Finally, finally, we are getting some sweet corn. I heard on the radio today that we've had over 17 inches of rain in June and July, and that sums up the reason for the very late crop.
I always buy my sweet corn from the little stand in the Lutheran church parking lot, less than a block from my house. The stand is actually run by Grace United Methodist Church. They grow the corn on their church lot, and then it is sold to raise funds for their various benevolent endeavors. The Lutherans allow them to use this primo spot for their stand.
Here's how they do it. On Sunday morning there is a sign-up sheet at church where members of the congregation can pick 2-hour time-slots to volunteer to sell the corn at one of two locations; either in their own church parking lot in Urbana, or at the one near my house. Then every morning, at 6am, enough corn is picked to fill two trailers. Those are then towed into place by 8am, where they sit all day, manned by the volunteers, until the corn is sold. Usually, it sells out, but when it doesn't, the extra is taken to the T.I.M.E.S. Center homeless shelter. The next day they start over with more freshly picked corn. This year it is selling for $5/dozen.
This is the only sweet corn we eat. I don't like corn that has been sitting around in a store; I like it right out of the field. I got spoiled when I was in college and I worked one summer for Illinois Foundation Seed. We were allowed to pick some fresh for our family at the end of every work day, and I took full advantage of that. Mmmm! Nothing is better than fresh Illini Supersweet corn, loaded with butter and salt and pepper!
Here's where the money goes:
Center For Women In Transition
Eastern Illinois Food Bank
Restoration Urban Ministries
Jesus Is The Way Prison Ministries
GUMC Food Pantry
Cunningham Children's Home
Henderson Settlement-Frakes, KY
Midwest Mission Distribution Center
Liberia District Partnership
Other Non-Profit Agencies-
Habitat for Humanity
Kaz Apletrree House
Society of St. Andrew
Miguel Arenas Herrea, Uruguay
Laptop Computers for Liberian Missionaries