Goebbert's Home Grown Sweet Corn

by Holly Peterson on 07/21/2015

Goebbert's Home Grown Sweet Corn

Goebbert’s home grown sweet corn has ARRIVED! For us, it’s one of the first signs that summer is here. We start at six o’clock in the morning in the fields picking the sweet corn fresh for each day. Our pickers are trained to only pick corn that is ready to eat and filled with kernels.


Our first planting goes into the ground around April 15th so that we have fresh sweet corn in July ready for you. After the first planting, we continue to plant every 10-14 days so we can have a steady stream of sweet corn throughout our season. We just completed our late planting a few weeks ago on July 10th which will be picked for September and October.


We might be a little biased, but Goebbert’s has the best sweet corn around because of the soil we grow it in and the varieties we use. Our grower looks to varieties like Sweet Success, Goebbert’s 274 and Awesome to provide high quality and incredible tasting sweet corn throughout the season.


We load the truck with all of our home grown pickings for the day in Hampshire at Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch and head to South Barrington where we sell our product at Goebbert’s Farm and Garden Center. The truck arrives by 10AM each day with the corn that was picked fresh that morning and other tasty treats.


How do you pick a good ear? Like we mentioned before - our pickers pre-qualify the corn before it’s even picked and try to only send the perfect ears. To pick a great ear, simply feel the corn (without husking it) to see if it’s filled out to the top of the ear. Once you pull the husk back, the corn starts to lose it’s sweetness. If you aren’t going to eat every ear you purchase that day, we recommend leaving it in the husk and placing it in the refrigerator.


Most people love eating sweet corn, but struggle with having to shuck it! We understand and are offering up a solution for you. Watch the video to see how to quickly cook corn in your microwave (easy especially for just 1-2 ears) and how to quickly shuck it!


We usually eat our sweet corn straight off the cob with no butter or salt, but we know that is not everyone’s taste. Here’s a few recipes to try straight from “A Taste of Goebbert’s: 2nd edition” that is available in store:

Corn and Basil Cakes

½ c. all-purpose flour

½ c. low-fat milk

2 lg. eggs

2 T. canola oil, divided

½ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper

2 c. fresh corn kernel (about 2 large ears)

½ c. fresh basil, chopped

Whisk flour, milk, eggs, 1 T. oil, baking powder, salt and pepper in a medium bowl until smooth. Stir in corn and basil. Brush a large nonstick skillet lightly with some of the remaining 1 T. oil; heat over medium heat until hot (but not smoking). Cook 4 cakes at a time, using about ¼ c. batter for each, making them about 3 inches wide. Cook until edges are dry, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook until golden brown on the other side, 1 to 3 minutes more. Repeat with remaining batter and oil - making approximately 10 cakes total. Reduce the heat as necessary to prevent burning.

Grilled Sweet Corn

4 ears Goebbert's sweet corn, in their husks

Butter (or an herb butter) for serving

1) Prepare your grill with direct, high heat. To tell if your grill is hot enough, hold your hand one inch above - you should only be able to leave it there for 1 second. 

2)Place the sweet corn (still in the husk) on the grill - this will protect the corn from burning or drying out. You can peel back a few of the outer layers if you want a little char on your corn. Cover the grill. Turn the corn occasionally, until the husks are completely blackened and charred on all sides, about 15 to 20 minutes.

3) Remove the corn from the grill - let them sit for 5 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Remove the silks and charred husks from the corn. Consider using a damp towel to protect your hands while husking the corn. 

Serve with butter - or you can sprinkle with one of our delicious Corn on the Cob seasonings available in the market!  

We hope you will stop in soon to pick up a few ears of our home grown sweet corn! You can't beat the freshness or the quality you find at Goebbert's. 

[Grilled Sweet Corn recipe found on Simply Recipes]


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