More on What Happens at the End of July

Not all of you read the Comments section after each post, so I’m moved to share Amy’s Aunt Joyce’s comment about what happens for her and Ray in Iowa in late July: sweet corn season begins. I have first-hand experience of Iowa sweet corn. The York family used to go to Iowa to visit my father’s family for the last two weeks in August, when he had his vacation from Dupont. Our aunts and uncles still mostly lived on small farms, with kitchen gardens that yielded sweet corn, huge ripe tomatoes, and an assortment of fruits and vegetables to be eaten fresh, baked into pies, or canned and stored for winter. With the corn and tomatoes our aunts served big piles of mashed potatoes with  thick white sausage gravy — something we never got at home — and we were in heaven.

I do have to give a shout out to my native New Jersey corn, tomatoes, and blueberries, which also come into season right about now.

Is there anything location-specific that happens for you in late July? Doesn’t have to be culinary — we’re open to all possibilities. But I loved hearing about that Iowa sweet corn. 🙂


4 thoughts on “More on What Happens at the End of July

  1. Your and Joyce’s notes made my mouth water. I am dying for some really good northern sweet corn – fresh from the field or patch, crunchy, with plenty of “milk” – the liquid that gives extra texture. Alas, the South Carolina heat makes most sweet corn taste old and overripe, even though newly picked. Because of the prolonged heat this year, the outside leaves are dry and the inside worse. But there are lovely tomatoes, squash, butter beans, peaches and other goodies which fill the gap!

  2. for Phyllis: Our peaches come a little later — love fresh peaches! And I’ll have an extra serving or two of corn, just with you and Art in mind. 🙂

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