We all eagerly await sweet corn season! Our wonderful farmer friends at Welsh Brothers Sweet Corn from Scotland, Ontario grow some of the tastiest, sweetest corn around. Find their corn in our farm shop while in season, typically from the end of July to early September.
Looking for larger quantities for your next barbecue or corn roast? Call or message us with how many dozens you need to feed your hungry guests! Also, include your preferred pick up date.
There is nothing like enjoying the freshness of sweet corn in the summer. It’s the perfect side to any BBQ or your favourite summertime dish. To make sure your corn is a real hit, try our top three suggestions…
#1 Get it FRESH!
Fresh sweet corn has kernels that are plump, juicy and sweet. As sweet corn ages, it loses moisture and the sugars convert to complex carbohydrates (which lack flavour). To avoid bland, starchy corn, be sure the corn is fresh and consume your sweet corn close to when it was picked! Purchasing from your local farmer helps reduce the time it takes the corn to travel to your plate.
#2 Store it well.
If you must store your sweet corn for a day or two, keep it in the refrigerator or somewhere cool. The colder temperature will slow the conversion of sugars to starch. Keep the husk on the corn to lock in the moisture until you are ready to cook it.
#3 Don’t overcook it!
Longer cooking times can quicken the conversion of the corn sugars to tasteless starches. We suggest cooking your corn for only 4 minutes in boiling water, just long enough to soften the exterior of the kernels. Avoid adding salt to the water, as this shows evidence of toughening the corn. Instead, opt to season your corn after cooking with salt and pepper.
Try finding locally sourced corn at a farmer’s market, farm shoppe (like Heatherlea!) or direct from the farmer. It’s worth tasting corn until you find a source you like, because not all sweet corn is the same! There are many varieties that farmers can choose to grow, and they vary immensely in the flavour and sweetness.
Come on by the shoppe for some corn, and you’re well on your way to happy grilling!