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Mirai Sweet Corn in Ventura or Santa Barbara Area

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Ventura Jun 28, 2010 08:38 PM

Heard all sorts of good things about a triple sweet, sweet corn called Marai. Anyone found it in the Ventura or Santa Barbara area or for that matter anywhere in Southern Californa?

  1. Kitchen Queen Jun 28, 2010 10:37 PM

    I work near the Oxnard berry farms and will check for you. There's an organic vege farm at the Central (southbound exit) off the 101. I'll go there too and will report back. :)

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      Ventura Jun 29, 2010 09:31 AM

      Thanks. Not sure though this will be the type of corn that organic farmers will take to as my understanding is the organic people are not open minded to genetic engineering. Corn almost always requires some chemical spraying. My only preference is for the best produce that I can find. Mirai sweet corn is a new hybrid developed in the midwest for superior sugar and texture. It doesn't ship well so it is not available easily. Thanks again.

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        Ogawak Jun 29, 2010 10:20 AM

        Checking the websites for Mirai Corn, apparently there is NO genetic engineering involved. This is old fashioned hybrid sweet corn developed in Illinois and available in farmers markets all over Illinois. The word "mirai" is a Japanese word referring to seeing the future. It is also grown in Japan.

        If the information is correct, and the product were to be available locally, I think organic farmers and farmers markets would indeed be open to this corn.

        I can't verify the information, this is only based on the website info.

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          Ventura Jun 29, 2010 02:31 PM

          I hope this hybrid sweet corn turns up somewhere around here and maybe with it being regular hybrid it will. I read that 1/3 of the sweet corn in Japan is Mirai and that somewhat confirms it must be good as they seem to be willing to pay a premium for premium produce.

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            Ogawak Jun 29, 2010 03:15 PM

            Some enterprising local organic farmer would have to start something up. I'm with you. I hope it hapens.

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