Where Has All The Great Corn Gone?

Every summer I get into a snit. The summer should be a season of many things. Especially the things that remind us of our childhood. At our house this means all the local gorgeous, yummy veggies & fruits that are available. And especially in our house, eating corn on the cob holds special childhood memories.

Once upon a time in Vancouver, before the peaches & cream and bi-coloured gremlins got themselves all over us, we used to be able to readily find the corn that we called “Chilliwack” corn. As it turns out, that name is kind of like “Kleenex”. The corn I am talking about is known as Jubilee not Super Sweet Jubilee, just Jubilee and it becomes available in late summer.

Nowadays, all we seem able to find is bi-colour corn. For our taste, these varieties are all too sweet, missing that hit of  real corn taste. There used to be people selling Jubilee corn off backs of trucks parked on the side of the road all over the city. Where did they go??? Please come back, we need you!

Last summer we spent some time in Harrison Hot Springs. Agassiz calls themselves the corn capital of B.C. They had our beloved Jubilee. If you go, try Sparks Corn Barn, Hwy. #9 turn off to Agassiz, open from June to September from 10:00 to 6:00pm.

Corn guy at the farmer’s market surprised us last summer by growing some Jubilee. It was pretty good! He has given us other varieties to try over the years but we long for the taste of Jubilee corn.

Jubilee offers superb texture and taste. The kernels sometimes have a bit of a sunset glow to them and if cooked just right, they pop in your mouth, yum, yum. We made a lime butter** for our “corn feast”.

Last September the Feast of Fields was held at Krause Bros. Farm. As you arrived and entered the field where it was being held, they had a stand set up and were giving out roasted yellow corn. There was a big slab of butter that you rolled your corn over. It was mouthwatering!. For me it was the best booth at the FOF and I went back later for another cob. Heaven…

This summer, joy, there are a few stalls selling yellow corn.  Yahoo!!

**If you would like to make some lime butter, please go tp Lime-Chive Butter.  If you haven’t barbecued corn but would like to, please go to Corn On The Barbecue.

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