June 14, 2016

What A Sweety

One of the sure telltale signs of summer, is sweet, juicy Brentwood Farms corn. We had a chance to sit down with Glenn Stonebarger from G&S Farms, one of the largest purveyors of Brentwood corn to tell us a little more.

G&S Farms has roots dating way back to the 1940’s, what’s happened since then?

Emilio Ghigerri planted his first sweet corn in the 1940’s, when the area was known primarily for lettuce, apricots and melons. Three generations later we are the predominant purveyor of Brentwood Sweet corn. Despite the fact that the region is rapidly being taken over by suburban development, we stand firm in our roots delivering some of the best sweet corn available.

What makes your sweet corn unique to other varietals out there?

We hold ourselves to the highest standards when it comes to quality. We use only High Eating Quality Varieties, which are harder to grow, but worth it.  It creates a product with a tender pericarp (skin) and is extremely high in flavor. That’s the signature sweetness you taste in a delicious bite of corn that makes you think of summer.

Are there any specific farming techniques that make G&S standout?

Hot summer days and cool nights from the delta breeze, create a microclimate perfect for growing sweet corn. We’re also now 100% drip irrigation to maximize efficiency.

Do you have a favorite summertime corn recipe or dish?

We’re huge fans of roasted sweet corn brushed with melted garlic butter, sprinkled with chipotle seasoning and then topped with Cojita cheese and Tapatio. It is easy, true to the main ingredients and perfect on a hot summer night.

What’s one thing people probably don’t know about sweet corn?

With the high eating varieties that we grow, you typically only harvest one ear per stalk. While that may seem like a lot of work, the final product is what we care about most.

Why is non-GMO so important?

We believe in the natural breeding process to keep the integrity of our sweet corn. There are a lot of short cuts that can be taken in the product, the techniques and the quality standards. But we know that nothing tastes quite like G&S Farms’ Brentwood Corn and want to know we are providing the freshest, highest quality corn our customers can buy.