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Published on August 17, 2016

Farmers Market Fresh Item

Week 16: Sweet Corn

Sweet CornAll About It:

Kids shucking corn. Butter dripping down your chin. Corn on the cob is a summertime tradition.

Minnesota farmers pick sweet corn every day when it is in season. It’s best picked early in the morning when temperatures are cool. Fresh corn on the cob will lose up to 40 percent of its sugar content after six hours at room temperature. Even when refrigerated, it will gradually lose sugar content. This is one reason why fresh, local sweet corn tastes better.

Ways to enjoy sweet corn:

  • Eat it fresh on the cob, boiled in water for about 5 minutes.
  • Cut cooked kernels off the cob to add to salsa, salads, hotdishes, crepes or pancakes.
  • Roast the corn in a fire pit or on the grill (see recipe below).
  • Freeze it to enjoy in the chillier months of the year.


Sweet Corn Relish

Grilled Corn with Chipotle-Lime Butter

Grilled Chicken and Corn Salad with Avocado

Fresh Food Links:

MFMA: Find a Farmers' Market Near You

Minnesota Grown

University of Minnesota Extension: Growing Sweet Corn in Minnesota Home Gardens