Beaverton Farmers Market – Lend Us An Ear for a Couple Minutes!
To Our Market Community,
Warm season crops are coming on strong as we head full steam into the month of August. In the last couple of weeks, we have seen peaches, watermelons, green beans, and field tomatoes join the produce lineup at the market alongside berries and broccoli. Peppers and chilies are just starting to make a showing in our growers’ stalls. One of the most iconic of summer vegetables, fresh corn on the cob, is finally in abundance and we couldn’t be happier about it.
According to farmer Chris Winters, a good ear of corn should be eaten right off the stalk, with no cooking required. If that isn’t an option for you, then we recommend several cooking methods for perfect corn on the cob:
Just before cooking, husk the corn, pull off the silky threads, and cut out any blemishes with a pointed knife. Drop the corn into a large pot filled with boiling salted water. Cover the pot and let the water return to a boil again, then turn off the heat and keep the pot covered. After about 5 minutes, remove enough ears for a first serving. You can keep the remaining corn warm in the water for another 10 minutes without its becoming tough. Serve with lots of butter and salt.
Microwave This is one of our favorite ways to enjoy corn on the cob when it is too hot to boil a pot of water, or when you only need an ear or two for a meal.
Fun corn Facts:
• On average, an ear of corn has 800 kernels in 16 rows
• Corn will always have an even number of rows on each cob.
• An ear or cob of corn is actually part of the flower and an individual kernel is the seed.
• Corn is a cereal crop and is part of the grass family.
Don’t peel the corn, PLEASE!
We are often asked about the best way to select an ear of corn. Most people will peel back the husk to take a look at the kernels, but doing so is not proper corn-buying etiquette. Once exposed, the corn that was fresh and bright when opened will quickly become dry and shriveled. Thus it becomes a loss for the grower so instead, we recommend the following guidelines:
Look for teensy brown holes in the husk, especially towards the top. Those are wormholes, and, naturally, worms are best avoided.
Feel the kernels through the husk. You want to make sure that they’re plump and plentiful; if you can feel holes where kernels should be, then choose another.
Look for tassels (those things sticking up out of the top) that are brown and sticky to the touch. If they’re dry or black, then it’s an old ear of corn.
Check out the color of the husk. If it’s a bright green and tightly wrapped against the cob, then the corn is fresh. (In some cases, it will even feel slightly damp.)
The Beaverton Farmers Market
We will see you this Saturday at the Market from 8:30 AM-1:30 PM.
Click the picture to see Sophie from Winters Farm demonstrate how to pick the perfect ear of corn!
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We have two new vendors joining us this Saturday:
Food For Thought – Shirkhand is a traditional Indian dessert made from strained yogurt. Food for Thought makes four flavors: Cardamom/Saffron, Mango, Rose, and Dried Fruit.
We’re excited to welcome a new hot food vendor to the market: Getta Gyro! Serving up authentic Greek Gyros.