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Hi Everybody:

Any native corn out there yet? Thanks!

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  1. 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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    1. re: StriperGuy

      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.

      1. re: StriperGuy

        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.

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        Wilson Farm
        10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

        1. re: BJK

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

          1. re: stomachofsteel

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

        2. re: StriperGuy

          My home garden is light years ahead of last years.

        3. 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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          1. re: sinned61

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

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

              1. Saw it at the Wakefield Farmers Market on Saturday

                1. 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.

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

                    1. 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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                      1. re: labonbon3

                        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.

                      2. 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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                        1. re: gimlis1mum

                          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.

                          1. re: greygarious

                            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.

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

                            1. 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!

                              1. 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.

                                1. 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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                                    1. re: cwinboston

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

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

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                                        1. re: Karl S

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

                                          1. re: Gio

                                            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.

                                            1. re: macca

                                              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.

                                              1. re: Gio

                                                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!

                                                1. re: macca

                                                  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.

                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                    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.

                                            2. re: Gio

                                              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!

                                              1. re: macca

                                                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.

                                                1. re: Gio

                                                  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!

                                                  1. re: macca

                                                    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.

                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                      As always, another great tip!

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

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                                            Wilson Farm
                                            10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

                                            1. 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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                                              1. re: three of us

                                                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).

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

                                                1. 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.

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

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                                                    1. re: Science Chick

                                                      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.

                                                      1. re: random amblings

                                                        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. 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.

                                                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                      1. 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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                                                        1. re: mvi

                                                          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. 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!