Prince Snow Farm

9.19.2013

How Positively {Pop} Corny

 We have been raised bed gardening for about three years.
We have tried it all...from watermelon to swiss chard...heirloom tomatoes...



onions from teeny tiny seeds.....squash, pumpkins....



...eggplant, herbs, cukes, beans,....


gourds.....peppers....radishes, beets....lettuce...


We have enjoyed changing it up a bit each year....


This year we grew Strawberry Popping Corn from Baker Creek.




They are the cutest little ears....



...and the squirrels didn't get to them first....so that's a plus....


The kids were so excited to watch corn grow....




...corn without cropdusters spraying overhead...


...without GMO's or pesticides....
( and yes, they know what both of those are)



....just pretty little ears....


...drying in the sunshine...


An unexpected fall centerpiece.

Can't wait to try popping.
Stay tuned for a full report....even if we fail ;)

20 comments:

  1. Love this!! I want to grow some popcorn too!! That is one thing I haven't grown yet... couldn't grow any corn this year as the garden is too close to the crap GMO corn fields - next year they should be crap GMO soy, so at least no cross pollination from the corn tho. Can't wait to hear how the final product works out! We buy blue popping corn from the Amish - its supposed to be a little sweeter. We cook it over the stove in one of those whirley poppers - love it!

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    1. Hi Peg! I bet the Amish corn is so good! Sorry you have to deal with spraying.

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  2. I do not know when you have time to do all that gardening while working.

    The corn is so cute and I would imagine it tastes really good popped since it is fresh and "real".

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  3. How cool! I'm going to have to tell my sister in law, who just tried regular sweet corn this year for the first time. It's amazing what can grow in the raised beds.
    Love,
    Christy

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    1. I would love to grow sweet corn too! What I loved about this corn, was there were no bugs!!!!!

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  4. PLEASE TELL US HOW THIS POPS! I have never heard of this, but then again, I am not even a good food gardener! I wonder what color the kernals will pop into ? Anita

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  5. Such cute corn cobs! I hope that your popcorn is delicious! The Anasazi used to grow their corn in little raised hills. There is a children's book I used to read to my third graders. It's called "Kokopelli's Flute" by Will Hobbs. Your post so made me think of it. It's a novel whose main characters live on an heirloom seed growing farm, and it's a mystery set in some Anasazi ruins. I highly recommend it! Have a good evening! :)

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    1. Hi FB. I hope it is good too! I am familiar with Kokopelli, also a symbol of fertility, as when we were trying to have babies, a friend brought me a Kokopelli to "help out". I will have to check out the book!

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  6. So adorable! And so photogenic (thanks to you!)
    btw: I really like the new blog design: so clear and clean and easy to read and navigate. Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks Libby! I am glad you like the new design! I am trying to go for the clean feeling.

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  7. What sweet little ears. I haven't tried this, but I have heard that you can put an ear of corn in a paper bag and microwave it. I've seen pictures and the little ears look so cute with popped corn still clinging to them. The kids would probably get a kick out of seeing this.
    I had neighbors who sold popcorn...they always were sitting on their front porch taking the dried corn off the cobs. Their popcorn was the best I had ever eaten.
    Good to know that some kids are learning about GMO's and pesticides...maybe things will change with this new generation.
    Balisha

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    1. I am going to try stripping it. I figured we will try one of the ears in the micro. I agree, I think the kids will love it!

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  8. I have always loved these sweet little red ears of dried corn for decorating, but have never popped it.
    Rose

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    1. I will try and let you know! I was surprised that the white ones have turned red in the house!

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  9. Oh geez, now I need to try that! Those little ears are so darn cute and I have a feeling they taste good too! Maybe the color confused the squirrels, hmmm, can squirrels see color? I hope the weather is more kind to gardening this coming year!
    Hugs and hope you are enjoying this lovely weather as the last of summer,
    Beth P

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    1. Glad to give you something new to try! I am definitely enjoying the weather!

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  10. Those are pretty much the cutest ears of corn ever!

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    1. Aw thanks! They are pretty cute! I feel like Barbie should have them at a campfire with Ken.

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