Still Time for the Farmer's Markets around Winnetka IL
I consider August to be the best month for buying fresh corn at the farmer's markets. It's also the least expensive now. I have a special way of cooking corn that keeps it crisp and sweet.
What I didn't realize is that corn is that, according to the Wall Street Journal,
". . . more than 90% of the corn sold in the U.S. now consists of modern hybrids that are far sweeter than corn ever used to be. In 1950, Dr. J. R. Laughnan of the University of Illinois discovered a distinct and very sweet strain of corn with a gene known as "shrunken two" because the kernels shriveled up when they dried. Laughman's discovery transformed the sweet corn industry, making way for new varieties of corn that were "supersweet," "ultrasweet," and "extrasweet." Anyone born later than the 1980s may not even remember the taste of old corn, which could be gloriously milky but deeply unreliable in its sweetness."
Well, darn, here I thought it was my super special recipe.
Here's how long the local farmer's markets will be open this year:
Saturday mornings from 7:30 to 12:30 at the Train Station Park
Closes: October 29
Wilmette (called the French Market)
Saturday mornings from 8:00 to 1:00, just east of the Metra train station on Green Bay Road.
Closes in October - no exact date given
Thursdays afternoons from 1:00 to 5:00 in the downtown Glencoe Village Court
Closes September 29
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