All three of my corn patches are long done shedding pollen and are now developing ears. The Painted Mountain and Dakota Ivory corn will be harvested after the stalks turn brown which will mean the kernels are starchy and nearly dry. At that point the cobs will be collected, shucked, and spread out on makeshift tables made from sawhorses and sheet metal to continue drying in the waning sunlight of September.
In the meantime, there is now sweet corn to harvest starting today. This corn is my variety which I have been working on for the last fifteen years. Although it appears to be a bi-color sweet corn in the photo if you look closely you will see bits of darker pigmentation on a few kernels. As the corn continues to mature the kernels will start to show more colors: red, pink, purple, yellow, cream, and black. These colors reflect my sweet corn’s diverse ancestry. When allowed to grow to full maturity this corn makes the best parched corn in my opinion.
With the sweet corn is a small pile of Sunburst Scallopini Squash. I planted this squash in gaps in the corn rows around June 15th which is very late for planting a tender annual in this part of the country. This variety grew quickly and is very productive. I have been harvesting every other day and typically get five pounds of small squash. Some get eaten immediately, the overgrown ones are fed to the chickens and sheep, but most are cut into chunks, lightly cooked, and frozen to be eaten in the winter.
Summer is winding down rapidly and the time to harvest is here.