Thursday, August 30, 2012

mary cricket

Two days a week Mary Cricket (the quarterhorse) and her partner Mr. Thomas sell sweet corn from their cart outside the feed store in downtown Salem. I talked to him about a large order to pick up Friday morning, 4 dozen ears, so I can freeze them for winter. Corn out of a can is paste and water compared to August-picked sweet corn waiting to be called by name.

I have noticed a lot of horse traffic on these roads around the county. I saw a team of Haflingers on its way to the washington county fair on route 29 (not as entrants, but as a vehicle to park), Percherons in downtown cambridge pulling a gypsy wagon, Merlin and I on our mountain road, and Steele and Patty on theirs. And there's folks like Frank who harnesses up to sell corn from his farm. All of us are dodging traffic and trying to listen for engines or leading our horses down busy roads as they ignore the traffic. We're out there.

This Friday before I head into Manchester to meet some friends for sushi I need to head up to Salem to visit Frank and Mary Cricket and get my bounty of ears. Talk about the best of both worlds? We live in strange times.


Blogger Karen Rickers said...

Sushi to horsedrawn corn may be strange times, but it's also the BEST of times! You are a lucky woman. I am, too, as I had sushi with friends in Stratford, Ontario, then drove home and saw a heron flying overhead. Am omen of good luck, in my books!

August 30, 2012 at 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jenna - in case you have not seen this video for shucking corn - Google "Shucking Corn with Ken" - he will show you how to have clean silk free corn - I have tried it and am fixing to use this method to get my corn in the freezer - love your blog and you are great -

August 30, 2012 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Glyndalyn said...

I LOVE it that someone sells from their surry with fringe on top.

GOod luck with the corn. Four doz. will be like nothing to process. Easy to grow some yourself next year.

August 30, 2012 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

Hey, try this easy and deeelish recipe.

Grate however many ears of corn you want into a bowl(figure 2 per person) with a box cheese grater. (use the big-holed side). Take off your glasses first, or they'll get splattered. Melt some butter in a cast iron skillet over med heat. Pour in the grated corn/milk. Season with salt & pepper. Stir constantly, until the corn is done. At the very end, stir in a little milk..prolly 1T per ear. Eat. You'll laugh at canned creamstyle corn after you eat this, I promise. You may also stir in some chopped sweet red pepper for pretty...or rendered bacon pieces...or onion. Just remember not to obscure the delicate corn flavor. Enjoy!

August 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

Mmmm...corn! I'm waiting for the farm down the road to refill their stand and then I, too, will be processing corn for winter.

August 30, 2012 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger kwdiving said...

Jenna everybody I tell I want to move to Washington county either looks at me like I am crazy or flat out tells me I am nuts. But this post just adds to my desire to move there. My gut tells me I am right and my head agrees! Can't wait to really ride to that wonderful dairy and buy corn from frank and Mary cricket. Thanks for everything.

August 30, 2012 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I have been blanching and freezing corn all week. I agree it is the taste of summer in the middle of January! You might even want to do more, you only get about a half-cup per ear, so you're looking at about 12 pints.

August 30, 2012 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger aerogramme said...

any farm for sale in your area, looks like my mule and I are in the wrong part of the country ....

August 30, 2012 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I can't wait to get some acerage and have a horse and wagon to sell my home growns. I don't care if I am the only one in the city or county - it will make me all the more unique!

August 30, 2012 at 9:29 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

A still-steaming cob of sweetcorn is the best summer veg ever - with obligatory pat of butter melting on top of it. I once worked a 6 month stint in a corn processing factory during summer. They put a big wooden bin of free, unshucked corn out the front for the public to help themselves to, every day. I ate fresh corn from work every single day I worked there, and I still love it.

August 30, 2012 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger Frenchie said...

Hey Jenna, it is election time up here in Quebec and this woman is campaigning on her horse, thought you'd get a kick out of that! At the same time she is promoting the breed of her horse that originates from Quebec, the Canadian Horse, or more commonly known as the little iron horse.


August 31, 2012 at 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did 4 dozen this week as well. Love freezer corn in the middle of winter!!

How much does he charge? I paid $18 for mine.


August 31, 2012 at 9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jenna,

How are you prepping the corn for the freezer?

September 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger admin said...

For some reason I've often thought of Mr. Thomas and Mary since you posted last year.

Got to have that sweet corn.

September 1, 2012 at 3:58 PM  

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