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Kids & Corn

This is one of my favorite parts of summertime, fresh produce from my garden and sweet corn from the field! Although this year is a little different because my garden was hit hard by hail the beginning of June, so I don’t actually have the fresh tomatoes, peppers, and cilantro growing right in my backyard this year.

The sweet corn, fortunately, did recover for the damaging storms and is just starting to be ready to be picked and eaten. Did you know that about 98% of the corn fields that you see are actually field corn, not the sweet corn that you eat? Field corn can be used many ways, such as feed for livestock, turned into ethanol for in our vehicles, made into plastics, and turned into sweeteners in foods and beverages.

Axten eating corn 

On our family farm in Iowa we plant mostly field corn. My husband does leave a little space so we can have a sweet corn patch. With a whole acre of sweet corn this year to pick, my husband’s family likes to get together and freeze a lot of it to enjoy all year-long. My favorite recipe, the one that I use every year to freeze our corn, can be found right here.

One of my favorite ways to eat fresh sweet corn is to grill it on our Big Green Egg. It gets a little smokey flavor to it and is just delicious! I always try to grill extra corn so I can use the leftovers in my grilled corn salsa recipe. It’s so easy, especially if you have most of the ingredients growing in your own garden!

Grilled Corn Salsa 

This recipe makes are large batch of salsa. I usually mix it in a large bowl or an empty ice cream bucket works great too! Hope you enjoy it!
 
Grilled Corn Salsa
 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of corn, grilled
  • 4 cups of tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 sweet red pepper
  • 3 jalapeños
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/2-1 lime, juiced
  • 2-15 oz cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste
 
Directions
  1. Remove husks and silks from corn. Place fresh corn on the grill at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, rotating occasionally.
  2. When corn is cooked, set aside and let cool.
  3. After corn is cool, cut kernels from cob and place in a large bowl (or ice cream bucket).
  4. Place tomatoes, onion, red pepper, jalapeños (remove some seeds if you don’t want the salsa to be as spicy), and cilantro in a food processor and chop ingredients.
  5. Placed the chopped ingredients in the large bowl with the corn.
  6. Squeeze the lime juice over the ingredients.
  7. Rinse the black beans and place in the large bowl also.
  8. Add the oregano, garlic salt and fresh ground pepper. Mix well.
  9. Refrigerate and let flavors mix for a while. Enjoy!

 

Here’s another Salsa recipe you will love!

salsa

 

Sara Ross

Sara grew up in south central Nebraska, in a little farming town called Elwood. Her family was in the insurance business, so between the two she’s been around agriculture her whole life. After high school, Sara went on to get her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and accepted a job with RCIS, the nation’s largest crop insurance company, as their trade show consultant. She traveled all over the country, but calls the Commodity Classic farm show “her favorite”, and it is no mystery as to why. She met her husband, Kevin, at that show in 2006. Together, Kevin and Sara are the sixth generation to farm the land that they live on outside of Minden, IA where they raise 600 acres of corn, soybeans, hay, pasture ground and approximately 80 head of cattle. In 2008 Sara went to work for her dad at their family insurance business, The Home Agency. She is currently their Marketing Manager. In 2010, she became involved with CommonGround which is a group of farm women who want to start conversations with their urban counterparts about what it’s like on a farm and how their food is grown and raised. She’s gotten to meet a lot of consumers through this grassroots program who are genuinely interested in learning about food and agriculture. This led to Sara starting her own blog, SarasHouseHD.com where she talks about family, food, and life on a farm. Sara and Kevin had their first son in 2010 and their second son in 2012. They love growing up on a farm and would ride in the tractor with their dad 24/7 if we let them! In between being a farmwife, a mother, a marketing manager, a CommonGround volunteer and a blogger, Sara loves to talk about what it’s like on a farm and to share recipes with others. In her spare time, her hobbies are traveling, photography, snow skiing, crafts, hunting, and reading. You can follow her on Twitter (@sarashousehd), Facebook (Sara’s House HD) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/sarashouseh

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