- shaogo Jul 15, 2009 06:29 PM
This board has a thread about fresh corn in the Boston area. Well, we just finished a drive around Litchfield County, and all the farms seem to be offering are Zucchini, yellow squash and a few tomatoes.
Chowhounders, I beseech you to reveal your favorite Connecticut farms for corn (Hartford county would be great, specifically).
In recent weeks, the corn at Bishop's in Guilford (exit 57 from I-95) has gradually moved up from Florida to Georgia: I don't think New England corn is in yet.
Around here (Guilford, CT) the best place to get good corn used to be Fonicello's, but they died a year or two ago. There is a nice stand on rte 146 outside of (downtown) Branford just before Lennie's, and there's another place on 146 further along toward Guilford where the corn seems to be their own, but neither has fresh local corn yet. Another couple of weeks, perhaps, given this years' strange weather. And by then Bishop's will probably have local corn too.
Sorry, no information on Hartford County.
It's been a tough year, garden- and farm-wise; but I have seen a sign that they have native corn at the veggie stand across from the lake at Mt.Tom (Litchfield County). In New Haven County, we bought some local corn at Robert Treat Farm in Milford(http://www.roberttreatfarm.com/) on Saturday, July 11 -- the person there said it was fhe first day they had it on sale, and it was delicious. So give it a week, maybe ten days, and Hartford County corn should hopefully be ready,.
two weeks ago, one vendor had corn at the Simsbury farmers' market. it seemed suspiciously early and i didn't go for it, but maybe tomorrow?
"Native corn" can be a confusing term. There are farmstands and folks in the farmer's markets selling what they call "native corn" as early as May. It certainly isn't from around here. I'm not sure what they are using it to mean - a certain variety of corn perhaps? Or maybe they're implying that it's domestic?
Also, the corn that pops up before the end of July is very different than the late summer corn. I'm not sure whether it's a different variety or different growing methods are used, but the flavor is all sweet and no corn. I don't remember there ever being local corn around in July when I was a kid. My favorite growers to buy from don't have corn until mid-August, and it tastes the way I remember corn tasting when I was a kid.
A bit off topic, but I need to rant.
The term "native", as used by retailers in reference to produce, makes me crazy. Yeah, some of the crops you are selling might be native, but plenty of them sure aren't. You could have an apple tree growing in your front yard and you could be selling those apples off a table ten feet away, but unless you are in the mountain of central asia, they are so NOT native. They are not, how you say?, indigenous.
The proper term is LOCAL. But in popular use, native seems to be taking hold. You see it in more and more signage. That's all very well in a badly hand-painted sign on a piece of old packing crate for a sale off the back of a truck, as in "NATIVE APPELS AND PUMPKINS". In that context it is to be expected and is almost charming. But it is showing up on more formal signs, manufactured signs with increasing prevalence. It has become a marketing term. It bugs. Will we be reading about nativores next? Ugh.