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Market Basket: Corn and Seafood

opinionatedchef | Sep 18, 2012 11:00 PM

This has been my year to come to a new larger appreciation for corn.We have bought corn in many places: Verrill Farm, Union Sq Farmer's Market, Russell's Farm Stand, and MB (Woburn.) Yesterday I found myself making a huge pot of (my replication of East Coast Grill's) Corn, Sweet Potato and Clam Chowder. (Btw, the pot grew exponentially because in the first/starter batch, i baptised some black Mexican Smoked Salt from Cristina's Spices, and I hated it ; so I needed to increase all the other soup components to lose the acrid and overwhelming taste of that salt. *Fair warning*)

So,yesterday i ended up with corn from Verrill, Russell, and MB. And..... yep, you guessed it; the best, by far , was from the MB corn. Though many previous Verrill corn batches had been delicious, this light yellowVerrill corn had o.k. flavor but was very watery (never experienced that in corn before.) The Russell's was a mixed batch; the light yellow small kerneled ears had little flavor (we had had some like that from the Union Sq. Farmers Mkt in August) and the Butter and Sugar was pretty good. But the MB Butter and Sugar kernels were fresh, plump, dense, w/ a deep clean flavor of corn. I must say, we really were surprised, but delighted. I guess they have a good local corn connection. And, like the excellent MB watermelon wedges I've had all summer, i just wanted to share that rave. ( oh, i'm using 'butter and sugar' for corn that has a combo of yellow and white kernels; but maybe there are lots of corn types that have yellow and white kernels?)

And MB seafood: Aside from a summer's worth of wonderful sweet $3.99 lb. lobster from MB, we had never had any of their other seafood. But last and this week ,we got some wonderful silky deep orange steel head trout there (along with an oddly tough fibrous piece of salmon ).
*p.s. i don't know if it was an effect of the color, but the steel head trout tasted so much like salmon. Is it just me? ( or is fish nomenclature messing with us again?) Wiki here i come....

What has been your experience w/ MB seafood? Are there other 'dependably good' seafoods there? Thx much.

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