Farmers Market Fresh Item
Week 16: Sweet Corn
All 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
MFMA: Find a Farmers' Market Near You
University of Minnesota Extension: Growing Sweet Corn in Minnesota Home Gardens