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Any local sweet corn yet?

Adenn1 Jun 21, 2012 07:53 AM

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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    Jdbc RE: Adenn1 Jun 21, 2012 08:44 AM

    I got corn at Maple Acres two days ago.

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      Bigley9 RE: Adenn1 Jun 21, 2012 08:44 AM

      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!

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        thymeoz RE: Adenn1 Jun 21, 2012 08:47 AM

        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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          CindyJ RE: thymeoz Jun 21, 2012 09:00 AM

          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. Bacardi1 RE: Adenn1 Jun 21, 2012 09:27 AM

          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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            Bigley9 RE: Bacardi1 Jun 21, 2012 09:37 AM

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

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              cwdonald RE: Bigley9 Jun 21, 2012 09:42 AM

              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.

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                Bigley9 RE: cwdonald Jun 21, 2012 10:10 AM

                I believe that with the exception of the Maine Sea Salt, all products are from within 100 miles. http://www.fairfoodphilly.org/our-wor...

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                  Bacardi1 RE: Bigley9 Jun 21, 2012 10:23 AM

                  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.

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                    Bigley9 RE: Bacardi1 Jun 21, 2012 10:35 AM

                    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.

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                      barryg RE: Bigley9 Jun 21, 2012 11:36 AM

                      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: http://www.fairfoodphilly.org/2012/06...

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                        Bigley9 RE: barryg Jun 21, 2012 12:50 PM

                        They posted it on facebook yesterday

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                      caganer RE: Bacardi1 Jun 21, 2012 11:42 AM

                      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.

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                        Bacardi1 RE: caganer Jun 21, 2012 01:01 PM

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

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                          caganer RE: Bacardi1 Jun 21, 2012 02:28 PM

                          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. caga tio RE: Adenn1 Jun 21, 2012 11:29 AM

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

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                barryg RE: caga tio Jun 21, 2012 11:45 AM

                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. http://www.foodtrustmarkets.org/farme...

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

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                jujuthomas RE: Adenn1 Jun 21, 2012 12:09 PM

                Maple Acres has both white and bicolor, we've had both and it was good. Still a little small, but tasty.

                Edited to say that I totally missed JDBC's post saying the same thing.

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                  Cheesesteak RE: Adenn1 Jun 21, 2012 01:48 PM

                  I haven't hard any yet, but Maple Acres corn is usually damn good. The only better corn that I've had was some mirai corn that I picked up at the Headhouse farmer's market. It was $2 an ear and worth every penny. It's really in a class of it's own.

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                    Jdbc RE: Cheesesteak Jun 21, 2012 04:15 PM

                    The Maple Acres corn I bought was good, but not near their best, I guess because it's early.

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                    bsims76 RE: Adenn1 Jun 21, 2012 02:10 PM

                    Renninger's in Royersford is supposed to have bi color starting tomorrow, white corn next week. The signage I recall advertises everything is grown within 30 miles.

                    1. 94Bravo RE: Adenn1 Jun 21, 2012 08:48 PM

                      I'd be very skeptical of "local" corn just yet. Was in Va last week and all the way down MD and Va the corn was only 1 foot high at most.

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                        cwdonald RE: 94Bravo Jun 22, 2012 02:21 AM

                        It all depends when they planted it........ there is three foot corn up here in Bucks County.. Farmers will vary planting so they can have corn throughout the summer season.

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                          Adenn1 RE: Adenn1 Jun 22, 2012 05:17 AM

                          I will hit Maple Acres tomorrow and try some of the white and bicolor.

                          1. caga tio RE: Adenn1 Jun 22, 2012 11:55 AM

                            I bought corn from Kauffman's at the Reading Market today. He said the corn was very early, small, but sweet. And it is from Lancaster County.

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                              Chefpaulo RE: Adenn1 Jun 23, 2012 03:15 AM

                              I think our local favorite, the No Name on Smith Road, is gearing up to open shortly. Trucks have been there and they are selling their preseason plants via cash box on the honor system. They had great corn last June, whatever its origin.

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                                Adenn1 RE: Chefpaulo Jun 24, 2012 06:41 AM

                                I went by the Smith Road stand Saturday morning...no corn...just a few tomatoes, zucchini and herbs. Just got back from Maple Acres and got a half-dozen of their bicolor. Will try it out tonight.

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                                  Bacardi1 RE: Adenn1 Jun 24, 2012 07:46 AM

                                  Well, even though not "local", the bicolor corn we've been getting from our Martins supermarket here in Virginia comes from Georgia, & it's been wonderful - very sweet with a good corn flavor.

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                                    Adenn1 RE: Adenn1 Jun 25, 2012 05:02 AM

                                    The bicolor from Maple Acres was good...I would give it a 6.5/10. Sweet, but not as much as I have had from the in the past. I agree with the other poster that the later summer corn will be better.

                                    My 86 year old mother howled when I told her corn was $7/dozen. I grew up in central Nebraska and each summer farmer friends of the family would pull into the driveway and unload grain sack after grain sack of sweet corn. She put it up for the winter and I spent hours sitting under the shade of a tree in the front yard husking hundreds of ears of corn.

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                                      iluvpizza RE: Adenn1 Jun 29, 2012 08:38 AM

                                      Yeah! The local corn, tomatoes and blueberries are in at the Smith Road farm stand off of Germantown Pike above Methacton H.S. There are other local fresh veggies too. Everything looks great.

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                                    FriedClamFanatic RE: Adenn1 Jun 23, 2012 02:47 PM

                                    I suppose any corn is "local" to somewhere.but what I think you are really asking is GOOD sweet corn. Not likely yet. The varieties that come this early tend not to be the sweetest or juiciest. You might actually be better off with stuff that was grown somewhere down South.atleast until after the 4th of July.

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                                      Dave_in_PA RE: Adenn1 Jun 25, 2012 06:49 AM

                                      in Bucks County, Misty Meadow farm market on Walters Road in Chalfont had corn on Friday. Kinda scrawny, and that really white variety. it was ok.

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                                        jujuthomas RE: Adenn1 Jun 25, 2012 07:06 AM

                                        we purchased 6 ears of bicolor yesterday at Maple Acres, it was terrific.

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                                          PattiCakes RE: jujuthomas Jun 25, 2012 07:52 AM

                                          Love Maple Acres. The best corn in this area, IMHO. We buy it by the bushel sack for large parties.

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                                          dondcook RE: Adenn1 Jun 25, 2012 12:56 PM

                                          When I was a kid about 50 years ago there was a saying "Knee high by the fourth of July", regarding corn stalks. Now I know this was a warm winter but did they really start early with planting this year?

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                                            jujuthomas RE: dondcook Jun 26, 2012 06:15 AM

                                            can't speak for all farmers of course... this is the second or third year that Maple Acres has had corn in June. When we asked how they got it so early they said it was a new early variety,

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                                              dondcook RE: jujuthomas Jun 29, 2012 11:27 AM

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                                            cgarner RE: Adenn1 Jun 29, 2012 01:44 PM

                                            our favorite little farm stand on the super double secret back way to the shore (look for the midget goat) had corn, tomatoes AND PEACHES!
                                            (Guess who loaded up)

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                                              Chefpaulo RE: Adenn1 Jun 30, 2012 07:14 PM

                                              Tonight, I had three ears of white from the Famous No Name on Smith Road that were excellent. Blueberries, zucchini and cucumbers were as well. Can't wait for those honeylopes.

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                                                givemecarbs RE: Chefpaulo Jul 2, 2012 11:56 AM

                                                Sounds yummy CP. Where is this place? I usually hit Frankenfiield. http://www.frankenfieldfarmmarket.com/

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                                                  Chefpaulo RE: givemecarbs Jul 2, 2012 12:59 PM

                                                  Carbs, You've never been???? Let me introduce you....
                                                  From your 'hood, come over Rt. 363 to Germantown Pike. Right on Gnt. Pike, proceed about 2 miles, go past Methacton H.S.and as you start down the long hill, watch for Smith Road on the left. There is a sign there indicating local corn. Its about 100 yards up on the right.
                                                  I've been going there since moving here 21 years ago - the same year they opened. There is plenty of produce up now but there will be much more - and cultivated flowers - in a week or two. Get a honeylope - a hybrid cantaloupe and honeydew. Excellent.

                                              2. Mawrter RE: Adenn1 Jun 30, 2012 09:27 PM

                                                Jack's Farm in the Pottstown area has corn ready. They sell farm shares weekly & are a vendor at Phoenixville Farmer's Market on Saturdays. FYI, I have tasted it, but their produce is excellent overall & all organic.


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                                                  thymeoz RE: Adenn1 Jul 2, 2012 08:51 AM

                                                  Yay! Pete's Produce now has their own corn. It's super sweet white corn & is wonderful.

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                                                    CindyJ RE: thymeoz Jul 2, 2012 06:57 PM

                                                    Thanks for the heads up. I'll be sure to head on over tomorrow.

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                                                    barryg RE: Adenn1 Jul 2, 2012 01:05 PM

                                                    They were selling Maple Acres sweet corn at the Whole Foods in PLymouth Meeting yesterday.

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                                                      PattiCakes RE: barryg Jul 2, 2012 01:23 PM

                                                      Picked up some corn at Maple Acres on Saturday. The ears were small-sh, and the kernels as well, but boy was it sweet.!

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