Many pagans like to honor the grain the Earth has given us by eating corn (maize) on Lammas (Lughnasadh), the celebration of the first harvest. Corn comes in yellow, white, and blue; yellow is most common. This Examiner visited a farm stand and three stores to see what kinds of corn products they had available.
SpringDell Farm of Littleton MA is selling fresh yellow corn on the cob, as of July 30 2013. The corn ranges from 33¢ to 60¢ an ear. Jamie Cruz, co-owner, reports that soon their fresh white corn will also be for sale, and that white corn is sometimes available but not on display at farm stands, and must be requested. All SpringDell corn is GMO-free.* See www.springdellfarms.com for more information.
Debra’s Natural Gourmet of Concord MA is selling several kinds of cornmeal, and organic Massachusetts-grown popping corn on the cob, as of July 30 2013. It sells yellow corn grits and yellow cornmeals, all organic, at prices between $1.29 and $3.00 a pound. It also sells organic blue cornmeal for $3.69 a pound. Its popping corn on the cob is two ears for $1.69. Fresh organic Massachusetts-grown yellow corn on the cob will be available soon. See http://debrasnaturalgourmet.com for more information.
Whole Foods Market of Brighton MA is selling fresh Massachusetts-grown yellow corn on the cob, organic yellow cornmeal, and two forms of popping corn, as of July 31 2013. Its fresh corn is five ears for $2.00. Its cornmeal is $1.60 a pound. Its organic and GMO-free popping corns are $2.28 a pound and $3.99 a pound respectively. See http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com for more information.
Shaw’s of Belmont MA is selling fresh yellow corn on the cob, yellow corn grits, both yellow and white corn meal, organic yellow popping corn, and both white and yellow popping corn, as of July 31 2013. Its fresh corn on the cob is four ears for $1.99. Its grits are $2.00 a pound. Its cornmeals are between 85¢ a pound and $2.00 a pound. Its popping corns are between $1.25 and $3.20 a pound. An employee states that these selections and prices are typical of all Shaw’s markets in the Boston area. See http://www.shaws.com for more information.
Many other corn products exist that have not been listed here, from corn breakfast cereals to corn-syrup-based sodas to corn tortilla chips.
All uncontaminated corn is gluten-free.
*GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. Most corn contains GMOs unless labeled otherwise. All products labeled organic are GMO-free.