Corn, also known as “maize”, is one of the most important cereal crops grown around the world. Farmers differentiate “sweet” corn – varieties grown as food – from other varieties used for animal feed, industrial use, or products like flour, corn syrup, and popcorn. Corn was originally domesticated starting around 9000 years ago in south-central Mexico, with early farmers selecting favorable traits from the wild teosinte plant. By the time of European colonization in the 15th century, corn had spread across the Americas and become a major food source for the indigenous population. (more…)
Westfield Area CSA Blog
This Mexican street corn recipe found on Simply Recipes is a staple of summer and it’s easy to make at home! Top char-grilled corn on the cob with a tangy, creamy sauce, sprinkle with crumbled cheese and dive in. Make this for your next backyard cook-out! Note that if you can’t find cojita cheese in your grocery store, it’s ok to omit or substitute another cheese.
Hello Folks, I hope you all had a pleasant Independence Day and a relaxing long weekend. Of course, here on the farm our weeks do not end – there is just too much work to be done. Although it is officially summer now, we have some wonderful spring onions for you this week. These are a sweet, heirloom variety – Ailsa craig – which we send with the tops still attached. Some of the greens can be used like scallions, or you can use them to make a soup stock. They are not good keepers, so keep them in the fridge and use them within a week or two. (more…)
Welcome to Summer Squash season! As you may have noticed already, summer squash appears in a variety of shapes and colors, the most prevalent being the well-known green zucchini, the straight or crooked necked yellow squash, and the round, flat, often scalloped edge, patty pan squash. All these varieties are tender, warm-season vegetables that differ from their fall and winter cousins in that they are selected to be harvested while still immature. Thus, the entire vegetable, rind, flesh, and seeds, can be eaten. (more…)
Hi Everyone, I need to keep it brief this time, because I must get back out in the field to get some planting done. I am almost finished with sowing the winter squash – just two varieties of acorn to go! I will be planting sweet corn and cucumbers later this evening. I like to plant late in the day, just after we till the beds. The seeds then have the night to soak up the humidity in the soil before the sun begins to dry out the surface. Tomorrow I will make the second planting of beets and the third planting of carrots. (more…)