Chesterton Tribune

Who took away our sweet corn?

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Voice of the People

Since I was a child, sweet corn has been one of the leading forms of ambrosia for me. It ranked right up with strawberry short cake and home made apple pie made with apples from our own trees. That was true even 70 to 85 years ago when we had only open pollinated corn like Golden Bantam, Country Gentleman, Stowells Evergreen and several others. Then came the super sweet, the Sh2 varieties the SE varieties and the EH varieties. We switched to them as soon as we learned of them. A few years ago, I planted some Golden Bantam, Country Gentleman and a couple other of the old varieties. After tasting the super sweet corn, they were so unappetizing that I could not eat them.

Several years ago, a person set up a tent on South Calumet Rd. to sell sweet corn and other vegetables and fruit. With such good sweet corn available, I stopped planting my own except for a bit of Kandy Korn, a SE variety, which I planted late so it would be ready after the commercial corn was gone. I believe Kandy Korn is now one of the best tasting sweet corns in existence.

This year I was disappointed in that our sweet corn seller did not appear. Today I discovered his tent in Valparaiso. I stopped, bought three dozen ears of corn and asked why they were not in Chesterton. The girl I talked to told me that the people in charge of things in Chesterton refused to give him a permit to set up his business in Chesterton this year. I have no idea why they robbed us of our sweet corn. I suppose that crime is not as bad as murder, but I am on the edge of suggesting it be punished by about 50 years on the chain gang. That is about how bad an offense I feel it is to take our sweet corn away from us.

Very truly yours,

Malcolm E. Anderson


Posted 7/29/2008