Wild Things Farm

  (Crab Orchard, Tennessee)
Farm life adventures of the Happy Hoer

It's Getting Kinky Around Here

I know we're not as dry as other folks are, but it hasn't rained around here in several weeks. Needless to say, the irrigation pump has been working overtime. A lot of the gardens have drip tape installed in them which makes watering them as easy as turning a valve.

Two of the gardens, any seedbeds, the orchard and the flower beds all require dragging a waterhose and a sprinkler. This is where life gets kinky. Every time I have to drag hoses around I'm reminded that "you get what you pay for". I've got two 75' yellow hoses that I was really proud to have purchased at the Dollar General Store, about 3 years ago, for $7.00 each. They have worked pretty good but they do kink when they've been rolled up and stretched back out. That means several trips back-and-forth as the hose is stretched out because you can stand there and twist and twist and twist and that kink WILL NOT come out! Another time I had one hooked up with a valve on the end of it for use in the greenhouse. With pressure on it day-in and day-out, I noticed one day that right at the end of the hose was a giant bubble, like 6" in diameter! I had never had a hose to do that before--it never busted, but I cut the end off and put a new end on it and it's still working just fine.

Last year I needed another water hose so I went to Lowe's. Being a farmer on a budget, I opted for a middle-of-the-road "Swan" brand hose. This has to be the absolutely WORST water hose I've ever bought. It kinks in fear when you look at it. If one were to leave it laying straight, never move it, it would be fine. Every time I use it I swear I'm going to e-mail the company to complain about the worst hose I ever bought but by the time I get back in front of the computer the rage has subsided and I forget.

The best hoses are the black ones with the yellow stripe on them and they clearly state "kink proof" on the package. I don't know the name of them but they look like a garter snake when they're laying on the ground. I've got two of them and I pledge from now on to never buy another water hose until I can afford to buy more of these. They do get a kink in them once in a while but if you just wiggle it the kink will come right out--it's magic!

While I'm gardening I prefer to not get kinky :)


Sweet, sweet summer corn


One of my favorite veggies during the summer months is sweet corn.  I've spent more time at the farmer's market this year than in recent years and folks sure have opinions about their sweet corn.  This year I grew white corn for the first time.  Not knowing how it was going to be received at the market, I was happy to learn that the folks in nearby Fairfield Glade absolutely love the white corn (most are transplants from the north).  The farmer's market in town wasn't so successful.  That crowd of customers is mostly local folks and they want either yellow or bi-color, so I brought home 30 dozen of the 50 dozen I took to town.  Oh, there were the stray few who liked white corn, but I learned a lesson.  When it comes to food, you just can't figure people out!

Anyway, a couple of the members of the CSA shared several good-looking recipes using fresh sweet corn.   They used to buy corn from a gentlemen--my Dad's Sweet Corn--in Carmel, IN and these recipes are from his farm. 

Corn Souffle

3 cups corn
1 cup sour cream
1 egg
1 box Jiffy corn bread mix
1 stick margarine

Melt margarine. Stir in egg, then all other ingredients. Bake at 350º for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Corny Corn Bread

1 box Jiffy corn bread mix
2 cups corn
½ stick butter
3 tablespoons sugar

Mix together and bake in 9x9 pan for 20-30 minutes at 400º.

Corn Pudding

3 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons butter
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk
2 cups corn

Cream together eggs, butter, and sugar. Add flour and baking powder; add milk and corn. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix together all ingredients. Bake at 350º for 45-50 minutes. Note: Always bake immediately after mixing.

Baked Corn

2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
Dash pepper
3 cups corn
2 eggs
1 cup whole milk

Stir together flour, sugar, salt, and pepper into corn until blended. Beat eggs; add milk; blend into corn mixture. Pour into greased 1 ½- quart casserole. Place casserole in metal baking pan with ¼-inch water in bottom. Bake at 350º for about 1 ¼ hours or until set.

Corn Casserole

2 eggs, beaten
½ cup softened butter
1 pint sour cream
4 cups corn
1 box Jiffy corn bread mix
2 tablespoons sugar

Mix together eggs, butter, and sour cream until well blended. Add corn and corn bread. Mix together sugar, salt, and pepper; add to egg mixture. Place in 12 x 9 inch dish. Bake at 350º for 30 to 35 minutes.

Corn Fritters

2 cups corn
½ cup milk
½ cup flour
1 tablespoon melted butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon baking powder
Butter or maple syrup

Mix together all ingredients; beat well. Fry in fat, similar to making pancakes. Serve with butter or maple syrup.

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