The Homeplace Corn Program: Heirloom varieties celebrate the past and prepare for the future.
By Billy Joe Fudge
A great many things are happening at your Homeplace. Among them is our Heritage, Open Pollinated, non-GMO, Corn Program. Many people ask why we are beginning this program and the answer is not very complicated. Last year and continuing this year, the world, including us here in the United States have seen shortages of many products, particularly many food items.
These shortages have been a result of supply chain issues in producing, processing and distributing many of the meats and vegetables we eat and products we use. We here at Homeplace, as do many of you, know how to be better prepared the next time a major catastrophe threatens our very existence.
Announcements will be coming soon concerning locally sourced, fresh, whole cornmeal grown and made right here in South Central Kentucky. We can do this thing together as long as we remember those ten words for us and our communities, "grow what you can, process and preserve it locally"!
On the Left is Boone County White. It was developed after the Civil War in Boone County Indiana by repetitive selection of particular grains from a corn called White Mastodon. Notice there are a few grains that were cross pollinated by pollen from a different variety nearby.
Second from the left is Indian Corn. It is used a lot as seasonal home decor but is a good corn for a lot of uses.
Third is Bloody Butcher. There are a couple different stories but it was developed in the middle 1800's in the mountains of West Virginia or Virginia. It was reportedly used a lot in the making of Moonshine and is gaining popularity with some small distilleries today such as Jeptha Creed in Shelby County, Kentucky.
And on the right is Hickory King. It was a local favorite in South Central Kentucky and was often mispronounced as Hickory Cane. It has large flat grains, a small cob and is readily identifiable by its eight rows of grain. In Southern Adair County where I grew up it was most often called Eight Row Corn. According to records, Hickory King was developed after 1880 by a Mr. A. O. Lee in Hickory, Virginia from a single ear of corn given to him by a friend.
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These heritage breeds of corn have the potential to break the current monopoly and bypass the legal challenges faced by many farmers today due to patents and patent protections. Great potential.
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