So most folks know that corn comes in all shapes, sizes, colors and ....... Flavors.
No not like cotton candy or bubble gum flavored, just corn flavor, but the array of sweetness is quite different. We chose this year to grow three different corn varieties. A sweet white corn, a bicolor sweet corn and an open pollinated non-sugary enhanced variety. Of the three the open pollinated ripened first..... So we offered it to our CSA members and sold some to customers at Mill Park Market in Augusta. I am writing this blog to explain this corn.
Some folks may be thinking..... Gosh, 47 daisies grows really bland tasting corn....... Nope... I can tell you the sweet white corn that we had for dinner tonight is definitely sweet and tasty. So for those of you that had the open pollinated variety first, don't despair..... The sweet stuff is here and will be for the next few weeks.
Come and see Harmony at Milll Park on Tuesday and Gardiner on Wednesday and try some of the sweet white corn. Happy eating!
So we grow alot of varieties of veggies. I read a book that Harmony bought for me called "Henry's farm." Great book detailing the ins and outs of a farm in Illinois (I think). They grew on average 600 varieties of veggies each season!! Awesome!!
We aren't there yet but we are approaching 400. I love variety! It keeps farming interesting..... It is what we do.
However, all is not peaceful with variety at 47 daisies. Harmony is frustrated. So the conversation goes something like this.....
"Dylan, why do we need five varieties of patty pans?"..... My response is..... "It's just what we do!"
I asked her over dinner tonight (as we are eating stuffed rond de nice squash, fresh corn on the cob and spaghetti with homemade spaghetti sauce with our tomatoes)..... "What is the maximum number of varieties you are comfortable with at the farm store each week?" Her answer...."20."
This is a point of contention between us as we will have 60 varieties at the store this weekend. I also asked her to look at my list for next week and tell me the things she hasn't sold. After looking over the list, spearmint is the only thing we haven't sold any of.
As we will never agree on this, I will continue to strive for the Henry's farm variety level and Harmony will always tell me we have too many, but in the meantime, come to the store this weekend and get amazing end of summer prices on at least 60 varieties of veggies and herbs!
Oh and by the way, from the dinner conversation I did agree to not plant any more spearmint (but no worries it is a perennial :)
Hi. My name is Kade Dillaway. I live on 47 Daisies farm with mom (Harmony) and dad (Dylan). I am 13 and about to go into 8th grade at the Vassalboro Community School, GO VIKINGS!!!
But lets get back to what we are supposed to be talking about. This summer I really started helping out on the farm. Obviously, I'd helped out a little on the farm previously, but this summer, I helped more than I ever have. I am doing tasks at ease that a year ago would've been very difficult. I am earning a little bit of money, but best of all, I am improving both my mental and physical strength.
So recently, as I was working, I couldn't help but notice that something was missing. So I talked to dad and did some research and I decided that we needed some sort of spice. I did some more research and I decided that we needed ginger. So yes, I will hopefully put in ginger plants early this spring!!! Also, I will be heading the “ginger department” of 47 daisies!!! However, I have never grown ginger, nor has anyone else at 47 daisies. But hopefully the ginger crop will be successful and we will have ginger by next fall. If you would like more information on ginger, click this link: http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/oc/freepubs/pdf/CFS-GIN-3A.pdf
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )