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london123 Jul 11, 2011 07:02 AM

Hi Everybody:

Any native corn out there yet? Thanks!

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  1. StriperGuy RE: london123 Jul 11, 2011 07:09 AM

    I would guess you are just a smidge early. Mid july for the first few ears... Though I am sure someone will post to the contrary in 5, 4, 3, 2, ...

    Got some pretty decent stuff from the supermarket last week, but certainly from further south.

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      Allstonian RE: StriperGuy Jul 11, 2011 07:36 AM

      I haven't seen any yet at the farmer's markets. Don't forget that long, cold spring we had - not to mention tornadoes & hailstorms! Crops are definitely running a bit late. Tomatoes still seem to be coming mainly from the hothouses, and I haven't seen peppers yet either.

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        BJK RE: StriperGuy Jul 11, 2011 07:45 AM

        3, 2, 1! I was surprised to find local corn from a farm in Northborough at the Bellingham Whole Foods yesterday. It was pretty tasty, and definitely better than the Florida stuff my parents brought over from Wilson Farms last weekend.

        Wilson Farm
        10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

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          stomachofsteel RE: BJK Jul 11, 2011 10:49 AM

          I bought some native corn (possibly also from Northborough, but certainly from MA) yesterday at the Whole Foods on Washington Street in Newton.

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            justbeingpolite RE: stomachofsteel Jul 15, 2011 03:59 PM

            I had 'em too, they were just ok. a little mealy, I thought.

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          trufflehound RE: StriperGuy Jul 12, 2011 05:08 PM

          My home garden is light years ahead of last years.

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          sinned61 RE: london123 Jul 11, 2011 08:35 AM

          Got some a few days ago at Russell Farms in Woburn...not sure where it was grown but said NATIVE. Very good too!

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            Weiszguy RE: sinned61 Jul 11, 2011 08:39 AM

            Good stuff at Russo's this weekend. It said "local" but I'm not sure exactly where it was from. My mantra has always been "knee high by the 4th of July," meaning we should still have a few weeks to go to get the good stuff from within Massachusetts.

          2. mjg0725 RE: london123 Jul 11, 2011 09:58 AM

            Got some from Hadley, MA @ Jones Farm last Thursday, great!

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              Velda Mae RE: london123 Jul 11, 2011 10:08 AM

              Enterprise Farm had some at the Brookline market last Thursday but the ears were tiny.

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                shaebones RE: london123 Jul 11, 2011 10:23 AM

                Saw it at the Wakefield Farmers Market on Saturday

                1. Karl S RE: london123 Jul 11, 2011 03:41 PM

                  The Pioneer Valley is MA's hotspot (they grow tobacco there....) so the first wave of corn is from there.

                  Expect this season to be 2 weeks later than last year on all fronts.

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                    treb RE: london123 Jul 11, 2011 04:18 PM

                    Some corn is trickling in from Western MA but, it's a bit starchy tasting.

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                      labonbon3 RE: london123 Jul 11, 2011 06:21 PM

                      Head down Route 106 to Bridgewater....you'll see the farm...there's a stand and a truck....just pull up...but not before August 15th. That's when the sweetest corn is ready.

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                        werahern RE: labonbon3 Jul 14, 2011 05:20 AM

                        On 104 in Bridgewater is Hanson Farm, is this the one you mean? They have corn now but the BEST corn is from August to October. This is a full working farm with tomatoes, zucchini - all the veggies - plus honey, eggs and hay. Now it even has an ice cream stand.

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                        gimlis1mum RE: london123 Jul 12, 2011 06:00 PM

                        We got corn in our Farm Direct Coop CSA share today. Not sure which farm it came from (they didn't specify in the newsletter) but it's from MA, I'm sure. Got home too late to eat it for tonight's supper, we'll try it out tomorrow.

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                          greygarious RE: gimlis1mum Jul 15, 2011 01:52 PM

                          You should always cook your corn ASAP, even if you refrigerate and reheat to eat days hence. Once picked, the sugar converts to starch until you stop that process by cooking. It's my understanding that even though today's corn varieties are sweeter than decades ago, this still holds true.

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                            mjg0725 RE: greygarious Jul 15, 2011 03:41 PM

                            I know this holds true for early corn, but the late summer corn easily stays fresh and just as sweet for a few days+ in my fridge. I find this especially true for Verril's many varieties. It seems to be bred for longevity now.

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                          random amblings RE: london123 Jul 12, 2011 06:41 PM

                          Just got an e-mail from Volante Farms in Needham that they will begin picking home-grown corn tomorrow! The variety is Temptation, a butter-and-sugar type. They are also picking their own blueberries. So the rest can't be far behind!!

                          1. Berheenia RE: london123 Jul 13, 2011 04:04 AM

                            My CSA (Marshalls Fenway) says "Western corn started just before the 4th and we will start picking our corn within days!"

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                              rshock RE: london123 Jul 13, 2011 12:15 PM

                              Got a couple of ears of native corn in our CSA share from Warner Farm last night. Cooked it up and ate it immediately. It was fantastic!

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                                9lives RE: london123 Jul 13, 2011 06:33 PM

                                I bought some very good "local" corn at Govt Ctr Farmers Mk. Forget the vendor but it was from Western MA. Bought some organic corn at Dewey Sq yesterday..good but not quite as todays.

                                BTW, for downtowners, for whom Dewey Sq and Gov Ctr are both convenient, the tomatoes at Dewey have been far better. Bought some really nice heirlooms at Dewey yesterday. Nothing close today at Gov Ctr.

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                                  cwinboston RE: london123 Jul 14, 2011 05:37 AM

                                  Allendale Farm has corn now from Western Mass. On Wednesdays they also have a Jordan Seafood truck in their lot selling fish--they had swordfish, cod, steamers, and oysters from Onset, among other items. That was new to me.

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                                    labonbon3 RE: cwinboston Jul 14, 2011 05:57 AM

                                    where is allendale farm?

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                                      galleygirl RE: labonbon3 Jul 14, 2011 06:52 AM

                                      In Brookline.....

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                                        cwinboston RE: galleygirl Jul 15, 2011 11:23 AM

                                        Here's a link to directions for Allendale: http://www.allandalefarm.com/directio...

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                                      galleygirl RE: cwinboston Jul 14, 2011 06:53 AM

                                      THAT is exciting! Sounds like great LOCAL fish....

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                                      Jenny Ondioline RE: london123 Jul 14, 2011 03:47 PM

                                      50 cents an ear from both Stillman's and Dick's at the Brookline Farmers Market this afternoon. Excellent squash at both too -- looks like it's calabacitas season!

                                      1. Karl S RE: london123 Jul 14, 2011 04:42 PM

                                        Hadley corn via Dick's Market Garden of Lunenberg at the Melrose farmer's market today.

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                                          Gio RE: Karl S Aug 5, 2011 11:08 AM

                                          Dick's corn for us for the last few weeks and yesterday. I'm loving the Melrose farmers' market...!

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                                            macca RE: Gio Aug 5, 2011 11:10 AM

                                            Will have to stop by next week. In June, I was loving their turnips. So sweet- great in place of mashed potatoes. Did not go yesterday, but would love some corn and some heirloom tomatoes.

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                                              Gio RE: macca Aug 5, 2011 11:13 AM

                                              The market is great. And, perfect hours for my husband who goes with a large list and manages to get everything we need. I'm not buying any veggies anywhere else till Oct. And the Fish. Oh My. Terrific.

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                                                macca RE: Gio Aug 5, 2011 01:48 PM

                                                Thanks for the heads up. had no idea they had fish, too. Will definitely make a trip next week. I also like that the hours have been extended to include the evenings. Saves me trips to Wilsons for a while!

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                                                  Gio RE: macca Aug 7, 2011 07:25 AM

                                                  Fish is from Globe Fish Boston. Bluefish, stripped bass, and locally caught haddock, etc. Mostly from Chatham and Gloucester so I can buy local. I'm in heaven.

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                                                    macca RE: Gio Aug 7, 2011 07:32 AM

                                                    I have only been to the produce stand- negver ventured to the other canopied areas. Glad you gave me the heads ups- I though the other areas were just advertising for businesses, did not know they had things for sale! Shame on me! Will definitely stop by this week.

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                                              macca RE: Gio Aug 11, 2011 11:15 AM

                                              Gio- thanks for the heads upon the fish! Just got back from the Farmers Market. Got some haddock, corn, plums ( so little, but so sweet), carrots ( have been buying them for a few weeks, and now I remember how good carrots can be. Also picked up some wild blueberries. They also had peaches, which the Fish Guy told me were delicious. Did not get any- i am spoiled with the peaches I buy when I vacation in the Outer Banks. Maybe I will break down and try them next week. Now that I am home, I may have to make a return trip- the green beans and onions looked great, and I did not get any. Cant wait to cook the fish tomorrow night!

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                                                Gio RE: macca Aug 11, 2011 11:41 AM

                                                Only a Chowhound could get so excited about.... such small pleasures. Glad you were able to get what you wanted. My husband, who can't get to the market till after 4:00, came home last week with almost the same items as you then went back to get some green beans and zucchini.

                                                The corn is wonderful. Today we'll get more than our usual 4 ears per week and freeze it to save for winter... We'll do this for the next few weeks while the corn is still in its prime.

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                                                  macca RE: Gio Aug 11, 2011 11:49 AM

                                                  no zucchini today, just summer squash. good idea about freezing the corn. I only bought enough for dinner tonight- corn, tomato/onion salad (tomato/onion/basil/ feta, S/P- no need for any dressing with garden tomatoes!), baked potato and juicy lucy's on the grill!

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                                                    Gio RE: macca Aug 11, 2011 06:08 PM

                                                    I hate to monopolize this side bar but for those who are interested in the Melrose farmers' market... my husband did manage to bring home 2 large zucchini today. He says that if you want something you don't see on the table just ask the fellow and whatever will be brought out from the truck. Of course if they have it. But, as the season goes on more people are turning out and more produce is being presented. Also, he says it helps if they get to know you. You know... schmooz... I'm thinking that;s good advice for any market venue.

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                                                      macca RE: Gio Aug 12, 2011 04:03 AM

                                                      As always, another great tip!

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                                            Gour875mand RE: london123 Aug 4, 2011 08:49 PM

                                            Wilson Farms in Lexington has it. It was good, not great or super but maybe it's early

                                            Wilson Farm
                                            10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

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                                              three of us RE: london123 Aug 7, 2011 09:13 AM

                                              We have been loving corn from Hutchins Organic Farm in Concord. 75 cents an ear and fully worth it. I eat it plain and it's very sweet.

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                                                mortimerpickle RE: three of us Aug 9, 2011 05:27 PM

                                                I've also been getting my corn from Hutchins. It's beautiful and sweet. We eat it raw, cooked, roasted etc. We are also shucking, cutting, and freezing kernels for use this winter. It's worth the drive if you plan to eat it within a day of buying it (before it becomes starchy and flavorless).

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                                                BJK RE: london123 Aug 9, 2011 08:13 AM

                                                If anyone is out here in the boonies with me, the corn at Arcadian Farms in Holliston is awesome! http://www.arcadianfarms.com/

                                                1. MC Slim JB RE: london123 Aug 9, 2011 08:50 AM

                                                  Been getting great local corn at Allandale Farms regularly for the past couple of weeks. Get it while you can! I try to eat local corn and tomatoes every single day in August if I can help it.


                                                  1. Science Chick RE: london123 Aug 9, 2011 08:51 AM

                                                    Anyone know if Volante Farms in Needham has decent corn yet?

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                                                      random amblings RE: Science Chick Aug 12, 2011 05:21 PM

                                                      Absolutely. They are closing down the old farm stand building (Saturday is the last day) so it may be a bit of melee this weekend, but they will be open in their greenhouse building for the rest of the season. The corn has been excellent for a few weeks now.

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                                                        Science Chick RE: random amblings Aug 14, 2011 11:46 AM

                                                        What!!? Closing it down? In lieu of a new building, I hope? Haven't been over their in a couple of months (getting veggies from my CSA). What's the story? Maybe this should be a new thread.....

                                                    2. MC Slim JB RE: london123 Aug 12, 2011 09:19 PM

                                                      It's everywhere now: I got what tasted like really fresh local corn at the South End Foodies the other day. Amazing. Love this time of year.


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                                                        mvi RE: london123 Aug 13, 2011 01:07 PM

                                                        Got lots of fresh corn and tomatoes at the farmers market in Union Square (Somerville) today. Prices ranged from .50 to .75 an ear.

                                                        All I do is eat fresh corn and tomatoes right now. This a great time of year for corn lovers.

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                                                          cambridgedoctpr RE: mvi Aug 13, 2011 01:52 PM

                                                          this is the only time of year to really enjoy fresh corn and tomatoes, but there are other seasonal foods to look forward to.

                                                        2. kobuta RE: london123 Aug 13, 2011 07:38 PM

                                                          Bought a few ears from the Freitas Farm stand at the Quincy Farmer's market, and this is some of the sweetest corn I've ever had. Delicious!

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