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farmers market and tasteless corn

joan | Aug 14, 200002:15 PM     4

I'm making a determined effort to shop at the farmers markets, to hell with the higher cost. our local farmers deserve it for providing us with fresh, and sometimes organic food, even if i cant really afford to pay extra. i've discovered the joys of really, really fresh garlic, juicy with large cloves, so they are easy to peel. the local vidalia onions are much sweeter than the georgia ones. ( i was told by a former vidalia onion farmer that half the onions claimed to be vidalia are rank imposters. i believe it. ) nichols farm from marengo,il. is my source for the garlic and the onions. also a nice, not too bitter but tasty green called rapini (ripini??). i go to the green city market on wednesdays by the historical society , also the overcrowded (with dogs and babies, not vendors) one at halsted and armitage on saturday. a friend tells me there is a similiar, much less crowded on at grace and halsted, in the faith tabernacle parking lot (next to the ihop), also on saturday. BUT, what is bugging me badly,is the overly sweet corn (hybrids called supersweet) that seems to be all that is grown anymore. i discussed this with several vendors who thought i was crazy, no one would buy anything else they said, no one but me, apparently, has ever complained. just a few years ago you had to rush the corn home and cook it, as each hour the sugar slowly turned itself into starch. now , i find it so sweet, that i will happily wait several days before cooking it, just in the hopes that some of the sugar will dissipate. its still too sweet, at the expense of corn flavor. Am i the only one in america who thinks this way??????

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