The crops were so lush, the sky blue, and the water impressive. Ding....photo opp.
For the best corn EVER visit Barkers Farm No Andover This is a repost of a blog I wrote last August 2011
“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
Lend me your ear and I’ll tell you all I learned about corn from the people who grow the best butter and sugar corn in our region and beyond: Barkers Farm and Farm Stand, North Andover, MA on Rt. 125. The Barkers know what they’re talking about, now under the guidance of the 10th generation (that’s the real Gen X!), this land has been cultivated by the family since 1642. As a comparison, the town wasn’t incorporated until 1646. The Barkers maintain a true Yankee farm focusing on their produce without sliding into the “farm as theme park” modus operandi that others in the area have resorted to to pay the bills. It’s not that I begrudge the other farms their livelihoods, I’m pleased that any land offers me the option…
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The exact varieties of corn the Barker’s plant are a secret. But on April 15 every year they start to plant four or so different versions of butter and sugar corn (yellow and white kernels on the same ear). The different types allow for earlier and later harvests to span a long season.