I am so blessed.
One of the many advantages of living in a rural area is the abundance of farm stands. About four miles down the road is a genuine family owned farm stand. It’s called Keel’s Country Corner. They know me by name because I am a daily customer this time of year. It is off the beaten path but word of mouth draws folks from town.
Fresh sweet corn is the very best and they pick it daily. They grow a few varieties, some mature earlier than others. One variety that comes ripe in August is a Japanese hybrid that is by far the best I have ever had. In Harvard, Illinois a farm stand grows it and it draws people all the way from Chicago who pay 3 times what Keel charges. Ma Keel told me that a morning radio guy named Spike O’Dell has made that stand in Harvard famous. Ma Keel wishes Spike would mention her stand. I don’t. This morning a Keel daughter-in-law who works at the nearby mini-mart told me the corn has been in as of last Thursday.
Woo-hoo! I will be there today, tomorrow and every day I am home until the first frost.
Twice a year the Keels have a pig roast. Pulled pork and all the corn you can eat for $3. They have a steamer made form a beer keg that steams up to six dozen ears at a time. There is a coffee can loaded with melted butter for dipping the ear into. Peel back the husk and silk, use as a handle and dip. I take a lawn chair and spend the day. Pork, corn and beer on the farm, what’s not to like?
The Keel’s are getting old and have their farm up for sale. They want to retire. Other family members aren’t interested in keeping the farm going so this may be the last year. But this is what they told me three years ago so we’ll see.
The next farm stand is over twelve miles away and the corn just is not as good as what I get at Keel’s. It’s called Coulter’s and it is a larger more professional operation. They just lack the charm of Keel’s.I will be very disappointed to see the Keel’s close up. It will be the end of an era.