Corn is in Season!

Fresh Corn from the Farmers’ Market

Fresh Corn from the Farmers’ Market

Corn on the cob is one of summer’s simple pleasures, the one vegetable side that we can’t get enough of when it's in season—when it’s cooked properly that is. That’s right: Like many simple things, people do a pretty good job of screwing it up. Learning how to boil corn the right way, so that each kernel is bright and juicy and ready to burst with flavor, is one of the keys to having a good summer. You want to have a good summer? So do we.

Let’s get to it. How long do you have to boil corn? Well, it depends entirely on the quality of corn that you’re working with. Are you looking at ears of freshly-picked local corn from the farmers’ market or a roadside stand, or corn from the grocery store that was picked a bit ago and traveled in the back of a truck? Get a big ol’ pot of water on to boil and allow us to explain.

See, when fresh corn is at its best, we want to keep it that way, preserving every bit of natural sweetness. When we get extremely fresh local corn, we do this by not cooking it aggressively. All we want to do is heat up the kernels, softening them slightly and making them even more flavorful, but retaining that healthy, juicy pop. So when it comes to boiling fresh corn, the stuff you’d pick up at the farmers’ market, you should only boil it for 2-3 minutes. It doesn’t need any more than that. Promise.

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Los Altos Kids' Day

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Bring the kids to the Los Altos Farmers’ Market Kids Day on July 25th to enjoy all the tomato themed summer festivities! There will be a kid’s cooking class starting at 4:30pm. Come learn how to make a tasty kid’s caprese cherry tomato skewer, featuring fresh ingredients from the market. Don’t worry there will be plenty of recipe cards for adults! After you are done cooking up a fresh snack stop by the puppet show at 5:00pm. In addition, there will be balloon art, live music and crafts for the kids! Don’t forget water and sunscreen! See you there!