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Jun 21, 2012 07:53 AM

Any local sweet corn yet?

I was hoping to get out and see if any local corn was in yet. I hit Maple Acres in Plymouth Meeting, the farm stand on Germantown Ave just past the Methacton High School and Pete's Produce on route 926 in Chester County.


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  1. I got corn at Maple Acres two days ago.

    1. The Fair Food Farmstand in the RTM said they had corn from someone in Lancaster Co (Can't remember who) and a co-worker said she was able to get it at a stand in NJ, so it is coming in!

      1. Pete's has Jersey corn now. I tried it & it's not as good/fresh-tasting as Pete's local corn. I did hear an employee say their corn would be a week earlier than usual this year, but I didn't hear when that would be.

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        1. re: thymeoz

          I also bought some of Pete's Jersey corn and I agree with you about it not being as good as their home-grown. They told me they'll have their own corn and tomatoes by July 4.

        2. I don't think you'll be finding any truly "local" corn in your area this early. I'm in Virginia, & even early Virginia corn won't be available until next month. In my immediate area, where "Silver Queen" is king, we won't be seeing any of that until late August/early September.

          Currently though, our supermarkets have been selling bicolor & white corn from Georgia, & it's been FABULOUS. Very sweet with a nice corn flavor.

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          1. re: Bacardi1

            Fair Food Farms at the RTm ONLY sources local food. It is certainly local.

            1. re: Bigley9

              What is their definition of local Bigley? Lanacster County? I also wonder if there are species of corn that are ready earlier rather than later.. or if its all a matter of when it was first planted.

              1. re: cwdonald

                I believe that with the exception of the Maine Sea Salt, all products are from within 100 miles.

                1. re: Bigley9

                  And sometimes even farther away than that!

                  Many markets (farmers markets included) consider products from 75 to even 200+ miles away as "local".

                  The truly "local" corn around here is only about 4' high at the moment. I'd be extremely suspect of anyone trying to sell me "Virginia" corn. "Georgia" corn? Yes. (And it's quite good, by the way.) Virginia? No. And since I'm quite a bit further south than PA, I kind of doubt PA corn is hitting the markets now as well.

                  1. re: Bacardi1

                    Fair Food Farmstand is a reputable not-for-profit organization that represents local farmers. They discontinued selling a sour cream they use sell because the STABILIZER was not local. This is not a typical farmstand.

                    1. re: Bigley9

                      Yes if Fair Food is selling it, it is local. They list the source (the actual farm or processor) of every product they sell. However I don't see any corn on their current product list:

                      1. re: barryg

                        They posted it on facebook yesterday

                    2. re: Bacardi1

                      Of course, growing seasons are not solely and entirely determined by latitude so the fact that you can't find corn in VA doesn't say anything conclusive about a market in Philadelphia. That's the beauty of micro-climates (and a reason I'd bet there is corn being harvested in VA as I type)
                      Parts of southern New Jersey are often a couple weeks ahead of parts of PA that are essentially at the same latitude. Some Southern New Jersey farms were harvesting and selling corn last week in Philadelphia. The ocean and Delaware Bay have a huge influence on the climate down there.

                      1. re: caganer

                        You may very well be right; if so I happily stand corrected. :)

                        1. re: Bacardi1

                          South Jersey is a a blessing early in the season when my desire for spring/summer food outpaces the actual season. A few years ago we had farmers from DelMarVa bringing up tomatoes even before the South Jersey farms bring them in now - that may be something to check out further south.

            2. The email from the Food Trust this week said that there is corn at Headhouse on Sundays.

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              1. re: caga tio

                I saw that... and for all of you out of town skeptics out there, the Food Trust only allows the growers/producers themselves to sell product--it really is local. And no BS crafts and trinkets either, just food.

                Of course the corn in question could very well be in short supply and expensive until the season really kicks in.