Do you have any sweet corn?

So if you’ve ever sold vegetables at a farmer’s market, you know that one of the first questions that gets asked in May is “When is the sweet corn going to be ready?”  This is not a bad questions – just a little uninformed.  And if you don’t ask, you may never learn.  So, this is what our sweet corn looks like today, June 11:

In most years, we are aiming to have our first sweet corn harvest sometime in the middle of July.  If you look at the photo, you can see that we are growing on bare ground with drip irrigation.

To get an earlier harvest and speed the plant growth, it is more ideal to grow on black plastic.  But remember, this year is not “most years.”  We have had many unseasonably warm days this spring and as a result have moved many of our planting dates up AND shortened the growing days for many crops.  This year, we hope to harvest sweet corn by the 4th of July!!

We plant a couple varieties of sweet corn whose estimated maturity time ranges from 74-84 days.  Different varieties of sweet corn need to be isolated from each other to avoid cross pollination.  This can be done in a couple of ways; one is to plant the different varieties at least 14 days apart because then they will not be tasseling (pollination occurs when the corn is tasseling) at the same time which is when the pollination occurs. Another option is to plant the sweet corn in different physical locations.

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2 thoughts on “Do you have any sweet corn?

  1. WHAT A VERY NICE ASSORTMENT OF VEGETABLES FOR THE FIRST BAG. IT LOOKED SO GOOD I CAME HOME & SAMPLED EVERYTHING. THE SPINACH DIP WAS THE GREATEST BUT I LIGHTENED IT WITH LO FAT CREAM CHEESE & SOUR CREAM & IT WAS STILL GREAT. THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR HARD WORK. RITA LUEBBE

  2. We love to hear from you! I am not personally a huge fan of low fat cream cheese or sour cream, however I really like to substitute out the sour cream completely and use low fat yogurt or low fat greek yogurt. You can even replace about 1/3 – 1/2 of the cream cheese with the greek yogurt — I just don’t tell my family 🙂

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