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Fresh Picked Corn

TheNoodle Aug 12, 2006 03:15 PM

Where can I buy corn that is picked daily in the Boston area?

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    paulgardner RE: TheNoodle Aug 12, 2006 03:21 PM

    Volante's Farm, Needham; Allandale Farm, Brookline.

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      galleygirl RE: paulgardner Aug 13, 2006 03:36 PM

      I just picked some great corn up at Allandale Farm, and they had a HUGE selection of heirloom tomatoes, which I refrained from, becasue my own heirlooms are ripening...:)

      They are also having a HUGE pottery sale, of all that gorgeous, huge, Vietnamese pottery they carry, 50% off yesterday and today...I got TC's birthday present...

      Their tomato festival is September 26 this year, which I have to miss...;-(

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        cvb RE: paulgardner Aug 14, 2006 07:01 PM

        I work in Needham and only really know my way around the main areas. I had never heard of Volante's and went there today. Wow. Great produce. The squash and peppers were beautiful (so excited for the stir fry I'm going to make tonight). Prices were great on some items a little pricey on others, but that is to be expected.
        I stopped to look at the corn and there was a large selection of great looking corn. It was at 1:30pm so I could see the problem with stopping by later in the day.

      2. MC Slim JB RE: TheNoodle Aug 12, 2006 03:27 PM

        I got the most amazing local corn at the Brookline Farmers Market, across the street from the parking lot behind the Coolidge Corner Cinema, on Thursday, the best of the season so far, and very fresh. Had a little left for corn fritters for this morning's breakfast, mmm.

        Lots of other fine produce at that market, too; the tomatoes are starting to get very good.

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          psora RE: MC Slim JB Aug 13, 2006 05:30 AM

          DO you remember which stand it was at? I really like that market too BTW.

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            MichaelB RE: psora Aug 13, 2006 05:15 PM

            I can't speak for MCSlim, but I've always found that the best corn at the Brookline market is from the Dick's Market Garden stand. They sell sugar-enhanced varieties, which taste pretty much like traditional corn but stay sweet for a day or so, as opposed to many places which sell super-sweet varieties, which don't taste much like corn to me, and which have inferior texture as well. At Brookline they are located just to the left of the Clear Flour Bakery stand. They also do a LOT of other markets -- Central Square, Copley, Newton, and Waltham to name a few. I've gotten good corn from some other stands too, but Dick's is consistently great.

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              psora RE: MichaelB Aug 14, 2006 01:22 PM

              Excellent, thanks. I'll give them a shot this Thursday. And I agree, I don't like the super sweet varieties that I've had - crunchy sugar water rather than much taste of corn.

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          mchang RE: TheNoodle Aug 12, 2006 06:13 PM

          When going to farms like Volante's, remember to get there early-ish. The corn gets really picked over by 5pm.

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            Blumie RE: TheNoodle Aug 12, 2006 10:07 PM

            Verrill Farm, just off of Route 117 in Concord. No better place for tomatoes, too.

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              newhound RE: TheNoodle Aug 13, 2006 12:21 PM

              I'll second Verrill. We've been eating their corn and tomatoes all week. The white corn is particularly sweet and they have about 25-30 varieties of their own tomatoes available.

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                BJK RE: TheNoodle Aug 13, 2006 01:07 PM

                Wilson Farms in Lexington is now selling their own corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, and all sorts of other good stuff.



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                  macca RE: BJK Aug 13, 2006 01:59 PM

                  Has some of Wilson corn a week ago. Out of this world. Unfortunately, I have had some oral surgery, and I hope I can chew before the corn season is over.
                  BTW_ Wilson's green beans are great, too- as is all of their stuff!

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                    rlh RE: macca Aug 14, 2006 02:05 AM

                    We've tried several "just picked" corn options and found Wilson's to be far and away the tastiest this season -- Whole Foods was awful, as was Busa in Lexington, and Arena Farm in Concord was just OK (as opposed to the inedible cucumbers we got there...). Wilsons is our pick for 2006!

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                  DrJimbob RE: TheNoodle Aug 14, 2006 01:10 PM

                  My two choices, when I have a choice, during corn/tomato season are Wilson Farms in Lexington (echoing several others in this thread) and a group called Kimball Fruit Farm. The latter are on the MA/NH border near Pepperell, but they have a presence at a number of farmer's markets in the Boston area, and I have counted on them for some breathtakingly ugly, utterly wonderful heirloom tomatoes (and I use them and their lovely cucumbers to make a tomato/cucumber salad/gazpacho till some time in October).

                  Here's their schedule:
                  Sun: Charles Hotel Plaza, Harvard Square; 10 am - 3 pm
                  Mon: Central Square (Bishop Allen & Norfolk); noon - 6 pm
                  Tue: Cold Spring Park (Beacon St, Newton Highlands) 1:30 - 6 pm
                  Wed: Davis Square (Day & Herbert); noon - 6 pm
                  Arlington (Mystic & Chestnut @ muni parking lot) 1 - 6:30 pm
                  Thu: Coolidge Corner (Center & Beacon parking lot) 1:30 - dusk
                  Belmont Center Muni Lot (Cross Street) 2 - 6:30 pm
                  Fri: Charles Hotel Plaza, Harvard Square; noon - 6 pm
                  Sat: Cambridgeport (Morse School, Magazine & Mem Drive) 10 am - 2 pm
                  Union Square (66-70 @ City Plaza) 9 am - 1 pm.

                  Hmm, maybe I'll hop on a bike and head out to Central Square this afternoon ...


                  1. galleygirl RE: TheNoodle Aug 15, 2006 01:56 AM

                    Speaking of which, how big is the market at Cold Spring Park? I need to hit a market tomorrow, out of lettuce!

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                      three of us RE: TheNoodle Aug 15, 2006 02:12 AM

                      McGrath's Farm in Concord has delicious, picked-daily corn. It's on Barrett Mill Rd. It's not a huge farm stand but what they have is wonderful.

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