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Jul 16, 2013 01:18 PM

Fresh Ontario corn

Has it arrived in Toronto -- and if so, where? Thanks!

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  1. Yep, I got some at SLM North on Saturday. The usual farmer's markets must all be carrying it, and I imagine the supermarkets will any minute too.

    1. Peaches and cream at Nathan Phillips square last week. Tiny little kernels, but oh so sweet.

      1. Most corn are GMO nowadays?!!
        Are Ontario ones different and if not, anywhere I can find organic ones?!

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        1. re: Charles Yu

          Almost 100 per cent of corn crops (and 60 to 80 per cent of soybean and canola crops BTW) use neonicotinoid pesticide. The pesticide is neurotoxic, attacking the brain’s synapses. It is also suspected of being a major contributer to bee colony loses.

          Ask your supplier if their corn is treated with neonicotinoids.

        2. You're lucky.
          Still in short supply in Ottawa. I only know of one store which has any from Quebec and it's pretty watery.
          Ah, maybe next week.

          I always found best corn was in Mississauga from the Apple Market at Queensway and Camilla Rd just east of Hurontario.

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          1. re: mexivilla

            Yup, it's still a bit early around Peel and Halton. Stuff I'm seeing in supermarkets is USA product and suspect local "farmers" market sellers are fudging it being local.

            1. re: Kagemusha

              That's a strong accusation but I drive home past a lot of corn fields and they don't seem ready. So you may be right.


              1. re: Davwud

                Definitely fresh picked local corn at Nathan Phillips Square today. Bigger ears than they were last week.

                1. re: midtowngirl

                  Maybe. Ask 'em where it's from 'cause it ain't ready yet where I buy between Mississauga and Milton.

          2. Can anyone let me know where I can get ' organic non-GMO ' local farm grown ones?!

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            1. re: Charles Yu

              Check Foodland Ontario or Google "non-GMO corn Ontario."

              Few crops are tampered with as much as corn, Charles. There are organic non-GMO seed corn sources, so someone is probably growing it. No specifics, sorry.

              1. re: Charles Yu

                I'm too lazy to do a ton of research right now, but I do know that the sweet corn market is extremely tiny compared to the corn grown for livestock feed, ethanol, and food processing. The greatest areas of profit for Monsanto are not in the sweet corn area. Yes, there is a gmo bt sweet corn, but I don't think it is grown by the majority of sweet corn farmers, who farm on a much smaller scale. If you buy at farmers markets, ask the farmers directly, but I doubt they would want to go down a road of contracting out to Monsanto. Besides, the gmo sweet corn was just introduced a couple of years ago (I don't know if it was approved yet). I can't see farmers switching over this fast.

                While searching through seed catalogues this past winter, there are plenty of sweet corn varieties being sold in Canada, mainly focusing on colour and sweetness. I did not come across any gmo sweet corn varieties. These are companies that sell seed to many sweet corn farmers. Here's a link to an article from William Dam Seeds. Not really about sweet corn, but a rebuttal to some misconceptions.


                1. re: earthygoat

                  Thank you earthygoat for your help and info! Kagemusha too!!

                2. re: Charles Yu

                  Hey CHarles, I don't know if you do twitter but @EdibleToronto asked farmers that were doing Non-GMO sweet corn to tweet them so they could promote them. A bunch of farmers have responded.

                  Someone responded to that saying it is less than 0.0001% of sweet corn that is GMO. But, I guess there is different levels of "GMO" too so it is all kind of confusing. If you follow EdibleToronto's tweet and responses from farmers it might help you find someone local.

                    1. re: ylsf

                      There is but one level of GMO: adding genes from another species, usually to increase yield and fight off weeds..
                      Adding neonicotinoids to aid germination is not GMO, and the tiny amount added to seed may be enough to kill bees, but how can it end up in an ear of corn three months later? A bit of a stretch.

                      Do the sweet corn seed companies use GMO or neonicotinoids? Ask the grower/seller. Eventually they will have to answer.

                      1. re: jayt90

                        Neonicotinoid seed treatment isn't for germination, it's to kill pests. They remain in the plant in high enough concentration to provide pest resistance and the bees gather corn pollen in late summer. You then eat the corn.

                        1. re: PoppiYYZ

                          You haven't established neonicotinoid as a treatment in sweet corn. Or that a systemic aimed at insects has any effect on humans.

                          1. re: jayt90

                            Folks, this is really off-topic on a regional board. If you'd like to continue the discussion of GMO and other changes to corn, we'd ask that you please start a discussion on General Topics. Thanks.

                            1. re: The Chowhound Team

                              i would say it's absolutely appropriate to the local board, i know i'm certainly interested in finding GMO free local corn.

                              1. re: disgusti

                                Where to buy GMO-free local corn is fine to discuss here, but debating the details of what is and isn't GMO or harmful to people is really more of a general topic.

                            2. re: jayt90


                              Part 1 :
                              Part 2 : That's the discussion.

                              PS. Dear CH Team : I am also trying to find "Fresh Ontario corn" GMO and Neonicotinoid free.

                              PPS. Sorry if we are giving Wholehogtown a headache.

                      2. re: Charles Yu

                        Charles, get some from Mike at the Waldorf Market. Yes of course there is GMO corn grown by local farmers, ask around.

                        Personally I would avoid all corn and derivatives, apart from maybe a little organic blue corn stuff, ie Tortilleria blue corn tortillas, Neal Bros. plain blue chips.

                        1. re: Chester Eleganté

                          Must have read your mind!! My wife just went this morning!!