One word...Corn

August 6, 2018

 

The same love I have for tomatoes I have for corn.  And for this, I've violated several unspoken CSA rules.  For time and land space, heirloom tomatoes and corn are often not part of a CSA share.  Having said that, my passion for these items necessitates me growing them for you.

 

As you have seen all year, the quantity of a new vegetable starts off on the slow side then gets ramped up when the crop comes in full tilt.  So, how many ears are ready will dictate the amount in your share.

 

I've grown corn for many many years and I've participated in many corn tastings.  For the first time in years, last year I changed my corn type to a new variety.  I wish the name were more pleasant sounding, but the variety you'll be treated to this year is affectionately known as SS3778R.  This is a “SuperSeedWare®” type of sh2 put out by Johnny's seeds. What this means for you is that it's a beautiful looking extra sweet corn that still has a corn taste.  On the younger side, these sh2 varieties have an incredible texture and as they get older they get sweeter, but lose their bite.  The sugars don't convert as quickly to starch in this variety, so you could wait a couple of days before eating the corn.

 

 When cooking this variety, I strongly recommend that you simply put the corn in a 1/2 inch of boiling water.  Steam the corn for 6 or 7 minutes and immediately drain the water and don't eat the ear until sufficiently cooled.  I would strongly recommend that you eat this ear of corn as is, since it won't need anything else.  If you need a little salt, go for it, but if you use butter or hot sauce (yes that's a thing) please don't tell me.

 

You'll also be receiving a head of garlic.  This should continue until the end of the year.  You'll see a substantial boost in cherry tomatoes, hybrid and heirloom tomatoes. Added to this list will include pickling and regular cucumbers, summer squash, zucchini, Swiss chard, kale, peppers, eggplant and basil.  

 

I'll be ready to to distribute the shares from 3:00 to 6:30.  See you then.

 

Mark

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