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2014 Ontario Sweet Corn

Any confirmed sightings of fresh 2014 "local" Ontario Sweet Corn yet ?

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  1. Corn Crib corn from Strathroy is available at Remark Market in London and at the Covent Garden Farmers Market (Thu and Sat) in London. 6 for $2.99.

    1. Yes.... I've seen the truck(s) from Sweet Ridge Farm parked around Scarborough. In fact, I bought some today @ Kingston Road / Markham, and will be having it shortly.

      1. I have a related qt. Hope you dont mind I stick it in here.

        Saw lots of sweet corn in a weekly Farmer's Market last week. The corn on the cob is not all yellow but mixed of yellow and " white", if you know what I mean. And also in Loblaw's flyer this week advertising Farmer's Market Sweet Corn - product of Ontario.

        I love sweet corn but have been hesitant in buying them over the past years. Are Ontario sweet corm non - GMO? What about those from outside of Ontario?

        Hope someone can enlightened me. Many Thanks!

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        1. re: yippy

          Loblaws is selling GM corn. I would not buy any sweet corn in a supermarket. You can be certain of what you're getting (i.e., non-GMO) when you buy certified organic sweet corn. Otherwise you have to know and really trust a farmer and buy directly from him/her. Ask not only if it's non-GMO, but if it's "Bt" corn (another way of describing GM corn). Or ask if the corn variety they're selling is Passion II, Obsession II and/or Temptation II. These are Monsanto's GM varieties.

          The best corn I've found in the past few years (all-yellow varieties), which happens to be certified organic, is grown by Sosnicki Organics. Sold at a few farmers' markets in Toronto, but I don't think it's ready yet. http://www.sosnickiorganics.com/

          Read this article. Quite pitiful. http://movethemarket.org/blog/2014/01...

          1. re: Tatai

            Truth is in short supply on both sides of this issue, the linked article being a good example of scare tactics and simple ignorance of crop management of non-organic non-GM corn.

        2. Sweet corn at the Thursday farmers market @ Roy Thompson Hall last week - it was fantastic grilled.

          1. I'm seeing it everywhere. I'm just curious....I didn't know farmers or distributors were able to store corn on the cob for a year like they do apples. Your question implies they do so I'm curious to learn if that is actually true that you could find 2013 cobs that look good enough to buy?

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            1. re: justsayn

              You cannot store corn on the cob for more than a few days to 1 week depending on storage conditions. I think the OP put in the year to distinguish the post from previous years posts.

              I had fresh local corn 2 weeks ago at my parents in Hamilton they got it from a farmer in SW Ontario and it was AMAZING. It was Peaches & Cream (white and yellow kernels). I used to work on a Sweet Corn farm as a kid (30 some years ago) and the best corn was actually white corn (all white small kernels, very tender and still a great corn taste). But people would not buy it because they thought it was "not ripe", thinking corn turns from white to yellow as it ripens.. which it does not...

              When selecting cobs I always go for the ones that are not fully developed right to the silk as they are younger and more tender than cobs that have big kernels right to the end.

              1. re: pourboi

                Ok thanks. That's what I thought. Emphasis on 2014 threw me off.

                1. re: pourboi

                  Thanks for the tip, pourboi! I'll be checking for that next time I'm at the Meadowvale/Sheppard pickup truck.

              2. The Hayter Group: Good corn for early; comes from a single farm in Skunk's Misery. At Hwy 79, 3277 Nauvoo Rd,
                http://thehaytergroup.com/contact-us/
                They have 6 brothers and one sister, age 6 - 13, working the stall. $2.75 for 6.

                1. Lots at the Wednesday Nathan Phillips Square farmer's market last couple of weeks.

                  1. Thanks everyone. We appear to be off to a good corn season. Picked up some in cottage country direct from a local growers farm gate. It was a Peaches and Cream variety called Navajo. Large, sweet, and very very tasty. Seems the dry, albeit cool, weather lately hasn't hurt the crop.

                    Very sadly though, Navajo corn seed from Stokes contains neonicotinoids. Sad we need to choose between corn and honey bees...

                    http://www.stokeseeds.com/product.asp...

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                    1. re: PoppiYYZ

                      You do have a choice. Don't buy the neonic-treated corn. It means paying more and seeking out certified-organic sweet corn growers, but it's doable. No honey bees, no food... And if it's killing off honey bees, what's it doing to our bodies? There's been talk that neonicotinoids might be responsible for certain neurological conditions. Autism is one condition that's been mentioned. I hate to proselytize, but this is really, really important.

                      1. re: Tatai

                        Oh I totally agree. No apologies about proselytizing needed. I also believe more people should care about what their food is treated with.

                        I searched the corn variety after buying it (and after asking in a round about way where he gets his planting seed from). I also agree that if it is in the seed, in the plant, in the pollen, it is in the corn we (and the cattle) are eating.

                        Reminds me of the tobacco industry tactics - deny, defer, and discredit is still very much active today and sadly seems to be working.

                        1. re: Tatai

                          "There's been talk that neonicotinoids might be responsible for certain neurological conditions. Autism is one condition that's been mentioned. I hate to proselytize, but this is really, really important."

                          This is wildly OT and unproven. Coincidence--if any--doesn't equal correlation. Time for some Mod intervention here or at least some restraint.

                        2. re: PoppiYYZ

                          I've been following this situation for over a year since a major Ontario apiarist who is local, and with whom I am very well acquainted, took major losses some years running. Those unfamiliar with the situation can learn more here.

                          http://www.ontariobee.com/

                          1. re: DockPotato

                            Thanks DP,

                            I've had a few beehives for seven years without one single hive loss. The past two winters ALL hives have died after large fields of feed corn were planted in the area for the first time. The dead hives when opened in early spring were packed full of honey, pollen, and thousands of dead bees. Anecdotal and unscientific I know, but quite a coincidence.

                            Surprisingly, the local Landowners / Farmers didn't have a clue when I asked whether their corn was treated with neonicotinoids.

                            It's getting harder to get a great piece of fresh local corn and some fresh local honey for my tea and toast...

                            1. re: PoppiYYZ

                              I'm sorry about your hives. There is potential here for huge impact on our food production as you well know.

                              As a sidebar, another group I'm involved with links the decline of our Monarch butterfly to the same chemical. We are spread over Central Southern Ontario and observed 0 Monarchs last season - nada in London, Kitchener, or Grey/Bruce/Huron. This was sudden and shocking.

                              After local insects would normally have gone south we began seeing butterflies flowing south along the Lake Huron shore. These were from the north where no crops are planted.

                              I'm happy to say that I have seen several this year but only singly, and certainly not like in the past.

                              1. re: DockPotato

                                That's really scary, I noticed a lot in my neighborhood this year, however I live in the city, no crops. Now that you mention it I didn't see any at the cottage however.

                          2. re: PoppiYYZ

                            At least Stokes is disclosing their use of seed additives. I use www.parkseed.com to avoid neonicotinoids in hard to find Silver Queen corn, but I have discovered an Ontario company that refuses to sell seeds with additives: http://www.damseeds.ca/productcart/pc...
                            If your corn seller pleads ignorance, tell them to check Wm Dam for next year.

                            1. re: PoppiYYZ

                              Very sad that you are misinforming readers. If you would have looked through the Stokes Seeds website you would have noticed that Navajo seed can be purchased in both treated and NON-TREATED forms. Please, do you research before babbling on the internet and misinforming consumers. It is people like yourself that make my job as a farmer (specifcally a sweet corn grower and Toronto farmers market vendor) harder than it needs to be.

                              1. re: erinwoodfarms

                                I'm glad you are a responsible farmer interested in the health of your Customers and the success of beekeepers as much as your own business.

                                I hope you have a large sign "Neonicotinoid Free" at your stall. Maybe ask a local beekeeper to get you some info sheets about neonicotinoids to hand out too (they exist). Improve your sales AND educate your Customers.

                                http://www.ontariobee.com/issues-and-...