THE BEST WAYS TO MAKE CORN ON THE COB

Today is Corn on the Cob Day! To celebrate I have collaborated the best ways to make corn on the cob.

Cream of the CropAs a child I remember always getting the job of corn shucker. I would sit on the porch with my brown paper sack and tear away all of the husks and pesky silks from each ear of corn.

I have no shame in admitting I was not the fastest corn shucker, but I was the best. I did not stop until every single silk was pulled off the ear. If having the cleanest ear of corn was a real competition, I would be the champion.

Today there are all kinds of tips and tricks for easier corn shucking.

There are many different methods to cooking corn on the cob; boiling it, oven baking, grilling it and even microwaving it.

The title of this post is the BEST ways to make corn, so I am going to show you a recipe for boiling corn and grilling it. Those ways are my favorite.

The go-to method in my home is, boil a large pot of water, throw in some ears of corn and boil for about 10 minutes. Then smother in butter and salt and enjoy!

This first method is exactly that, only a little sweeter. Jamie’s Sweet and Easy Corn on the Cob recipe adds a little bit of sugar and a dash of lemon juice to the boiling water to give the corn added sweetness.

The second method has a few more steps involved, but it is definitely worth the work. This recipe was the closest I could find to the way I do it, but this method has many variations.

When grilling the corn, you need to remove all of the silks, but want to keep the husks to protect the corn from burning during the grilling process. Before you start, peel back all the husks (but not all the way) leave them attached at the bottom. Clean off all the silks, and then fold the husks back over the ear of corn.

Grilled CornNo matter your preferred method of cooking corn on the cob, you can add your own personal touch to any recipe by adding your favorite seasoning. I like to sprinkle some Cajun spices on my corn to give it an extra kick.

Enjoy!

Hannah ZellerHannah Zeller
Communication Assistant

I’M NOT SCIENTIST

This blog post was originally posted here, on Illinois Farm Families website, and was written by Christina Lee.

GMOs and biotechnology are among the most asked about topics on watchusgrow.org. Recently, a group of IFF City Moms, who have toured Illinois farms and wanted to ask additional questions about Monsanto, were given the opportunity to visit their Biotechnology Research Center. The tour was provided by IFF,  with additional support from the Illinois Corn Marketing Board.

I’m a mother of three. I admit my husband buys most of the weekly groceries but I would be a hypocrite if I said we only bought organic. As all parents we are concerned about the safety of the food we feed our children while at the same time concerned with costs. When Monsanto invited 23 of our city moms to tour their facility and fire away with any questions or concerns regarding GMO crops, I thought, “Here’s my chance to learn what goes on behind the walls of what media calls The Seeds of Death.'”

6-9-15 City MomsShortly after arriving, I knew it wouldn’t be long until one of our city moms challenged one of the representatives from Monsanto. Good for her, I thought. Lay it on them. My brother warned me that Monsanto probably would put on their best faces. Well, it was a panel of 4 females, 3 of them scientists/moms.  This was very different from what I thought they would look like (Frankenstein-like old men in white lab coats). I was okay with these panel of women because they made me feel at ease.  My co-worker warned that they would “paint a rosy picture.” Did all this mean that what I was going to hear from Monsanto were straight up lies?

I’m no scientist, but I felt very comfortable with the answers to all the questions that were asked in the 5 hours we stayed at the facility. One concerned city mom asked about BT protein, microbios and the complexities of those micro-organisms and especially the beneficial ones that are necessary to maintain a healthy immune function. Aster Beyene, Product Stewardship and Lifecycle Lead, explained that a lot of people think once we eat those genetically modified proteins in food it would be incorporated into our bodies but that does not happen. Donna Farmer (Production Protection and Nutrition) stated that BT has been applied topically for years and never has had an impact in our body. Monsanto is  required by law to do these studies that cost millions of dollars to benefit the consumer.  If that isn’t enough to equal those costs no one will make the investment to make it. Monsanto has done years of testing  to make things safe for humans and animals. It is hard financially to justify the GMO trait.

I’m no scientist, but I’m no hypocrite either.  I can’t get into all the scientific evidence and research Monsanto does in this blog, but if asked the question, “Do I feel comfortable feeding my children GMO crops?”

“Yep, I actually do.”

Travel expenses within St. Louis and lunch courtesy of Monsanto.

 

6-9-15 Christina LeeChristina Lee
LaGrange Park, IL

Christina is one of the Illinois Farm Families 2013 Field Moms. Throughout the year she visits Illinois farms to learn more about where food comes from. Following each visit, the Field Moms share their thoughts by blogging about what they experience on these farms, including five takeaways. Want to learn more? Read Our Story: Chicago Moms Meet Farmers.

CORNBELTERS SCHEDULE

Normal CornBelters Baseball season is in full swing!

Checking out a minors baseball game is a great family activity. There is always something fun planned, below is a list of some upcoming events going on at the CornCrib.

Duck DynastyTo see their complete baseball schedule, click here.

June 17- Turn Back the Clock- 80’s Night

June 20- Sadie & John Luke Appearance/ Girl Scout Night

June 21- Cameron Cheers Appearance

6-8-15 Corny 2July 1- Mascot Mania

July 7- Banana Derby

July 8- Christmas in July

July 11- Mad Chad Appearance

July 12- Princess & Superhero Day

6-8-15 CornyJuly 22- Bark at the Park Night

July 25- Boy Scout Night

July 26- Dave the Horn Guy Appearance

JUNE SCHEDULE OF ILLINOIS COUNTY FAIRS

Summer time means county fair time!

Check out your local fair, be sure to indulge in a corn dog, funnel cake and wash it down with a tall lemon shake-up.

Below is a schedule for all of the country fairs going on around the state for the month of June.

Illinois State Fair in Springfield has rides and attractions, concerts, horse racing and other family-friendly activities.
Illinois State Fair in Springfield has rides and attractions, concerts, horse racing and other family-friendly activities.

Macon Co. Fair Assoc. – Macon
6/9/2015 – 6/14/2015
Contact:
Teresa McWilliams
PO Box 3305
Decatur, IL 62524
Phone:  217-875-0135
Launch Web Site

Perry Co. Ag. Society – Perry
6/13/2015 – 6/20/2015
Contact:
Ilene Ruroede
PO Box 94
Pinckneyville, IL 62274
Phone:  618-790-4868
Launch Web Site

Martinsville Ag. Fair Assoc., Inc. – Clark
6/14/2015 – 6/20/2015
Contact:
Sherry Repp
8359 N. 2100th St
Palestine, IL 62451
Phone:  618-586-5175
Launch Web Site

Macoupin Co. Fair & Ag. Assoc., Inc. – Macoupin
6/15/2015 – 6/20/2015
Contact:
Mark Dugger
319 N Plum
Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone:  217-825-6190
Launch Web Site

Piatt Co. Jr. Fair Assoc. – Piatt
6/16/2015 – 6/21/2015
Contact:
Donald Richie
PO Box 25
Cerro Gordo, IL 61818
Phone:  217-855-4900
Launch Web Site

Sangamon Co. Fair & Ag. Assoc. – Sangamon
6/17/2015 – 6/21/2015
Contact:
Elizabeth McDevitt
P.O. Box 147
New Berlin, IL 62670
Phone:  217-488-2685
Launch Web Site

Greene Co. Ag. Fair, Inc. – Greene
6/20/2015 – 6/27/2015
Contact:
Mark T Walker
PO Box 43
Carrollton, IL 62016
Phone:  217-248-1778
Launch Web Site

Jasper Co. Ag. Assoc. – Jasper
6/21/2015 – 6/27/2015
Contact:
Joyce Johnson
PO Box 102
Newton, IL 62448
Phone:  618 783-8683

Ford Co. Fair of Melvin, Inc. – Ford
6/21/2015 – 6/27/2015
Contact:
Corinne Brown
186 N 2000 E Rd
Paxton, IL 60957
Phone:  217-379-2920
Launch Web Site

Vermilion Co. Fair & Expo.-Danville – Vermilion
6/23/2015 – 6/27/2015
Contact:
Richard White
19696 E 3100 N Rd.
Rossville, IL 61832
Phone:  217-765-3706
Launch Web Site

Henry Co. Fair Assoc. – Henry
6/23/2015 – 6/28/2015
Contact:
Terry DeBackere
PO Box 105
Cambridge, IL 61238
Phone:  309-945-8362
Launch Web Site

Western Illinois Fair Assoc.-Griggsville – Pike
6/24/2015 – 6/28/2015
Contact:
Scott Dunham
P.O. Box 539
Griggsville, IL 62340
Phone:  217-430-6903
Launch Web Site

Montgomery Co. Fair & Ag. Assoc., Inc. – Montgomery
6/24/2015 – 6/28/2015
Contact:
Leellen Watson
807 S Harris St.
Litchfield, IL 62056
Phone:  217-324-5829
Launch Web Site

Schuyler Co, Fair Ls – Schyuler
6/30/2015 – 7/5/2015
Contact:
Joe Redshaw
PO Box 175
Rushville, IL 62681
Phone:  217-322-2810
Launch Web Site

10 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN FAMILY & CORPORATE FARMERS

Tractor Sunset1. Family farmers start working at sunrise and don’t stop until well after sunset.Corporate farmers work a 9 to 5 job.

2. Family farmers enjoy a family picnic in the field. Corporate farmers eat lunch with executives and other co-workers.

3. Family farmers work all summer to prepare for harvest. Corporate farmers have the time to take a vacation anywhere they desire.

Boy caring calf 4. Over half of family farmers have a full-time job and farm as a hobby because it’s their true passion. Corporate farmers make plenty “farming.”

5. Family farmers are interested in the good of the animals and the community. Corporate farmers are interested in money and profits.

6. Family farmers try to put an emphasis on conservation practices. Corporate farmers focus mainly on business practices.

7. Family farmers know that Paul Harvey was correct about why “God Made a Farmer” Corporate farmers believe that it was just a Super Bowl commercial meant to sell trucks.

FFA Awards8. Family farmers know the importance of FFA to allow students to develop “premier leadership, personal growth, and career success.” Corporate farmers only see a group of kids in a blue corduroy jacket.

9. Family farmers are able to diversify themselves with many crops or animals to manage the risk of the prices dropping. Corporate farmers usually deal with only one area of the market.

10. Family farmers live a lifestyle, versus corporate farmers only have a job.

As you can see there is no such thing as a corporate farmer that actually does the farming. There are corporate owned farms, but the farmers actually doing the planting, harvesting, and maintenance are the down-to-earth family farmers. According to the USDA about 93% of farming operations in the United States are family run, leaving only 7% being owned by corporations. How many times have you seen a man in a suit planning corn? If you can’t think of any you probably never have because that would be memorable!

 

Jessica ProbstJessica Probst
Missouri State Universtiy

HOW DO HORMONES IN MILK EFFECT CHILDREN?

For the first day of Dairy Month, we thought this post would be a great one to bring back.

During a recent grocery store tour, one Chicago area mom asked, “How do hormones in milk effect growing boys and girls?” The answer might surprise you!!

CELEBRATE JUNE IS DAIRY MONTH!

This blog post by Amina Bennett Nevels is another great way to learn more about milk from the mouth of your peer instead of farmers or marketing agencies. Amina writes, “If you check out the labeling on organic milk you’ll notice big bold lettering declaring the milk to be antibiotic-free and well worth the $7 a gallon you’re prepared to pay. Well here’s news for you…ALL dairy milk sold in the U.S. is antibiotic-free! When a cow is on antibiotics, it is labeled with a bright colored leg band to alert the farmer and farm-hand that the cow’s milk should be dumped until the animal is healthy and the antibiotics are no longer in the milk.”