Sooner than later the two most revered crops of summer—corn and tomatoes—will disappear from our farmers’ markets. Replacement vegetables such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, squash and roots will be bright and colorful on their farm-table displays until we have a few hard frosts that make the growing fields strain under the chill of seasonal change. But corn and tomatoes will be sorely missed.
Still these two stellar crops have been showing up as great specimens from the growing fields. Ears of corn started out small and slim earlier in the season because of the drought but eventually became sweet and delectable. My favorite growers included Harris Farm’s ultra-sweet corn available in southern markets such as Saco Farmers Market and at their farm store in Dayton. The various varieties that are grown at Beth’s Farm Market in Warren are some of the best and sweetest. And more locally Jordan’s Farm in Cape Elizabeth put on a good show with their large, sweet stalks stacked on the table at their farm store in Cape Elizabeth.