have to deal with buying it from a store.

I think it just depends on where their farm is. The area along/east of I-75 are in a drought whereas those west have done much better. A lot of the corn fields in western Lucas County look pretty good overall as well.

posted by JustaSooner on Aug 01, 2016 at 09:06:50 pm     #   1 person liked this

We picked up a few ears from Joyce's market. It was really good, not the best i ever had but really good. the ears were large and it was sweet. If you go there this week make sure to get some peaches too.

posted by jhop on Aug 02, 2016 at 07:24:20 am     #   1 person liked this

Bought some Saturday at Churchill's Perrysburg store. I believe the sign above it said it was from Ryan Farm - but I'm not positive on that. It was sweet and tender.
FWIW: This may be old news to some but I read about "cooking" corn a different way: bring your water to a rolling boil, add the salt then your corn. Turn off the heat and put the lid on the pot. Let it stand for 10 to no more than 30 minutes - depending on the amount of corn and your desired tenderness. Drain and enjoy.
This method has been working great for us.

posted by Foodie on Aug 15, 2016 at 11:01:37 am     #  

Believe it or not, microwaving sweet corn is suprisingly effective.

One or two ears at 3 or four minutes, still in the husk. After, pull it out, cut through the fat end, and squeeze from the small end like a tube of toothpaste. It'll pop right out with little to no silk, hot and tender.

I do prefer it boiled or grilled, but if I want an ear for lunch or if my wife and I want just a single ear each, it is a quick method.

posted by taliesin52 on Aug 15, 2016 at 03:19:21 pm     #  

Yep, for just a couple of ears, I've tried that method too. Works well.

posted by Foodie on Aug 15, 2016 at 03:36:14 pm     #  

Foodie, I read about the method you mentioned and it really works!

We add just a little wrinkle you might want to try.

Bring the water to a boil, put the corn ears in, cover and turn off the heat.

The wrinkle is to add two tablespoons of sugar and one tablespoon of lemon juice to the water early when you turn the heat on to boil it.

I read about it on the Internet and thought I'd give it a try.

The results were amazing! Some of the sweetest corn I've ever tasted!!

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

posted by shamrock44 on Aug 19, 2016 at 07:38:10 am     #  

^^^ forgot to say that we just let the corn cook for 10 minutes with the heat off - just like you mentioned.

posted by shamrock44 on Aug 19, 2016 at 07:40:25 am     #  

Will do - thanks for the tip!

posted by Foodie on Aug 19, 2016 at 08:55:41 am     #  

Picked up some corn from Monettes on Reynolds over the weekend. Very tough. Not good. Not sure where it came from.

posted by slowsol on Aug 19, 2016 at 11:29:02 am     #  

I got some at Andersons on Weds and grilled it out last night and was really tough. Hopefully the farmers market has some good stuff tomorrow

posted by jamesteroh on Aug 19, 2016 at 12:16:22 pm     #  

Sadowski's greenhouse near Swanton on airport had some really good corn last weekend.

posted by slowsol on Aug 26, 2016 at 07:10:30 am     #  

Just finished 2 amazingly good ears from Strain's on Hill. Best I've had all season

posted by taliesin52 on Sep 10, 2016 at 06:37:49 pm     #  

Does Bench's still have corn?

posted by Anniecski on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:07:35 pm     #  

Anniecski posted at 02:07:35 PM on Sep 20, 2016:

Does Bench's still have corn?

Should. Kurt sold some of his dad's sweet corn last Saturday at the Toledo farmers market.

Bench Farms have a stand along the north side of Route 2, east of the road to Maumee Bay State Park. It's open daily, I think.

They sell sweet corn at the Perrysburg farmers market on Thursdays. In the past, they sold sweet corn into October.

The October-picked sweet corn is smaller, and some ears have a caterpillar burrowed into the very tip of the cob. No big deal. Cut the end off.

posted by jr on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:55:10 pm     #  

I usually go to Bench's for the sweet corn, but I thought this year I would look for something that is closer to me. I went to
Tom Strain & Sons on Hill Ave. The kernels looked big and possibly tough, so I only got half a dozen. Boy were they good. Not tough at all, melts in my mouth, and very sweet. They grow it themselves. Will be going back again this week. I think it was only $2 for a half dozen. Their musk melon is incredible, too.

posted by bikerdude on Aug 02, 2017 at 11:26:57 am     #  

Small produce stand on 20A (Maumee-Western) about a mile or so west of the 20A/Technology Drive/Briarfield Blvd intersection on the north side. Appears to be a father and son operation. "Father" says he was the produce buyer for Andersons. Stopped there a week ago Saturday and bought tomatoes, peaches, onions, peppers, etc. Went back this Saturday and bought more onions and picked up a dozen corn. Both were sweet as candy.

posted by Foodie on Aug 07, 2017 at 12:12:14 pm     #  

Bought two dozen bicolor ears from a roadside stand on 50 between 23 and Tecumseh MI. Yummmmmmm! There were several stands along that stretch of road, and the prices were $3 - $4 per dozen.

posted by gamegrrl on Aug 07, 2017 at 01:05:09 pm     #  

Ciolino's was selling sweet corn for $1 a bag yesterday. I asked where it came from, and they said it's grown in Petersburg, MI.

The corn has been really good this year. 🙂

posted by Anniecski on Aug 13, 2017 at 08:53:39 am     #   1 person liked this

We had some of Ciolino's sweet corn while camping last week out at Maumee Bay. It was delicious!

posted by valbee on Aug 13, 2017 at 08:12:50 pm     #  

Bench's corn is at Miller's in Genoa as well as at their greenhouse in Elmore on 105 east of 51. So good.

posted by nana on Aug 13, 2017 at 10:35:39 pm     #