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From Pete's Produce --The Best, Sweetest Corn I've Ever Tasted

THIS is a treat!! THIS is what summer is all about!! THIS is nature's candy!! I'm talking about the Mirai corn I bought at Pete's Produce in Westtown (Chester County). It's so tender it hardly needs cooking at all. Unbelievable. We did a side-by-side taste test here at home a few days ago -- I bought three different kinds of corn at Pete's -- one was all white, one was bi-color, and the last was all yellow. I don't remember the names of the other two, but they were all just-picked fresh. The clear winner was the all-yellow Mirai. (http://www.petesproducefarm.com/read_...

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I think Pete's Produce is a gem (and no, I'm NOT related to Pete). In addition to corn, they have a beautiful selection of heirloom and other tomatoes. Also had some super-sweet white nectarines, wonderful watermelon and a cantaloupe that was not as good as I expected. Oh, and as soon as I can figure out what to do with lima beans, I'm going to go back for some of those. I LOVE summer!

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  1. Hi CindyJ....Mirai sweet corn is great, in fact I make a one hour 10 minute trip to get it at Pete's, and from there its over to Sovana Bistro for either lunch or dinner :)
    here's a website where you can order Mirai seeds...I bought some interesting basil
    and parsley seeds from them. seeds@kitazawaseed.com

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    1. re: Marilyn

      Wow! You've sold me!
      I have been a Braxton afficionado (Wayne-Strafford area) for many years now and watched the quality go down a bit every year.
      I will take the drive to Pete's and see what's going on.
      Thanks.

      1. re: idia

        Cindy:
        Just returned from Pete's with armloads full of goodies -- including a killer looking peach pie.
        Tonight we shall do a "corn testing" with those 3 different varieties.
        Thanks for the fun tip!

        1. re: idia

          Enjoy the taste test and DO let us know how it turns out.

      2. re: Marilyn

        I'm not much of a home gardener, and what I do plant, I plant in containers, and even those have mixed results. I just don't have the patience or fortitude to deal with garden pests. The beetles have decimated my beautiful basil, so the only edible I have left is some really wonderful rosemary. But, the truth is, when fruit and vegetables are ripe, they're readily available at the produce stands and growers' markets. And although I know there's much to be said for "home grown," I'm able to put more of a variety on my table by shopping at the right places than I ever could by growing it myself.

        1. re: CindyJ

          yep..the beetles ate my basil too. I mostly grow herbs for cooking and
          tomatoes. I have 2 produce stands growing things that I ask for.
          I'm still trying to get one of them to grow the Mirai sweet corn !

          1. re: Marilyn

            Getting rid of beetles is a snap. Treat your ground in the fall and then again in the spring with Milky Spore. It's completely organic and not harmful to humans. There is also a product available on Gardens Alive called Nematodes (spelling may be off). I used both a year ago and didn't have a single bettle this year. The Milky Spore isn't cheep, but last 10 years! I highly recommend both.

          2. re: CindyJ

            Well the jury is in and the results are as follows:
            1. The white was delicious
            2. The yellow was super delicious
            3. The yellow-white was super-duper delicious.

            There wasn't a drop left!

          3. re: Marilyn

            Marai corn (I believe from Pete's) is available most weeks at the Fair Food Farmstand in the reading terminal, for those for whom center city is convenient

            1. re: Bigley9

              There is definitely Mirai corn from Pete's at the Fair Food Farmstand this week, as well as most weeks when they can get it in season. Diehard fans of it always clamor for it at the stand. Concur on all counts as to the taste--awesome. I always eat a cob raw right at the start of the season.

          4. I agree. Pete's is just around the corner from where I live and their produce is awesome. Of course, you do pay a little more, but it is certainly worth the freshness

            1. Do you like Pete's better than Wynnorr Farm? (And if so, why?) I grew up eating their corn.

              http://www.wynnorrfarm.com/

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              1. re: Mawrter

                Odd as it sounds, I don't think I've ever shopped at Wynnor Farm. I travel east on Rt. 926, and Pete's is the first produce farm I come to. I know Wynnorr is only a minute or two farther. Maybe Pete's has more of a road presence than Wynnorr.

                Let me turn the question back to you... which do YOU prefer, and why?

                1. re: CindyJ

                  Heh, same answer, but in reverse: odd as it sounds, I haven't been to Pete's! ;-)

                  Like you said, they're only like a minute apart from each other, and I live east now. They're both a bit of a hike for me. I go to Wynnorr, it's great, my kid pretends to ride the tractor, then we buckle up and get home. On the way home from Tyler, it's an easy stop. I think you're right, though - Pete's is more visible, while no one would ever stop at Wynnorr without doing it on purpose. IIRC, W isn't 100% organic, but I like that they participate in the Chester County Gleaning Program.

                  Gleaning Program FAQs: http://www.chestercountycares.org/pag...

                  Hahahaha... I'm reaidng this and noticing that so does Pete's. :-) Kewl.

                  1. re: Mawrter

                    I DID check out Wynnorr Farm today, and I have to say, it's no contest. There was hardly anything there -- some peaches, a bit of corn, tomatoes, a lot of jam and jelly, but certainly not what I was anticipating. And when I asked about their baked goods, which I didn't see there, they said they usually get them from a shop in Media, but they didn't have anything today.

                    So I bought a few peaches, and I went back to Pete's, which was bustling and bursting with produce, honey, jams and jellies and baked goods. And, the funniest thing, on my way out I noticed that their sign out front read, "Check us out on Chowhound.com -- 'Sweetest Corn Ever'."

                    1. re: CindyJ

                      Pete Flynn had never even heard of Chowhound before last Sunday, August 19th. I struck up a casual conversation with him and mentioned that we'd read an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer a few years back touting the delectable variety of this Japanese hybrid of corn called mi'rai and where to buy it.

                      Pete's Produce Farm
                      1225 East Street Rd.
                      PetesProduceFarm.com
                      West Chester, PA 19382

                      Then I told him how the fact that he carried mi'rai corn had been the subject of more than a few postings on this "foodie message board" called Chow Hound. He said he'd never heard of the site but I guess he was a quick learner -- hence the sign out front!

                      Well, we'd hoped to keep mi'rai "our little secret" but that's the beauty of Chow Hound. If you don't say it, chances are someone else will.

                      Thanks to you, Pete, if you're reading this post, for carrying great produce, good mozzarella, homemade pies and all manner of things -- including hardwood charcoal.

                      1. re: jimc

                        So I guess the publicity/PR works both ways -- it'll bring customers to Pete's and curious passers-by to ChowHound. :-)

                      2. re: CindyJ

                        that is funny !!! I'll be down around Frazer tomorrow and then on to
                        Petes. Have you tried Petes Ketchup ? bought some last week
                        haven't tried it yet.

                        1. re: Marilyn

                          I was at Pete's yesterday and saw their ketchup, yellow heirloom salsa, and red salsa, but haven't tried any of those. DO try the ketchup and let me know what you think. What a great way to use up all of those overripe tomatoes!

                          I had a bunch of people over for lobster yesterday (Shop-Rite had live lobsters for $6.99/lb) and I don't know which was the bigger hit -- the lobster or the Mirai corn. Glad we didn't have to choose.

                          1. re: CindyJ

                            The ketchup is very good, thick, with a nice flavor, they use their
                            Brandywine tomato in it. I used it Sat nite on grilled burgers and
                            after the burgers were gone I found my husband eating more ketchup with a spoon !! The other bottled item we like is their Vidallia onion/peppercorn dressing.
                            When does Pete's close for the season ? I may have to stock up on a few things for winter !!

                2. I just discovered mirai at a farmers market near me. I live in Virginia, but get a lot of produce from Toigo Orchard in Shippensburg, Pa. They are present at several farmers markets in DC and VA (I think MD too).
                  This mirai was gorgeous yellow and like you said, was a revelation. There's some great corn comming from Pa, and I'm glad I can get it down here. I'm off to a farmers market to visit Toigo tommorow morning!
                  See what I said about it here:
                  www.piealamona.blogspot.com
                  (scroll down to the Dupont market)

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                  1. re: monavano

                    I'm from northern Chester County and stopped at Pete's last Friday since it was recommended on this site. Wow! Prices are much higher than I would have thought. He did have an excellent assortment of veggetables. White peaches are excellent.

                    1. re: katesprings

                      While Pete's prices are generally higher than supermarket prices, I think that's the premium you pay for freshness and variety. Also, I was at Wegman's on Saturday, and their heirloom tomatoes were more expensive than Pete's.

                      I bought some of Pete's white peaches, too. YUM!

                      1. re: katesprings

                        The farmers will sell Mirai corn at at a premium. But, you know, it's worth it. I buy grocery store corn too when it's on sale. I generally with take the kernals off and freeze them. Nothing is worse than the plastic wrapped frozen corn on the cob I get occasionally in the winter when I'm desperate!
                        Fortunately, yesterday my neighbor brought me 8 ears of just out of the field Lancaster County corn. I'm hooked up for the week.

                        www.piealamona.blogspot.com

                    2. The Mirai Corn from Petes is absolutely the best. Just a tip for anyone who lives closer to Skippack... Willow Creek Orchard has recently started selling Petes Mirai at their farm stand and it was AMAZING! They are a wonderful couple who started this farm and have grown their farmstand from a little folding table and tent at the Skippack Farmers Market, to a Big Top Tent on their farm, to this beautiful brand new "barn" farmers market where they sell all their own items as well as great local fruits and vegetables from nearby farms along with baked goods, dairy products and local farm raised meat. FYI - its the perfect place to go for Pumpkins and such in the fall.

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                      1. re: foodsnob19002

                        I adore Willow Creek for pick-your-own. They're the only truly organic orchard in the area AFAIK. I haven't been since the barn was being built, though. Well, next summer.

                      2. Peter Gilmore of Gilmore's Restaurant is regularly out at Pete's shopping for produce. Is there any better reference?