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Sweet corn time!

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Sweet corn time again! It's early this year, usually not ready till mid August. This year I had to put a double wire electric fence around the patch (1/3 acre) to keep the raccoons out...1st time since we moved the patch maybe 8 or 9 years ago. Dogs must be getting too old, and the youngest not taught what to do. Also the first time in years I had to check it, usually the dogs did it...one would just bring an ear up on the lawn, his mother brought up the whole stalk...many of them!

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We picked last Friday afternoon, it was a bit warm in the field, about 94 and 90 % humidity...thankfully there was a breeze. We picked about 38 dozen, a bit more than normal but we are 4 inches below normal for rainfall this year so some of the ears aren't as big as normal. Corn gets stacked on table in shop with a/c on

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Saturday morning we had 6 of us husking it into the loader bucket, which was nice, it's the worst part of the whole process. After it's all husked the tractor and loader get parked in front of the house to put the cobs in.

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Ended up with 4 coolers full of corn

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Some corn after being washed to help remove any remaining silks. My wife started on this after the 1st cooler got full.

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More corn on the table to be cut

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Mil and friend from college doing some cutting, he helps every year...he gets corn and in return he brings us walleye ( good trade!)

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Corn on stove boiling...just corn, water, lemon juice, and a little salt

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From the stove it gets put into bowls and then into an ice bath to cool

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We needed an afternoon snack of course to go along with beverages...started with bloody Mary's while husking, some beer, and margaritas throughout the day

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Ground round with onions salt and pepper on saltine crackers

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After cooling it goes into the canner to get bagged

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After bagging into the freezer...ended up with 134 qt bags this year. Shared with my buddy, mil, grandma, and daughter and sil. Needless to say we won't buy corn in a can or eat it at a restaurant, can't stand it after having sweet corn

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And for supper...the best BLTs of the year, first ones with garden fresh tomatoes!

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It takes alot of time from planting, weeding, picking and freezing but oh so worth it! Started husking about 11 am when the help showed up and mostly done by 8 pm, including clean up.

Almost forgot...pic of last years helpers

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Thanks for dropping by!

Ryan
 

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looks great Ryan, lot's of work there. ya can't beat fresh sweet corn, the wife and me used to help a friend of mine on his farm picking his crops, he used to let us take any vegies i wanted, we used to take a bunch of corn towards the end of picking season and shuck it and freeze it and have it all winter along with a bunch of other stuff, it just taste so much different then the store bought stuff.
 

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Wow!! You're set for another year. Gonna be some great eating this winter while the rest of us eat froze corn from Wally World.
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Damn Ryan that is awesome! A lot of corn and a lot of work but looks oh so worth it in the end. Nice job man.
 

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looks great Ryan, lot's of work there. ya can't beat fresh sweet corn, the wife and me used to help a friend of mine on his farm picking his crops, he used to let us take any vegies i wanted, we used to take a bunch of corn towards the end of picking season and shuck it and freeze it and have it all winter along with a bunch of other stuff, it just taste so much different then the store bought stuff.
Thank you! Definitely takes time but it's so good!

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Wow!! You're set for another year. Gonna be some great eating this winter while the rest of us eat froze corn from Wally World.
Gary
Thanks Gary! The only corn we buy is creamed corn to mix with our sweet corn when making scalloped corn. Sil said we ruined him...he longer can eat corn at restaurants anymore.

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Damn Ryan that is awesome! A lot of corn and a lot of work but looks oh so worth it in the end. Nice job man.
Thank you! I appreciate it. Still alot of corn left...we tell quite a few people to come out and pick as much as they want.

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is the stuff on the cracker eaten raw? what happened to the dog's ears? did they accidentally get shucked?
Yep, gets eaten just that way. And no, that's Kya...we had her ears posted so they would stand up straight (basically just foam inserts)

Ryan
 

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Holy smokes !! That's awesome .
Labor and walleye for corn ? That must be some great corn LOL .
Thanks for posting . Place looks great too .
 

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Wow that a lot of corn. I love the stuff. That one of the things I miss about Michigan. I never had any better.
 

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Holy smokes !! That's awesome .
Labor and walleye for corn ? That must be some great corn LOL .
Thanks for posting . Place looks great too .
Thank you, I appreciate it! We do get the better end of the deal with the walleye. The acreage was alot more work...was my grandparents place, was abandoned for 20 years before we gutted and remodeled it, but well worth it!

Ryan
 

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Wow Ryan, looks like you knocked out a lot of work in a day and brought in quite a haul, nice piece of work! RAY
 

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Ryan that corn looks phenomenal. It’s impossible to be good fresh sweet corn. On Keto it’s the one thing I miss and simply can’t recreate in any way!! My grandma used to eat the raw beef like that, I am way to afraid I’d end up with food poisoning. Love the BLT too, my tomatoes should be coming on soon. Been picking cherry tomatoes for about a week but the big ones are still green.
 

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