It’s the 4th of July (almost) and things are in full swing at Pekarek’s Produce. The field crops and high tunnel are looking good, even as hot as it has been. Night time temperatures during the month of June were running about 10 degrees above average and we have been watering on almost a daily basis.
How does this effect sweet corn? Sweet corn is pollinated by wind. This occurs when pollen from the male part of the plant falls onto the wispy immature heads of the corncobs. Unfortunately, the heat also impacts how well sweet corn pollinates. So when you see a kernel here or there that did not develop, you know why.
What wonderful timing the sweet corn has this year – just in time for Independence Day! Now we all have our own ways of cooking corn, but the biggest issues with sweet corn is that we let it get too warm before we cook it (like letting it sit in your car) or we cook it too long. This week try grilling your sweet corn in the husk. Place the corn in their husks on a hot grill (Direct heat is fine). Cover. Turn the corn occasionally, until the husks are charred on all sides, about 15 to 20 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes and enjoy!
What’s in today’s bag:
This week’s full share has:
- Slicing Cucumbers
- Sweet Corn
This week’s partial share has:
- Slicing cucumbers
- Sweet Corn
- Yellow Squash
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As always, if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions send us an email or give us a jingle and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Ryan, Katie, and Crew
Happy 4th of July!!