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jujuthomas Jun 19, 2010 03:56 PM

Maple Acres on Narcissa road in Plymouth Meeting has their own home grown corn for sale. It's 2 weeks early, from what I understand. They also have their home grown green beans, zukes and yellow squash are 3/$1 and they have fresh blueberries (I think from jersey I didn't ask)

hooray it's summer!

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    givemecarbs Jul 16, 2010 11:49 PM

    Got some lovely white corn today at the Del Val store. I kind of miss the low tech store they used to have on 202, but the a/c felt good while I was shopping. Corn was yummy, and so was the cup of strawberry ice cream I got for medicinal purposes. Very refreshing, although the system to pay for the ice cream they scoop for you has changed. It's cash only and you now have to pay at the ice cream register. You used to be allowed to pay at the main register if you were using debit/credit. Seems a bit jarring for such an upscale little place, but it was worth the hassle.

    1. PattiCakes Jul 15, 2010 10:22 AM

      We had Maple Acres' corn over the 4th of July weekend. I got 2 dozen ears just as they were dumped on the table, fresh from the fields. The Silver Queen was to die for -- I barely cook it, but probably could have eaten it raw, it was that sweet. The bi-color was not as good IMHO, but still good. The peaches they had (which are not their own) were outstanding.

      BTW, we have been eating cherry tomatoes and the little grape tomatoes from our garden for over 2 weeks, but just got our 1st fully ripe big 'un yesterday. We'll eat that tonight, with some home grown basil. Yum.

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        jujuthomas Jul 15, 2010 02:13 PM

        Patti, I agree that the silver has been better than the bicolor so far this season. My DH loves the peaches they sell.
        Yay you on the tomatos! I've tried growing them and the critters eat them up. :(

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          PattiCakes Jul 16, 2010 08:33 AM

          I have a dog and a cat who seem to keep most of the critters at bay. We do need to be careful of birds, though. They love to peck little holes in the tomatos, and have a particular affinity for the cherry tomatos. Beetles are chewing my basil like crazy.

          I am waiting for MA's peppers to come in. I buy their huge poblanos by the bushel, roast them, then shrink wrap/freeze in manageable packs.

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        Chefpaulo Jun 30, 2010 04:28 PM

        I remain incredulous, but a now believer.
        I stopped by my local farmstand on Smith Road between Germantown Pike and Ridge Pike this evening to check out when they might open. The owner already had tomatoes, zukes, beets and said that corn was coming - and local at that. Apparently, the biggest snow season in memory put enough ground water into the system that some farmers betted on ideal conditions if we had a warm spring. They put young corn under plastic sheets and cut holes for the stalks to grow when they were strong enough. Lancaster County corn will be in shortly with an earlier than ever harvest of lots of stuff, so get those Mason jars ready for a very early canning season!
        CP

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          Bigley9 Jul 1, 2010 10:29 AM

          Liningoods at the Tuesday 5th and passyunk farmers market said "next week"

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            crazyspice Jul 1, 2010 03:34 PM

            This is great news!

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              Mawrter Jul 1, 2010 07:20 PM

              Very cool - and I believe it, now that I've heard the backstory. :-)

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                Jdbc Jul 2, 2010 01:09 PM

                Chefpaulo, where is Smith Road? I can't place it.

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                  Chefpaulo Jul 2, 2010 04:48 PM

                  If heading west on Germantown Pike from Norriton, go through the light at Kriebel Mill Road, past Methacton HS and make a left about 1/4 mile down the hill from the school. The farm stand is about 100 yards up on the right. They usually have a sign at the corner of Gnt, and Smith.
                  CP

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                bonappetite Jun 22, 2010 04:59 AM

                love their corn and think this is one of the best farms in the area. Unfortunately now have moral dilemma of knowing a little girl almost died because they allowed a german shepard that had attacked in the past out amongst clientele when they were not supposed to. Would still be very hard to drive by without stopping in--------luckily not my normal route anymore!

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                  jujuthomas Jun 22, 2010 05:10 AM

                  that was a very upsetting incident. However, because I do not know the entire story about how and why the dog was out, I am giving them the benefit of the doubt. I do hope that it was an accident that the dog was roaming around.

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                    bonappetite Jun 22, 2010 10:26 AM

                    yes, i too tend to try and believe it was a accident and give them the benefit of doubt hesitated even posting but can't help think of it everytime ----------------they do have the best corn for sure!

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                      jujuthomas Jun 22, 2010 10:36 AM

                      i've now got fresh corn, zukes, nj blueberries, and green beans in my fridge... I love summer! i wanted some nj tomatos when i was there saturday but they were pretty green or over ripe. couple more weeks for the local ones i guess.

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                        sommrluv Jun 22, 2010 11:05 AM

                        Wow that is early! Wish my garden was as ahead as that. I've only gotten onions, radishes, & beans. My peas are pitiful.

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                          jujuthomas Jun 22, 2010 11:11 AM

                          wish I had time for a garden... then I wouldn't be so excited about Maple Acres frequent customer card, lol!

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                    Displaced California Foodie Jul 14, 2010 05:20 PM

                    bonappetite: this incident occurred at Maples Acres? When?

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                      jujuthomas Jul 14, 2010 05:50 PM

                      It was in the fall I believe.

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                    seagulls1 Jun 21, 2010 07:16 PM

                    Thank you! thank You!
                    Went there yesterday got a dozen ears and a rack a ribs from Jimmies in Frazier. Corn was great. Ribs were the best I ve had from Jimmies and best Ive had in years!!

                    A Happy happy Fathers day!

                    1. CindyJ Jun 20, 2010 08:02 AM

                      I noticed that Pete's Produce had an ad in Friday's paper saying local corn is in. I didn't know if that meant THEIR corn or someone else's. It does seem early for local corn, though. Riding through the countryside and looking at he cornfields, it looks like it's still got a few weeks to go.

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                        Hansel Jun 20, 2010 02:14 PM

                        I'd love to hear from a farmer about this. I've seen corn from Jersey in a couple farmers' markets for a couple weeks now, and I've been a bit suspicious. But things have been early this year.

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                          jmooose Jul 3, 2010 10:23 AM

                          It's their corn. Bought some yesterday. The supersweet Mirai corn isn't in yet, but this was bi-color Espression, and was very good.

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                            FriedClamFanatic Jul 18, 2010 09:02 PM

                            BTW...............Cindy.............if you have never tried H's place on South 100............H. Haskell has some of the best corn and Tomatoes in the area! He's the guy that grows the pumpkins for the Chadds Ford annaul Pumpkin Fest! He has some "home-grown" tomatoesand corn already........and more coming! Just over the Brandywine Bridge and about 1/2 mile on the left!

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                              CindyJ Jul 19, 2010 10:31 AM

                              No... I'm not familiar with H's. I'm a little confused about the location you're describing. Which B'wine bridge is that? Lenape? Pocopson? Oh, wait... is that the place that's on 100 south of Rt. 1?

                              BTW, I was at Pete' yesterday and bought my favorite Mirai corn. I think I finally understand that old song about "(Jimmy) 'crack' corn" -- I'm definitely addicted to the stuff!

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                                givemecarbs Jul 19, 2010 02:00 PM

                                Heh Cindy. I'm kind of afraid to try the stuff. In corn season I tend to eat corn almost every day and I don't want to wreck the really yummy corn I buy daily by trying something even better. Going on my local corn run now. I love this time of year. Was just thinking about the title of this post. A comedian once said that his three favorite phrases were: breakfast is served, lunch is served and dinner is served. "Local corn is in" is a lovely sentence don't you think? :)

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                                  jujuthomas Jul 19, 2010 06:29 PM

                                  I do think! ;)
                                  i ran by maple acres to pick up my almost daily 1/2 dozen after work today. delish!

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                                    CindyJ Jul 19, 2010 08:11 PM

                                    So does our insatiable love for the fresh stuff on the cob make us CORNavores? Haha! Never mind... it's late and my brain is behaving strangely. :-)

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                                      jujuthomas Jul 20, 2010 03:20 AM

                                      That made me laugh out loud Cindy! :-D

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                                        PattiCakes Jul 20, 2010 11:05 AM

                                        I just spit out my soda all over the keyboard!

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                                          CindyJ Jul 20, 2010 04:27 PM

                                          I love it when I laugh at my own jokes!

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                                      FriedClamFanatic Jul 22, 2010 07:55 AM

                                      H is H Haskell. The farm stand is on route 100.south of Route one...as you go over the Brandywine River Bridge, it is about 1/4 mile down on your left Stone wall on the right hand side of the road. He has both bicolor and white corn now and it's pretty good!

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                                        CindyJ Jul 22, 2010 11:50 AM

                                        Thanks, FCF! I rarely travel down that way, and I'm glad you reminded me of H's place.

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                                  Hungryin theBurbs Jun 20, 2010 07:19 AM

                                  Great news! Everything is so early this year. The jersey blueberries were about 3 weeks early, and it's unbelievable that local corn is ready already. Time to hit the farmer's market!

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                                    barryg Jun 20, 2010 07:39 AM

                                    I love corn, but more exciting to me is that this also means that the good tomatoes are right around the corner!

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                                    Chefpaulo Jun 20, 2010 07:02 AM

                                    I'm incredulous! Locally-harvested corn on June 20th? I'd love to see that corn field!
                                    Where on Narcissa Road?
                                    CP

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                                      jujuthomas Jun 20, 2010 07:24 AM

                                      Right near the intersection with Hickory road. I'm not sure where their corn field is tho... they have fields all over blue bell. :) it was DELICIOUS!

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                                        Mawrter Jun 22, 2010 10:24 PM

                                        Yeah - I'll believe that when I see it, too.

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                                          jujuthomas Jun 23, 2010 03:28 AM

                                          ::shrugs:: drive over and ask. don't know what to tell you... I've no reason to disbelieve them.

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                                            Jdbc Jun 23, 2010 05:45 AM

                                            They always seem to have corn a couple weeks before everyone else, not just this year.

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                                            Bigley9 Jun 23, 2010 06:40 AM

                                            There is corn at the Fair Food Farmstand too so it is coming from somewhere local.

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                                              sommrluv Jun 23, 2010 09:24 AM

                                              I've seen lancaster county corn in local stands as early as late June.

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