Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thankful for CORN on Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving!

Can a small ear of corn give so much pleasure to the palate?  In a word… YES!!  Corn has been a staple of our American diet for centuries, and although it is considered a carbohydrate, most people can indulge in an ear of buttered corn (or a bowl of corn) and find great pleasure in its simplicity and flavor.
In late summer, my husband and I were invited to pick our own sweet corn at a friend’s farm in Washington County (Wisconsin)—owned by The Heidtke’s (see photo).  This family-owned farm was established in 1846 and continues to grow corn and soy crops today.   
Besides corn and soy, the Heidtke’s also supply our garden center with truckloads of straw bales and dried corn stalks  every autumn for our harvest and hayride activities.  We can count on the Heidtke farm to provide enough straw for our straw bale maze, climbing mountain and, of course, the haywagon.
Wisconsin is blessed to have a plethora of corn fields throughout our state—each of them tended by a caring farmer.  This Thanksgiving Day, when giving thanks, count our Wisconsin family farmers among your blessings.   Be sure to pass a dish of CORN at your Thanksgiving table!

M. Lynn Schmid,   Certified Master Gardener
A.A.S. Landscape/Horticulture/Arboriculture