Friday, November 27, 2009

Local produce

This afternoon, the children and I shelled our Bloody Butcher heirloom corn. I hope to grind some tomorrow and maybe we'll have some pink cornbread for dinner.
Isn't it pretty?
We didn't have a huge harvest but still ended up with about 6 pounds of corn. We would have had more but it was so wet here this year that the ears started to mold on the stalks before we even harvested it. So we were VERY careful about shelling it, trying to not get any bad bits into the mix. So, there was quite a bit wasted on several ears. But still, it is not bad for a first harvest.
Here's another local product that V was quite pleased to find at the store on Wednesday night on the way home:
Locally produced whiskey
We're not huge whiskey drinkers but this stuff is really good. It was even mentioned in Wine Enthusiast magazine last year. In fact, it has been such a hit that the small company producing it has been unable to keep up with demand and there has been none on the store shelves for at least 6 months. So, when V saw a single bottle gracing the shelf he snapped it up. We stopped to pick up milk and tortillas and see what else we find.
But here is what is really special about it, besides the taste:
Every bottle is hand numbered: Batch, barrel and bottle.
Even the date bottled.
Pretty cool!


  1. Now I have something else on my Christmas wish list!

  2. I know what you mean about the corn. Sadly all our late corn got hit by a Early frost. *sighs*

  3. The bloody red corn is beautiful. Can you pop it? There isn't much call for Rye in West Virginia. You find more people drinking it in the East. But we do Rum!! My favorite is Barcardi Light. Yum. I do like to try local foods and try to look for them and we try to buy in our county too. This weekend is supposed to be really nice both days! I'll be putting up outside lights while the weather is good!
    Have a good weekend!!...debbie

  4. That corn is very cool. I've never heard of that variety before.

  5. Cool! I haven't ground any of our flour corn yet. Wasn't sure if a coffee grinder would work... now I know!
    We grew the green Oaxacan green dent, so maybe ours will be a light sage green since your red turned lavender.


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