You might think of September as time to go back to school, the first batch of lazy NFL Sundays or the beginning of autumn. But at Sunterra, September means one thing: Kohut corn season.
Grown on a family farm near Didsbury, Alberta, this is the sweetest cob of corn you’ll find. That’s thanks in part to the gourmet sweet varieties planted, and in part to the cooler central Alberta weather in late August and September.
“It’s those cold nights that actually help to create those sugars and that’s why you have such a good eating experience when you bite into Kohut corn,” says farmer Rick Kohut. Oh, and for those who’ve never tried it, you can actually bite right into a raw cob of this sweet corn, it’s that good.
“We rely completely on Mother Nature, so we can’t really control the corn so that it matures all at the same time. If we went through here with a corn harvester and picked all the cobs, the top cob might be ready, but the bottom cob would not. So we go through by hand, and that’s why when you get it in the market, every cob is perfect. We look at the silks on top of each cob, and they should be a brownish black. We also feel the cob. It’s got a certain feel to it. It will be nice and tight and there won’t be any loose husk on it and that’s kind of what we look for. It’s a combination of how it looks and feels. That’s how we determine what to pick.”
Kohut corn is grown without fungicides and insecticides, and Rick does not use genetically modified seeds. “We try to grow it as close to nature as possible,” says Rick.
Rick and the family even try to pick the corn late at night or in the early morning when it’s cool in order to preserve the sweetness and quality of the corn. Once picked, it’s delivered to our markets that same day so you can enjoy the corn at its absolute best. The season is short – usually running from the start of September until the first heavy frost – so when you see Rick unloading his truck at our market, say hi and make sure you grab some sweet corn while you can.