Learn about corn from an Oregon Farmer
Anthony Boutard “It’ll make a fine backyard corn.” (In reference to his purple flour corn.)
By Rebecca Gerendasy
Cooking Up a Story
Nov 7, 2012
That corn has become his passion, so much so that he wrote a book about it called “Beautiful Corn: America’s Original Grain from Seed to Plate.” Not bad for a crop he says was originally just a whim, borne from childhood memories like the smell of cornbread fresh from the oven.
“It was a listing in the High Mowing Seed Company catalog that said ‘makes good cornbread,’” he said, chuckling. And he thinks it’s the perfect crop for where he is in his life.
“I am past middle age, and this corn suits an old man,” he said of the flint corn he’s become so fond of.
With a mischievous glint in his eye, he added, “You pick it when you want to and you grind it when you want to. If there’s an ear worm on it, you snap it off. It’s a corn that grows to full maturity and it’s for a person of a full maturity. Youngsters should not play around with this corn.”