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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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A Full Corn Day

Today at 12:03 pm (Eastern) the moon will be full. This moon is traditionally known as the “full corn moon.” This full moon’s name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked the time of year when corn was supposed to be harvested. Sometimes September’s full moon is known as the “harvest moon,” but this year that name is reserved for October’s.

September is a great time to indulge in corn on the cob, but I wonder, is there a more modern name that we could call this month’s moon? I think  “Back-to-school” moon or “Bye Bye Summer” would work. What would your pick for September’s moon be? What about October?

Right now we are taking submissions for October’s full moon name. Do you harvest in October? What are some more modern tasks or events that happen each October? Ask your kids or coworkers for ideas and then share your suggestions via our contest. Submissions for October’s moon name will be taken until the 12th and then on the 15th, check back for the top 4 names and vote for your favorite.

While you’re thinking of new moon names, why not celebrate the full corn moon by eating some delicious, locally grown corn on the cob today, or this holiday weekend. Stock up on this fresh produce and freeze it for winter eating. You can freeze it whole on the cob or boil it, let it cool, and then cut the corn off the cob (be sure to compost the husks and cobs). Place the cooled kernels right into freezer bags or place the kernels on a cookie sheet and then place the sheet in the freezer for a few hours to cool the kernels completely.

What’s your favorite way to eat or cook corn on the cob? Share them here.

Enjoy and happy Labor Day.

1 comment

1 Marilyn Matheson { 09.05.09 at 10:29 am }

I like to make fried corn… After you have taken the corn off the cobb you will place the corn in a frying pan. Add 2% milk to cover the corn. Heat until boiling, making sure not to scald the milk. Once the corn is at a simmer add real butter, salt, and pepper. Keep the corn at a simmer for about 20 minutes or until the corn is tender. This is the best corn you will ever eat. I learned this great tip from my mother.

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