Veggie update – Growing corn

Growing corn
While we’re talking about veggies, I wanted to let you know that we’ve started harvesting our corn. We’re growing ‘Stowell’s Sweet’ which is an heirloom variety from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. This corn has white kernels and is very sweet.

The way we know the ears are ready to be picked is because the silks that stick out of the end of the ear are brown and very dry and the upper end of the ear itself feels rounded. You can always carefully pull back a couple of the outer leaves to take a peek at the kernels but if the ear isn’t ripe yet, it’s tricky closing those leaves back over it. As you can probably guess, I know that one from personal experience.

A few years ago, we learned an easy way to cook the ears of corn in the microwave. That works well because it won’t heat up the house like a kettle of boiling water will. All you do is remove some of the outer leaves from each ear – while leaving about 2 layers of leaves covering the whole ear – and microwave on the “high” setting for two minutes per ear. So if you’re microwaving 5 ears, that would be a total of 10 minutes of cooking time.

If you accidentally get carried away and remove too many leaves from the ear, you can always wrap it with a layer of wax paper. Getting to eat fresh sweet corn is one of those summer treats that is not to be missed!