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london123 Jul 2, 2013 09:04 AM

Any around yet or am I just dreaming. Probably too early. Thanks.

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    treb RE: london123 Jul 2, 2013 09:10 AM

    The only stuff I'm seeing is from GA, not even Western MA is ready yet.

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      hotoynoodle RE: treb Jul 3, 2013 06:42 AM

      the lowell farmers' market had ny state corn last week, which kind of surprised me, but yeah, local corn is always pretty late to the summer party.

    2. pinehurst RE: london123 Jul 2, 2013 09:12 AM

      Corn in Southern NH I'm seeing is about 1-2' high. Not yet.

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        Madrid RE: london123 Jul 2, 2013 09:26 AM

        from what I remember, usually around first or second week of August, same time for non greenhouse native tomatoes. Maybe corn a bit earlier, but not much. And we've had so much rain...maybe affecting timing as well.

        1. PinchOfSalt RE: london123 Jul 2, 2013 09:32 AM

          The old phrase "knee-high by the Fourth of July" is more than just a rhyme. It will be several weeks before our local corn is ready for devouring.

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            C. Hamster RE: PinchOfSalt Jul 2, 2013 05:18 PM


            And that's in Iowa. We are later even

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              steinpilz RE: C. Hamster Jul 3, 2013 05:21 AM

              And in Ohio!


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            jjbourgeois RE: london123 Jul 2, 2013 12:40 PM

            Closer to the end of JUly, beginning of August.

            1. Karl S RE: london123 Jul 2, 2013 01:01 PM

              Way early. This was a cool spring after a back-loaded winter season. Except for three days in early June, we've not had warm nights until the past week. Warm weather crops will be much later than last year, more like their historically normal timetables (that is, later than the averages of the past decade or two)

              Thus, think ... August.

              And the first "local" corn is always from the flood plain of the Pioneer Valley - old tobacco country.

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                C. Hamster RE: Karl S Jul 3, 2013 04:54 PM


                The weather has sorta wrecked my garden....

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                london123 RE: london123 Jul 2, 2013 01:08 PM

                Shucks! Pun intended.

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                  Tripeler RE: london123 Jul 3, 2013 07:14 AM

                  What a corny pun, there...

                2. srgoodman RE: london123 Jul 3, 2013 06:08 AM

                  I was at Marini Farm in Ipswich this past Sunday. Their "Corn Countdown" board said 14 days - i.e., July 14.

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                    macca RE: srgoodman Jul 3, 2013 07:43 AM

                    Wow- that seems early- I hope my farmers market has it this early!

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                      Karl S RE: macca Jul 3, 2013 12:34 PM

                      I suspect they will have their first corn from the Pioneer Valley anyway....

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                      srgoodman RE: srgoodman Jul 3, 2013 12:33 PM

                      I was back at Marini's today. 14 - 3 = ?

                    3. Small Plates RE: london123 Jul 3, 2013 06:59 AM

                      I grew up on an Eastern MA corn farm. First week of August is the early corn. Always in time for my birthday! :) But, just barely.

                      1. CapeCodGuy RE: london123 Jul 4, 2013 08:56 PM

                        I picked up some local corn in Eastham today. By local, they mean Cervilli Farm in Rochester Mass. The ears were small, but very sweet and certainly seemed fresher than anything that would have come from down south.

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                          The Chowhound Team RE: CapeCodGuy Jul 5, 2013 11:46 AM

                          Folks we had to remove some discussion on the safety of GMO corn. Unfortunately, that's off topic for a local board.

                        2. trufflehound RE: london123 Jul 5, 2013 05:22 AM

                          I rode by Davidian Farms in Northboro yesterday and their sign said our own corn and tomatoes.

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                            weg RE: london123 Jul 5, 2013 12:17 PM

                            We were in Western Mass yesterday. First corn is just arriving. We bought 4 ears from a farm in Hadley. Ears are small and sweet. Cukes are in as well.

                            1. Allstonian RE: london123 Jul 5, 2013 12:55 PM

                              Stillman's had a bin full of small ears at the Copley Square farmer's market today.

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                                kt1969 RE: london123 Jul 9, 2013 08:44 AM

                                I got an email from Volante Farms in Needham this morning that they just picked their first corn [butter and sugar "Temptation"] this morning. Seems awfully early to me but Volante generally has very good corn, so might be worth checking out.

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                                  LilBrownBat RE: london123 Jul 9, 2013 07:10 PM

                                  Getting fantastic local corn from a farm out here in WMass (Charlemont to be precise, Hicks Farm). Decent sized ears, big kernels, nice and sweet. I don't know why - it's up in the hills - but it seems better and further along than the stuff from down in the valley.

                                  Actually I do know - this farmer usually takes a gamble on an early planting on some of his land. If he gets a late frost, oh well, he's out ten bucks worth of seed. If he guesses right, he's got sweet corn before anyone else. If anyone's coming up this way to ride the ziplines, look for Hicks Farm at the bend on Route 2 by the cemetery - their corn is the best!

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                                    Gabatta RE: london123 Jul 9, 2013 07:16 PM

                                    My wife picked up some corn from E.L. Silvia Farm (Dighton) at the Harvard Science Center farmer's market today. It was pretty darn good. She didn't ask them specifics about origin, etc.

                                    1. Gio RE: london123 Jul 15, 2013 10:47 AM

                                      Connors Farm in Danvers has announced their corn is now available. We've bought it in the past and it's really very tasty corn, juicy and sweet. Tendercrop had corn on Saturday but from Hadley... we didn't get any.

                                      Also at Connors pick-your-own raspberries and blueberries is open...

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                                        Chris VR RE: Gio Jul 22, 2013 06:09 PM

                                        We picked up some from Connors for dinner tonight. It was fantastic, very sweet and juicy and crunchy. CORN TIME!

                                      2. rlh RE: london123 Jul 15, 2013 11:10 AM

                                        Boulton Farm in Grafton had excellent, just from the field ears in the stand Saturday afternoon as well - it was my first time there, but not my last!

                                        I noted local corn available at Wilson Farms later that day as well - it looked a bit older and smaller than the stuff at the farm earlier in the day.

                                        1. Chris VR RE: london123 Jul 15, 2013 11:12 AM

                                          Verrill Farm announced it was picking corn last Friday.

                                          1. srgoodman RE: london123 Jul 15, 2013 11:23 AM

                                            Marini Farms in Ipswich began selling their corn this weekend. Ears and kernels are a bit on the small side - but flavor is excellent. (i had three ears just to be sure. ;) )

                                            1. pinehurst RE: london123 Jul 15, 2013 11:34 AM

                                              Srybny farm in Haverhill, MA doesn't have their own corn (yet), but is advertising Berkshire butter and sugar corn.

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                                                gourmaniac RE: london123 Jul 15, 2013 01:56 PM

                                                We've received corn the last two weeks from Stillman's CSA. First batch was OK but not spectacular. Haven't tried second batch.

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                                                  femmevox RE: london123 Jul 15, 2013 03:43 PM

                                                  There was some local corn at the Central Square Farmer's market today around 12:30. I bought an ear and had half of it for lunch. Shining, sweet, tight bursting kernels--everything I want in fresh corn.

                                                  They didn't have a lot, though, so it looked like they might be out by mid-afternoon.

                                                  1. PinchOfSalt RE: london123 Jul 16, 2013 02:18 PM

                                                    Corn from Verrill Farm was at my veggie CSA (Waltham Fields Community Farm) today! Yum!

                                                    1. BlueMagic RE: london123 Jul 16, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                      I got some fresh picked corn at Peter's Farm in Salem NH on Saturday. We had them on Sunday. Very sweet! I also was happy to see that they still had strawberries although I doubt that will be the case this week.

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                                                        Gabatta RE: london123 Jul 22, 2013 05:56 PM

                                                        Wilson Farm is selling their own corn. The batch we bought today is the best I've had so far this season.

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                                                          bear RE: Gabatta Jul 22, 2013 06:25 PM

                                                          Made a big pot of corn chowder yesterday with Wilson's corn. Delicious. Really sweet.

                                                          The day before, we had roasted corn from Wagon Wheel Farm on the Lexington/Waltham border. It was also very sweet and tender, but my son forgot to check what farm they got it from.

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