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Aug 8, 2008 10:23 AM

Is corn ready?

I'm heading up north for the weekend and planning to stop for some roadside corn. However I saw on the news this morning that a lot of crops were way behind/not very good.

Am I setting myself up for disappointment? Any favourite places to stop along the 400 to Parry Sound?

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  1. I had OUTSTANDING sweet corn in Campbellford last weekend. Oh god, sweet corn with butter and salt....

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    1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

      At our cottage in the Lake Simcoe area, we have been eating local corn since the end of July.
      It is sugar sweet.

    2. Cranston's farms (Hamilton area) has been picking since last week and they will go until mid september.
      37 Carluke Road
      RR#2 Ancaster

      1. We had really good corn last weekend, not great yet.
        Look for the bigger cobs a few of the small ones they gave me were not quite there.
        Peaches and Cream.

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        1. re: Mila

          Would anyone know if they're ready in the supermarkets? Every year I buy as soon as they come out and it's a disappointment. I vow to wait this year, but can't remember when corn season is?

          1. re: red dragon

            Supermarkets are hit and miss. About 3 weeks ago I had great corn from a No Frills but then this week I had AWFUL corn from Loblaws. I'm pretty sure that the Loblaws corn was from Ontario, not sure where the No Frills corn came from.

            1. re: wontonfm

              got a bag on ontario corn last week. so bloody awful.
              wish we had roadside stands in Toronto so we could support local farmers directly :(

              1. re: atomeyes

                What about the farmers' markets in TO, have you tried getting corn at any of them?

        2. They are definitely ready!
          We had some fantastic corns this weekend in Brampton on our way to the African Safari.

          1. Just had a few ears for dinner tonight. The farmer that deals with the area I'm in (Barrie/Oriilia/Muskoka) runs pretty much every stand you see on every street corner you pass...and every turn off on the highway from Barrie to Orillia.

            Corn itself was sweet as anything, I ate my ears particularily fast, however there is one critique I had. the corn was sweet but the kernels were actually small. It felt like I was scraping the cob more than taking large kernels from it. i guess thats a mark of the bad season.

            All in all, it was grand.