Harvesting Corn

I like to support family farms and small businesses! What better way to support one than going and putting in some work time to help out? I have been after my hard working husband to make more time for family fun recently so this past weekend he decided we would all go to our friend’s farm and help harvest corn! Nothing says family fun like farm work, right?

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I can’t say the kids were thrilled about going but they were good sports and once there, got to work! Above is when they arrived clean! We loaded into the back of a wagon pulled by our friend, Jesse. He and his wife had already been working for about 4 hours on a hot fall day.

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Greenway Farm is a 200 acre fertile black land soil homestead located in Alachua County, FL. They do not use fertilizer or chemicals. The corn is from seed saved year after year and is stone ground fresh in the mill house on the farm, and Non-GMO, 100% organically grown, stone ground corn grits & meal. It’s the real deal! And it is harvested by Jesse and his wife each year!

We started out on our journey in the back of the wagon and as the harvester started cutting, corn started flying out! While some landed in the bucket, wayward corn cobs bonked our heads at times. The kids went straight to work and were quite serious about getting that corn in to the back of the wagon! In a matter of seconds we were all dusty and dirty! And pretty hot!

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After this experience, I definitely appreciate all the small family farms out there working hard to produce the finest products for us! If you haven’t tried Greenway Grits and Cornmeal yet, do yourself a favor and get some! If you live in the Gainesville, FL area, you can buy them from Lucky’s Supermarket. In Jacksonville, FL look for them at Grassroots Natural Market. Or you can order online!

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Here is a recipe from Rose at Greenway Farms that is SO good!

Cornmeal Pound Cake

Original Recipe makes one 9 or 10″ tube pan.

1 cup all purpose flour

2 cups corn meal

2 tsp baking powder

1 cup butter

2 cups white sugar

4 eggs

4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350F. Combine sugar and melted butter and beat on medium speed, scraping sides of bowl, until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each drop. Add vanilla, beat at low speed until well mixed.

Stir flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Gradually add flour mixture, beating at low speed alternatively with milk to butter mixture.

Pour onto the pre-heated battered and floured 12 cup or 10″ pan or cake tube. Bake for 50-60 minutes.When cake begins to pull away from the side of the pan, it is done. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.


One thought on “Harvesting Corn

  1. So very excited to find your blog – I know your husbands family and for about 15 years I was part of them. I also live on a farm and have been blessed to live the sustainable life –

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