We have been helping our neighbor with his corn patch for the past couple of years, and this year the corn looked tremendous- tall and healthy despite the strange weather we have had this year. There was a lot of cool, rainy weather followed by above-average temperatures, then more cool… Idaho is famous for having unpredictable weather, but this summer has been the whopper of unpredictability.
Thursday was harvest day, and we were unhappily surprised by the results- despite the months of planting, watering, weeding and caring for the corn patch, we harvested a third of what we had expected. Sometimes things happen that are not what we expect. How we react when the unexpected happens is a measure of our personality. Can we see the ‘silver lining’* despite our disappointments?
I am happy to say that, though disappointed in the harvest, we enjoyed our harvest party- and enjoyed the fact that it only took two hours instead of the five or six that it took last year (there is one silver lining!). I also have no doubt that God will provide for us- we will have enough to eat without a freezer full of corn. This means we will have room in the freezer for other tasty foods (silver lining #2)!
The corn is then put in front of a fan to cool it quickly.
Even the young grandchildren are able to help. Here, Dante is counting the empty corn cobs to keep track of how many dozen we have grown.
Grandma had an accident a few years ago and is unable to do much, but the family is careful to include her so she feels useful. Her job is to write the year on the freezer bags. One of the grandchildren then helps her put a quart of corn in each bag
At the end of the evening, each member of the family takes home corn for the freezer. We appreciate the bounty of the earth, the space for a garden, the ability to grow a garden, and the water to keep it green. Yes, we were a bit disappointed in the amount, but there is so much to be grateful for!
The only unhappy creatures are the wild turkeys- their free corn supply has ended for the year. 🙂
Now that the corn is finished, it is time to harvest the apples again- make apple cider, apple cider vinegar, apple pies, dehydrated apples… and then the tomatoes, potatoes, beans and squash. What a blessing to have a garden and to be able to appreciate all we grow, throughout the coming winter. No matter how the price of food goes up because of strange weather patterns around the world, my family will eat healthy and well. I am truly thankful!
- ⅓ cup yellow cornmeal
- ¼ cup flour (white or whole wheat)
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- ¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
- ⅓ cup milk (I use non fat)
- 2 cups cooked corn kernels
- Vegetable oil
- In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt and pepper.
- Add milk and chopped parsley, and mix together with a wooden spoon until thick and thoroughly mixed through.
- Add the cooked corn (boiled or grilled) and mix well with the flour mixture.
- Heat a skillet over medium high heat and add a tablespoon of vegetable oil to the pan.
- Using a ⅓ cup measuring cup, scoop corn mixture out and place into the skillet, gently
- pressing the mound down so it’s flattened.
- Cook for 5 minutes on one side, or until it’s browned, turn it over and cook another 5 minutes, or until it’s browned.
- Serve immediately with sour cream
*A silver lining is a metaphor for optimism in the common English-language idiom “Every cloud has a silver lining.” ex: “The silver lining to not harvesting much corn is that we will have room in the freezer for more ice cream!”