It’s Corn Season at the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market!

Corn is a vegetable and each kernel of corn is a seed. Kernels grow on cobs in cylindrical rows. There are a lot of seeds in each ear too as typically, each ear of sweet corn holds 800 kernels, situated in approximately 15 rows.

Sweet corn was the result of a gene mutation in field corn. This mutation occurred in the 1800s when sugar was prevented from entering the kernel and being converted into starch.

When shopping for corn, etiquette should be observed! One faux pas is pulling back husks if you don’t intend to buy the ear. Look instead for signs of freshness – A light pale green stem with silks & ends just beginning to turn brown. Etiquette aside, the husk protects the kernels, keeping them fresh and moist as corn starts losing sweetness as soon as it’s picked.

So, come out to the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market this Friday, August 24th as we celebrate this vegetable that has been cultivated for a millennia. Visit our ‘Weekly Events’ page for more insight into corn, and some fantastic recipes, too!

To learn more about corn, especially about its rich history, please visit these links:
Native American History of Corn
All about maize
The First People’s Corn
Three Sisters Garden
How and Why to Avoid GMO Corn

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Mad For Mushrooms

This week at the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market, we’ll be Focusing on Mushrooms!

We’re in for an exciting market for this weeks August 10th market!
Not only do we have a mushroom vendor to introduce, Waymac Farms of Lakefield Ontario,.. ***An Update for everyone – Unfortunately our Mushroom vendor could not make it for today’s market. For this weeks ‘focus on mushrooms’ we’re happy to have a representative from the Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve visiting. They will be offering information on how to grow your own shiitake mushrooms!

***An Update for everyone – Unfortunately our Mushroom vendor could not make it for today’s market.

Incidently, shiitake mushrooms have been cultivated in both Japan and China for more than 2,000 years.
When fresh, the shiitake offers a rich buttery, and even meaty flavour. When dried, the shiitake offers a smoky rich flavour. The texture not only tastes different from other mushrooms but it also contains a lower water content which accounts for the dense quality and concentrated aroma and flavour. Dried shiitakes are not only affordable but a great addition to many varied recipes. Shiitakes are an obvious choice for Asian cuisine or stir-fries.

More About Mushrooms
Hobby Farms link to: Mushroom Farming
Farmers Market Online: How to grow mushrooms
Cooking @ Love To Know: Types of edible mushrooms
Mushrooms.ca (PDF) – Mushroom production in Canada

Be sure to join us tomorrow at the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market, especially if you’re mad for mushrooms like we are!