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Shoepeg Corn - Why the Blank Stares?

Montebello | May 7, 2008 08:13 AM

We used to buy it in cans labeled 'Mitchell's', which was/is a farming family in Perryman, Harford County. The Mitchells have pretty much subdivided and sold all their farmland for industrial development, which probably accounts for the absence of the product in the supermarkets. I've never had it fresh off the cob. My late father loved it and always lamented that one couldn't find it locally and fresh anymore by the 1960s. The corn apparently is sweet with narrow, deep kernels in uneven rows. I've asked at farm and produce stands about it and all I get are furrowed eyebrows and shoulder shrugs. (Maybe I should limit my queries to people over 80 years of age.) Anyway, has anyone seen shoepeg at any of the Baltimore farmers' markets or elsewhere? I know it isn't the season yet, but I find myself intrigued at the thought of chowing down on this heirloom.

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