Like to read more content, Join the Mother Earth News Community Today! Whichever variety takes the longest to mature, plant that first. This will help to keep worms out of the corn. Plant the seeds only after the ground has warmed to 60-65 degrees and all danger of frost has passed. Here in the Mountains of Western North Carolina, that is usually around the last week in April. It has large ears with deep burgundy kernels. Corn bread and polenta make from the coarsely home milled flour is richer and more complex than commercially ground cornmeal. Now through midnight CST on Cyber Monday Nov. 30 use coupon code TG2020 when checking out for 10% off everything in your cart (except items already on sale). When the corn is growing, you can side-dress with aged manure if needed. The ground corn is white with dark red flecks throughout, like blood splatters on a white butcher’s apron, thus the name “Bloody Butcher”. We wanted something that was heirloom and not hybrid so we could save our own seeds to plant and not have to buy seeds each year. Find Susan on Facebook, and read all of her MOTHER EARTH NEWS posts here. Be the first to review “Bloody Butcher Corn”. With the way the weather has been, it is good to have extra plants available if the weather turns cold or extremely wet and you lose your first planting. To learn more about the author of this post, click on the byline link at the top of the page. The kernels should already be … Minimum of 50 seeds per packet. They should be pollinated at different times. At this tender stage, you may find crows and rabbits visiting your corn patch. I was familiar with field corn, because my family grew that. You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.95 for 6 issues. Your email address will not be published. CLICK HERE to pre-load the coupon into your shopping cart. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. Hi, thanks for stopping by. Thank you - I learned a lot about Bloody Butcher Corn! We do not like to use mineral oil because it is a petroleum product, so we substitute with olive oil. So, it’s not that this type of corn is new — it’s just that it is being re-introduced. A lot of people say they have problems with ‘Bloody Butcher’ seed staying true to its originality if open-pollinated or air-pollinated. Bloody Butcher derives its name from its deep red color speckled with bits of white color, like a butcher’s apron. Our prior facility was certified organic and our new one will be as soon as inspections begin again. There are other heirloom seed companies that you can check into. There’s an old method of using mineral oil in the ears of corn when it starts to “silk”. We usually spread goat poop as a soil enhancer or fertilizer in the fall. The harder starch in this dent variety gives it a grittier texture than our blue flour cornmeal. This was very interesting! It's a non-GMO open pollinated heirloom variety and certified organic. By Susan Tipton-Fox, The Mushroom Hut @ Fox Farms/Micro Dairy. Your email address will not be published. Wait about 2-3 weeks before planting the second corn variety. Low volume, new recipes, occasional giveaways. Intensely colorful kernels can be ground into flour and cornmeal while still being edible when young and eaten like a sweet corn. Another method that we Mountain People tend to rely on is shooting a crow and hanging it in the corn field as a “warning”. We found just the product: ‘Bloody Butcher’ corn. Fertilizer. The corn has never left the farm. International Subscribers - Click Here The kernels should already be reddish in color. Sign in with your online account. Some people sow the seed closely to ensure plenty of plants and then, when plants are up about 4 inches, they pull up plants that are too close and re-set them.