THUNDER BAY – Sweet corn is ripening just a little slower than usual this season. That is the word from Belluz Farms. It means this is a special year that this tasty treat will be just a little better than usual. “The slower ripening and cool nights helps to concentrate the flavour” says Don Belluz. “Over 10 varieties of sweet corn with different maturity dates are planted on their farm in the Slate River area in order to ensure that there is fresh corn for selling every single day until frost. “We grow sweet varieties in the bicolor (peaches & cream) and all yellow colours, as well as the white”.
Don shares, “Quick handling is the key to Sensational Sweet Corn and at Belluz Farms we wait until the ear is just right and then we pick it early almost every morning for our customers to enjoy as fresh as possible! Our customers tell us our sweet corn is the sweetest they’ve ever tasted”.
“Many people think corn has little to offer nutritionally and that just isn’t so. It is high in folacin and a good source of Vitamin C, thiamin, magnesium and potassium,” adds Don.
“Many people overcook their sweet corn causing some of the sweetness to be lost as well as some of the vitamins. To Cook Sweet Corn, bring a pot of water to a boil, drop in cob of corn, bring back to boil and remove – that’s it! Corn is excellent on the grill too! Just keep rotating it and checking until the kernals just start to soften”.
“At Belluz Farms, we have always taken great pride in selecting the best varieties of sweet corn for our customers and this year we’ve added some new all-white corns again. The all white sweet corns were some of the first varieties to be grown for food in North America!”
So, how do you get this tasty sweet corn? In town, at the Belluz Farm’s “Little Red Barn” in the parking lot of Home Hardware on Memorial Avenue: Tues – Fri 11 am – 5pm, while supplies last! Or at the Thunder Bay Country Market Saturdays from 8-1pm and sometimes on Thursdays from 3:30-7pm at the CLE Dove Building.
You can also call 807-475-5181 and head out to pick your own.