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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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  1. 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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    1. re: Chefpaulo

      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!

      1. re: Chefpaulo

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

        1. re: Mawrter

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

          1. re: jujuthomas

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

          2. re: Mawrter

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

            1. re: Bigley9

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

        2. 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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          1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

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

          2. 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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            1. re: CindyJ

              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.

              1. re: CindyJ

                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.

                1. re: CindyJ

                  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!

                  1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                    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!

                    1. re: CindyJ

                      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? :)

                      1. re: givemecarbs

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

                        1. re: givemecarbs

                          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. :-)

                          1. re: CindyJ

                            That made me laugh out loud Cindy! :-D

                            1. re: CindyJ

                              I just spit out my soda all over the keyboard!

                              1. re: PattiCakes

                                I love it when I laugh at my own jokes!

                          2. re: CindyJ

                            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!

                            1. re: FriedClamFanatic

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

                      2. 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. 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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                          1. re: bonappetite

                            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.

                            1. re: jujuthomas

                              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!

                              1. re: bonappetite

                                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.

                                1. re: jujuthomas

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

                                  1. re: sommrluv

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

                            2. re: bonappetite

                              bonappetite: this incident occurred at Maples Acres? When?

                              1. re: Displaced California Foodie

                                It was in the fall I believe.

                            3. 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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                              1. re: Chefpaulo

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

                                1. re: Chefpaulo

                                  This is great news!

                                  1. re: Chefpaulo

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

                                    1. re: Chefpaulo

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

                                      1. re: Jdbc

                                        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

                                    2. 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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                                      1. re: PattiCakes

                                        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. :(

                                        1. re: jujuthomas

                                          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.

                                      2. 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.