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First corn of the season

I’m not a hundred percent sure what it is about corn that makes so many people so happy… but it does….

Why not be happy? It’s a thrilling vegetable.

And really, it’s rare in the vegetable world… veggies are a lot of things, but thrilling is not typically an adjective folks use unless their being hyperbolic… I mean, let’s be honest, it’s just corn!

I mean, corn doesn’t win the Super Bowl. Corn hasn’t sold out Fenway Park. Corn won’t win a Nobel Prize or become a poem laureate.. now will it? Corn is just corn… and it’s temporary… but it is thrilling.

In days gone by, when we’d put the corn sign out in front of Cricket Corner Farm, the dynamic of our farmstand changed immediately. Folks who would come by to get it…. would want to know what kind it was, how it was growing that year… they’d tell stories about picking corn as a kid, before dawn in Concord, MA, to get it to the Boston markets…. or tell stories about their granddads corn.. that he saved and planted until one year when he didn’t make it through the winter, but they kept the jar of his seed ‘just in case’ someone in the family got the itch to play in the dirt…. stories about the best way to cook it, in milk, with butter, on the grill in the husk, or on the grill husked, baked, broiled, steamed, soaked & microwaved. Then there were the hundreds of recipes for succotash, fritters, and corn relishes they’d generously share with us.

We’d listen to their stories about the best ear they’d ever eaten…. or how today we seldom find worms in the ears.. “now why is that?” they’d inquire. I’ve met very few people that don’t have a top five corn eating moments list… about the farm or farmer that grew it… about the company of friends and family gatherings, or the special camping trip… and more recently during a point deep in Covid isolation… that first or last ear of corn shared with a loved one.

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Yup, corn hits like a primordial gong.. boing!… it sort of reasonates equally and instantly through the entirety of this magnificent universe… and though any vegetable could do that… they don’t, but corn clearly does – and that’s what makes it so special. We’d take the growing of corn very seriously on our farm because we knew the potential gravity of the corn eating experience. Yes, growing corn can be a bit tricky, and we didn’t always get it right, but we’d try our damndest… probably more than any other crop on our farm… for you, for us, for everyone.

Corn is important….

Corn is the staff of life… and it sure is thrilling! 🙂 C’mon, how many of you can deny biting into that first buttery ear of the season and not smiling to yourself? 🙂

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My love of peaches borders on obsession.

I have loved, savored and craved juicy, ripe peaches my entire life.

As a child, on  vacation…. one of the highlights of every trip was making magical homemade peach ice cream, made with local peaches that we had picked.

My favorite book was “James and the Giant Peach.” As a little girl, I thought how amazing it would be to be trapped inside, eating my way through a giant, juicy peach. LOL 

My first T206 collectible baseball card was “Peaches Graham”.

There’s not a single food that reminds me more of summer, that brings back to happy childhood memories. Peaches remind me of my dad. They bring me happiness & joy.

Today, a friend brought me some of their donut peaches from their orchard. Yummy!! Thanks so much, Howard and Ann! ❤ Time to make some peach salsa. 

 

 

Peach Salsa

1 1/2# fresh peaches

1 red bell pepper, seeded & chopped fine

1 red onion, pulled & chopped fine

1 jalapeño pepper, seeded & chopped

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

2 TBLS lime juice

Sea salt & pepper to taste

Chop the peaches Into medium sized pieces.. then add to all the prepared veggies. Stir in lime juice along with seasoning. Cover and refrigerate at least an hour before serving. A nice fresh appetizer along with pita chips.  I also like mine as a topping over grilled swordfish or salmon… or as an aside to grilled chops. 

Grilled Swordfish with Peach Salsa

 

 

 

 

 

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My dad, as did his dad always said… a vine is only as strong as the soil you grow it in, and I think he was absolutely right! Harvested the first of my grapes yesterday.

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Fave all time summer lunch! Yum! ( even before lobstah rolls lol)

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So steamers and corn on the cob it was tonight! Yum 🙂

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When the boys were younger, they’d refuse to leave the beach unless I promised to take them to the Scoop Deck, because.. well, passing up an ice cream surely must be a crime… or so I’ve been told 🙂 The tougher part is deciding which, of over 75 flavors to choose from comes next! Decisions, decisions!

Eli & Liam are our ice cream oficianados! 🙂 ❤

I, myself am your classic ice cream eater.. opting for coffee, maple walnut, orange pineapple, pistachio nut, black raspberry and sometimes I’ll even go a little crazy and ask for rainbow sprinkles too! Yes, I like to live on the edge.

But I do prefer going with folks or children that like to take risks in their ordering. The combinations my guys come up with always surprises me! They’ll try flavors like Summertime Blues, or Black Bear or Moosetracks! And they MUST have jimmies sprinkled on them.. ** you may call them “ sprinkles” but we natives call them “ jimmies”. But not once can I ever recall seeing anyone order just plain old boring vanilla. 🙂

So, if you find yourself traveling along our coast this summer, this is the one place you can’t miss visiting, as this is the best ice cream shop in the entire state!!

I think it’s safe to say they sell an awful lot of ice cream on most days.

You may have a little bit of a wait, but once you have a cone resting in your hand with your tongue working overtime to keep the spillage at bay, you will thank me for the recommendation! LOL The wait is well worth it! Trust me! And always remember…..

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First get away so far this summer. I needed to escape the muggies and was craving, crisp dry air.. so north we headed to some of my fave haunts. Very few tourists, so we managed to hit a few antique shops along the way and had a yummy lunch on the docks. A super fun day!

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do rather than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.“ ~Mark Twain

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