Here's our answers to some of the questions that our customers most frequently ask.
HOW LONG CAN I KEEP YOUR SWEET CORN? Our sweet corn is harvested fresh from the field each morning so it will "keep" a while. However, even though corn that's been sitting in your fridge for several days may look no different than the day you brought it home, don't be fooled into thinking the quality and flavor hasn't been affected. Once that ear of sweet corn is pulled from the plant the sugars that give it that great flavor begin to convert into starch so the longer you keep it, the more sweetness you're losing. We always recommend that you buy only what you know you will eat in the next day or two.
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO KEEP IT? The fridge is your best bet. The cool temperature will slow down the sugar to starch conversion, but won't stop it altogether. Do not shuck the corn until it's ready to be cooked. This will prevent the kernels from losing much of their moisture.
CAN I FREEZE CORN? Absolutely. Every summer many customers freeze fresh sweet corn so they can enjoy it during the off-season. When we have excess corn we offer discounts if you buy in larger quantities, so that's a great opportunity to do it. It's not difficult, but it does take some time. There are a few ways you can do it, but this article may prove helpful. How to Freeze Corn
IS SWEET CORN HEALTHY? There are no nutritionists in the family, but there's no denying that corn is a vegetable and loaded with beneficial nutrients. It's the generous amounts of butter and salt that can turn a healthy option into a not so healthy option. Sweet Corn Myths
DO YOU HAVE ANY ORGANIC PRODUCE? We only use pesticides when absolutely necessary and in a typical year we actually use none at all on many of our vegetables. We do strive to follow a minimal use pest management program, but because we are not a certified organic farm, we can't promote any of our produce as certified organic. We think small-scale organic farming is great, but there's also a lot of information out there that's meant to mislead consumers. It can be difficult to differentiate between propaganda and factual information, but our biggest selling point has always been that we eat the same foods that we sell. That will never change.
IS YOUR SWEET CORN GENETICALLY MODIFIED (GMO)? No. All of the produce that we raise and sell in our market is non-GMO. Even the field corn that we raise is non-GMO.
ARE GMO'S GOOD OR BAD? That's a difficult question to answer. We do know that there are two sides to this debate and each side has their own agenda. Here are two websites with opposing views if you are interested in learning more about this issue. Non-GMO ProjectGMO Answers
WHERE IS YOUR SILVER QUEEN? It's true that at one time Silver Queen was the best sweet corn available. Over the years, however, Silver Queen has been surpassed by newer varieties offering better flavor. Our customers largely dictate what we grow and the demand for bi-color sweet corn has grown tremendously over the past several years. For this reason alone, we made the decision to stop raising white corn and focus exclusively on growing bi-color sweet corn.
IS YOUR CORN SWEET? Yes.
Do You Wholesale Any Produce? Yes, but not often. Occasionally you'll find our produce at other locations but the vast majority of what we grow is sold at our market.
Do You Only Sell Produce That You Grow? Yes, all produce sold at our market is grown by us. Local honey, salsa, jams, jellies, eggs are available as well.
Weber's Farm Market 6085 Kilby Rd. Harrison, OH 45030 Open daily late June through early September 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
2018 Weber Family Pumpkin Festival 6007 Kilby Rd. Harrison, OH 45030 October 20 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. October 21 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.