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    Corn on the cob

    I had some primo corn on the cob over the weekend. You can say a lot of disparaging remarks about Ohio but they do grow a lot of great corn here. I remember great Blue Crabs in Delaware and Maryland. Any local goodies grow in your area?
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    We grow the best blueberries and tart cherries in the world 'round here due to a combination of ideal soils and the climate provided by Lake Michigan.
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    Quote Originally posted by Tom R
    Any local goodies grow in your area?
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    Soybeans (on of nation's largest producers)
    Corn (we have lots, but we're no plaines state.
    Tomatoes (Canada's largest producer)
    Sugar Beets (nation's largest producer)
    Celery (one of nation's largest producers, well just west of here anyways.... )

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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner
    Corn (we have lots, but we're no plaines state.
    I hesitate to say it because it sounds so cliched but the best corn I ever had in my life really was from Iowa. We have a family member who grew up in Iowa and every time there's a family gathering we put her in charge of selecting and cooking the corn on the cob. Who knows corn better than someone from Iowa?
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    I just read in the news the other day that an iowa farmer has started selling sweet corn on ebay, and he's making a bundle. People from all over the world are eager to buy Iowa sweet corn. I guess I've always taken it for granted.

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    Mmmm.. corn season. The best corn I've ever had is from Southern Alberta (Taber Corn). Kicks arse.

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    The Mrs.'s uncle is a farmer in Swanton, Ohio (Sadowski's of you've heard of it, Bear). He has the absolute best sweet corn on earth! We froze a bunch of it while we were up there to bring back to Texas with us... the corn grown down here isn't fit to feed a pig!

    The in-laws got back from Swanton last night and brought us some fresh sweet corn that we had at dinner... three cobs later I was feeling quite satisfied!


    EDIT: I've been told the trick to harvesting crisp, juicy sweet corn with plump kernels is to water the hell out of it 2-3 days prior to harvesting. Freshness is definitely key to best taste.
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    Quote Originally posted by cch
    I just read in the news the other day that an iowa farmer has started selling sweet corn on ebay, and he's making a bundle. People from all over the world are eager to buy Iowa sweet corn. I guess I've always taken it for granted.
    I'm convinced that the critical thing about corn on the cob is freshness. I've known people who insist on picking their corn right off the wagon and meanwhile have the water boiling at home. Young ears also important. My favorite type is white and yellow, called different things in different places.
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    Quote Originally posted by Tom R
    I had some primo corn on the cob over the weekend. You can say a lot of disparaging remarks about Ohio but they do grow a lot of great corn here. I remember great Blue Crabs in Delaware and Maryland. Any local goodies grow in your area?
    We tried a different spin on the usual grilled corn last night:

    1) shuck corn as usual (I don't know why some leave husk on to grill)
    2) brush with fresh lime juice
    3) grill until some kernels are slightly charred
    4) brush with melted butter and fresh lime juice
    5) roll in grated parmesan cheese and ground cayenne pepper

    Mmmm.

    As for local specialities, we have oysters, shrimp, peaches, watermelon, collards, and corn (not too great). Nothing beats New England sweet corn.

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    I tried the lime juice thing last year but just lime juice, no butter no salt. Pretty darn good.

    Come on...Ohio? Everyone knows the best corn is grown in Iowa. Geeze what's with you people

    I'm trying something new this year, from the field, pick it wrap the ears in foil and straight to the freezer. Freezing screws up the texture, but it tastes just fine even months later.

    The grilling thing is supposed to be good, but I have never had it turn out quite the way I want it to.

    A couple of years ago I had some roasted by a gas powered machine the ears, husks and all were dipped in water and put on a belt and fed into an oven, two minutes later the best corn eever.
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    Growing up across from southern New Jersey, it was a summer tradition to trek across the Commodore Barry bridge and buy fresh corn (sweet yellow) and huge honkin' tomatoes from the roadside farm stands. We usually ate the tomatoes simply sliced with salt and pepper, perhaps with a leaf of fresh basil on top. To me, this corn is still the best I have ever had.

    Here in New Mexico, of course, we also have great corn (one of the oldest site sof domesticated corn is about 3 hours from Albuquerque). But the really defining crop is chile - green and red (which is really the same plant - green is fresh, red is dried on the plant). The popular thing is to roast the green chile and remove the skin so you can use it in stews and on, well, pretty much anything you can imagine.

    The stuff usually comes up from the south (the town of Hatch being most famous for it) and roadside stands emerge in the early fall with big burlap sacks and these roasting tumblers that look like they might be doing a lottery drawing. They pour a big sack in there and tumble it while the gas burners roast the chile. The smell is something to behold. Just driving by and having it drift into your window is enough to elicit a sigh of delight from our whole family (and our son won't even eat the stuff). People will typically buy at least one sack, taking it home, packing it into plastic ziplocs and freezing it for use through the winter.

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    The local farmers markets this time of year are full of the local super-sweet corn, truck loads of melons from Rocky Ford, Colorado and peaches from around Palisade on the western slope. Grape, apple and pear harvest isn't for a few more weeks. I know some folks both on the western slope and in Boulder who have commercial wine operations so Colorado fruit can be enjoyed all year long. Fresh roasted chiles will be going strong until the end of September.

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    Quote Originally posted by abrowne
    My 7 yr old laughs at this all time. I always here that now when i watch star wars.

    Also, I declare that Illinois produces the most flavorful sweet corn Let the battle ensue!

    I have grilled corn on the cob by shucking it, wraping it in foil with butter and ground balck pepper. Grill for 20 minutes or so.. Muy Bueno!
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    The best corn I've ever had is served just like this.....

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    Next weekend is my community's annual Melonfest, which isn't as much fun as you'd think.
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    Quote Originally posted by Coragus
    Next weekend is my community's annual Melonfest, which isn't as much fun as you'd think.

    Really? You mean she isn't gong to be the melonfest queen?

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    Quote Originally posted by wahday
    Growing up across from southern New Jersey, it was a summer tradition to trek across the Commodore Barry bridge and buy fresh corn (sweet yellow) and huge honkin' tomatoes from the roadside farm stands. We usually ate the tomatoes simply sliced with salt and pepper, perhaps with a leaf of fresh basil on top. To me, this corn is still the best I have ever had.

    Delightful.
    Yes, in deed Southern Jersey Sweet Corn is the best !
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    Most of the corn growers in our area sold out to the state a few years ago for a huge lake restoration project. A nearby community has continued to have their Sweet Corn Festival every year, but now they have to bring in the corn from elsewhere.

    I lived in a little west FL town for 15 years and one little grower had great sweet corn. Only available for about 2 weeks in May. They had no posted hours so I'd just drive by on my lunch hour and hope he hadn't sold out the day's allotment already.

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    Quote Originally posted by Planderella
    The best corn I've ever had is served just like this.....

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    Quote Originally posted by giff57
    The grilling thing is supposed to be good, but I have never had it turn out quite the way I want it to.

    A couple of years ago I had some roasted by a gas powered machine the ears, husks and all were dipped in water and put on a belt and fed into an oven, two minutes later the best corn eever.
    Soaking your corn with the husks on is a pretty much fool-proof way to cook your corn. I just soak'em for 10-15 minutes and toss them on the grill. I've left them on for 5 minutes or 15-20 minutes (until the husks were charred and crispy) and everytime you open them up and "Voila!" perfectly cooked corn. You can even cook them directly in some hot coals from a campfire this way. I supose the wet husks protect the corn from drying out or burning, while the steam cooks'em just right.

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    Quote Originally posted by boiker
    Also, I declare that Illinois produces the most flavorful sweet corn Let the battle ensue!
    You got that right. Cornfest in DeKalb, IL is fast approaching!

    You know Illinois is the supreme leader in Corn production when its cities name their festivals after it.

    I also just had some corn on the cob last night from the local farm. Mmm, good.
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    Quote Originally posted by Suburb Repairman
    The Mrs.'s uncle is a farmer in Swanton, Ohio (Sadowski's of you've heard of it, Bear). He has the absolute best sweet corn on earth!
    Indeed, this Bear buys all of his corn on the cob from Sadowski's. Just bought some the other day and it is.....yummy yummy yummy I gots the corn in my tummy......long gone.

    As Katie and I cruised past their market (about 20 minutes ago) we said, in unison, "We have to stop and get more this week."

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