When I went to town today, Kok’s had their sweet corn stand open for business. I’m always hungry for the first fresh corn of the season, so I stopped and bought 6 ears. Some years it’s disappointing and doesn’t live up to my expectations, but this year’s corn is wonderful. We had only corn for dinner tonight, and it brought back good memories for both Lee and I. Lee remembers that when he was a kid his Mom would put a meal of fresh corn and bread on the table. I have no such memory of my childhood but I did the same for my family when I was raising kids. I’m sure my 3 kids have fond memories of our only sweet corn dinners. I did the same thing with fresh strawberries. We’d go pick berries at the pick- your -own berry farm, spend hours cleaning them, freezing them, making jam with them, and our reward at the end of the day was an all strawberry shortcake dinner. The kids loved it. No healthy stuff. Just fresh berries with homemade shortcake and whipped cream.
Back on the subject of corn, we live in corn world here in Wisconsin. Sweet corn is grown, and there are canning factories nearby to can it fresh from the fields. The corn roast is a summer tradition. Many towns have their own summer festivals and often there’s a corn roast involved. The corn is grilled over an open fire, or in some cases it’s steamed at the canning factory and brought hot to the festival site. The corn is not shucked before cooking, so the ear of corn has the shuck pulled down to be used as a handle. It’s dipped into a big can of melted butter, and salted to taste. At the end, butter is everywhere, but it’s such a delicious treat.