gamegrrl posted at 12:29:45 PM on Jun 30, 2012:
I'm a city grrl. What do I know? LOL!
That said, has anyone gotten any really good corn around here lately?
We still have some frozen sweet corn from last year from Bench's that we plan to finish off this weekend.
Area grocery stores probably began selling sweet corn in May, but obviously, it wasn't grown locally. I'm guessing you could find imported sweet corn right now in local stores.
But if you want locally-grown sweet corn, then you'll have to wait until around mid-July. We usually begin receiving Bench's sweet corn from our CSA by the second or third week of July. But maybe it's earlier this summer, since everything else is earlier. Local sweet corn is available until about mid-October.
Comment from June 2011 that shows how some local residents are unfamiliar with our growing seasons:
Back in May was the first evening that Bench's was at the Perrysburg farmer's market. That evening, some people asked Bench's if they had any of their famous sweet corn available. Sweet corn picked in northern Ohio in late May??? When Bench's said, "No," someone replied, "But Kroger is selling it."
June 24, 2012 blog post by our CSA:
Sweet corn is different than field corn. Farmers usually grow both. Sweet corn is what you eat ó itís grown for human consumption. The plant stalk is much shorter ó about 5 feet tall. Field corn is grown for animal feed, corn syrup, cereal, and other corn products. This kind of corn stalk grows about 9 feet high, and farmers donít harvest it until the fall, when the corn ears look almost dry.
That old saying about corn, "knee high by the fourth of July," does that apply to field corn or sweet corn?
Since local farmers begin picking sweet corn in July, it seems like sweet corn should be taller than knee-high by the 4th. Although as mentioned above, sweet corn grows to only five feet tall.
Right now, some of the field corn along Route 2 east of Toledo is about shoulder-high. With today's modern seeds, chemicals, and farming practices, if corn is only knee-high by July 4th, then that farmer probably has a problem.
Here are a couple harvest calendar links that will give you some idea of what produce is available at different times of the year.
Image of the PDF calendar. click to enlarge