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. 🙂