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Sweet Delight

August 25th, 2015

Last night we harvested the first sweet corn from the garden. And I mean the first sweet corn I’ve every grown (by myself anyways, we always grew it when I was a kid).
first sweet corn 1
first sweet corn 2
It’s really surprising that it’s ready this early, it wasn’t supposed to be ripe until the end of August, next week at the earliest.
first sweet corn 3
I checked last week and it was still not ready, then we checked last night a few ears were.
first sweet corn
What a great treat indeed. ‘Fisher’s Earliest’ was the variety, I got the seed from High Mowing Seeds. This is an old fashioned variety, not a super sweet hybrid. It’s lightly sweet with a good corn flavor. in fact, it reminds me a lot of the corn I grew as a kid. Personally, I’m not a fan of the sugar enhanced newer varieties, give me a variety like this please!
first sweet corn 4
We’re certainly looking forward to having sweet corn for dinner every night this week. I didn’t plant a lot, only about 30 plants. That should do us for eating and I should get a few pints to freeze as well.

Do you grow sweet corn?

8 Comments to “Sweet Delight”
  1. Whit on August 25, 2015 at 8:09 am

    what beautiful ears you have! :). This was our first crop at our new house. We grew Tuxana from Uprising. It is very corny with a hint of sweet, like the Fishers you describe. It never seems to make its way into the house. We been eating it out in the garden. I also planted a variety from Seed Savers called Blue Jade. It wasn’t ready last week, but the flavor was still tasty. I don’t like the short stalks though; inevitably a chicken or two gets into the garden and they knock the short stalks down.

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  2. PennyAshevilleNC on August 25, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Cool! I would love to add a few stalks sometime for fun. I love the picture with the steam coming off the ears- MMMmmmm!

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  3. Lorna on August 25, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Looks amazing! I also don’t like the super-sweet modern corns; thank you for sharing the variety you grew–I like High Mowing and will look it up for next year.
    We’ve tried growing corn 2 out of the past 3 years, but the raccoons have enjoyed more than we did :) I’ve tried planting a later-maturing variety on the outside, but they know to check the inner ears. I’ve tried planting blue hubbards around the patch, but they seem to like the exfoliating effect on their feet. Unfortunately, they travel between our house and the reservoir via the culverts, so there is little chance they’ll meet an early demise. I just have to plant enough to share!

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  4. Caroline on August 25, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    I tried growing sweet corn this year. I can’t recall the variety, I received the seeds from a seed of the month club I tried. Unfortunately, the squirrels decided they would like the corn as well and stole it! I’m considering trying again next year with some fencing both around and above the corn, at least until it’s larger.

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  5. Jodiana on August 26, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Your corn looks great. I have never had luck with sweet corn. I do have great luck with popcorn. I always plant the Dakota Black seed from Baker Creek. The pop rate is near 100% and the best tasting, fluffy popcorn ever :)

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    • Susy on August 26, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      We love to grow popcorn too, I’ll have to try that variety next year.

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  6. Chris on August 28, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Beautiful corn! We don’t grow it ourselves as it requires too much water than we’re willing to share for it but do enjoy different varieties from the markets.
    Not sure if you have a microwave but I have discovered the easiest, way ever to prepare it if you’re only going to do 2-4 ears at a time. Pop an ear in for 4 minutes…cut off the blunt end and shake out the ear by the silk…it’s done to perfection with no peeling, boiling, starting a grill, etc. :)
    Just add butter, salt and pepper!

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  7. Trish on September 4, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    wow, that looks beautiful! we get so many earworms in our corn that we just don’t grow it. the big ones are easy to cut out, but we also get very tiny ones, yuck.

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