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North Fork Sweet Corn

Motosport Jul 3, 2013 09:58 AM

It is here!!!!!!!!!!! Just in time for July 4th!!!

  1. EM23 Jul 7, 2013 12:18 PM

    Thanks for posting this, Moto! Isn't it earlier than usual?
    I will have to try Rottkamp's on my next trip out since both you and Coll seem to favor it. I usually get corn at Scott's and sometimes from the Schmitt's farmstand on Sound Ave.

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    1. re: EM23
      coll Jul 7, 2013 04:41 PM

      Fourth of July is the day corn appears, come hell or high water.

      1. re: coll
        Motosport Jul 8, 2013 04:09 AM

        Yup, corn on July 4th. Had more yesterday. Even better!! I hear that Rottkamp's also supplies several roadside farm stands.

        1. re: Motosport
          coll Jul 8, 2013 07:14 AM

          They wholesale out back on Tuesdays, when the stand is closed. I've picked up a few sacks for friends myself.

    2. roxlet Jul 3, 2013 01:06 PM

      We always liked the Silver Queen from Wickhams. Never cared much for that Super Sweet genetically modified corn from Harbes. Where do you get your corn from?

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      1. re: roxlet
        Motosport Jul 3, 2013 01:11 PM

        Rottkamp's Fox Hollow Farm in Baiting Hollow. Very nice family operation but they are very "stoic."
        It's a personal challenge to get them to smile. I usually succeed when I ask them: "This corn any good? Better than Harbe's?"

        1. re: Motosport
          coll Jul 3, 2013 03:24 PM

          Ask them about their dogs, that should do it. Especially the tiny collie.

          Very excited, thought it'd be late this year. I'll have to work it into my menu.

          1. re: Motosport
            Motosport Jul 5, 2013 07:35 AM

            Got 4 ears of very sweet and tasty corn for our little BBQ yesterday.
            I did get Mrs. R to laugh when I asked: "Where do you get this corn? Harbes' or Schmitt's?"

            1. re: Motosport
              coll Jul 5, 2013 08:08 AM

              She must be warming up to you finally, congratulations! I think she's the one that told me about a tourist asking where the pumpkin trees were one fall, she doesn't seem to like silly questions usually ;-)

          2. re: roxlet
            EricMM Jul 4, 2013 08:57 AM

            While I like Wickham's siver corn, mostly my family prefers the bicolor from Scott's, just up Main Rd, across from Braun's. I hate Harbes...don't like those gigantic sugary kernels.

            1. re: EricMM
              coll Jul 4, 2013 10:17 AM

              I have always voted for Rottkamps, hard to beat. But I prefer bi-color.

              But I have to add, last summer I bought a bag of charcoal and headed out to Orient State Park with some burgers and such. A very last minute decision, I stopped at Terry Farm just before the park and picked up a dozen ears to throw on the grill. They were impeccable, even with no butter or seasonings!

              1. re: coll
                erica Jul 4, 2013 01:07 PM

                Any sightings of good local tomatoes? Hopefully on the far eastern end of NF??

                Funny about Terry's..every time I pass there, they area closed!
                Is this a full-fledged farm stand? (I usually shop at Latham's in Orient, as well as Sep's in East Marion)

                1. re: erica
                  coll Jul 4, 2013 01:34 PM

                  Tomatoes don't usually show up until August, unfortunately. If earlier, they are from the Carolinas and whatnot (not saying that's all bad).

                  I could be wrong, maybe it was Lathams we stopped at, it was a real spur of the moment thing. On the right side heading out. Definitely not Seps. But man, was the corn good.

                  1. re: coll
                    erica Jul 5, 2013 04:29 AM

                    Maybe Latham's then....yellow-painted stand, just after the road sign for Orient, on the right side of the road.

                    Article in Suffolk Times about the corn coming in this week...interesting about the different harvest dates depending on the east-west location of the farms..earlier in Riverhead than Orient, for example..


                    1. re: erica
                      coll Jul 5, 2013 05:27 AM

                      The weather doesn't seem that much different to me, compared to upisland, but I guess it could be true. I saw the Rottkamps planting their seeds just about in the snow this year; I figured the places closer to the bulk of the tourists just planted a week or two earlier. But I know they all aim for the Fourth, no matter what, the one year it wasn't ready there was quite the uproar!

                      I do know for a fact that the South Fork is usually a week ahead of us on everything. Think I'll wait though. Actually I am going to visit the downtown Riverhead farmers market for the first time this week, and see what there is to see. If there are any tomatoes I will let you know. There is one in my garden that is ready to be picked right now, so it's possible.

                      We're going out to Orient Park for another BBQ this week so I will make note of the farm stand this time, so I can spread the word.

              2. re: EricMM
                EricMM Jul 7, 2013 08:34 AM

                Got corn from Scott's yesterday, While obviously picked a bit early, and not as sweet as it could be, it was still the best corn I've had since September.

                1. re: EricMM
                  coll Jul 7, 2013 09:43 AM

                  I always buy a couple of dozen ears in September, cut the kernals off and freeze. It sort of helps me get through the winter, at least to some extent!

                  1. re: EricMM
                    EricMM Jul 8, 2013 07:31 AM

                    Got it again on Sunday. Amazing the difference 1 day makes...this corn was perfection.

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