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Playing it by ear
Farmers Market crowd stalks free corn on Corn Day
Corn kid
Dakota Criddle gnaws on an ear of corn Saturday during the annual Corn Day at the Farmers Market.

Even a baby knows about the great-tasting corn available at the Farmers Market.

Little Dakota Criddle had a look of satisfaction Saturday morning as he was eating an ear of corn with his meme, Misty Criddle.

“He loves corn,” said Misty. “As soon as we walked by it, he started grabbing for it. Now he’s happy.”

Saturday was the annual Corn Day at the Farmers Market. Free corn is given away for most of the morning until supplies run out. Plenty of butter, salt and pepper are available for seasoning.

“I don’t need my doctor seeing this,” joked Rodney Reynolds as he smothered his ear of corn with butter and salt.

Jan Fults was in charge of making sure plenty of hot corn remained ready to eat. She was boiling pots loaded with three different varieties – peaches and cream, honey select, and silver queen.

Fults said it had been a busy morning and she was having to hustle to ensure plenty of corn was available for Farmers Market visitors. She had 30 dozen ears to cook.

Nolan McCormick was delighted to stumble upon the free corn with his sister, Lexie. 

“It’s not often I have corn for breakfast,” said Nolan.

The Farmers Market is in mid-season form and bursting with fresh, locally grown vegetables. The market is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s located at 100 Market Street next to the downtown water tower.