Monday, June 24, 2013

Corn Frolic

Hi friends!!!  I have been so excited to write again.  Would you believe I have three computers and none of them are working?  I finally remembered my daughter had a computer given to her by my father.  It is quite old, and I have spent about seven hours trying to get it to work!

I thought I might show you what my children and I got to do on Saturday.  We were invited to participate in a corn frolic!  I was over-the-moon excited to get to participate!  Somehow I overslept, so I got there later than I had planned and work was well underway.  There were many ladies and men gathered under shade trees husking corn, and what a beautiful morning it was for the work!  It felt like spring instead of summer.  The picture above shows one trailer of corn fresh from the field waiting to be husked and prepared.

I found a spot among everyone else, figured out what to do, and got busy.  My children helped too.

There is a saying among my friends here, "Many hands make light work."  Never have I seen that be more true than on this day.  Many hands turned lots and lots of corn into 704 pints of corn that helped fill many freezers!

Once the corn was husked, it was whisked away bushels at a time to be cleaned, blanched, and cooled.  My children also enjoyed helping with this.  Actually, many of the children liked to use this machine.  Several times I saw a long line of children waiting their turn.

These are the first images I saw as I rounded the back of the house.  This is where the corn was cleaned, blanched, and cooled.

Isn't that the cutest?  They were working together.  One
loaded and the other caught the cobs at the end and neatly
put them in the tub.

From here, the men brought baskets of corn in to the ladies for the last stages of preparation.  Some of the corn was cut from the cobs, 

but most was creamed.  This is what I did most of the time.

I certainly wasn't alone!  There was so much wonderful fellowship in this one room!  This is what I was searching for when I found my church!  I am such a blessed woman!!!

My bucket is that white one there in the middle, and that is
my friend Mari about to take a bite of that corn!  :)
I was sad to leave early, but Jacob had had enough, and I had cucumbers at home that had to be canned.  Reluctantly, I left.  Later in the afternoon Mari called and told me there were twenty pints at $0.49 each waiting on me to pick them up!  Really???  I was so excited I thought I might burst right through the ceiling!  For a year at various gatherings I had been eating corn that others had frozen the previous summer.  It was the best thing I think I have ever tasted!  Now I have my own!!!  I am still giddy!

So, now, my friends, if anyone ever asks you how one freezes 704 pints of corn a day, you kindly tell them "one" doesn't.  :)  Tell them, though, that if there are a lot of wonderful people gathered together, it can be done quite easily!

Until we meet again, may you be blessed!


  1. I'll bet you were feeling a bit corny that day :) Great post my dear! Love you much!

  2. Heehee! When I drove back to pick up my corn, I looked down to see corn all over my clothes, so yes, I was feeling quite corny but very happy and blessed! Love ya back! :)