Monday, September 14, 2009

Forlorn corn

This is the extent of my sweet corn harvest. The ears that are big enough to eat, at least. The smaller ones, those with just a few dozen kernels apiece, went straight to the chickens.

I think I'll leave the corn growing to the experts, and focus my gardening efforts on stuff I know I can grow, and on stuff that doesn't take up so much space. There are lots of people around here who will sell me corn. In fact, the week following our massive corn freezing extravaganza, we had phone calls from two other local farmers wanting to sell us sweet corn.

We ate some of our corn harvest for dinner yesterday, and tomorrow I'll use the rest to make a big batch of corn chowder. Most of that will go into the freezer for winter lunches.

Graham had a great time on his birthday. He loved his cake. Oreo cookies for the wheels and orange life savers for the lights. We played musical chairs, hot potato, potato-between-the-knees race, and had a treasure hunt. He wore his new fireman accessories (hat, badge, tool belt with tools, boots) the whole day. We had to convince him to take the boots off when he went to bed.

Hubby sliced up a bunch of tomatoes yesterday and put them in the dehydrator. This morning we took them out, put them into jars, and started a new batch drying. Hubby asked me, 'What are we going to do with all these dried tomatoes, other than put them on pizza?' I said, 'Put them on more pizza.' Because I honestly don't know. I've never cooked with dried tomatoes before. Anybody got any ideas?

Benjamin knows exactly what to do with a jar of dried tomatoes. Wear it as a hat!


Anonymous said...

Sing it with me!

Benjamin has a silly hat
do do-do do
Benjamin has a silly hat
do do-do do

( Parents of children who have seen Blues Clues should now have the song stuck in their heads)


Erin said...

I had the same experience when I grew corn last year. It seems it takes such a large plot for them to pollinate properly. I too, now leave corn and strawberries to the local farms here, they do it better than I, lol! Even though my strawberry bed produced lots, it kind of bugged me that they took up an entire bed for the whole year, so I ripped them out and we go to a pick-your-own farm, plus the kids love it!

Maple Lawn Farm said...

I love Benjamin's idea! :-)

I have not done so myself, but I have read that you can take dehydrated tomatoes and cook them to make tomatoe sauce. I would think it would take a lot of dried tomatoes though!


Mama Pea said...

At least you have a CHANCE of growing corn in your area! When we lived in Illinois, fresh frozen corn was our favorite veggie and the one we ran out of first every winter. But up here (near the tundra), I totally gave up on it many years ago.

I never have enough tomatoes to dry (gosh, this is sounding like a sad story), but couldn't you reconstitute them, chunk them up and use in all the soup recipes that call for stewed tomatoes?