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King of Sweet Corn, the Royalty of Rosanears, at FM2

2014-07-12 - Adair Annex Parking Lot, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo CM Staff photo. Eddie Compton whose reputation for great sweet corn precedes him everywhere he goes, is at the Farmers Market on the Square for the first time this morning with what's left of a truckload of Bodacious Sweet Corn fresh from his Fairplay Farm. Adair Countians are enjoying corn on the cob a long time before Garrison Keillor will be bragging about Lake Woebegone's tiny ears show on the stalk. It's amazingly simple to prepare. Eddie Compton says he boils it for three minutes, but his son keeps telling him that 1 minute is all that's needed "before the sweetness is boiled out of it." Occasionally though, Eddie foregones any cooking. "I eat is raw in the field, sometimes." He had a hard time convincing daughter Betty Sue to try it, he said, but when he insisted, she did, "And she ate a whole ear," it was so good. Which begs the question, "Is it good fresh, in tossed salads?" Some have a preference to for the 59 second boil, a little salt and perhaps pepper, with fresh farm butter or, for pretentious folk, extra virgin olive oil. Others prefer it fresh cut off the cob, and fried in an iron skillet, briefly. FM2 shoppers this morning will get a chance to try, grilled, at Jay's BBQ, $1 a serving.
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