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TELL US: Where Do You Buy Sweet Jersey Corn?

A very Jersey tradition came a little earlier this year.

We picked up the first sweet corn of the season on a sizzling day last week at the Ondrush Farm Stand on Crawfords Corner Road in Holmdel. Farmer Phil Ondrush added up my purchases on a paper bag, and told us to come back in just a few weeks for his prized Ondrush tomatoes. (We will!) 

I like my corn on the cob boiled with a sprinkle of salt. My dad likes to steam, husk and all, in the microwave. And my daughter insists on having the kernels scraped off the cob into thick strips, like we did for our French guests one summer who looked very uncomfortable with the hands-on Jersey tradition.

Lately my son wants it that way too, but that's because he's got braces, poor kid. 

According to state farm officials, New Jersey recorded its warmest spring ever this year. Those warmer than normal temperatures brought the sweet corn about a week or two early. 

The kind I picked up at Ondrush had yellow and white kernels. My Joy of Cooking book says that is known as "butter and sugar." They say you can keep fresh corn in the refrigerator until ready to use,  but we shucked 'em for dinner the same night. Why wait! 

Other places you can get great Jersey corn:  in Holmdel,  in Holmdel, Samaha's Country Market in Aberdeen and the Martz Farm in Matawan. 

How do you prepare your sweet Jersey corn? Do you sprinkle hot pepper or other flavorings on it? What's your favorite farmer's market for Jersey corn?

Kerry McConway July 16, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Samaha's Farm has the best sweet corn in the county
Jeff Gollin July 16, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Shhh. Don't tell anyone (because everyone will drive over there and deplete the daily supply :-)) but the best corn in the region can be found directly across the road from Holmdel High School at Ondrush's Farmstand.
Herky July 16, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Samahas corn is great in two ways greatly sweet and tender and GREATLY OVER priced. Do they really grow their own?? I see bags of it imported from Where??
Chelsea Naso (Editor) July 16, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Hi Herky, Samaha's grows its sweet corn on a 100 acre property they lease in Colts Neck.
Joan July 16, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Martz Farm on Rte 34 has the freshest and best sweet corn. They also have excellent Heirloom tomatoes. Once you go Heirloom you never go back to red!
heather July 17, 2012 at 12:17 AM
I buy my corn at Martz farm also..Its always fresh and sweet.
lawrence williard July 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Uh, the grocery store.
Cathy Weber July 17, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Agreed!!! Their own white corn can't be beat!

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