Farmer Friday: More Sweet Corn

Farmer Friday: More Sweet Corn

Sweet corn

Butter and Sugar, Silver Queen, and Bodacious all have one thing in common, they’re simply delicious. No matter the type of sweet corn you’re eating, everyone can agree nothing beats family farm grown freshly picked corn – especially loaded with Cabot Butter!

Cobar Farm

Cobar Dairy, Mount Upton, NY

Many of our Cabot Farmers say that they love meeting their sweet corn customers and hearing how much their community members enjoy the produce that the Cabot farmers put so much work into growing. Farm families head out to the corn field in the early mornings, rain or shine, muggy or clear, and always being on the lookout for raccoons and deer that found a place to sleep the night before. Walking by you can hear the laughter of the pickers and of course the friendly competition of who can pick the finest ears. With their arms and buckets filled, covered in water from head to toe from that morning’s dew on the corn stalk’s leaves, the corn pickers head to the truck to bring their first load to the farm stand. But the most important part when the morning picking is done and the stand is full, everyone is always asking “what’s for breakfast?”

Sweet corn is a tradition and legacy for our farm families, and they are happy to produce a great local product for your family’s table. It is a wonderful way for your family to meet and get to know the farmers that help to produce the Award Winning Cabot Cheddar Cheese.

This week, we feature a few more of our farm families that sell sweet corn. We also have a full list of farms in New York and New England that you can visit here.

Kelly Barstow of Barstows Longview Farm and Barstow’s Store & Bakery in Hadley, MA

Why did you start selling sweet corn?
“We started selling sweet corn as part of our effort to offer great locally grown products for our community. We sell local sweet corn from the Four Rex Farm, which is just down the road from our 6th generation family farm. The Rex’s pick the corn with the help of many teenagers from the local high school and veteran corn pickers in town. While we don’t grow the sweet corn ourselves, we do enjoy having it for one of our seasonal offerings for our customers. Local sweet corn is a summer favorite. We will get locals and out-of-towners who purchase it by the dozens from our farm store. ”

Barstows Longview Farm

Barstow’s Longview Farm, Hadley, MA

How many years have you had your farm store?
“We opened up our farm store in 2008. It has now grown to sell ice cream, Cabot cheese, an assortment of seasonal fruits and vegetables, local farm eggs, fresh baked goods, and many more items. Although we have both indoor and outdoor seating areas, we also have a Drive-Thru for those days when you just need to grab your sweet corn and coffee in a hurry!”

Dyer Farm, Plattsburgh NY

Sam Dyer of Shields Vegetables and Dyer Farm in Plattsburgh, NY

How many years have you had your farm stand?
“I’m the third generation in my family’s vegetable stand operation. Shields has been in our family over 70 years, being started by my grandfather, Harry Shields. My wife, Mary and I have solely owned and operated it since 1997. It’s in my blood. And the sweet corn is a major portion of our farm income”

Who help picking the sweet corn every morning?
“My son, Ryan and I pick the corn fresh every morning and throughout the day as needed. It can be picked up to as much as 6 times a day, depending on the day and what orders we have.”

What is your favorite part about growing and selling sweet corn?
“My favorite part would be the interaction with the public and being able to market my own home-grown vegetables. We take pride in our sweet corn and other vegetables and our legacy proves it!”

What is your favorite way to cook the corn?
“My favorite way to cook corn is the good old fashioned way – which my mom taught me.”

  • Bring your pot of water to a boil
  • Put corn into pot
  • When water comes back to a boil, turn the burner off.  It is done. (It isn’t a potato – don’t cook it for 20 min!)
Fresh Sweet Corn
Amanda Freund of Freund’s Farm and Freund’s Farm Market in East Caanan, CT

Why did you start selling sweet corn?
“The Freund family has been selling sweet corn since the 1960’s. When corn was ready to be picked, two bales of hay and an old door set on top displayed the day’s harvest. Each of the 5 Freund kids took their turn at manning the roadside stand and eventually the cash received went towards the ‘college fund’.”

Freunds MarketFreund’s Farm, East Canaan, CT

How many years have you had your farm store?
“We’ve come a long way since the 1960’s – we now have a 2 story post and beam farm market and grow up to 6 acres of sweet corn every year with a strong following! We’ve also expanded our offerings far beyond the basic veggies, we carry as many different Cabot branded dairy products as we can from the Legacy line to Hunter’s sharp, Greek yogurt, butter and my favorite, whipped cream! We also grow over 1200 tomato plants (over 25 varieties), pumpkins, kale, basil, and more. We also sell local maple syrup, honey, eggs, ice cream, fruits, and bakery goods that are made in our commercial kitchen.”

Who helps picking your sweet corn every morning?
“My father, Matt, is sure to always pick the first corn of the season, but once word gets out it becomes a daily chore. This summer we’re excited to have Cole Van Seters, our newest recruit to the farm to take on the task. But Matt and his wife, Theresa will surely give him lots of corn pickin’ advice.”

Freunds Farm
Cole Van Seters from Freund’s Farm – the newest “Official Corn Picker”

What is your favorite way to cook the corn?
“We have a pot in our house that my grandma used and its only use is to steam corn! It’s got grooves, ruts and burn marks to show the decades of use it has had in our farmhouse. We add about 4-6 inches of water on the bottom and stack the shucked corn to the very top (another Freund tradition is to never cook just half a pot, it’s full because there is always likely to be a few extra guests that show up for dinner). We cover it and put the burner on high and there is no timer, we know it’s ready when it smells like corn.”

Grandma's Pot for Corn, Freund Farm

The infamous “Grandma’s Pot” for only sweet corn at Freund’s Farm!

If you’re in New England or New York please take the time to check out the Cabot farm stands near you selling sweet corn and come by!

Insider Knowledge: If you have extra corn left over from dinner you can always freeze it for a later time. Simply cut the kernels off the cob (cooked and cooled) and put the corn into a freezer bag. This way you can have farm fresh sweet corn at all times of the year! My family of four freezes 50 quarts, which lasts us almost all year until we have sweet corn again.

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